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2014 Programs

Taize Prayer

Every third Friday of the month

Taize Prayer is an ecumenical service, open to all faiths. This prayer and song around the cross is held in the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Chapel every third Friday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Sister Marcia Krause, OP, at 510-502-5797.

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
43326 Mission Blvd
Fremont CA 94539
www.msjdominicans.org

Christian Art Paintings

April 5–June 4, 2014

Opening reception Sunday, April 6 from 1–3 p.m.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery presents “Christian Art Paintings” April 5-June 4. Drazen Dupor, a native of Croatia who now resides in Madison, Wis., will display his Byzantine religious icons. He learned the ancient art form in Thessalonica, Greece, at the K. N. Georgiadis School of Art under the supervision of Zlatko Bomestar. Students study for five years before they are ready to paint in churches. The teacher and student always remain in contact after that point. Dupor creates the icons that will be exhibited on wood or canvas, using various paints and gold leaf. He has painted several churches, too. Icons are said to be “written” while the artist is in prayer.

For more information, contact Michelle Till at 608-748-4411, ext. 849, or visit at www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa.

Walking the Path Before You

April 11-13, 2014

7:30 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday

Poet David Whyte says, “We may only get one chance in a lifetime to break the spell and break the promise that we will not speak in our own voice.” Come and explore what it means to receive the road of life that is right before you, and understand that this is, in fact, your path.

Paula D’Arcy is an author and retreat leader who speaks throughout the United States and abroad. She is president of the Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of people in need, in prison, and in Third World or disadvantaged cultures. Paula is a former psychotherapist whose personal tragedy led her to reach out to others.

Cost: $255 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals.

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Holy Week Services at Sinsinawa Mound

April 13–20, 2014

The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters invite the public to worship with them as they pray and celebrate the Paschal Feast beginning with Palm Sunday, April 13. Eucharist begins at 10:30 a.m., preceded by the procession with palms beginning at 10:15 a.m.

All of the services for Holy Week will be in Queen of the Rosary Chapel. They include:

  • Holy Thursday, April 17, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 6:15 p.m.;
  • Good Friday, April 18, celebration of the Lord's Passion, 2 p.m.;
  • Holy Saturday, April 19, the Paschal Vigil, 7 p.m.; and
  • Easter Sunday, April 20, Eucharist, 10:30 a.m., and Solemn Easter Vespers, 4:45 p.m.

For more information contact Sister Mary Ellen Winston at 608-748-4411 or visit www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa.

 

Eileen Dushek-Manthe
Writer/Editor
Sinsinawa Dominicans
Communication Office
Office of Development
(608) 748-4411 ext. 271
www.sinsinawa.org

Living Mystery: A Contemporary Paschal Retreat

April 13-16, 2014

3:30 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Wednesday

This holy week, explore again the gift of living mystery… Opposites meet, life and death coincide, and the green surge of Spring dares us to thrive amid the last slushy throes of winter woes. Sister Gabriele will offer daily opportunity to deeply explore the heartbreak and the splendor of paschal truth in the light of contemporary Incarnation theology. These days are for companioning each other in the quiet immensity of contemplative practice, and for celebrating our mystic flowering in the God of Lent and Easter.

Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD, is a Core Team member at the Christine Center, Willard, Wisconsin. She offers learning opportunities grounded in the wisdom of the Christian mystics as well as contemporary spiritual thought, both East and West. She trained in process theology and Jungian-oriented depth psychology, and completed her doctoral work in these disciplines at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Cost: $250 (includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Holy Week Retreat
Transformation and Mystery: Followers of the Way

April 13-17, 2014

3 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Thursday

During these sacred days, we will deepen our understanding of how friendship, suffering, betrayal, courage, and loyalty open us to the energies of compassion and love.

Joan Ebbitt, LMSW is a spiritual director and licensed clinical social worker. A former Adrian Dominican, Joan specializes in ministering to religious, clergy, and others in the quests for experiencing the Divine.

Esther Kennedy, OP, MSW is a spiritual director and clinical social worker. Esther's own search for the sacred drew her to spend time in India and Indonesia. She is nourished by the interplay of the sacred teachings of Eastern and Western traditions.

Single Occupancy: $325
Double Occupancy: $225
Commuter: $175
Deposit: $25 (non-refundable)

Register online

Weber Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793
517-266-4000
webercenter@adriandominicans.org

Pre-Triduum Quiet Days

April 15–16, 2014

Come away for a day or two to slow down and prepare to celebrate the holiest days of the Christian liturgical calendar. Arrive any time after lunch on Tuesday, and experience your own special days of quiet.

Fee: $75–$95 per day (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Triduum Retreat

April 17–20, 2014

3 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Sunday

Immerse yourself in the true meaning of Easter by experiencing the fullness of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Vigil all as one rich and meaningful movement of transformation—from death through resurrection. The first gathering will be at 5 p.m. on Holy Thursday. The Triduum will conclude with breakfast on Easter Sunday.

Presented by Francis Gargani, CSsR and the Mariandale staff

Fee: Overnight $275–$300 (as you are able);
commuter $185–$210 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Spring Concert: Sing of Victory!

April 27, 2014

2 p.m.

Sinsinawa Mound will host a spring concert, Sing of Victory!, Sunday, April 27. Featured groups include the Loras College Chamber Choir and Bella Voce Women’s Ensemble with the Sinsinawa Laetare Choral Ensemble. Soprano soloist Sister LaDonna Manternach, BVM, will premiere two vocal works by Australian composer Paul Paviour among other musical selections. Dr. Bruce Kotowich directs the college groups and Sister Anita Smisek, OP, directs the Sinsinawa ensemble. Tickets are $5.

For more information, contact Sister Anita Smisek at 608-748-4411, ext. 124, or visit www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa.

Do You Know What Jesus Really Said?

May 1, 2014

7 to 8:30 p.m. in Aquinata Hall Chapel

Facilitator: Louis Savary, PhD, STD

Aramaic was the language Jesus actually spoke to his disciples and the crowds. Since the four gospels were written in Greek, then translated into Latin and eventually into English and other modern languages, we may have lost some of what Jesus actually meant. As you explore the words of Jesus in Aramaic, you will have many surprises. You will see that it's almost like a “hidden gospel” that has been finally revealed to us. It may even seem, in some cases, as though we have never before really understood what Jesus actually said or meant.

This program is free to sisters and associates, but open to the public for $10. If you are a sister or associate, please register by phone at 616-514-3325.

