2016 Inter-Provincial Retreat: "On the Road to Emmaus" - US Franciscans

2016 Inter-Provincial Retreat: “On the Road to Emmaus”


“I would like to examine topics in the Gospel of Luke which we can apply to our Franciscan religious life . One of the topics that all Franciscans need is to deal with the call to surrender to God’s will as we face huge institutional changes in these years. I think Luke will give us a good platform to discuss that .”

“We are called to accompany Cleopas on the Road to Emmaus where we can meet the Risen Jesus. Will we recognize him when he shows up? Will we be ready to hear what he has to tell us?

Will our hearts burn within us as we reflect upon the Sacred Scriptures, and when we encounter him in the breaking of the bread. During this week of retreat we will look at some central themes in the Gospel of Luke that lead up to the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. We will examine the three Resurrection Narratives to help us to identify with the Christian journey outlined in their accounts. We will apply these lessons to the challenges of our life as Vowed Religious, especially as we journey along a road that leads to our own Emmaus.” — Jude Winkler, OFMConv 

Retreat Director

emmaus-2Jude Winkler, OFMConv is a member of the St Anthony Province USA, Ellicot City, MD.

He was ordained in 1981 and holds an SSL degree from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He is a well known author of articles on Bible study, books for adults to read The Bible and children’s books.

A quick search on Amazon.com with his name inserted will give you a complete listing of his many publications. He is currently ministering as the Assistant General for the English speaking friars of Australia, US, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland.

Holy Cross Retreat Center

Located in Las Cruces, N.M. It is a 45 minute drive from the El Paso, Texas airport. Direct shuttle service is available from El Paso Airport to the Holy Cross Retreat Center. An alternate airport would be Albuquerque, N.M. It is about a 3 hour drive on I-25 to the Retreat Center. Friars from the Albuquerque area who are attending the retreat can offer hospitality and transportation to the Retreat Center if you choose to fly into Albuquerque.

The retreat begins Monday evening at 6:00 PM with a light meal. The Introductory Talk will be at 7:00 PM. It ends on Friday morning with Breakfast at 8:00 AM and a Closing Mass at 9:30 AM.


Registrations must be received no later than December 21, 2015.

The cost if you stay at the retreat house is $410.00, which includes a private room and bathroom, all meals and evening snacks beginning with Monday evening light dinner and ending with the Friday morning breakfast. Rooms are individually air conditioned and heated, and all rooms have private bathrooms

The cost if you elect to stay at the Ramada Las Cruces Hotel is $485.00. This includes private room and bathroom, daily breakfast at hotel, handicapped accessible rooms and a heated indoor swimming pool. All other meals and snacks at the retreat house.

Jan. 2016 Retreat Brochure

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A former missionary to Perú and Bolivia, I am now working half-time at a parish in New Jersey and half-time as webmaster for US Franciscans.
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