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Spirituality Retreats and Programs
All programs are held at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse unless otherwise specfied.

Recognizing and Embracing the Awakening Moments in Our Lives

We will be using Kathleen Dowling Singh’s book, The Grace in Living and her spiritual biography method to recall and recognize our own inner spiritual awakening experiences. Unlike a chronological spiritual biography, she divides this journey into four quarters:

  1. From Taste to Hunger
  2. From Seeking to the End of Seeking
  3. Healing into Maturity
  4. Ripening

Our six-month journey together will be an opportunity to recognize grace, to trust it and embrace it as our own true nature in every moment of our lives.

Facilitators: Pat Plogmann, Mary Jo Blankemeyer & Maureen Heverin, SC
Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Jan. 23, Apr. 3, May 1
Time: 1-3 p.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $45 for entire series or $10 per session; $25 for Sisters of Charity or $5 per session. Add $10 to your fee if purchasing a book through the Spirituality Center. Payment due at time of registration. Deadline for book purchase is Sept. 22; Registration is due Oct. 13 if you purchase your own book.

Register here!

S. Ann Billiard is a Sister of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy with many years of pastoral ministry experience. She has graduate degrees in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. She is a certified grief recov-ery specialist and a certified sage-ing facilitator. Currently coordinating Transformative Aging programs, she provides spiritual direction, lectures, workshops, and retreats on the spirituality of aging. She has presented at national conferences and to groups of older adults both nationally and internationally.


Pathways to Prayer

Most of us learned from our parents or in school the rote prayers that we used every day before the class day would begin. Now as adults how do we pray? There are many ways we have learned over the years, different ways of communicating with our God. It is something we desire and something we need in our world today. We invite you to come and share with us the “Pathways to Prayer”, which involves sharing a variety of ways that people pray in this day and time.

Time: 10 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee : $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity. Payment due at time of registration.

THEMES/PRESENTER/DATES:
Listen to Inner Wisdom—Vanessa Hurst—Oct. 7 (Registration by 9/28)
In moments of contemplation (quiet listening), our inner wisdom provides clarity. Learn ways to enter and rest in the silence to increase your ability to respond with your inner wisdom. Using contemplative practices experience simple ways to mindfully connect to your divine spark, home of your intuition. Practices in-clude anchoring, shielding, and listening to our sensory voices.

Vanessa Hurst is a mindful coach who trained as a medical intuitive. She has a master’s degree in Natural Health and, for 19 years, has taught intuitive awareness, contemplative living, and Tai Chi. With mindfulness and intuitive awareness, she guides others on their healing journeys through understanding, experiencing, and responding to intuition. She is the author of two books.

Scriptures—Kay Tardiff, SC—Nov. 4 (Registration by 10/26)
A chance to remember our own call or calls from God to live the “Gospel” by looking at the calls of Israel’s three major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Please bring your bible. You might want to read Isaiah 6, Jeremiah 1 (entire chapter) and Ezekiel 1-3.

S. Kay Tardiff has a Masters in Theology from St. John University in Collegeville, MN.

Contemplation—Marge Kloos, SC—Dec. 2 (Registration by 11/22)
God longs for intimacy with us. We yearn to experience this intimacy. And the amazing reality is that our humanity seems to be hard-wired for an intimate relationship with our immanent God. When we contem-plate, we make space for God to enter our longing. By opening our senses and fully experiencing our emo-tions in contemplation, we come to trust that the Companionship of God is tangible, healing, energizing, and comforting. Using image, Word, music, and extended periods of quiet, we will practice together several approaches to contemplation for modern life.

S. Marge is a member of the Sisters of Charity Leadership Team and has served in the ministry of education for many years. She has led multiple retreats and spirituality groups, with a particular sensitivity to healing and resilience through contemplative practice.


Praying with Nature through the Seasons

We are all aware of the gifts of the seasons with each new day of our lives. Here in the Midwest we experience the changes of nature on a daily basis. Using photographs and the outdoors we can get in touch with our loving God. This program will allow us to observe and experience some of the ways
nature shows forth those day to day changes.

Presenter: Marty Dermody, SC
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 27
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.

S. Marty Dermody, SC is the current Director of the Spirituality Center and loves sharing her photography in her prayer.


Backward Binoculars

Donning “BACKWARD BINOCULARS” we will ponder as Mary did: Lk. 2:19…Mary took all the parts of her life - her thoughts, her observations, her visions, her knowledge of being chosen as the mother of Christ, and constantly brought them together in her heart to help her understand what was happening and what it meant. The pondering self provides an opening for God to come into one’s thoughts and life...a way to unlock the mystery of God's plan and puzzle out how to embrace it and move forward.

This reflection day will provide input, encouragement, prayer and a unique-concise process for pondering the wing-span of God’s movement through the years. With these Backward Binocular nuggets the participant can move more strongly into the future with growing awareness of God’s covenant love.

Facilitator: S. Patmarie Bernard, SC Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
Location: Emmaus Room, SC Motherhouse
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $45 (lunch included); $25 non-refundable registration fee applied to total cost;
$15 for Sisters of Charity made payable at time of registration. (Registration due by Oct. 19)

S. Patmarie has been a spiritual director and retreat director since 1990. She received formal preparation in Spiritual Direction at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. Pat has training in dream work, journaling, center-ing prayer, Lectio Divina, Native American spirituality and Personality Myers-Briggs—Enneagram types. She served on the retreat staff of the Sangre de Cristo Renewal Program in Santa Fe, NM. Her ministry experience includes healthcare outreach, with management and nursing services among the poor.


Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is an ongoing program in the Spirituality Center. We seek to share the practice of Centering Prayer and support one another in a contemplative lifestyle.

Mondays
Leaders: Liz Maxwell & Joyce Richter, SC
Location: Prayer Room; SC Motherhouse
Time:
10-11 a.m.
Fee: free; no registration required

Wednesdays
Leaders:Liz Maxwell & Joyce Richter, SC
Location: Prayer Room; SC Motherhouse
Time:
4-5 p.m.
Fee: free; no registration required


Praying the “O” Antiphons

The “O” Antiphons are some of the richest treasures of the Advent season. Again this Advent we are praying the “O” Antiphons in the Motherhouse Chapel from 4-4:30PM. This will be the afternoon prayer to end our days and will include a reflection on each of the antiphons. We hope you will join us as we once again prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus.

Dates/Themes:
Dec. 17 – O Wisdom
Dec. 18 – O Adonai
Dec. 19 – O Root of Jesse
Dec. 20 – O Key of David
Dec. 21 – O Radiant Light
Dec. 22 – O King
Dec. 23 – O Emmanuel
Time: 4-4:30 p.m.
Location: Motherhouse Chapel