Dear Friends of St Francis,
So here we are…well into 2022. And thankfully, the St Francis Centre is beginning to return to normal. It seems almost scary to use the word ‘normal’, as if once said, it will disappear once again. However, with confidence we move forward.
Retreats are building and most weekends are filling in as in precious years. It is great to see people once again enjoying both the Centre and the beautiful grounds of this property. I have no doubt that is short order, our calendar will be fully booked.
Many mandates have been dropped within the city. And so too have we made strides to do the same here at the Centre. However, we are doing so at a much slower pace, to accommodate some staff members as well as patrons. Our vaccination requirement still stands. We will re-evaluate this later. The decision to wear a mask remains with the individual group leaders. Some are happy to keep them on, others allow their groups to take them off. The preference is individual.
The numbers at this point for day retreats is increasing all the time. Presently, we are in the mid-thirties. For overnight retreats the number is 32…soon to be 49. There are all single room accommodations. Slowly we are coming back.
Currently, we do not have a full compliment of staff. And so, I would ask if there were any individuals who feel that the Centre might be a place where their heart and skills could find a home in some way, please send us your resume and we can talk. I would be looking for part time help in the kitchen, weekends for sure and would like to interview individuals beginning after Easter. The staff operates as a family. It’s a great place to spend time with people who enjoy what they do, in a faith filled atmosphere.
To conclude…thank you for staying with us throughout this difficult time. We appreciate your faith in us and can’t wait to welcome you back to St Francis.
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