Register online

Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325
www.dominicancenter.com

Annual Gathering of Spiritual Directors

May 2–3, 2014

7 to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Facilitator: Louis Savary, PhD, STD

Louis Savary, the author of “The New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,” will share with us his language, prayer forms, and spiritual insights into the work of St. Ignatius re-envisioned with Chardin's powerful integration of faith and science. His work is compelling and transformative. There will be a strong emphasis on the grace of God in the on-going project of creation and union with God through the cosmic Christ. For all those who love the Exercises, Teilhard de Chardin and the evolving universe of love, come and taste the depths of spirituality.

Cost (Friday only): $25. Register online for Friday only

Cost (Friday and Saturday): $75 (includes meals). Register online for two-day program

Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325
www.dominicancenter.com

Dominican Laity Retreat

May 2–4, 2014

If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze. —St. Catherine of Siena

The 2014 Sister Veronica Dominican Laity Annual Retreat will be facilititated by Father Philip Neri Powell, OP. The theme of the retreat will be: “As if God doesn’t exist”: Challenging Secularism by Living the Gospel.

Cost for the two-night stay with meals:
$170 per person single occupancy
$140 per person double occupancy
$70 per person meals only (Commuter)

In addition, donations will be solicited for the Retreat Master stipend and other expenses.

Contact: Jo Ann Cotterman, OP, msymajo6@aol.com, 504-975-7703 or Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, rosaryvilleevents@oppeace.org or 985-294-5039.

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
39003 Rosaryville Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
225-294-5039
www.rosaryvillela.com

Men's Spirituality Breakfast

May 3, 2014

8 to 10:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Joachim Lally, CSP

Father Lally will focus in this presentation of “Hide and Seek with God: Finding and Being Found” on the vital importance of the interior life of deep prayer as this EXPERIENCE in prayer sheds light on our everyday living. Of special importance is the place of ego consciousness in the developing of our spiritual awareness of being unconditionally loved by God.

Cost: $20 for series; $5 per session for walk-ins. Free to sisters, and to students with current ID.

Register online

Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325
www.dominicancenter.com

SoulCollage® Weekend

May 3, 2014

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SoulCollage® is a process of creating collaged cards from found and personal images for the purpose of self-exploration, self-acceptance, and soul-tending. Our theme for the day will be Compassion’s Call. We will explore the different ways this intuitive collage process can be used in our everyday lives. We will make cards and reflect on what they might be saying to us in a quiet reflective atmosphere.

Pat Shutts has a BA in theology and an MA in pastoral studies, and received certification in spiritual guidance from Creighton University and bereavement ministry from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening and openness to the Spirit, and companions seekers as they acknowledge and discover God's presence in all of life's journey. Pat is a lay covenant member of the Wheaton Franciscans.

Cost: $30 (includes $10 non-refundable deposit)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Day of Prayer with Sister Rose Bowen, OP

May 7, 2014

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join us at Rosaryville for a day of prayer and reflection on how the resurrection creates in each life the realization of a new presence, a new space, and a new time. We will start at 9 a.m. with coffee and fellowship. The talks begin at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $35.00 (includes lunch)

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
39003 Rosaryville Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
225-294-5039
www.rosaryvillela.com

A Mother’s Story: Yours, Mine, and Ours

May 10, 2014

10 a.m.

Gather your favorite mothers and mother figures and come to Sinsinawa Mound’s Annual Mother’s Day Event. “A Mother’s Story: Yours, Mine, and Ours,” will be held Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sister Priscilla Wood, OP, will share stories from the past leading to insights about the present. Through storytelling and shared conversation, all of us, mothers and daughters of all generations, will find something of the heart to take home.

Registration deadline: May 2

Fee: $20.

For more information or to register, call 608-748-4411 or visit www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa.

When Faith and Science Meet

May 16-18, 2014

7:30 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday

For many of us, our faith was formed in a time when scientific discoveries were seen as irrelevant or even as damaging to faith. This weekend retreat retrieves an ancient Christian belief that Creation itself is revelatory of the Divine; that knowledge of Creation leads to deeper knowledge of God. Topics will include a Catholic perspective on evolution that integrates scientific insights and biblical revelation, what the significance of that integration might be for a deepening appreciation of sacraments, and what we are called to today as people of faith on a withering planet.

Linda Gibler, OP, a Dominican Sister of Houston, is the Associate Academic Dean of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. She also lectures and gives workshops on the significance of recent scientific discoveries for Catholic theology and spirituality. She is the author of “From the Beginning to Baptism: Scientific and Sacred Stories of Water, Oil, and Fire.”

Cost: $225 (includes $40 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Staying Healthy Is Easier than You Think

May 17, 2014

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This program, presented by certified natural health consultant and nutritional counselor Judy Peloquin, will include, among other topics: help in choosing foods suited to the individual; the importance of hydration; sweeteners (artificial and otherwise); an overview of minerals and their purpose; osteoporosis and specifics of an anti-inflammatory diet; emotions and our organs; the measured “vibrational frequencies” of various foods; the ecological impact of our food choices, and what to look for in a good nutritional counselor.

A bibliography, as well as the presenter’s favorite recipes of healthy and delicious meals, will be provided. Participants should bring paper and pen for note-taking. Also, it would be helpful to know your letter blood type.

Special price: $30–$40 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Women’s Soul Stories

May 17, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Stories carry energy, healing and wisdom. Tap into your inner self through myth and fairy tale. Recognize your instincts, creativity and wisdom. The session will consist of listening to a story, quiet reflection, response from your own life experience and ritual. Background will be shared from “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. (It is not necessary to read the book.)

Presenter: Ancilla Keinberger, OP

Fee: $25–$35 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Holy Spirit

May 21, 2014

7 to 9 p.m.

Facilitator: Diane Zerfas, OP

In the beginning the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, hovered over the chaos of creation bringing order and peace. As Jesus left this earth he promised to send his greatest gift to us, the Holy Spirit who will hover over us with continued inspiration and joy.

Cost: $15. Free for sisters.

Register online

Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325
www.dominicancenter.com

How We Come to God

June 1-4, 2014

3:30 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Wednesday

The primary reason people make a retreat is to hear what God is saying to them and to refine and refresh their journey toward God. The silence, the poetry and music, the landscape, weathe, meaningful conversations, other retreatants, and those facilitating the retreat, all add to the hope of hearing God’s voice anew. We can hear if we listen. We can see if we sing. Sharing songs, stories and examples of how they come to their preaching through poetry and music, Ann and Jim will reveal their grasp of the mystery of God as found in the blessed ordinariness of our daily God-drenched lives.

