As a Secular Franciscan, author Susan Pitchford follows a Franciscan way of life as a wife, Protestant, teacher and sociologist. It’s a spirituality that speaks to people of all beliefs and none, Susan says. How does Franciscan spirituality speak to divisions in our society today, our relationship to creation and to suffering? If you’ve ever wondered what marks a spirituality as “Franciscan,” plan to join us for this special retreat day, brought to you by the Franciscan Spirituality Center and the Affiliates of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.


Susan Pitchford is a sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle and a professed member of the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis. She is the author of “Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone;” “God in the Dark: Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life;” “The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation and the Healing of the Self;” and “Identity Tourism: Imaging and Imagining the Nation.” She is a frequent conference and retreat speaker, and loves nothing more than exploring with others how to go deeper in the life of faith.


  • Occurs Saturday, April 28th, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm


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