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The programs below are open for online registration. Names link to presenter biographies; “Click Here” brings you to complete information and the option to register online.
PAYING IN CASH? || CATECHIST CERTIFICATION? || AN EXPLANATION OF PATHS

PATH: Catholic Tradition

SrDiane-157x157-ds HOLY SPIRIT 086-029-05 Presenter: Diane Zerfas, OP, Spiritual Director, Director of Programs at DCM
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00. * CFD: Theology
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Theology
aramaicbible DO YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS REALLY SAID?  086-094NEW-Trans
Presenter: Louis M. Savary, PhD, STD
Day/Date/Time:
Thursday, May 1: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Aquinata Hall Chapel
Cost: $10.00. *CFD: Theology.
N.B. If you are a Sister or Associate, please register by calling the front desk at 616.514.3325. General public may register here online.   Additional Information and/or Online Registration: Click Here
 CFD: Spirituality
Beguine_1489-PD-Art BEGUINES: WOMEN MYSTICS OF THE MIDDLE AGES 086-053
Presenter: Diane Zerfas, OP
and guest lecturers.
Date/Time: Monday-Friday, June 9-13: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. daily.
Cost: $200.00 if taken as a DCM program. If taken for undergraduate credit (3 credit hours available) at Aquinas College, contact the office of the registrar at registrar@aquinas.edu or call 616.632.2866; inquire about TY 310).
Info/Register: Click Here
RohrRichard-WithCaption THE PRIMARY THEMES OF ROHR 086-086
Presenter: Joachim Lally, CSP
, Paulist Priest, Artist, Musician
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 17: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00. *CFD: Theology
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Theology
Joachim157x175-DSApril 2012 PARABLES ON FIRE: WHY JESUS TAUGHT ALMOST ENTIRELY USING PARABLES 086-100
Presenter: Joachim Lally, CSP
, Paulist Priest, Artist, Musician
Day/Time:
Tuesday, July 8; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost:
$20.00. *CFD: Theology
Info/Register: Click Here
 CFD: Theology

PATH: Practices of Prayer/Contemplation

DebbyTopliff-LookingRight-200sq-ds VISUAL LECTIO DIVINA 086-102
Presenter: Debby Topliff
, Artist, Author
Day/Time:
Thursday, July 24; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.00
*CFD: Spirituality
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Spirituality
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Ongoing Weekly Contemplative Prayer Groups – All are Welcome (free)

Lectio Divina. Wednesdays from 12:00-12:30 p.m. Are you looking for a way to deepen your prayer life? Join us on Wednesdays for a blend of slow, prayerful reading of scripture and silence.
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Centering Prayer: Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Come to learn and be renewed in the practice of this wordless, silent prayer. Centering prayer is a method of deep prayer described in the Cloud of Unknowing in the 14th century. It has been put into contemporary form by the Trappist monk, Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO and has become a popular source of spiritual renewal.

PATH: Spiritual Formation

savary-louis-ds-157x149 ANNUAL GATHERING OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS
Presenter: Louis Savary, Ph.D., STD (Sacrae Theologiae Doctor)
Friday, May 2, 2014: 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, 2014: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost:
$25.00 for Friday Only – 086-080
|| Info/Register Friday only: Click Here
$55.00 for Saturday Only 086-106 || Info/Register for Saturday only: Click Here
$75.00 for both Friday/Saturday – 086-081 || Info/Register Friday & Saturday : Click Here
CFD: Spirituality

PATH: Retreats

JOURNEY INTO SILENCE RETREATS
JourneyIntoSilencePage-web SIX-DAY RETREAT IN CONWAY, MI 086-049
Facilitator: Diane Zerfas OP, Carmelita Switzer OP