Jim Marchionda, OP, is a Dominican priest, preacher, composer, conductor, singer, and woodwind instrumentalist who offers parish missions, workshops, and concerts throughout the United States and abroad. A member of the Chicago Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great, he served nine years as Vicar Provincial and 17 years on the Provincial Council. He is the composer of over 200 sacred music compositions.

Ann Willits, OP, a Sinsinawa Dominican, is a preacher, poet, writer and lecturer. She has offered parish missions, retreats, and conferences in many countries. She was a high school English teacher and administrator, served for nine years on the General Council of her congregation, and was director of PARABLE, a national conference for Dominican Life and Mission for 21 years. She is presently a full-time itinerant preacher and lecturer.

Cost: $410 (includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Artists’ Contemplative Retreat

June 5–12, 2014

5 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Thursday

This semi-silent week will provide professional and amateur artists of any medium—poets, painters, sculptors, playwrights, etc.—the opportunity of time, space, and contemplative atmosphere to do their own work, allowing the creative spirit to emerge. The beautiful grounds of Mariandale inspire and nurture creativity. Participants will spend the day pursuing their art and come together for meals, shared prayer and creative support. Note: participants need to have an identified medium, bring all their own materials, and be able to work independently. All skill levels are warmly welcomed.

Facilitator: Rose Amodeo Pertronella

Fee: $500–$525 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Thomas Aquinas Philosophy Workshop at Mount Mary College

June 5–8, 2014

Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, will host the fourth annual Thomas Aquinas Philosophy Workshop. This year’s theme is “Aquinas on God.”

Sponsored by the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute, The Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and The Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture in Indiana, the workshop will explore the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas of the 13th century.

Scholars will discern how it is possible to speak philosophically about God, how the Thomist philosophy addresses the metaphysics of creation and divine providence, and how metaphysical knowledge of God relates to philosophical ethics.

The first day of the conference will be devoted to graduate students, in philosophy or adjacent disciplines. The second and third days will combine presentations by philosophers with times for discussion and debate.

Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, as well as opportunities for informal recreation, will be offered each day.

Required texts for this conference are “Summa Theologiae” by Thomas Aquinas, “Praeambula Fidei” by Ralph McInerny, and “Aquinas on God” by Rudi Te Velde.

Speakers include Fr. James Brent, OP, of the Catholic University of America; Alfred Freddoso, of the University of Notre Dame; Candace Vogler, of the University of Chicago; William E. Carroll, of Oxford University; Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, of Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology; Edward Feser, of Pasadena College; Reinhard Huetter, of Duke Divinity School; and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, of the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC.

Space is limited. The registration deadline is April 30. To register, visit www.msmc.edu. For more information, call 845-569-3467.

Dottie DeGrandis: Healing the Hurts of the Heart

June 6–8, 2014

This is a weekend charismatic retreat. All retreatants are assured a spirit-filled weekend of prayer, healing and song sure to lighten your burden and lift your heart.

Cost: $100 commuter, $135 bunk house, $185 double occupancy room or $215 for private room

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
39003 Rosaryville Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
225-294-5039
www.rosaryvillela.com

Healing the Hurts of the Heart

June 6-8, 2014

 

Facilitator: Dottie DeGrandis. This is a weekend charismatic retreat. All retreatants are assured a spirit-filled experience of prayer, healing and song sure to lighten your burden and lift your heart.

Cost: $100 commuter, $135 bunk house, $185 double occupancy room, $215 private room

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
39003 Rosaryville Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
225-294-5039
www.rosaryvillela.com

All is Gift

June 8–13, 2014

“…in all circumstances, give thanks.”
—1 Thess. 5:18

Understanding and interpreting the ways of God, especially during periods of darkness, is always a challenge. Can our confusion and struggles be a gift? “Can we,” as Henri Nouwen says, “be grateful for all of our lives, the good as well as the bad, the successes as well as the failures… that require hard spiritual work?” Through morning and evening prayer, one daily reflection, silence, ritual, Eucharist and sharing, this silent guided retreat will help participants enter life as it unfolds in order to celebrate both life's joys and difficulties with gratitude. The presenters/directors will be available to meet with each participant once during the week.

Presenters: Jack Rathschmidt, OFM. Cap. and Gaynell Cronin

Fee: $400–$425 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Silent Directed Retreat

June 8-13, 2014

3:30 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Friday

This retreat will focus on silence as a way to inner stillness, to listening attentively to the music of life, the still small voice of the Holy One. Spiritual guidance and centering prayer will be a part of each day. Come to this retreat if quiet and peace are your longing. Come to listen, to live in the awareness that we dwell in Holy Presence.

Directors: Claudia Greco; Jerry Moser; Jane Clare Ishiguro; and Maureen McDonnell, OP

Cost: $445 (includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Holy Land Pilgrimage at Weber Center:
An Experiential Journey

June 9-14, 2014

3:30 p.m. Monday to 1 p.m. Saturday

Unable to travel in person to the Holy Land? This is an opportunity for you to experience a journey and place without leaving the country.

“...when I least expected it, the Spirit rushed in, (and I was) surprised by tears, surprised by joy. The pilgrimage was life-changing in ways I could not have guessed, and the gifts continue to be revealed nearly every day.”

Thus, one student pilgrim in 2009 summed up her experience of the Holy Land Pilgrimage with words travelers have used for over 1,600 years—which once we meet Jesus in the land he called home, our relationship with him is forever transformed.

As we become acquainted with the religious, cultural and sociopolitical realities that were the Judaism of Jesus' day, lived under Roman occupation, we will read the Gospel narratives with a new and deepened grasp of how Jesus experienced his world and how he struggled to effect God's reign within it, a struggle that continues to this day in his homeland and in every land.

The Holy Land Pilgrimage at Weber Center has been designed with the hope that each pilgrim will experience the Jesus of ancient Palestine and the Jesus of today with an immediacy that gives us access anew to his living presence among us.

Our pilgrimage will start at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba, Jordan, where pilgrims since Byzantium gathered to “map” the holy sites. From there we will travel to Nazareth, the Judean desert, Capernaum, throughout Galilee and then on to Bethlehem and Jerusalem where we will conclude our pilgrimage with Liturgy on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Pilgrimage guides:

Carol Johannes, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction. She has conducted workshops, addressed groups exploring issues of spirituality, provided days of prayer and directed retreats throughout the US and beyond. In 2008, Carol joined the group from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago who journeyed to Israel to make the Holy Land retreat.

