Group retreats welcome
Three of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Sisters give spiritual direction, according to Sr Maria Ng Swee Wan.
Sr Maria said that many Catholics and other Christians come to the FMM House of Prayer and Formation at 49 Holland Road, for retreats and spiritual direction.
They come with a mixture of desires: “to search for God and find answers to issues of deep concern”, she added.
In addition to accompanying retreatants according to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, the FMM Sisters also share on the Franciscan spirituality of simplicity or poverty (detachment from material gain or comfort); community (nurturing relationships); compassion (serving others) and love of nature.
“Very often I ask retreatants to go out and be with nature at Botanic Garden. It’s fantastic – they find peace and their problems don’t seem as big anymore… When you are really in touch with nature, sometimes it speaks to you. But one must spend time, at least two hours, in order to experience nature calmly and quietly,” said Sr Maria.
One way to get in touch with oneself and God is through the labyrinth walk, which is also popular with retreatants, she added.
To find out more, visit http://www.fmmsingapore.org/
By Mel Diamse-Lee