Date/Time: Sunday, June 15, 5:30 p.m. dinner through Friday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $395.00 *CFD: Spirituality
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Spirituality
WritingRetreat SUMMER RETREAT FOR WOMEN: WRITING AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE 086-051
Facilitator: Janice Lynne Lundy, Dominican Associate, Spiritual Director and Author
Date/Time: Friday, June 20: 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, June 22: 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $135.00 *CFD: Methodology
Info/Register: Click Here
 CFD: Methodology
MotherOfTendernessIcon-205x255-ds BEYOND WORDS: ICONS AND PRAYER RETREAT 086-089
Facilitator: Diane Hamel
, Iconographer
Dates/Time: Monday-Friday, June 23-27: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily
Icon: Mary, Mother of Tenderness
Cost: $350.00 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and art supplies). * CFD: Methodology
Info/Register:
Click Here
CFD: Methodology
33-DAY RETREAT PROGRAM
St_Ignatius_of_Loyola157-157-ds Thirty-Day Retreat Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius:   This is a retreat for individuals. Dates are flexible and scheduled based on the mutual availability of director and directee.  You will experience the full four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  These days are an invitation to an intimate encounter with Christ in silence, solitude, and prayer.  An excellent opportunity for those engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction and formation, or pastoral ministry.  Experience includes a Disposition Day prior to the retreat, and Appropriate Days after the retreat, for a total of thirty-three days.  Open to limited number. Link HERE to read more information. You can download the PDF Retreat Application HERE  CFD: Spirituality
nancy brousseau-150X155DS-catalog GUIDING INDIVIDUALLY DIRECTED RETREATS: A TWO-WEEK PRACTICUM FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS 086-052 Facilitator: Nancy Brousseau, OP
Location: Augustine Center, Conway, MI
Dates/Times: Mon.-Fri., June 9-20.
This two-week intensive formation program is designed for spiritual directors who have made an individually directed retreat and completed a certificate program in spiritual direction. The first week is an opportunity for continuing education in the theory and practice of spiritual direction, including the experience of individual and group mentoring. The second week, directors will serve as facilitators in a directed retreat at the Retreat Center while continuing with group study and peer group. Study sessions run the entire two weeks. An overview, reading assignments and written requirements are sent upon acceptance for the program. $150.00 non-refundable deposit with registration. Registration deadline is May 15, 2014 and is limited to 6 participants. Balance due prior to beginning the Practicum. Make check payable to Dominican Center at Marywood. * CFD: Methodology. (For retreats, credit hours are counted for group sessions and/or spiritual direction.)
Cost: $1,395.00. To participate in this program, you need to go through an application process, which includes a $150.00 non-refundable deposit. * CFD: Methodology. (Online registration unavailable for this practicum.) For more information, and/or to apply: Email Sister Nancy Brousseau.
CFD: Methodology
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PATH: Life Stages / Human Experience

GENERAL PROGRAMS
sprr-dir-310x235-DS SACRED PILGRIMAGE I: A WAY OUT 086-104
Facilitator: Mark Walstrom, Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director
Date/Time:Tuesdays, June 10 – July 29: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $300.00
Info/Register: Click Here. *CFD: Spirituality

Read an overview of Sacred Pilgrimage, along with summaries of all three levels HERE
WalstromLevelII SACRED PILGRIMAGE II: A WAY THROUGH 086-105
Facilitator: Mark Walstrom, Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director
Date/Time: Tuesdays, May 19 – July 7: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $175.00
Info/Register: Click Here. *CFD: Spirituality

Read an overview of Sacred Pilgrimage, along with summaries of all three levels HERE
Hands-LivingDyingWell LIVING AND DYING WELL
Presenter: Robert Cary, CSP
Date: Tuesday, July 15 086-060-A: 2:00-4:00 p.m. || 086-060-B: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Do you have thoughts and questions about human life, medicine, and advance planning as we face illness and death? This will be a soul-searching preparation for the conversation we must have with ourselves and loved ones about how we want to die.  How do faith, medical realities, and church teaching interact?  Participants will deeply appreciate learning the rich tradition of the Church on these vital issues.  They will feel ready to faithfully make some tough decisions. Identical program in both afternoon and evening session.
Cost:$15.00
*CFD:Spirituality
Info/Register: 086-060-A (2:00-4:00 p.m.)Click Here
Info/Register: 086-060-B (7:00-9:00 p.m.)Click Here
PROGRAMS FOR MEN
MikeConnell150x150-ds MEN’S CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP
Facilitator: Mike Connell
Third Wednesdays monthly through May, 7-8:30 p.m.
April 23, 2014 – 086-059-04:  Register, Click Here
May 21, 2014 – 086-059-05:  Register, Click Here
Cost: $15.00 each for individual sessions. * CFD: Spirituality
CFD: Spirituality
Joachim157x175-DSApril 2012 MEN’S SPIRITUALITY BREAKFAST: HIDE AND SEEK WITH GOD: FINDING AND BEING FOUND 086-066
Presenter: Joachim Lally, CSP, Paulist Priest, Artist, Musician
Date/Time: Saturday, May 3, 8:00-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00. * CFD: Spirituality
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Spirituality or Methodology
CARY.ROBERT.157X175-DS-BURN MEN’S SPIRITUALITY BREAKFAST: WORK AS AN ACT OF FAITH 086-067
Presenter: Robert Cary, CSP
, Paulist Priest, Parish Priest, Campus Minister, Adult Rel. Ed.
Date/Time: Saturday, July 12, 2014: 8:00-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00 CFD: Spirituality or Methodology
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Spirituality or Methodology
PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN
SpringRhythms2 THE SEASONS OF MY SOUL: SPRING RHYTHMS 086-077
An Experiential Evening Workshop for Women
Presenter: Janice Lynne Lundy
, Dominican Associate, Spiritual Director, Author
Date/Time: Thursday, April 17: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Cost:
$25.00. * CFD: Methodology
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Methodology
 jan lundy150x149-ds NATURE AS TEACHER AND HEALER 086-097
Facilitator: Janice Lynn Lundy
, Dominican Associate, Spiritual Director, Author
Date/Time: Thursday, July 17: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00 * CFD: Methodology
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Methodology