Cheryl Liske, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, has spent the last 20 + years as a community organizer with the Gamaliel Network, working with the Interfaith Community in the urban areas of Michigan. Cheryl has traveled twice to the Holy Land with a group led by Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos (Couchell), special consultant to Archbishop Dimitrios of America, on Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs.

Joanne Podlucky, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian and the Director of the Dominican Center for Religious Development (DCRD). At the DCRD, she teaches in the Internship in Spiritual Direction Program and also ministers as a spiritual director. She has also ministered as a teacher, director of communications, and a free-lance video producer for not-for-profit organizations. Joanne journeyed to the Holy Land in 2009.

Anneliese Sinnott, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian. She is currently a professor of systematic theology at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. Anneliese participated in two trips to the Holy Land, in 2009 and in 2010.

Roland Calvert, OSFS, is a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He taught for 22 years and served as chaplain at the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse for 22 years. In 2008, he spent an extended period of study at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. Roland has visited every part of the Holy Land.

Helena of Constantinople started life as an inn-keeper on the edges of the Roman Empire and, over time, became the mother of Emperor Constantine and Co-regent of the Empire. She traveled to the Holy Land in 327 when she was nearly 80 years old and is said to have discovered the site of the tomb of Christ and the true cross. Helena is recognized as a saint in both the eastern and western churches.

Single Occupancy: $425
Double Occupancy: $325 (per person)
Commuter: $225
Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)

Register online

Weber Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793
517-266-4000
webercenter@adriandominicans.org

Singing in the Hildegarden

June 12-15, 2014

7 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Sunday

When women sing together, healing happens—we are in vibrational harmony with each other, bringing connection to divine love, each other, and all of life. Using selections from Hildegard’s beautiful music, as well as other inspiring songs of heart and spirit, we will open our hearts’ voices and sing for love. Susan uses inviting activities for connection to body, voice, and energy awareness, and above all, connection to Spirit. Even women who thought they couldn’t sing have found their voices in this nurturing environment.

Susan Lincoln is an inspiring professional singer and motivational teacher from Austin, Texas. After a 1999 pivotal experience at the Abbey of Hildegard of Bingen in Germany, Susan committed herself to helping women heal through the power of their own voices. She is the founder of Hilde Girls in Austin. Susan’s exuberant spirit, passionate curiosity, beautiful voice, and open-hearted compassion make experiences with her irresistible.

Cost: $410 (includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Cloistered Dominican Nuns Vocation Retreat

June 13–15, 2014

Our Lord's invitation is open to all: “Come, Follow Me.” The cloistered Dominican Nuns at Marbury give themselves totally to Him in a traditional monastic life of community, liturgical and private prayer, study and work. The chanting of God's praise in the Divine Office, sung in Latin and English, and our special dedication to Eucharistic Adoration and Perpetual Rosary mark the hours of our day as we offer all to Jesus through Mary for the salvation of souls.

Is Our Lord calling you to live totally for Him and for souls as a Dominican nun? “Come and See!” The retreat is open to single Catholic women age 16 (or rising juniors in high school) through age 27.

For more information, contact the Vocation Directress at vocations@stjudemonastery.org, or visit the St. Jude Monastery web site.

Six-Day Retreat in Conway, Michigan

June 15–20. 2014

5:30 p.m. Sunday to 3 p.m. Friday

Facilitator: Diane Zerfas, OP and Carmelita Switzer OP

The Augustine Center, a retreat house located in the Diocese of Gaylord, is a Center for Growth serving all who wish to grow through education, ongoing formation and spirituality. The Center, located on U.S. 31 north of Petoskey, encourages programs for retreatants from the Roman Catholic Church and from other religious denominations focusing on human growth, personal development, spiritual insights and enrichment through retreats, workshops, seminars, days of reflection, study days.

Cost: $395 (single occupancy and meals)

Register online

Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325
www.dominicancenter.com

Re-envisioning the Second Half of Life

June 15–21, 2014

6 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Saturday

Does your faith-life resonate with your inner wisdom and personal insights? This semi-silent guided retreat is an invitation to people in the second half of life to explore the source of their faith in the context of their lived experience. It is based on the conviction that people can avoid merely aging and choose instead to cultivate wisdom (sage-ing) by consciously choosing how they want to live their later years. The retreat focuses on the link between inner wisdom and a contemporary Christian spirituality. It offers a range of reflective and interactive processes and tools that will enable participants to consider their unique journey of life.

Presenters: Maria and Michael Morwood

Cost: $550–$575 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Summer Retreat for Women: Writing as Spiritual Practice

June 20–22, 2014

6 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday

Facilitator: Janice Lynne Lundy, Dominican Associate, Spiritual Director and Author

Welcome all women who love to write! This is the third year for this very popular retreat. Ideal for newcomers and veterans alike, our theme in 2014 is “The Heart’s Longing.” We’ll focus on the human desire for sacred knowledge, having an intimate relationship with the Divine, and how journal writing can support that process. Price includes program, materials and meals (beginning with Friday dinner).

Cost: $135. Overnight accommodations not included. Call Dominican Center Booking and Billing at 616-514-3335 for guest room availability or discounted hotel information.

Register online

Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325
www.dominicancenter.com

Encountering the Gospel Again for the First Time

June 22–26, 2014

Most of us have certain favorite gospel stories or sayings to which we return to find strength and comfort. But when was the last time you discovered something really new in the gospels, saw something from a totally different perspective or were challenged by something you never even noticed before? In this silent guided/preached retreat with Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Schneiders, you will be invited to rediscover a variety of gospel teachings in ways pertinent to our contemporary world view and the questions and issues with which we struggle today. Is not this the promise renewed for every age of Jesus' words at the Last Supper, when he said, "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, that Spirit will guide you in all truth”?

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

Cost: $325–$350 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Directed Retreat

June 22-27, 2014

3:30 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Friday

This silent directed retreat provides an opportunity to meet daily with one’s director, thus tailoring the retreat to the individual. Each day there will be time to share in the Eucharistic liturgy and common evening prayer. Solitude, nature, and silence enhance these sacred days.

Directors: Mary Anne Albert, SSSF; Byron Haaland, SCJ; and Nancy Sell, OSF

Cost: $445 (includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Beyond Words: Icons and Prayer Retreat

June 23–27, 2014

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Facilitator: Diane Hamel, Iconographer

Icon: Mary, Mother of Tenderness

Diane will help us to find our divine eyes, to see through the holy eyes of the icon, deeper into the beauty that surrounds us. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world and creation of icons. We will pray three times a day and spend time working on our own icon. Participants will take home a completed icon of Mary, Mother of God at the end of the week. Cost includes continental breakfast, lunch and art supplies.

