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Advent Retreat ~ "What are you waiting for?" Led by Sr. Joan, SSF, and Fr. Nick, O.P.



Led by Sr. Joan, a Franciscan sister and Fr. Nick, a Dominican priest, the presentations are Scripture based and inspiring.  This is a wonderful way to enter into the Advent Spirit of Patient Waiting for the Manifestation of the Christ, the Prince of Peace, in our chaotic world.  Come and be immersed in the hope and anticipation of the graces received and the gifts to give as we return to our lives in preparation for the Christmas Blessings to come!!


Fr. Nicholas Punch, OP

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I come from a large, closely knit family, six boys and two girls. I am the second eldest and was born in 1939. I have ten nephews and three nieces. Both parents have died, but when I am in Australia, family gatherings are large, noisy and fun.

I joined the Dominican Order in 1961 and was ordained a priest in December 1966. Since then I have worked in parishes, schools and universities. I was Provincial of the Australian New Zealand province of Dominicans from 1981-1988. This provided me with an opportunity to see the work of the Order especially in the Pacific and Asia.

I became an intern at the Thomas More Center for three months in 1989, and was given permission to join the Team full time in 1991. Since then I have seen many churches in USA and Australia/New Zealand, appreciating the many ways that parish teams reach the people.

My hobbies are photography and classical music, and like Fr. Mike and Sr. Joan, I love reading. I devour the Sunday New York Times whenever I get a chance. The Dominican training has provided a wonderful education; there is always so much more to study. I am especially interested in Scripture and moral theology and hope these find their way into new talks.

Joan Bukrey, OSF

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I was born and raised in St. Paul, MN.  I have 3 siblings. I entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Milwaukee, WI and was professed in 1964. Most of my working years as a Sister have been in some form of education. I taught junior high students and served parishes in the field of religious education. I also helped recruit and prepare new candidates to religious life. I have been on the Thomas More Preaching Team since 1988; it is the most challenging and rewarding work I have done in my ministry as a Sister of St. Francis. I find it refreshing being outdoors, walking, and observing wildlife, especially birds, both in the USA and in Australia.


Schedule of Retreat:


6:00 - 7:00      Check-in

7:30 – 9:30      My Soul In Stillness Waits

                         Explore personal prayer as an everyday comfort

9:30                 Night Prayer (In Chapel)


8:45                 Breakfast

10 – noon        Your Radiance Shines, Mary Full of Grace

                        A new look on our devotion to Mary based on Scripture (Commuters Arrive)                 

1 pm                 Lunch

2:30– 4:40      Our Only Hope of Glory

                        Discuss "The Joy of Love" by Pope Francis, who gives great hope for all of our love lives. 

5 pm                Mass of the Immaculate Conception

6 pm                Dinner

7:30                 Yearning for Your Word

                         Review a Scripture story about a woman who teaches Jesus.  Sr. Joan 

9 pm                Night Prayer in Chapel  


8:45                  Breakfast

10 – noon         O Spring of Joy  

                         Discuss St. Paul and Pope Francis to help us experience greater joy in our lives  (Commuters                                 Arrive)

1 pm                  Lunch

2:30 – 4:30       Creator of the Mountains and the Seas  "O Praise My Lord"

                          Explore the message of Pope Francis on the sacredness of the environment


5:30                   Dinner

7pm                   Weekend Liturgy/Mass of Healing: Console My People. - Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick                                   after the homily.

SUNDAY 12/10

8:45                   Breakfast

10 – noon          Our Hope Reborn in Dying and in Rising 

                         Provide a new understanding of the humanity of Jesus, the gift of his birth, life and death.                                       (Commuters Arrive)

12:30 pm           Lunch

Registration: Cost is $215.00 per person which includes 3 overnight stays and 7 meals.  The retreat begins Thursday evening with registration from 6 pm to 7pm  and the first evening program at 7:30 pm.  The retreat ends on Sunday after lunch.

Commuter options:

1. Package: ($99.00) includes Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and lunch on Sunday, 5 meals.  Commuters should arrive by 10 am. 

2. Select days: ($50.00 for Friday or Saturday; $25.00 for Sunday) You select individual days to attend which includes lunch and dinner (Fri and Sat), or lunch (Sunday). For those attending individual days, you are also welcome Thursday evening.

Registration closes on December 1, 2017. 

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