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Contemplation In Action (CIA)
‘Working’ Men's &  Women's Retreat


What: 7th Annual - Contemplation In Action (CIA) ‘Working’ Retreat

When: Saturday, September 29 - Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Where: Nazareth Retreat Center, Boise, Idaho

Theme: Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word

Presenters: Sr. Ruth Lentner, OSF, Gardener & Social Justice Advocate, Little Falls, MN; Fr. Jesus Comacho, Carmelite Spiritual Director & Parochial Vicar St. Mary's Church, Boise; Deacon L. Joseph Rodriguez, Prison Ministry RCDB & St. Mark' Catholic Community, Boise

Who: Men & Women interested in exploring Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word as it applies to their personal, family and community lives; willing to help paint, repair and tend the grounds of Nazareth Retreat Center.

Cost: (No Charge) Meals and lodging provided free for workers; Collection will be taken for Speaker’s from participants to pay their expenses and honorarium.

Summary: Contemplation In Action, Working Men & Women's, Retreat.
One or more days of your labor in trade for room and board.
Mass Sunday, Monday, Tuesday; short daily reflections at Morning & Evening prayer; any questions call Nazareth at 208/375-2932 or check out the web site or email

Goal: Help Nazareth Retreat Center complete chores necessary to maintain the facility and provide men & women ages 18 and older with perspectives on Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word in their everyday lives!

1) Host men and women ages
18 and older from the neighborhood, region and the state of Idaho to trade their labor for rest and spiritual renewal for 1 to 3 days.

2) Experience Nazareth, a quiet haven away from the “noise” of daily life and regular responsibilities as each person shares his gifts.

3) Experience philosophies, humor, knowledge and ideas through sharing of action/work that leads to mental, emotional and spiritual growth.

4) Come to know models, prayers, and ideas about Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word from Roman Catholic religious traditions and perspectives.

5) Experience & Discuss Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word while making repairs, painting, eating or wandering on the grounds.

6) Gain skills in simple prayer, dialogue and manual labor.

7) Achieve one or more of the goals of the USCCB Building Intercultural Competence in Ministry (BICIM) guidelines to increase our capacity to welcome, receive and encourage all emerging cultural groups in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise.

8) Network, gain perspective and support in Christian Community!

9) Have fun in Christian fellowship with other adults!

Expected Outcomes:
 Completed work projects, faith and fellowship with like minded volunteers.
 Mary Grotto requires trees and bushes trimmed and manicured, grass and weeds removed from flower bed.
 Clean out AC enclosures on Cottages (In this order:100,200,300, 400).
 Clean up, weed, spruce up back patio area including behind the wall.
 Clean up, weed, spruce up front patio area including behind the wall.
 Trim dead branches from campus trees.
 Upper outside windows need to be caulked and trim painted on the main building.
 Shampoo carpets in Cottages (In this order: 500,300,100,200).
 Weed and shape up other flowerbeds around the main building and cottages
 Paint trim on Cottages and then Main building.
 One or two Nazareth units, air conditioning enclosures, will be painted outside...
 Identified repair, replacement, & landscaping tasks will be completed…
 Kitchen cleaning and repairs as identified by Nazareth Staff.
 Participants will emerge rested and with one or more Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word models/ideas to use in their lives and families.
 A handout will be prepared focused on the Theme of Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word that each participant can take home and/or may be posted to the Nazareth website for others to ponder.
 Those interested will read suggested Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word book (s) pre/post retreat.
 "All are Welcome" In addition to traditional invitations & media efforts; 2018 organizers will specially invite Hispanic and other groups of non-European origin to participate in the 2018 retreat.

Embracing Pope Francis is not for the faint of heart; it takes courage, strength and persistence to follow the way in his pastoral framework. But let us never think that, if the task is too difficult, we can relax and let others take the lead. No, Jesus, the foundation of our faith and the one to whom we will return, demands more from us. As Jesus (Luke 12:48b) says, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” Thus, we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work in a common unified effort.

Let us take up the challenge of Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word . Let us not wait until disaster strikes the Christian community; rather let us pray, work and act now so the Scriptures may be fulfilled and Jesus’ plan may come to full fruition: “That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me” (Jn 17:21).