Cost: $350 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and art supplies)

Register online

Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325
www.dominicancenter.com

Dance of Divine Intimacy: Mutual Knowing and Loving

June 26–29, 2014

5 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Sunday

The spiritual life is not about becoming prayerful; it is about something much more radical: being taken over by the Divine. It is the burning away of all that is not God. Prayer, then, becomes, the miracle of God erupting in our surrender. This silent guided/preached retreat will be a contemplative response to God's invitation to be taken into the “chariot of fire.” Eucharist on Saturday will be available.

Presenter: Don Bisson, FMS, D.Min

Fee: Overnight $325–$350 (as you are able); commuter: $225–$250 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Let your Yes be YES and your No be NO!

June 27-28, 2014

7 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday

Freedom and purpose come from a clear understanding of how we say “yes” or “no.” When you are living in fear, struggling with issues of control, losing your way, feeling over-committed or exhausted, it may be because you don't realize that you have tremendous power. Lack of power is a spiritual dilemma; it zaps your zest for life. This retreat will examine how you use your internal authority to say and mean, “yes” and “no.”

Joan Ebbitt, LMSW, is a spiritual director and licensed clinical social worker. A former Adrian Dominican Sister, Joan specializes in ministering to religious, clergy and others in their quests for experiencing the Divine. Trained at the Dominican Center for Religious Development, Joan walks with directees providing support, gentle challenges and encouragement as they encounter the mystery of our universe.

Single Occupancy: $100
Double Occupancy: $60 (per person)
Commuter: $45
Deposit: $25 (non-refundable)

Register online

Weber Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793
517-266-4000
webercenter@adriandominicans.org

Come to the Water

June 27-29, 2014

7:30 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday

Come drink deeply of the living, giving waters of Lake Michigan, one of our five “great lakes” which supply 20 percent of all the fresh water on Earth. Water nourishes, renews, invigorates, cleanses and gives life. Refresh your body, mind and soul in this serene, quiet environment as you soak in beauty, warmth, and rest. There will be communal prayer, input and sharing. Sitting at the lake, centering prayer, and walking the labyrinth are other options.

Kathleen Bohn, OP, a Racine Dominican, is a staff member of the Siena Retreat Center. She is a spiritual guide, retreat leader, labyrinth facilitator, weaver, and is deeply committed to Earth. Kathleen has an MA in counseling, is certified in spiritual direction, has taken the labyrinth facilitator training, and has done work in Jungian psychology and dream work. She helped initiate and lives at the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center.

Cost: $195 (includes $40 non-refundable deposit)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Directed Retreat

June 29–July 4, 2014

5 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Saturday

This silent directed retreat invites participants to refresh their spirits and experience greater intimacy with God with days of rest and relaxation. Through a daily private meeting with an experienced spiritual director, who will listen deeply to help retreatants be attentive to their unique stories, retreatants will allow God the hospitality of their attention. Daily Eucharist will be available.

Directors: Aedan McKeon, OP, Nancy Erts, OP, and Judy Schiavo

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

New Window of Opportunity

June 29–July 4, 2014

6 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Friday

For all those who are ready for the next chapter of their lives, this silent guided/preached retreat will be a time to begin to re-contextualize the past and look to the future. With both time for reflection and deep integration, Beverly will invite retreatants: to hear the call to live differently by identifying new space within; to recognize the mystery of the self in order to grow in wisdom and mysticism; to honor time for contemplative waiting; to an awareness of the present moment as sacrament; to discover the holy in the ordinary and to allow a new or “unfinished symphony” to unfold.

Presenter: Beverly Musgrave

Fee: $400–$425 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Artful Musings, Contemplative Practices to Take Into Everyday Life

June 29-July 3, 2014

3:30 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Thursday

Do you long for some creative ways to stay connected to your true self and to know your oneness with everything? That is the contemplative experience—not something which can be programmed or attained, but certain practices can help us open to this deeper reality in our lives. This week we will learn meditational practices, and simple ways of art and writing from the soul which you can use in your everyday life. There will also be opportunities for spiritual conversation with a director.

Miriam Brown, OP, is a Sinsinawa Dominican and member of the staff of Siena Retreat Center where she is a spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, and on the team for the Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. She has an eye for the Spirit’s movement in the world and a sensitive ear for the graced unfoldings of God in each person’s deep and precious life.

Pat Shutts has a BA in theology and an MA in pastoral studies, and received certification in spiritual guidance from Creighton University and bereavement ministry from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening and openness to the Spirit, and companions seekers as they acknowledge and discover God's presence in all of life's journey. Pat is a lay covenant member of the Wheaton Franciscans.

Cost: $375 (includes $40 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals)

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

The Mazzuchelli Pilgrimage to Father Samuel's First Assignment

June 30–July 5, 2014

Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, is the founder of the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation. He was declared Venerable in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. In 2014, we will be celebrating the sesquicentennial of his death with events and pilgrimages. We invite you to join us!

Schedule:

  • Depart from Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, on Monday, June 30, 2014, at 8:30 am; bus to Green Bay, have lunch, a talk at St. John the Evangelist Church, and Mass; tour St. Francis Xavier Cathedral museum; overnight at Americinn East, Green Bay
  • Tuesday bus to Augustine Center for dinner; hear a presentation on the history of the church in Michigan in the 1830s; Mass, dinner, and overnight in Conway, Michigan.
  • Wednesday ferry to Mackinac Island for a historical account of the area church in the 1830’s, Mass, tour the church museum, enjoy a horse and buggy tour of the island; dinner and overnight in Conway.
  • Thursday tour Colonial Fort Michilimackinac; enjoy Mackinaw City sights; have evening Mass at Cross in the Woods National Shrine; dinner and overnight in Conway.
  • Friday visit St. Ignatius Church, Good Hart, and Holy Cross Church and museum, Cross Village (L’Arbre Croche), Mass, enjoy a box lunch in the Church pavilion; depart for Green Bay, overnight at Americinn East.
  • Saturday visit the Menominee College, learn its history/lore/education, experience a tribal cemetery ritual, have lunch at the Menominee casino (on your own); depart for the Mound; plan to arrive at Sinsinawa approximately 5 pm

Cost: $550 per person (includes 5 overnight double occupancy* accommodations with breakfast each morning, lunch Monday and Friday, dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; all ferry, horse and buggy, admission fees, and gratuities to churches, and snacks on the bus) *Add $83 for single occupancy.