PATH: Ecumenical & Interfaith Studies & Dialogue

Wickering-157-sq-ds CONSPICUOUSLY CONCEALED: VEILING AND GENDER SEPARATION AMONG BEDOUIN ARAB WOMEN 086-101
Presenter:
Deborah Wickering, PhD, Professor in Sociology and Women’s Studies, Aquinas College
Date/Time: Monday, July 28: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00
Info/Register: Click Here
TableTalk-Shadow157x158 TUESDAY TABLETALKS DCM invites you to celebrate ecumenical and interfaith studies and dialogue at Tuesday Tabletalk. Participants dine at round tables comprised of persons from varying faith traditions. The evening will include a brief presentation by each of our panelists for the evening on a theme common to most faith traditions followed by discussion among dinner companions and a large group Q and A. With respect to all religious dietary customs, only vegetarian meals will be served. If you or someone in your group has other special dietary needs, call us at 616.514.3325. CFD: Theology
MAY TOPIC: THE END OF TIME 086-075
Panelists: Mary Navarre, OP - Christian; Mohammed Saleh - Islam; Fred Stella - Hindu; Aman Bagga, Sikhism.
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 20: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
After the 2012 consternation over the ending of the Mayan calendar, we will share the perspectives of the different faith traditions about the end of time, the end of the world. Are there signs, are there warnings, should we be worried, do we care?
Cost: $15.00. *CFD: Theology
Info/Register: Click Here

PATH: Spirituality & Movement

YOGA 
CHAIR YOGA CLASSES
WINTER/SPRING SERIES 2 086-024-B
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, March 6 – Apr 24; 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost:
$80.00 Info/Register: Click Here
SUMMER SERIES 1 086-023-C
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, May 1 – June 19; 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost:
$80.00 Info/Register: Click Here
SUMMER SERIES 2 086-024-C
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, July 10 – August 28; 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost:$80.00 Info/Register: Click Here
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YOGA BASICS AND BEYOND BASICS
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Instructor: Susan Duesbery
, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, Mar 6 – Apr 24; 7:00–8:15 p.m.
Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions–walk-ins welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session.
Info/Register: Click Here
  
 YOGA: WINTER/SPRING SERIES 2 – BEYOND BASICS 086-018
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, Mar 6 – Apr 24; 5:30–6:45 p.m.
Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions–walk-ins welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session. 
Info/Register: Click Here
YOGA: SUMMER SERIES 1 – BASICS 086-019-C
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, May 1 – June 19; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions–walk-ins welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session. 
Info/Register: Click Here
YOGA: SUMMER SERIES 1 – BEYOND BASICS 086-020-C
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, May 1 – June 19; 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions–walk-ins welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session. 
Info/Register: Click Here
YOGA: SUMMER SERIES 2 – BASICS 086-021-C
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, July 10 – August 28; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions–walk-ins welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session.
Info/Register: Click Here
YOGA: SUMMER SERIES 2 – BEYOND BASICS 086-022-C
Instructor: Susan Duesbery, adjunct at DCM and WMU
Date/Time: Thursdays, July 10 – August 28; 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Cost:$80.00 per series of 8 sessions–walk-ins welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session.
Info/Register: Click Here
 DuesberySusan-New-Jan2013-150x151DS  WALKING A SACRED PATH: SUMMER LABYRINTH 086-096
Facilitator: Susan Duesbery
, DCM adjunct and instructor at WMU
Date/Time
: Wednesday, June 11: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.00  *CFD: Methodology
Info/Register: Click Here
 CFD: Methodology