Each human person is not the absolute owner of his or her gifts or possessions but rather the trustee or steward of them. These gifts are given in trust for the benefit of the community, to be shared. Women and Men are called be angels for Nazareth for a day, part or all of the retreat. Each to appreciate the physical, spiritual, and theological significance of the stewardship of the Nazareth Retreat Center and its resources. So come contemplate the words, work, and call of Pope Francis as we pray and work together!

Sr. Ruth Lentner, OSF, Sustainable Community Gardener, Little Falls Minnesota | 116 8th Ave SE, Little Falls, MN 56345; Cell 320-630-1456 | E-mail: | Website: |

Sister Ruth Lentner, OSF, is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls Minnesota for over 38 years. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in horticulture and worked with interior and exterior plantscaping after graduating. She spent two years doing missionary work in Nicaragua and upon returning to the U.S. took over the vegetable garden and orchard at the motherhouse of her community in Little Falls for 24 years.

Soon she converted the garden and orchard into organic production. Working with volunteers, young high school students (FFA) and teachers in the growing of vegetables and fruit for our community as mentor, consultant and Franciscan friend. For many years she’s worked with young women in group spiritual direction at the college of St. Benedict in St. Joseph Minn. In 2013 she co-led a Spiritual Directors International (SDI) Annual Conference retreat /workshop with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She also is an active for 20 + years as member, board member, and is current president of a Minnesota sustainable farming association COACT, (citizens organizing and acting together) a citizen action committee.

Also on the sustainable farming association of central Minnesota’s board, and have worked for over 25 years with them. I am presently walking and helping amongst the Amish people who live close to my community, and minister amongst the immigrant Hispanic peoples hidden and working on very large farms in Central Minnesota.
Ruth will address ways to Keep Building Bridges, Protect the Planet, and Let the Seed of Francis of Assisi Grow in Your Heart during the CIA retreat.

Her presence, experience and life commitment to Franciscan Contemplation in Action will be shared.

From Sr. Ruth Lentner, OSF Sr. Ruth notes,

"For all my life in Franciscan Community I’ve taken Franciscan retreats focused on the life of St. Francis, St. Clair, and St Bonaventure. Ideas from these saints, the 3 themes, and the most widely-known of St. Bonaventure's works "The Soul's Journey into God" will be shared. This is a path into Christian spirituality, Franciscan theology, mystical experience, and the "road by which that rapture is reached," and is my way. Pope Francis challenges us to overcome "the culture of waste" where we throw away not only junk, but the poor, the marginalized, the sick, the lost, and the lonely. I look forward to abiding with you , laboring with you in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and the simple love of God!"

Deacon L. Joseph Rodriguez, St Marks Community, Boise, Idaho | Contact Info: 7960 Northview, Boise, Idaho 83704, phone: 208-999-6383| e-mail: and

Bio: Deacon Joe works routinely in the Liturgy and assists with the Latino Ministry. He is fluent in both English and Spanish. He has a (BS) in Business Management, Administration and Management from San Jose State University, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. He is expert in insurance adjustment for 30 + years. He and his wife, Alma, have been an integral part of the St. Mark’s Catholic Community for many years. He was Ordained in September 2005 and presently is active in prison ministry for the RCDB and a frequent dishwasher at Nazareth Retreat Center. He has been a part of the planning committee, a worker, and a preacher for the first six Contemplation In Action Retreats at Nazareth. Devoted to Divine Mercy and a student of Pope Francis Joe brings joy to individuals and communities of learners across the Treasure Valley of Idaho.

Joseph will address ways to Be Tender; See with Your Heart; and to Don’t Put Your Hope in Wealth; just like Pope Francis. Joe's presence, experience and life commitment to Contemplation in Action will be shared.

