Retreats and Presentations on the writings of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi
We travel to you.
We accept nearly every invitation offered.
Franciscan Passages, a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, was born in the spring of 2010. It is through this endeavor that Julie McElmurry creates and leads retreats and presentations for Retreat Centers, Church groups, schools, Secular Franciscan Fraternities and Faith-based volunteer programs.
The foundation of every presentation is upon the writings of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare of Assisi, or by their contemporaries.
Many early Franciscan writings have been translated into modern, readily accessible English and Spanish and contain a wealth of riches which are yours to explore.
You will find that St. Francis, St. Clare and their contemporaries have much to say to us in our lives today through their writings.
Who recommends Franciscan Passages?
We will be happy to provide you with a list of people who have experienced Franciscan Passages retreats and presentations.
Additionally, you may wish to read some recommendations on the "Recommended by.." page of this website.
Daylong Retreat for a women's group: Lay Men and Women: Called and Gifted
College Student Service Weekend: To Love and To Serve
Morning Retreat for Staff of Catholic University of America
One Evening class on Francis' Testament for Capuchin Franciscan Friars at Cap College in Washington, DC
Six hours of classes for Postulants of Capuchin Franciscans in Brooklyn, NY
Advent Parish Mission in Elizabeth City, NC
Retreat for Staff of Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD
Directed Retreat for the Parish Council of St. Joseph's in Bryson City and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Cherokee, NC (the parish where I grew up!)
Service Trip for Youth Group from St. Peter's in Charlotte
Series at a United Methodist College: Francis of Assisi 101
As part of a series at St. Matthew's in Charlotte: Writings of Francis of Assisi and You
Retreat Day for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School children in grades 1st-8th in Winston-Salem, NC
Retreat Afternoon (1.5 hours) for Kindergartners on "The Things we see in Church" (email to request a free coloring book!)
Eighth Grade Retreat for Our Lady of Mercy: God is With Us Always
Women's Bible Study at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston Salem, NC: Reflections on Chapters from Genesis and Exodus
Speaker at Theology Uncorked in Charlotte: Discernment and Conversion in St. Francis of Assisi
Avila Retreat Center in Durham NC: Created and led their annual Franciscan Retreat. Francis and Clare, In Their Own Words
Webinar: Effective Retreats on a Shoestring Budget
Friday night and Saturday retreat at St. Joseph's in Wilmington, DE:Francis of Assisi Speaks to Us!
Daylong Retreat for Baby Boomers held at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
Franciscan Approach to Advent presentation at the Franciscan Center in Greensboro, NC
Please contact us about providing a retreat for your group. We travel wherever we are invited.
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Who is associated with Franciscan Passages?
Julie McElmurry, MS, MA
Mrs. Julie McElmurry earned the M.S. in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University in The Bronx and the M.A. in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University's Franciscan Institute in Olean, NY. For nine summers, she hoisted her backpack to study alongside fine men and women for nine summers, then, in August, returned to her position as a Campus Minister.
As a Campus Minister of the Diocese of Charlotte (1999-2010) Julie served under the direction of Fr. Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv., a Franciscan priest who is now the Chaplain of Catholic University of America. Julie taught Service Learning classes at Salem College for 22 semesters and planned over 20 international and domestic mission trips. Following the Bishop's statement on the role of Campus Ministers, she assisted in Forming the Faith Community, Appropriating the Faith, Forming the Christian Conscience, Educating for Justice, Facilitating Personal Development and Developing Leaders for the Future.
Since 2010, Julie has worked full-time as the Director of Franciscan Passages, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization. Julie travels wherever she is invited by Secular Franciscan Fraternities, Faith Based Volunteer Programs, Church groups, Schools and Retreat Centers to give retreats and presentations on St. Francis of Assisi. She lives in North Carolina and in Florida during the "school year" and assists Brother Ed Coughlin, OFM with the operations of the Franciscan Insittute in Olean, NY each summer.
Julie's purpose is to share what she has been taught over the course of her studies under such preeminent Franciscan scholars as Dr. Jacques Dalarun, Fr. Michael Cusato, OFM, Dr. Alison More, Dr. Jean-Francois Godet-Callogaras, Fr. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., Dr. Joshua Benson and Fr. Michael Blastic, OFM.
Julie recognizes her education as a gift to be shared with others and accepts nearly every speaking engagement to which she is invited. This gift was made possible by the Catholic Extension Society which gave her a tuition scholarship to study at Fordham University and by the fine friars of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Conventual Franciscan Friars who gave her a tuition scholarship to study at St. Bonaventure University. Julie says, "In the spirit of St. Francis, who encourages us to share all that we have with others, it is my desire to share what I have learned with others."
Larry Kirwan, MRE
Mr. Larry Kirwan earned the Master of Religious Education degree through the Loyola University Institute for Ministry Extension Program. An accomplished musician, composer and educator, Larry is available to accompany Julie. Please click here to enjoy his music. He has been a part of several presentations and retreats with Franciscan Passages. His original arrangements of music based on St. Francis and St. Clare's writings as well as his hammered dulcimer skills add another layer of beauty and goodness to Franciscan Passages events.
The Board of Directors is comprised of Julie and four people who believe in the mission of Franciscan Passages freely offering their time, prayers, wisdom and advice to help lead Franciscan Passages.
Mr. Horace "Duke" Walker, M. Div.