Programs to Consider for Fall

 St.Dominic.PublicDomain-ds DOMINICAN SPIRITUALITY 086-005
Presenter
Diane Zerfas, OP
Days/Dates/Time: Saturdays 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 11, May 2.
This series of classes is for anyone desiring to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Dominican history and spirituality. This is a year-long, prayerful study of Dominican saints and historical and contemporary spirituality in the Dominican tradition. Cost: $200.00 for 9 sessions. (Scholarships are available.)
*CFD: Spirituality
Info/Register: Click Here
 CFD: Spirituality
PotterClayHands-275x208-DS-10-web FOUNDATIONS IN SPIRITUALITY 088-207
Presenters: DCM Adjunct Staff
Day/Dates/Time: 
Saturdays, 9:30 1.p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 22, Dec 13, Jan 24, Feb 28, Mar 21, Apr 25, May 16.
This course is a serious reflective study of the saints and great spiritual teachers of the Christian tradition, the practice of contemplative prayer, and the writing and living of a personal Rule of Life.  Cost: $600.00 includes handouts and lunch. (Your $50.00 non-refundable deposit will be processed with this online registration – the balance may be paid quarterly.) Additionally, a required Book of Readings may be purchased the first day of class for $100.00. *CFD: Spirituality
Info/Register: Click Here
CFD: Spirituality
PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND AND JORDAN Sponsored by Dominican Center at Marywood 086-063 Hosted by: Diane Zerfas, OP and Nancy Brousseau, OPHolyLand Dates: Oct. 27-Nov. 7, 2014 Round-trip air from Chicago, first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, tour director & comprehensive sightseeing. 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. For a full-color brochure, call Sr. Nancy Brousseau at 616.560.4580: email; nbrousseau@aol.com; or call Sister Diane Zerfas at 616.514.3108: email dzerfas@dominicancenter.com. Space is limited at this very special price so don’t miss this trip of a lifetime. Please don\’t hesitate, request a brochure and get your deposit in soon to assure your place on this pilgrimage. Price includes air/land tour price plus government taxes/airline fuel surcharges. Download the complete trip brochure HERE Cost: $3,999.00. For registration information, call DCM Front Desk at 616.514.3325.
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PRACTICUM Spiritual Direction can best be summed up as the art of contemplative listening carried out in the context of a one-to-one trusting relationship. It is when one competent guide journeys with another person, listening to that person’s life story with an ear for the movement of the Holy Spirit, of the Divine and offering response as is appropriate. An important component of listening is discernment of patterns and relationships that lead toward God or away from God. The director and directee become co-listeners or co-discerners who sit before the Word as it stirs in the heart of the directee. Link to the program overview as well as links to the applications: Click Here . * CFD: Methodology CFD: Methods
SPIRITUAL COMPANIONING This practicum consists of a two year program of twelve sessions each year. Sessions consists of peer group, spiritual friends conversation, systems theory and world view exploration as they impact personal and social transformation. Spiritual companions are not trained spiritual directors. For program overview, requirements, objectives and more information, Click Here . * CFD: Spirituality CFD: Spirituality
PAYING IN CASH: If you choose to register in person at the DCM Front Desk rather than online, please keep in mind that we are unable to make change for currency larger than $20 bills. You may pay by check, money order or credit card at the Front Desk.
CATECHIST CERTIFICATION: For people working toward various levels of Catechist Certification , many of our programs qualify for credit in the Catechist Certification program by the Diocese of Grand Rapids. The CFD (Catechist Formation Dimension) is included in the course information (e.g CFD: Theology). Only courses with this notation are eligible for credit toward Catechist Certification.

  • To read or download the 2013 GR diocesanEchoing the GospelCLICK HERE
  • For access to the 2013 GR Diocese Certification Application, CLICK HERE
PATHS: Our programs are categorized into seven different paths, depending on content: 1) Catholic Tradition; 2) Practices of Prayer/Contemplation; 3) Spiritual Formation; 4) Retreats; 5) Life Stages/Human Experience; 6) Ecumenical & Interfaith Studies & Dialogues; 7)Spirituality and Movement/Body. Paths are listed at the beginning of each set of path-specific program information above.

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