Spiritual Path

We are a contemplative spiritual community with roots in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. We are guided by the traditions of the early Church and look to scripture, tradition, the writings of saints, and sages of the ancient wisdom traditions for inspiration. We are a place where people can find spiritual enrichment though community, liturgical worship, the sacraments or "holy mysteries," and the wonder of the natural world. Community is at the core of our spiritual path. We house a small residential community made up of sincere spiritual seekers, dedicated to cultivating peace, and united in the healing work of love. We desire to unveil the mystical in the everyday and develop a daily practice that brings us into deep communion with our neighbors, the earth, and our Creator.

St. Francis of the Woods was inspired by the Russian Orthodox tradition of the Poustinia, a place where travelers and pilgrims are welcomed and given shelter to enable a time apart for prayer and inner reflection. Such a place is akin to the hospitality provided by persons who, in times of trouble, transition, or intense spiritual search, show up at ashrams in India and monastic communities around the world. It was the desire of our founders, Bishop John and Kay Adair, to offer safe haven, a sacred space for respite and renewal, to anyone on a spiritual journey. 

While on retreat, you are invited to join us in our community schedule. But you are also welcome to join us in community whether you are physically present, or by joining us in spirit from wherever you are. Our meditations are offered live on Instagram and zoom. On most Sundays we offer a simple Eucharist in the Oakerhater Chapel followed by a shared meal. The service draws upon the Eastern Orthodox, Franciscan, Celtic, and Native American traditions. Our worship is psychosomatic, engaging both the body and the mind. We follow a mix of the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar and the Revised Common Lectionary for scripture readings, and engage in deep discussion, wrestling with the scripture readings in the ancient Jewish tradition. On the first Sunday of each month we meet in the St. Francis Chapel for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chyrsostom, an ancient eucharistic service compiled around 400 CE. On Mondays we are invited to spend time in silence. That may mean taking a break from your cell phone or social media or actual silence as a spiritual practice. Wednesday through Friday we come together for daily prayer and meditation. We fast as a community beginning Thursday evenings until community dinner on Friday. Holy Unction on Friday, is a service of anointing with oil for healing and everyone is welcome. We usually pray the Rosary after Unction and then share a meal together. Whether you are here on the grounds or just with us in your heart, please join with the St. Francis of the Woods community as we meditate, pray, work, fast, and eat together. 

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contemplative Services

Wednesdays 

9:00 - centering prayer 

10:00 - community yoga (zoom only)

 

Thursdays

9:00 - centering prayer 

12:00 - midday meditation 

 

Fridays 

9:00 - centering prayer 

12:00 - midday meditation 

18:00 - holy unction 

18:30 - holy rosary 

Eucharistic Services

First Sundays

(St. Francis Chapel)

10:30 - Liturgy of Preparation

10:45 - Divine Liturgy 

12:30 - Potluck 

Other Sundays
(Oakerhater Chapel)

10:30 - Coffee 

10:45 - Eucharist 

12:00 - Potluck 

405.466.3774

 

P.O. Box 400
11414 W. Hwy 33

Coyle, OK 73027

 

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