From Deacon Joe Rodriguez

Dcn. Joe suggests, “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life?” Mark 8: 36-37 “But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” Matthew 6:36 Pope Francis is a countercultural icon. His words, deeds and actions; his very being, speaks of his love of God and his love of neighbor; while having a diminished viewpoint of wealth, consumerism and wasteful consumption. He seeks to witness to the entire world community Jesus Christ alive in him and the reality of our Lord’s resurrection and eventual second coming.
It is natural for people of goodwill to come together and contemplate in prayer and action ways to break free of all things that bind, divide, afflict, and addict. And instead, seek ways to immerse ourselves in our Lord’s love, peace, joy and hope and share these new ways with others. The goal is to walk and talk with Him each day as St. Francis did before us, as Pope Francis is doing now."

Fr. José de Jesús Camacho, Parochial Vicar, St. Mary's Parish, Boise, Idaho. | Contact Info: 2612 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702 phone: 208-344-2597 (ext. 204) e-mail:

Bio: Fr. Camacho leads the Hispanic and Latino Ministry at St. Mary's Boise. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and is bicultural. He was raised in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. He has studied Media Communications (Radio) at the University of Dayton, Ohio, holds a Master in Theology (Multicultural Ministry) at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California. He was Ordained on December 25, 1975 in Veracruz, Mexico. Arrived in Idaho July 7, 1981 Incardination for Diocese of Boise: 1990 and has served across the Gem state in various assignments including as director of Prison Ministry. From 1999-2015. He is Assisting Priest at Saint Mary's, Boise.

He was a Radio Producer: La Voz Catolica (Religious) and "En Charla Con El Padre Jesus" (Cultural), and now is spiritual director for Salt and Light Catholic Radio stations (English and Spanish); had Columns for newspapers - "El inmigrante" and "Idaho Unido" and now for Idaho Catholic Register. Also you can learn with him at his Blog:

Fr. Jesús will preside at three masses and be available for reconciliation with CIA laborers. He will address three of the themes Make Peace In the Family; Respect Women; and Have Hope, Express Beauty, Smile, Have a Sense of Humor; identified by Pope Francis in the movie. He most always begins his preaching with my brothers, my sisters and the two by two experiences he fosters in the spirit of Pope Francis is always transformational!

From Fr. Jesus Camacho

A los que Jesús llamó para andar con El, ahora los envía en misión de dos en dos. Se trata de hombres sencillos y les recomienda la mayor austeridad posible. Pero, al mismo tiempo, van con la autoridad de Jesús para vencer los males que afligían a la gente de su tiempo. Los cristianos de hoy también hemos sido elegidos y enviados a luchar contras todas las formas de mal que azotan a nuestros pueblos: ligeros de equipaje y con la fuerza del Evangelio en las manos y en la boca. Desprendidos de todo estorbo y dispuestos a entrar en diálogo con todas las culturas humanas. ¡A proclamar el Evangelio con palabras y con acciones! Iglesia misionera. Su amigo y servidor ~ Padre Jesús Camacho

Those Jesus called to walk with him, He now sends on a mission, two by two. They are simple men and He recommends that they live an austere life and, with the authority of Jesus, to overcome the evils that afflict the people of their time. Today’s Christians have also been chosen and sent to fight all the forms of evil that plague our peoples. Christians need only light baggage and the force of the Gospel in their hands and in their mouths. Christians must be detached from all obstacles, willing to enter into dialogue with all human cultures and willing to proclaim the gospel in words and deeds! We are a Missionary Church. Your friend and servant ~ Father Jesús Camacho [St. Mary's Bulletin, July 15, 2018]

Discussion: Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word In Everyday Life 5
1. There are six (6), 30 minute presentations and three (3) Eucharistic services scheduled in; Homilies are divided up between Priest/Deacon based on their focus on Pope Francis in their presentations! The idea is for each to bring their own unique perspective to the Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word topic! Morning and evening prayer will be from the divine office or The book of common prayer.

2. The CIA Work retreat is a group living experience in which the exchange of ideas and techniques in the field of Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word and fellowship emerge in the presence of the Holy Spirit. There is no distinction of leaders from workers; we are all on retreat together. We work in humility, kindness, grace and peace toward the same physical, mental and spiritual goals. The pace should enrich life and not merely add skills and information to already busy folk. Self paced contributions are expected…Those who gather assume cooperation in complete sharing as the retreat unfolds.

