The Annual PFMC RETREAT CONFERENCE (RC) for 2004 will be held on the second weekend in March, Friday (12) through Sunday (14) March 2004.
The theme for 2004 is "Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves." (Matthew 10:16 [NAB])
Schedules are being worked with all the speakers and will be updated until they go to print in the RC booklet. What is available is posted for your reference at: RC Schedule
The topic will be "The HOLY SPIRIT ALIVE in YOUR LIFE" featuring Father John Hampsch, CMF, and Sister Claire Marie de l'amore crucifie of the Marian Community, Oasis of Peace with talks, seminars, and workshops from about 9 AM Monday (15) through early afternoon on Wednesday (17) March 2004.
Schedules have been worked with all the speakers and but may be updated before they go to print in the 3DX booklet. What is available is posted for your reference at: 3DX Schedule
A four (4) page information packet with registration forms is available on-line. You may choose between the weekend RC, the 3DX, the YT, or any portion of the six (6) days, one day at a time. There are delicious hot lunches available on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a pre-registration fee of only $20 per meal. The registration forms have places to check-off for each desired meal. The requested donation has been discounted to encourage married couples to come together as well as to bring family members. There are special rates for students and attendees of the YT.
Ordained priests and deacons, those studying in seminar or in a recognized deaconate program, religious brothers and sisters may register without a registration donation.
Please make a copy of the registration form portion of the information sheet, fill it out and return it to the PFMC by "snail" mail as soon as possible.
Within two weeks of the above dates it is advisable to send the form by FAX to (856) 768-9428. We have experienced long lines of walk-ins at the hotel in past years and would like to have as many as possible receive pre-registration packets at the door. Call (856) 768-9228 with a credit card to reserve your seat. See below for hotel information. Advance registration will close on Friday, 3/5/04.
The principal speaker duties for 2004 will be shared between Babsie Bleasdell, Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, and Father Bill Halbing (Friday night only). Father Robert DeGrandis, S.S.J. has cancelled many of his speaking engagements and one of them was with us. He is trying to deal with some nagging health problems by trying to rest more.
Saturday night will feature Sister Claire Marie de l'amore crucifie of the Marian Community, Oasis of Peace as well as another fantastic concert by Father Michael Semana This year the Father Michael Semana Concert will share the concert time with Gospel Music Concert by the People of Praise Prayer Community Gospel Choir from Brooklyn, NY.
Bob Pladek of Catholic Focus Productions, Inc. will be taping all of the talks and homilies for both the RC and the 3DX. He will be offering copies of the tapes on-site as well as via mail order using his order form with payment by cash, check, or credit card. Consider ordering a whole set of tapes for someone close to you who could not physically be present. If you need to contact him about a tape for these events or any of the past PFMC events, call 1-800-TAPES123 [827-3712] or 1-888-HOLY SPIRIT [465-9747].
REFUGE now has 3 Compact Disc recordings which help support their ministry.
Come to the Hilton Hotel and visit their tables.
The Hilton Hotel may be reached using New Jersey Transit (NJT) 406 bus which runs along Old Marlton Pike (NJ 70) or the NJT train from Philadelphia to Atlantic City or vice versa which stops at the Cherry Hill Train Station.
The NJT train to / from Atlantic City runs from / to the Amtrak 30th Street Train Station and stops at the Cherry Hill Train Station. This station is behind a new shopping center, The Pavillions at Cherry Hill, which contains a Home Depot on the former grounds of the Cherry Hill Race Track opposite both hotels. Taxis and shuttle vans run from the station to the hotels.
The NJT #406 bus runs from the downtown Philadelphia bus station across the Ben Franklin Bridge and east on NJ 70 or Old Marlton Pike and stops at both hotels. This route has regular service to Marlton, NJ with extensions to Berlin, NJ, Medford, NJ and Mount Laurel, NJ. Call for a copy of the map and schedule if bus transportation fits your needs.