Download brochure/registration form

Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2014

Contact: Sister Barbara Hubeny, OP
PO Box 84
Conway, MI 49722-0084
231-347-0447

Heart Themes in Matthew’s Gospels

July 5–9, 2014

6 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Wednesday

In the scriptures, the heart is the center of our very selves, of our thinking, feeling, and acting. In this silent guided/preached retreat, Michael Crosby, well known speaker and award winning author, will address obstacles and opportunities to loving God and loving ourselves; the non-violent heart; hearts moved with compassion; purity of heart; the understanding heart; the forgiving heart; entering the heart of the earth, (in) fidelity in the heart; where your treasure is there is your heart; thinking evil in our hearts; lusting in the heart; and not losing heart.

Presenter: Michael H. Crosby, OFM, Cap

Fee: $450–$475 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Individually Directed Retreat

July 6–13, 2014

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46)

Let God speak to you a word of love in an oasis of quiet and peace. This retreat provides an opportunity to meet each day with your own director in a retreat tailored specifically to your needs.

Directors: Father Louis Arceneaux, CM; Sister Mary Noel, OP; Sister Mary Ann Culotta, OP; and Sister Noel Toomey, OP.

Cost: $420 (includes lodging and meals)

Registration deadline: June 3

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
39003 Rosaryville Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
225-294-5039
www.rosaryvillela.com

Crafters’ and Quilters’ Retreat:
Postcards Tell Our Stories

July 9–13, 2014

3 p.m. Wednesday to 1 p.m. Sunday

Wish you were here!... with us sharing your life experiences through your own specific art medium. Participants are invited to bring: special family event, holiday or travel photos or create your own scenes out of large print fabrics or by sketching/painting them. These will then be showcased on canvas, needlework or a quilted table runner or wall hanging that resembles an old-fashioned photo album. Daily opportunities for personal/group prayer, relaxing in nature and swimming will help sustain your creative spirit. Bring your own crafting/quilting materials and wear comfortable clothing. Project patterns for quilters will be sent upon registration.

Prayer Facilitator: Nancy Erts, OP
Craft Instructor: Patricia Werner

Fee: Overnight $350–$375 (as you are able);
commuter: $250–$275 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

God’s Beloved: An Ecumenical Contemplative Retreat

July 13–18, 2014

6:30 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Friday

This Ecumenical Contemplative Retreat invites us to spend five days in deep contemplation, heightening our consciousness of being God’s Beloved. Abiding within this rich silence and solitude, we simply will live mindfully, pondering in our hearts all that is received.

The rhythm of each day will allow maximum freedom and creativity of Spirit Movement. Daily sharing of the Word, meals in silence, optional evenings of brief sharing and spiritual accompaniment, if desired, will be available.

We trust the interiority and the communions that happen in this contemplative experience as we deepen the mystery and reality of being God’s Beloved.

Arlene Kosmatka, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, is involved in the ministry of Spiritual Direction and retreat work. Arlene walks with persons and groups seeking to know and communicate with God as experienced in the reality of their daily lives.

This retreat is limited to 10 persons.

Cost: $325 overnight guest, $225 commuter. Deposit: $25.

Register online

Weber Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793
517-266-4000
webercenter@adriandominicans.org

Nurturing Life’s Blessings

July 13–18, 2014

3:30 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Friday

Embrace and nurture life’s blessings, all of them, in a retreat tailored to your individual encounter with the Holy. This retreat includes a daily meeting with a director, time for solitude, and the opportunity to gather with others for prayer. This year’s theme, Daring Greatly, will be the focus of morning and evening prayers. While this is a silent retreat, there will be designated optional times for sharing with each other.

Directors: Miriam Brown, OP; Lorrita Verhey, SSND; Linda Wieser, OSF; Diane Poplawski, OP; and Mary Therese Johnson, OP

Cost: $445 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Women’s Retreat:
Wise Women of the Word; Healing the World

July 13–19, 2014

5 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Saturday

“We can help heal this world and unify it in love, or we can destroy its inner unity by our resistance to evolve in love.” - Ilia Delio

Treat yourself to a refreshing time of engaging with renowned women poets, novelists, and storytellers who have a sacred passion for repairing our broken world and enabling all beings to continue evolving toward health and wholeness. Each of the semi-silent days we will focus on one author, listening to highlights of her biography, prayerfully reflecting on excerpts from her writings and conversing about ways we can integrate and implement some of her insights and actions within our lives. There will be ample time for quiet personal and group prayer; as well as opportunities for walking, swimming and wellness therapies.

You may register for the full retreat or specific day/s. Sunday, Opening Prayer; Monday, Rachel Carson (scientist, novelist); Tuesday, Mary Oliver (poet); Wednesday, Annie Dillard (writer eco-spirituality); Thursday, Barbara Kingsolver (novelist, environmental activist); Friday, Jane Goodall (conservationist); Saturday, Closing Celebration

Presenter: Nancy Erts, OP

Fee: $400–$425 (as you are able)
Commuter: $40 per day; $65 includes one overnight

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Men’s Retreat:
Real Men Pray

July 13–19, 2014

6 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Saturday

There is a long history of men who came by their spirituality through hard life experiences: Ignatius took a cannonball in the knee; Benedict lived alone in a cave; Pierre Teillard de Chardin was a stretcher carrier in the trenches in World War I; Bill Wilson struggled with alcoholism for decades until he and Dr. Bob Smith started Alcoholics Anonymous, and Jesuit priest, Walter Ciszek, SJ spent 23 years in captivity in a prison work camp in Siberia. All five were sensitive contemplatives whose lives were transformed by experiences of God’s overwhelming love. What can we learn from these very real men? How did they sustain a rich prayer life that included intimate conversations with God?

This semi-silent retreat for both lay and vowed religious men will focus on how to grow a deeper, healthier life of prayer and draw nearer to a loving God, who longs to draw near to us. It will include daily presentations on the experiences of the four extraordinary men, as well as practical suggestions for prayer, engaging group discussions, some quiet evenings, two movie nights and a hardy cookout.

