Friday, March 8th, Session 1: 9 -11 am or 7 to 9 pm
Francis and Clare, the Cross and Suffering in Today’s World

Hearing the cries of the earth, the struggle of immigrants and refugees in the country, the personal struggles and crosses we all bear in our spiritual journeys, how does the spirituality of St. Francis and St. Clare speak to the suffering and pain in today's world? This Friday session will be an opportunity for personal renewal and responding with meditative songs and refrains. A reflective Stations of the Cross will be interwoven into the presentation and music sharing.

Saturday, March 9th, Sessions 2: 9 am to 12 noon
The Face of Christ Revealed in the Gift of the Other

The second session will expand on the themes of compassion from Friday night and reflect on Pope Francis’ call to engage in a culture of encounter. Encounter with Jesus, encounter with others, and encounter with the marginalized and excluded. In addition to sharing personal stories of being transformed by immersion experiences in other cultures, especially in Vietnam, Bro Rufino will also be leading a discussion on how the face of Christ is revealed in the cultural
diversity of our parish.


Nurtured in Franciscan spirituality for over thirty-five years, Brother Rufino Zaragoza serves as a liturgical music consultant, based in the Diocese of Orange, California. He explores the richness of multicultural communities and lectures on the joys and complexities of intercultural worship.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rufino holds a bachelor’s in church music from Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, and a master’s in theological studies, focusing on liturgical studies, from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California. As a composer and pianist, his music is published by Oregon Catholic Press, and often draws on the contemplative aspects of Franciscan spirituality.

For more information contact Sr. Marcia Krause, OP,
Coordinator of Adult Spirituality 510-657-0905