Educational and Spiritual Opportunities


A Different Kind of Fasting:  Our Lenten Hunger for God

Fasting is not just the physical practice of giving up food. Fasting can also be a way to combat our culture of endless distractions and busyness. Fasting is an act of letting go, of making more internal space to listen to the sacred whispers of our lives.  This spiritual journey will address different kinds of fasts, including fasting from control, from our attachments and more. When we practice these fasts, we can discover unexpected spiritual gifts, as well as answers to the deeper questions: “What is my true hunger?”

The series will provide a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey and its invitation into a daily fast of heart-clutter—the stuff that sticks to your soul and weighs you down. Lent is a time for stripping away all that distracts us from our true hunger for God. We will consider fast from rushing, planning, being strong, holding it all together, seeking certainty, and control so that we can softly reorient ourselves toward that which nourishes and fulfills us, not only for the Lenten season but beyond. Presentations will incorporate gleanings from:

A Different Kind of Fast: Feeding Our True Hungers in Lent,       Christine Valters Paintner

40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.       Alicia Britt Chole

Incarnation Center Sessions: 

Tuesday February 13, 20 & 27, 2024      10-11:30 AM

Basilica of St. Michael Sessions

Tuesday February 13, 20 & 27, 2024      6-7:30 PM

Pre-registration for either location is required by February 9.

A Five Week Spring Series. 

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2024

Incarnation Center:  10AM – 12N

                                                        Basilica of St. Michael:  6-8PM

This series will take a new and fresh look at Jesus: who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, and what he did for our salvation.  This encounter with Christ will inspire and empower you to center your entire life around him as you come to know and love him in an ever deeper and more intimate way.

The DVD portion of the series was filmed on location in the Holy Land.  Experience the cultures of the Holy Land as they were two thousand years ago.  Understand Jesus’ profound relationship with Mary and Joseph.  Discover how Jesus answers the longings of the human heart and what his saving mission means for each of us.

Pre-registration for either location is required by March 27.

 To register for either program, contact 814-886-4098 or email: or

Please provide your name, address, phone and email and include the name of the program you wish to attend.  You may also register by mailing your information to: Incarnation Center Retreats, 394 Bem Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641.