3. Participants will register for one to three days and will come and leave as they are called by other responsibilities. We will ask each for 6 to 8 hours of labor and prayer. They need to make clear at registration how many days and what meals they will participate in. We need to discuss with Nazareth any upper or lower limits for this retreat.

4. Presenters will share “best” ideas from Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word methods/models from ethical, faith based, or historical basis in the same direction...vocation, avocation, business and family. The desired outcomes are that 'all' participants would go home with several "Best Practices" for Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word from holy people, for holy people, that they can use the rest of their lives...Eucharistic Homilies around Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word with hands on or reflective components that volunteers can discuss while painting, eating, or wandering on the grounds.

5. In 2017 we had 18 different men participate; and two women helped Thursday & Sunday; plus staff support from the Nazareth volunteers and team.
5 Accessed 06/28/2018 at:

6. Program planning, conversation, prayer and objectives based on "your" personal Contemplating
Pope Francis - A Man of His Word insights, perceived needs of the volunteer who will attend and
the Holy Spirit will commence! The truth is we trust God has a great plan and our role is to
facilitate this opportunity!

7. "All Are Welcome" This year we are again inviting underserved communities and will need to
provide communications in Spanish and English in all aspects of the retreat.

8. Meals and lodging provided free for workers; Mass Daily/TBD and simple daily morning & evening
prayer using the Cursillo/ The Book of Common Prayer Models will be offered. More info about
Nazareth can be found at:


Saturday, September 29, 2018
Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
6:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:00-8:00 p.m. Arrival
8:00 Sr. Ruth Lentner -Contemplating Pope Francis -
A Man of His Word, Presentation; #1 - Let the Seed
of Francis of Assisi Grow In Your Heart
8:30 Evening Prayer

Sunday September 30, 2018
6:30 Morning Prayer
7:00 Dcn. Joe Rodriguez, Contemplating Pope
Francis - A Man of His Word, Presentation;
#2 - See With Your Heart
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
Orientation to Nazareth and
Scope of 2018 CIA Work, Sr. Susie & Fritz
9:00 Mass/Eucharist, Fr. Comacho, Contemplating
Pope Francis - A Man of His Word, Homily;
#3 - Make Peace In the Family
10:00 Contemplation in Action
12-12:30 Noon - Lunch
1:00 Contemplation in Action
5:00-5:30 Dinner
6:30-7:30 Sabbath Time/Library
7:30-8:00 Idaho Diocesan Schola Choir
8:00 Dcn. Joe Rodriguez, Contemplating Pope
Francis - A Man of His Word, Presentation,
#4 - Be Tender
8:30 Evening Prayer

Monday October 01, 2018
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of
the Church
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
Orientation to Nazareth and
Scope of 2018 CIA Work, Sr. Susie & Fritz
8:30 Sr. Ruth Lentner - Contemplating Pope Francis -
A Man of His Word, Presentation,
#5 - Protect The Planet
9:00 Contemplation in Action
11:00 Mass/Eucharist, Fr. Comacho,
Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word,
Homily; #-6 Respect Women
12:00 -12:30 Noon - Lunch
1:00 p.m. Contemplation in Action
5:00-5:30 Dinner
6:30 Movie/Sabbath Time/CIA Continues
7:30-8:00 Glory & Praise Music [Tent]
8:00 Dcn. Joe Rodriguez, Contemplating Pope
Francis - A Man of His Word, Presentation
#7 - Don’t Put Your Hope in Wealth
8:30 Evening Prayer

Tuesday, October 02, 2018 The Holy Guardian Angels
7:30 Morning Prayer 8:00-8:30 Breakfast 8:30 Sr. Ruth, Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word, Presentation, #8 - Keep Building Bridges , 9:00 Contemplation in Action 11:00 Mass - Fr. Comacho, Contemplating Pope Francis - A Man of His Word, Homily; #9 - Have Hope, Express Beauty, Smile, Have a Sense of Humor 12-12:30 Lunch &Thank You, Sr. Susie & Fritz
1:00 Contemplation in Action
TBD - End of Retreat Closing Prayer

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