The Care for Creation Ministry at the Franciscan Renewal Center (The Casa) met at the beginning of November to plan events throughout the winter months.  This is the most active time for C4C members!  Luckily, the first event that has us excited will take place right at the Casa.  It is a series of “Caring for Our Common Home” workshops presented by Martin Marklin who is a candle maker and beekeeper with a background in theology and liturgy.  Martin will provide a unique and wonderful experience for all, especially for those interested in carrying out Pope Francis’s challenging encyclical on the environment.  The workshops are as follows…

Workshop 1: The Paschal Candle, Light and Life  –  (Offered twice)      Monday, January 22, 7:00 – 9:00 pm  & Tuesday, January 23,  10:00 pm – 12:00 pm.

This lively presentation will brighten your appreciation of Easter, deepen your respect for bees, and inspire you to go forth and spread the Paschal Light of Jesus Christ into the world.

Workshop 2: Be the Bee, Caring for Our Common Home –  (Offered  twice)  Thursday, January 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm & Friday, January 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

The beloved bee is in peril, yet its work remains critical for the balance of our world.  What should we know about American agriculture, the stewardship of creation, and preservation of the bee?

Pre-registration required for both workshops.  Fee: $15 each                                                                                                                    $25 for both


Retreat: Laudato Si, the Bee and Me –  Friday, January 26, 5:00 pm – Sunday, January 28, 1:00 pm

In a beehive, tasks are undertaken by all, food and natural resources are held in common, and the survival of the colony supersedes any individual’s particular interest.  In this retreat we will look deeply and up-close at the life of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, as a model and metaphor for unpacking Pope Francis’s challenging encyclical.  What lessons can be learned from a creature that lives only six short weeks, never sleeps, and works only for others?

Pre-registration required. Fees vary with option chosen – days only with meals or with single/double lodging

To register – Visit or call 480-948-7460. Register by noon on November 27, 2017 and save!




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