Terry’s schedule

Franciscan Center Retreat

Franciscan Center
3010 N. Perry Avenue
Tampa, FL
11.09.2012 - 11.11.2012
5:00 PM 12:00 AM

For information or Registration

Call — (813) 229-2695
Website — http://www.franciscancentertampa.org/
Email — info@franciscancentertampa.org

Living with Passion and Purpose

Every person has the freedom, and the permission, to discover and embrace what has always been there: an authentic self, vital and human. A place of sanctuary, grace, passion, creativity, trust, laughter, wonder and delight.

Renewing your passion
Finding your voice
Practicing self-nurture
Creating balance
Embracing life-giving choices


  1. Betty Paul
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Terry, you MUST pray for my envy of your beautiful discriptive writings
    This is a truly LOL at the thought I could ever think and or write as beautiful healing words that you do. I so enjoy your mind, humor, God that I see and hear in you. I do not envy your mind, well maybe a little :)
    however I am soo happy your willing to share.

    hugs peace and continued blessings from God for you and your family
    as you say Keep dancing.

  2. Ellen Leger
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    A Stretch…..I met you in Atlanta at the SDI conference and again at the retreat location. My husband had died, you told me to let our son…’be the man’. ……He was deeply grieved…

    Over a period of seven years I wrote a manuscript; Tears Can Will Change Us. I had to rewrite given the reality of Bob’s terminal diagnosis and death – I am a Spiritual Director, an RN, have a PhD in stress research (University of Leeds,England)….

    If I sent you a copy of the manuscript, would you read it. It is 11 chapters, it is to hold the journeys of ‘others’…then I had to find my own voice….I would expect there would be a fee involved. What do you think?…..ellen leger

  3. debra schneider
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Thank God for you being brave enough to breath in every thought that God gives you and breath out all the faith and wisdom so we are nourished. God Bless.

  4. Jan Marie Locket
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Hi Terry,

    I think about you often and pray for your safe journey on your travels.

    Let me know if you want to finish up the cd designs I created for you so long ago. I would be happy to assist.

    Thanks and have a wonderful holiday season.

    Jan Marie Locket

  5. Cherrie Peters
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Lovely words in the “Power of Pause”…I also attended the retreat at Holy Name of Mary in San Dimas and was so happy for learning how to “be” and “pause”. I needed this book for some time now and have been truly blessed by your words. I know that I will look at life differently and abundantly praise God for all the blessings that I witness daily now…not to mention the laughter that started at the retreat and continued as I read your book. Life is better with laughter and your words have proven it! Thank you and God Bless You!

  6. Steve & Tammy Becker
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    We are ready for RE Congress and looking forward to spending some Terry time. Year in and year out, you have and continue to deliver very powerful and insightful lessons in your sessions. They along with your books and tapes have truly changed the way we look at day to day life. Not sure how you do it Terry, one on one or in a crowd of 12,000 you seem to hit the hearts of all of us. Lastly, a quick thank you for the Sabath Moment and just being Terry.
    God Bless Your Real Big!

  7. Gary Clark
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Terry, thank you for your sharing at the RECongress this past weekend. Enjoyed your session on ‘LIVING WITHOUT FEAR’. Remember with all your hugs – hug “heart to heart”. Know who I am now. LOL

  8. susabella
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    You get it! You deeply understand women and therefore truly help us to understand men. My only wish is that somehow you could get the message to all those in relationship. I guess that is all of us!
    May your ministry flourish and abound so that many more people may have the courage to step into the darkness so they can see the light. Namaste.

  9. Mary Andrews
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I was present at Holy Name of Mary in San Dimas, CA, 3-day retreat, and was so amazed and inspired with everything Terry said. He made being content with oneself a goal, an easy reality, if we just stop our wishing away the present, and just be. We have no power over the past or the future, so we must be grateful for the present beautiful moments, and recognize ourself as blessed. May I ask Terry if, on his website, where his speaking schedule is noted, if he would put the location of the retreat. God Bless, Mary Andrews

  10. Jennie Sullivan
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks for all your encouraging words…so well said!!
    I met you at The Swag in North Carolina..