Presenter: Patrick Cleary-Burns

Fee: $400–$425

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Deep Transitions: Moving into the Story

July 13–19, 2014

Sisters, Associates, and partners in ministry are invited to participate in a collaborative six-day retreat this summer, held at the Dominican Motherhouse in Springfield, Illinois. Sharon Zayac, OP will direct the retreat titled “Deep Transitions: Moving into the Story.” Through input, contemplative time, prayer and ritual, this retreat will offer opportunities for delving more deeply into the mystery and theological implications of the Universe Story. Anita Cleary, OP will facilitate ritual and prayer. Fr. Clint Honkomp, OP will partner with these sisters as presider for Eucharist and director of an individually directed retreat the same week.

Retreat Location:
Sacred Heart Convent /Dominican Motherhouse (with opportunity to visit Jubilee Farm, the Springfield Dominican Center for Ecology and Spirituality/optional)
1237 West Monroe St
Springfield IL 62704-1680
217-787-0481

Retreat Fee and Registration Information:
Cost is $400 per person (includes retreat sessions/materials, private room, and meals.) Checks payable to: Dominican Sisters. Include name, congregational affiliation, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number. Mail by June 1, 2014 or as soon as possible.

For further information, contact:
Kathleen Cour, OP
Dominican Leadership Team
1237 W Monroe St
Springfield IL 62704-1680
217-787-0481
kcour@spdom.org

What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? Dialogue between Philosophy and Theology in the 21st Century

July 16–20, 2014

The Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western) and its center of studies, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley, California, will host a colloquium to discuss the intersection of philosophy and theology, titled: “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? Dialogue between Philosophy and Theology in the 21st Century.” The event will gather scholars from academia and from the Dominican Order throughout the world. Philosophers and theologians will explore the theological implications of current work in philosophy, as well as philosophical questions that arise in theology today. This is to be the first of a triennial series on the intersection between philosophy and theology.

Plenary session presenters include John Searle from the University of California at Berkeley and Michael Dodds, OP, from the DSPT, as well as many others from around the world, including Edward Feser (Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California), Alfred Freddoso, University of Notre Dame), John O’Callaghan (University of Notre Dame), Michal Paluch, OP (Dominican House of Studies, Krakow, Poland), Robert Sokolowski (Catholic University of America), and Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma).

Details, including a call for papers and registration information, may be found at www.dspt.edu/conversation2014.

Men’s Emmaus Retreat

July 18–20, 2014

5 p.m. Friday to 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Put aside the “hustle and bustle” of daily life and attend the upcoming men’s Emmaus retreat. This retreat, based on the scripture passage “The Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24: 13-35), is an uplifting experience that has a profound effect on men’s lives. Please pray on this opportunity. Something special definitely awaits you at Rosaryville!

Sponsored by St. Dominic Catholic Church, New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, contact Norm Madere 504-481-0411 or Tom Ginther 504-416-7617.

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
39003 Rosaryville Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
225-294-5039
www.rosaryvillela.com

Contemplative Retreat for Women

July 20–25, 2014

3:30 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Friday

Our yearning for wholeness is at the heart of the Universe. It is the source of the mystical life, the call to holiness. This insight of visionaries such as Teilhard de Chardin is explored by Ilia Delio. Her book, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being, will be a resource for the team. Come join us for a contemplative retreat honoring our wholeness within the heart of the Universe. Spiritual direction, prayer/ritual, optional T’ai Chi and yoga are included each day.

Directors: Judy Chiodo, OSF; Claudia Greco; Paula Hirschboeck; Gail Ross; and Linda Wieser, OSF

Cost: $445 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Dominican Institute for the Arts Summer Gathering: Art & Spirituality

July 23–26, 2014

Dr. Frances Belmonte, an Emerita Professor on the Graduate Faculty at Loyola University in Chicago, will set the tone for this summer’s DIA gathering July 23–26 at Weber Center in Adrian, Michigan. She will give a keynote presentation and lead group activities on the theme “Spirituality and the Arts.” Other events and workshops include Spirituality in Movement, Multimedia Card Designs, How to Create a Digital Newsletter, Drum Studio, Tour of PermaCulture, and a look at original artwork in Holy Rosary Chapel that was uncovered during recent renovation.

Download registration packet

For more information about the Dominican Institute for the Arts, visit their web site

Discern Consecrated Life with Mission San Jose Dominicans

July 25–31, 2014

Who: Young women college-age to 35 interested in participating in discerning their call to religious life and who desire to give themselves to mission outreach.

What: Join us as we explore how mission begins at home but extends to the ends of the Earth. This experience is designed for those who wish to learn more about our Mission San Jose Dominican life and charism, and increase their awareness of their baptismal call to mission and to pass that mission on to others.

Where: Participants will stay in a northern California convent setting and travel three days on BART to St. Anthony’s Foundation to encounter God in the poor, elderly and homeless who struggle to survive in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco.

Dates: Friday, July 25, dinner to Thursday, July 31, lunch

Cost: $200 donation (partial scholarships are available)

For more information call Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510 502-5797 or email sistermarci@gmail.com

Download flyer (PDF)

Directed Retreat

July 27–August 3, 2014

5 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Sunday

Directors: Francis Gargani, CSsR and team members Dianne Carlson, RSM; Mary Kay Flannery, SSJ; Justine Lyons, RSCJ; Beverly Musgrave, Ph.D.; et. al.

Fee: $525–$550 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Opening To Our Deeper Truths: Soul Painting With the Mystics

July 28–August 1, 2014

9 a.m. Monday to 1 p.m. Friday

Come spend some days reflecting on the lives and writings of four mystic women: Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, Clare of Assisi and Mechtild of Magdeberg. Make the retreat your own. Optional opportunities offered include: morning and evening group reflections on the mystic of the day, spiritual direction, painting (art supplies will be available), and prayer or Eucharist with the Dominican community. Bring your open heart and comfortable clothes. Relax by the waters of Lake Michigan to revive your soul.

Pat Shutts has a BA in Theology and an MA in Pastoral Studies, and received certification in spiritual guidance from Creighton University and bereavement ministry from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening and openness to the Spirit, and companions seekers as they acknowledge and discover God's presence in all of life's journey. Pat is a lay covenant member of the Wheaton Franciscans.

Cost: $395, includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine WI 53402
262-898-2590, e-mail:
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Private Directed Retreats

July 28–August 1, 2014

2 p.m. Monday to 1 p.m. Friday

This retreat will provide time and space for solitude, personal prayer, and participation in campus liturgy. Each participant will meet daily with a spiritual director.

Retreat Directors

Mary Pat Dewey, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, holds a master’s degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union and a certificate in spiritual direction. She leads preached and directed retreats and is an experienced spiritual director.

