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

Pathways to Prayer

Moving Towards Balance with Ayurveda

Come and learn the ancient science of Ayurveda or “knowledge of life. “ We will learn holistic techniques to bring balance to mind, body and spirit. You will come away with a daily routine that will guide you to-wards health, balance, and living in harmony with the laws of nature.

Presenter: Jennifer Perry
Date: Saturday, Aug. 4 (Registration by 7/25)
Time: 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity due at time of registration.

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Jennifer Perry is the Program Coordinator for the Oldenburg Franciscan Center in Oldenburg, Indiana. She is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant and is passionate about learning and teaching ways to tap into our body’s own wisdom to bring about health and healing.

Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest

In today’s world we struggle to find the balance between work and rest. The practice of Sabbath can help us restore our natural rhythm, regardless of our spiritual tradition. Sabbath is a time we set aside to re-fresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity and regain our “birthright of inner happiness.” We will use the book by Wayne Muller, “Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest” as our guide to learn sim-ple practical ways to incorporate this practice into our lives.

Presenter: Jennifer Perry
Date: Saturday, Oct. 6 (Registration by 9/26)
Time: 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity due at time of registration.

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Hands to Work, Hearts to God: The Victorian Woman Prayer

St. James, in his epistle in the New Testament, states that "faith without good works is dead." Victorian women, while assigned traditional gender roles in both society and church, often translated their prayer life into those good works St. James spoke about. Come and meet some of these remarkable women and learn how to balance faith and good works in our own busy lives.

Presenters: Judi Sauerbrey & Linda Bonnell
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3 (Registration by 10/24)
Time: 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity due at time of registration.

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Judi Sauerbrey is a retired teacher, having spent 49 years as a high school and college instructor in English and the Humanities. She is also Director Emerita of Women’s Studies at Mount St. Joseph University, as well as an avid quilter and an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Linda Bonnell is former curator and director of educational programs at Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, Indiana. She has an extensive background in women's studies with a specialty in the Victorian era. She has also been a Civil War reanactor and has presented many
educational programs in the greater Cincinnati area.


On Another Beat...Drum Circle

Come and enjoy timeless rhythms of self-expression from the core of your being – no experi-ence or formal training needed - just your heart-beat. In the Drum Circle, there is no audience. Everyone is part of the echoing sound that comes from their within. Spend one hour with your heart beat and find the rhythm of your soul. Drums are provided.

Facilitator: Shirley LeBlanc, SC
Dates: Saturdays, Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 29
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.

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S. Shirley, our drumming facilitator celebrates the third anniversary in drumming at the Motherhouse. She is retired but loves to get together with folks to drum either for the sheer pleasure of it or the soulful space drumming can bring.


Praying with Nature

Nature is one of the most fulfilling gifts we have in our lives. Praying and sharing nature experiences with others is so gratifying. This year we will be celebrating the turning of the seasons with the gifts of nature that Marty has captured with her camera. We are graced by the creatures of our planet, our brothers and sisters, as we enjoy our world, day by day.

Presenter: Marty Dermody, SC
Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 24 & Dec. 19
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.

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


Writing for Earth’s Sake: Listening to Nature

Prayer is our link to the holy, and nature provides a world of opportunities to connect our spirit, mind, and body to the divine Mystery. In this session, we will explore ways God speaks to us through writing, by using everyday moments in nature and in life that we may otherwise miss. There are many ways to pray and writ-ing is one which can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the spiritual life. This session is meant for all levels of writers and prayers – those who are experienced and those who would like to write more. No prerequisites needed, just a desire to grow closer to the heart of the One who breathes life into all that is.

Presenter: Rebeka Maples, PhD, M.Div.
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: 7-9 a.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity
Time: 7-9 p.m. Payable at time of registration.

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Rebeka Maples, PhD, M.Div. is director of spiritual formation for a United Methodist training program at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Delaware, Ohio). She is ordained in the United Methodist Church and served 20 years in the local church in Ohio and England. She is a certified spiritual director through the Well-streams training program with Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, Ohio. Rebeka is writing spiritual and po-litical poems and prayers, and has published with Wild Goose Publications of the Iona Community (UK): Praying with Light (2014), God in Desert Places (2018), Waiting for the Light (2018); and numerous poems in other sources. Besides writing she also enjoys nature and running half-marathons whenever time and training permit.


Mother Margaret's Spirituality

Join us for a commemoration of the sesquicentennial memorial anniversary of Mother Margaret Cecilia George through the experience of creating a “scrapbook” page using her spirituality. For Mother Margaret, scrapbooking was a therapeutic outlet to symbolically or artistically respond to the challenging trials she faced in her life.

Presenters: Various Sisters & Associates
Dates: Tuesday, Nov. 13
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested

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Being Still with God - Advent

During this Advent season, we pause, quiet ourselves and focus our attention on the stillness. A short reflection will begin the evening. You are then on your own to seek out your prayer space... the chapel, prayer room, labyrinth or any parlor or bench. Pause and pray in your own way. At the end of our quiet time we will gather to pray together for a few minutes.

Come and join us for this time to be still, be quiet and continue to deepen your relationship with our loving God.

Presenter: Pat Plogmann, Spirituality Center Advisory Committee
Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.

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Sundays of Reflection
Celebrating 150 Years of Mother Margaret George

Margaret George: Living in the Spirit of Vincent, Louise & Elizabeth
Judy Metz, SC, Nov. 4

The Poetic Spirit of Margaret George
Alice Ann O’Neill, SC
, Dec. 2

Times:
9:30 a.m.- Mass in Chapel
10:45 a.m. -
Presentation in Cedars
11:30 a.m. - Large group questions/comments
12 p.m. - Dinner
Fee: $20 (includes main meal)

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There is no fee for the Sundays of Reflection for SC’s and Associates. Donations are welcome to defray expenses. Those who do not live at the Motherhouse are requested to call 347-5300 (daytime) or 347-5346 (evening) and leave a message if you plan to stay for dinner.


Remembering, Savoring, Celebrating,
Awaiting the New

What a wonderful day/time to attend to the larger moment of our life! Together we will look over the graces of 2018, savor and pray them. Then, we will look ahead to our direction and prayer as we begin the new year. This time will include guided reflection, prayer, journaling, sharing, and ritual. Bring your journal!

Presenter: Donna Steffen, SC
Dates: Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve Day)
Time: 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $25; $15 for Sisters of Charity. Fee due at time of registration.
REGISTRATION DUE BY DECEMBER 20

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Donna Steffen, SC is a spiritual director and gives retreats and spirituality workshops. Presently Donna is our Sisters of Charity Novice Director.


Centering Prayer

If you feel called to a contemplative way of praying, and if you would like mutual, ongoing support and learning about it, a Centering Prayer group may be for you.

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 treas-ures 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 reflec-tion 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: 4-4:30PM
Location: Motherhouse Chapel
Fee: No fee or registration required.