  11. Posted June 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jennie… Thanks for the note… and I hope all is well… The Swag… wonderful sanctuary and memories

  12. Kristy
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Do you ever get to Colorado?

  13. Posted August 11, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Yes I do… nothing on the schedule currently, but keep checking the website speaking schedule… Or better yet find someone who wants to invite me… Peace to you…

  14. Joan Martin
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    A dear friend just introduced me to your words and I am so grateful to her. I don’t often think of myself as a person “in need” but our words have resonated with me. Thank you for your wise and thoughtful words.

  15. Brenda Sword
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I was extremely fortuunate a member of your audience at the seminar in Denton Texas on Sept 12, 2013. I am amazed and in awe of your presentation of the important things we as humans should be paying attention to. Thank you for that reality check. Pray for my mortal soul and I will learn new life lessons through you.

    Thank You very much.

    Brenda Sword, PhD, RN
    Education Coordinator
    Atrium Medical Center
    Corinth, Texas 76208

  16. Posted September 22, 2013 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Brenda. Thank you for the note. I was honored to be with a group of people who give of their days making life easier for others. I wished only to let you all know that there is a light shining from within, and we need to be advocates for one another so the “stuff” of life doesn’t become a bushel basket that covers that light… Keep spilling the light… Peace to you and you are in my prayers… Terry

  17. Carmelita Logerwell
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I so enjoyed your sharing with us at Rotary this morning. Laughing out loud, close to tears – a great start to the day. This will be my miracle for Thursday. Thank you Terry!

  18. Posted November 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Carmelita… thank you for the note… I didn’t know I could enjoy a group of people that much that early in the morning… And very glad to connect with fellow Islanders…

  19. Joe Jacobs
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Terry, please present your speaking engagement calendar with the inspirational word that specifically identifies with that group and your message…like a trailer or teaser for a movie, build the anticipation, the hope, the mutual desire to share a moment, they in their pursuit of your voice of inspiration, you in your humility and honor to be heard as though God is speaking through you.

  20. Posted February 8, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Joe. Good thoughts. I’ll see what I can do… Keep spilling the light.

  21. Mary Stephens
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Terry, I also attended Holy Name of Mary 3-day. When I attended your retreat I was lost in the grief of the loss of my husband in 2010 and our middle son the year before. Moved from South Carolina back to my home state of California to be with my mom, who passed away at 97. We happily enjoyed each other’s company until her passing. Now I’m back in South Carolina and just finished The Power of Pause, knowing that I can take a breather. My youngest son lives on Bainbridge so I know your beautiful vistas. Thank you so much for your words that I can turn into enjoying this very moment. God bless.

  22. Susan Robertson
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Terry-I thank God for you and what you do. You uplift my soul and bring it back to The Lord where it belongs. Your emails are my Ah moments. In this chaotic world we live in. So many times I have been so low and fail to see the sun shining. With your spirit and words I find my way back. Bles you and your family. Please come back to St. Patricks church in lovely Arroyo Grande cal for another series. I will ask Father Ken to have you back. As I said, God bless you for how much you enrich our lives.

  23. Posted June 16, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink


    Sacred Wounds. Sacred, wounded redeemer. Your words once more hit the mark and bring clarity and wholeness as I begin a new week. I grieve for all the wounds we carry, that we inflict, that change us. But I am made new in the gift of connection to the story that binds us to healing, to gracious giving back, to the redeeming of our wounds as they become sacred gift to others.

    Thank you for vivid pictures of Peter, it’s so easy to see him! — for telling his story, for giving us the image of what we can do with our wounds as we are given the grace and as we choose to claim it, to offer them up to the world. Somehow I love the notion that he can’t use his stump! There’s a story in there…

    God wastes nothing.

    When I was attacked twelve years ago, and even as I had some inkling it was coming (in some form, some fashion) but not as it finally did, a crazed man jumping out of a truck, leaving me a brain-injured puddle of injury and incapacitation, even as I had some inkling that something was about to break, I claimed the promise of Joseph, from the story of our Sunday School children’s lessons at the church at the time. “You meant it for evil,” Joseph told his brothers about their abandonment. But God used it for good.

