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A Sacred Space for you: A Summer Retreat @ Parker House
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Deepening Our Awareness of God

Friday, August 25, 2017    |  9.30-1pm
Parker House, East Vancouver
with Esther Hizsa

Join us for an end-of-summer retreat – a perfect time to stop, breathe and reflect.

Everyone welcome. This retreat is ideal for beginners and for all those who wish to spend a relaxing, quiet morning.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, God is present—always working in our lives to redeem us and all things in Christ. Despite all evidence to the contrary, we are rooted and grounded in a love that is wider, deeper, and higher than we can imagine.

As we take time away with Christ, our awareness of God’s loving action in our lives is deepened. We begin to notice God’s presence and gather that evidence. We discover that God is, in fact, with us, in us and for us.

Come and spend a morning with God. We will listen to stories and scripture and spend short periods of time in silent prayer, receiving what our hearts long to hear. 

Esther Hizsa is a local spiritual director, co-facilitator of SoulStream’s Living From The Heart course and author of Stories of an Everyday Pilgrim. She posts weekly reflections on her blog An Everyday Pilgrim www.estherhizsa.com.

Light lunch will be provided.

Cost – $50, lunch included.

Embracing a Culture of Encounter with the Poor @ St Marks Parish UBC
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:15 pm

A half-day retreat led by Hon. Graydon Nicholas

Friday September 22nd, 2017

9:00am until 1:15pm

St Mark’s Parish Chapel, UBC

City in Focus and the Jesuits of Vancouver are pleased to host this special half-day retreat led by Hon. Graydon Nicholas, former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick at St Marks Parish at UBC.

At this retreat Graydon will lead the group in the Ignatian style and examine what it means to follow Jesus in his own poverty.  There will be times of group discussion mixed with times of quiet prayer and silent refection

Pope Francis commends us to embrace a culture of encounter with poverty where we will find an interior attitude that avoids looking upon money, career and luxury as our goal in life and the condition for our happiness but, instead, creates a way for us to freely shouldering our personal and social responsibilities. ‘Poverty is a yardstick’, continues Pope Francis ‘ that allows us to judge how best to use material goods and to build relationships that are neither selfish nor possessive.’  Graydon was inspired to lead this retreat upon reading Pope Francis’ message for the First World Day of the Poor  READ HERE




The Honourable Graydon Nicholas was born and raised on the Tobique First Nation. After earning a Bachelor of Science, Graydon chose to pursue a legal career, graduating with a Bachelor of Law from the University of New Brunswick in 1971, becoming the first Aboriginal person to receive a law degree in Atlantic Canada. He was appointed to the bench as a Provincial Court judge on May 31, 1991.

Graydon Nicholas was appointed as New Brunswick’s first Aboriginal lieutenant governor in 2009.  He finished his tenure at LG in 2014 and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2016 in recognition of his life achievements and dedication to his community.

Graydon,accompanied by his wife, Beth, was the keynote speaker at the 2014 BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast speaker.

He has spent much of his career working in the field of indigenous political development at the regional, national, and international levels and maintains a keen interest in these areas. He is an active participant in the Christian Life Community and lectured at the Vancouver School of Theology as part of the Native Ministries Consortium Program.

Talks with Tom: Facing and Transcending Retirement @ The Vancouver Club
Sep 29 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Embracing the reality, Engaging the challenges and Enjoying the journey!


7am – Coffee before breakfast – Just for you early birds!

Light breakfast – from 7:15am

Program – 7:45 – 8:30am

Tickets $24.50 each – Table $172

B.C. Leadership Prayer Breakfast
Mar 23 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am



Please join us for the 52nd annual BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast 2018, on a date TBD.

This annual event attracts over 1,000 people from all walks of life: public servants, business leaders, non-profit organizations and students. Together, we offer support and prayer for those who serve in elected positions in our community at municipal, provincial, federal and international levels. A Q&A session held after the breakfast concludes the morning program.

Tickets Here






The Provincial Leaders Dinner is a special gathering of the faith community on the eve of the BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast. It is an occasion for people of faith and for those who support the Prayer Breakfast to come together in an intimate setting in order to share dinner and conversation.

Tickets Here