Joan Ebbitt, LMSW, is a spiritual director and licensed clinical social worker. She specializes in ministering to religious, clergy, and others in their quest to experience the divine. Joan walks with directees, providing support, gentle challenges, and encouragement as they encounter the mystery of our universe.

Therese Haggerty, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian. Her career has ranged from teacher to child care worker, guidance counselor to hospital chaplain. Therese, a certified spiritual director, has conducted directed retreats for many years.

Trudy McSorley is an associate of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian who is committed to the Dominican charism. Through her personal prayer and contemplation seeks to be a listener, supporter, and one who encourages others on their journey to the Holy.

Janene Ternes received her training and was commissioned as a Spiritual Director through the Ignation Spiritual Direction Program. She is currently a supervisor and companion for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Janene is also the founder of Prayer in Motion, LLC, a ministry that opens hearts to God through prayer using music, movement, and guided meditation.

Cost: $375 overnight guest, $250 commuter. Deposit: $25

Register online

Weber Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793
517-266-4000
webercenter@adriandominicans.org

Finding a Living Faith; Revisiting the Creed

August 3–8, 2014

What does it mean to “believe,” to have “faith” in something or someone? What do we really believe about what we claim to believe in our recitation of the creed? Is it possible to find meaning and relevance for our lives today in statements of belief formulated centuries ago? Come re-examine your faith within a cosmic world-view on this silent guided/preached retreat with Dominican Sister of Hope, Mary Schneiders. Using the Apostles’ Creed and the insights of contemporary theologians as our framework, we will explore our fundamental Christian beliefs in the context of our discipleship in today’s world.

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

Fee: $400–$450 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Jesus, A Pathway to God

August 4–6, 2014

3 p.m. Monday to 1 p.m. Wednesday

Join us for three days of study and reflection in order to deepen one’s own understanding and experience of the person of Jesus. How will new ways of perceiving Jesus affect our lives in a global world?

Rosemarie Kieffer, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, is a Spiritual Director and Pastoral Minister. For six years she was part of a retreat team, preaching every weekend. She has been involved in retreats for sisters, both directed and preached. Rosemarie was the pastoral associate in a parish without a full time priest in Detroit. “Walking with people who are seeking God in a new way is most energizing and life giving.”

Anneliese Sinnott, OP is a Dominican Sister of Adrian. For 20 years she taught in the Pastoral Ministry Program at Marygrove College and is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

Cost: Single Occupancy: $325; Double Occupancy: $225; Commuter: $125. Deposit: $25

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Weber Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793
517-266-4000
webercenter@adriandominicans.org


Secular Sanctity: Contemplative Living in a Chaotic Culture

August 7, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In the midst of our Secular world with its emphasis on material success, competition, and rugged individualism, God’s Spirit calls us to a life rooted in Gospel values. This program, drawing on the riches of the church’s contemplative tradition, offers practical, time-honored counsel for soulful living in our mechanized and technology-driven society.

Rev. Donald Cozzens is a writer in residence and adjunct professor of theology at John Carroll University. A priest of the diocese of Cleveland, he has served as vicar for clergy and as president-rector of Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. A noted commentator on Catholic issues, he has authored numerous award-winning books, most recently, “Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of a Secular Priest” (Orbis Books, 2013).

Cost: $40 includes lunch ($25 if participating in Aug. 4–6, 2014 program “Jesus, A Pathway to God”). Deposit: $10

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Weber Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793
517-266-4000
webercenter@adriandominicans.org

The Heart Cave: Deepening the Journey Within

August 11–16, 2014

This silent guided retreat will explore the movement of prayer as the ongoing and deepening journey within ‘the heart cave’ some of us may be familiar with… that inner space where God listens, responds, graces, and transforms… all of this moving us to be of service to the world. New presentations will explore some of the following ‘chambers of the heart’: the hungering/wounded/sacred/aging/
striving/embracing… “hearts within.” Films, poetry, stories, prayer suggestions will expand our understanding of the cave of the heart, taking us more deeply into the heart of God All are welcome and encouraged to bring a notebook or journal and a Bible.

Presenter: Michael Laratonda, FMS

Fee: $425–$450 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Women's Ignatian Retreat: Patti Clement

August 14–16, 2014

Join us for a weekend of reflection, rediscovery, and refreshment focused on the Ignatian Exercises. The spiritual exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God.

Patti Clement is a parishioner of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has a master’s degree in ministry from Creighton University, directs retreats and offers spiritual direction, and works professionally as a business consultant. In October 2011, she completed an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome as part of Creighton University’s Ministerial Internship. learn more about Patti at http://patticlement.wordpress.com

Cost: $200 double shared room or $230 single private room

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
39003 Rosaryville Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
225-294-5039
www.rosaryvillela.com

Christians Evolving Faithfully as the Universe

August 17–22, 2014

6 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Friday

“The heart of the Christian tradition has to do with a God who gives God’s self to us in Christ and the Spirit. It is a message of redemption and hope that is always to be proclaimed in new ways in new times.” —Dennis Edwards

“God is in evolution because God is the evolver, and God desires to be born anew.” —Ilia Delio

This semi-silent retreat is for those who desire to understand and prayerfully experience our central Christian doctrines in a new and deeper way. Participants will become aware of re-interpretations of Christian tradition in light of our evolving cosmology, theology and ecological issues. We will focus on the themes of Trinity, Incarnation, Redemption and Resurrection. Each day will include a presentation on one theme, optional short readings and prayer practices; personal time for contemplation, swimming, walking and a faith sharing group.

Presenters: Carol DeAngelo, SC and Nancy Erts, OP

Special price: $325–$350 (as you are able)

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center
299 North Highland Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-941-4455
www.mariandale.org

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

October 27–November 7, 2014

Hosted by: Diane Zerfas, OP and Nancy Brousseau, OP

Walk where Jesus walked, cruise the Sea of Galilee, see Jerash, the Pompeii of the Middle East, Enjoy a day in the Rose Red city of Petra. Visit Nazareth, climb the Mt. of Olives and view the old city of Jerusalem. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Visit Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.

Included in the tour package are round-trip air from Chicago, first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, tour director and comprehensive sightseeing. For a full-color brochure, contact Sister Nancy Brousseau at 616-560-4580 or nbrousseau@aol.com, or Sister Diane Zerfas at 616-514-3108 or dzerfas@dominicancenter.com.

Cost: $3,999 per person. You may request a brochure and get your deposit in soon to assure your place on this pilgrimage.

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Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids MI 49503-3895
616-514-3325