    A community was hell-bent on keeping its secrets, its own so-called ‘sacred’ wounds deeply hidden and had been stirred by false stories that I would expose them, even as they were moving stealthily to keep them buried. I had been warned, threatened!

    The final blow was only the last scene in a long scenario of abuse and sabotage, harassment, and cruelty that had gone on for months. It was just a matter of time before something big would bring a denouement to this tragic encounter of pastor and small tribe of
    terrified people, fearing light.

    And so I suffered a traumatic brain injury and PTSD and developed Parkinson’s Disease, likely as a consequence of the brain trauma. My wounds. Are they sacred?

    Only in the sense that I choose to give them up, to bind them to a greater good. And I had vowed I would.

    We are broken not as God wills but as the consequence of human sin. But we can be broken for the sake of others as God decides to draw us deeper into the deep, and calls to us to offer what we have and what we have experienced for others’ good.

    As early as I could find my way to thinking again, I was determined to use my experience for good. It was soon after that I began to hear of the waves of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from horrific Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD. I wanted to help.

    For a long time I was too wounded myself to do much. But there are many things one can do with a wound made sacred and I found that honesty, transparency about my story was helpful. I also discovered that making people laugh was wonderful medicine. I laugh mostly at myself. When you have a brain injury you can get away with all kinds of (stuff) *shit!

    However, I stumbled on to another option last winter. At the last moment I discovered the deadline (in only a few hours) for submissions to a new book and sent one in. And a gift was given to me, another way to use my wounds for good, to make them sacred simply in the offering up of my story for someone else’s catharsis, encouragement, inspiration.

    Karl Barth (whom I don’t quote very often!) said that telling our stories of faith were simply the matter of one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread. So if I may, here’s a place where beggars who are themselves victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD and their caregivers can find some bread.

    A new book (for which I don’t get a dime, so this is not gratuitious self-promotion, but, I hope, helpful information) will be published on June 24, 2014. Next Tuesday.

    “Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work” comes from Simon & Schuster, 400 pages. About 14.95. It is the latest in the (don’t laugh) Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise. My little story is four pages. If one person finds some hint of encouragement, a glimpse of grace, a sweeping wind of inspiration, it will thrill my soul. Even though I’ll never know.

    Proceeds go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation for wounded warriors with TBI’s, to provide them all the support they need for as long as they need. It turns out not to be as much about war injury as I had rather hoped, but it is relevant. And the moving forward by Lee Woodruff about Bob (a prominent TV news anchor), who suffered an almost fatal TBI in the early days in Iraq is deeply moving.

    Terry, you remind us again and again that stories are the way we share our lives and bind each other back together, with words that stir up and move us to see into the chaos and find the paradigm of “sufficiency.” Thank you again and again for these Monday morning glimpses into God’s determination to use our wounds to deepen us, to soften us, to break us open so we just pour out into the world like balm. You do that. And you encourage us to do it too. Thanks so much!

    Happy chaos in your garden! And greetings from Denver (well, Highlands Ranch) where my bookshop view is still of snow-covered peaks and a cloudless sky. You are always welcome here. Peacely, Jan/Anneli

  24. Isabel
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Hi Terry,
    Your timing, your words…never fail to accompany my wandering thoughts and chaotic mind. I am so glad God made you…I thank Him for allowing you to do what you do best. Rescuing my soul.

  25. Posted June 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Isabel… thank you for posting. And thank you for being you… and for spilling the light… Peace to you…

  26. nancy duronio
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to your return to Houston TX area. Your visit with us in 2010 continues to impact our ministry. Thanks again Terry.
    Singles Ministry at Clear Lake Methodist.

  27. Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Nancy… I remember my visit with you all… and thank you for your ministry… See you soon.

  28. Joyce pritchett
    Posted February 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Terry, I met you at our Tri Diocese retreat at Shrine Mont in October. Your words still resonate in my mind and your love of God, family and friends are a true blessing. I have given rave reviews of my feelings in the messages you deliver therefore I as well as many friends would so love to hear you again….I sure hope that some day your schedule will include Virginia…will keep following your schedule… Thanks for the memories.

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