• Growth Through Enneagram Exploration

    Growth Through Enneagram Exploration

    April 18, 2024

    At our recent two-part workshop Experiential Enneagram and Levels of Consciousness , participants were invited to engage in a variety of experiences designed to look at some of the most powerful and interconnected frameworks for psychological-spiritual growth. During session one, Dr. Patrick Bishop used body movement, a word game, and another game to evoke feelings […]

  • Cultivating Compassion in Today's World

    Cultivating Compassion in Today's World

    January 16, 2024

    “… A compassionate heart beats freely, supple enough to take in another’s pain, be moved, and respond with acts of kindness, goodwill, healing and justice,” wrote Frank Rogers in Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus. (1) Compassion is expressed when people feel the suffering of others and long to alleviate that suffering. But how […]

  • Embodying HOPE

    Embodying HOPE

    November 27, 2023

    When I ask what hope is, usually the answers revolve around two things: belief and the future. We locate it in the realm of the mind and spirit and, of course, in the not yet of the future. But it is something we experience now. When we pay attention to it, we realize it resides […]

  • Blessing in the Chaos

    Blessing in the Chaos

    November 22, 2023

    Dear Friends, Here at Dominican Center Marywood we lean into the coming days before Advent begins, and recognize the power and necessity of a Holy pause. May you allow for an opening into the quiet spaces of your heart as you make time to rest and reconnect with family, friends and those who give meaning […]

  • Savoring Daily Discoveries of God's Presence

    Savoring Daily Discoveries of God's Presence

    July 11, 2023

    In the fullness of life, there is no shortage of retreat opportunities; we attend professional, marriage, writing and silent retreats. While retreats differ in purpose and practices, participants are generally expected to intentionally step away from life’s regular rhythms for 1-7 days and immerse in a particularly focused topic or activity. Last fall, desiring a […]

  • Swimming


    June 27, 2023

    My 2-year-old son, Ozzie, loves the water. He’s moved from exploring and splashing in the shallow parts of the YMCA pool to tentatively traveling with me into deeper waters. Over time and with experience, he’s grown more comfortable. He is so comfortable that he jumps off an underwater bench and glides to me a few […]

  • Foundations in Spirituality Interview with Phillip Johnson Ph.D.

    Foundations in Spirituality Interview with Phillip Johnson Ph.D.

    June 15, 2023

    What to Expect If you are considering The Foundations in Spirituality formation intensive at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, this video from a graduate of the program may be helpful. Phillip Johnson, Ph.D. completed Foundations in Spirituality in 2020. In this video, Dr. Johnson reflects on how his experience in Foundations transformed his approach […]

  • Summer Solstice Celebration June 21 in St. Francis Sculpture Garden

    Summer Solstice Celebration June 21 in St. Francis Sculpture Garden

    June 12, 2023

    The word “solstice” ultimately derives from the Latin solstitium, which comes from the parts sol  “sun,” and sistere, “to stand still.” During the June solstice the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky, and for a brief period of time the Sun’s path does not change. The summer solstice is the astronomical beginning of […]

  • Emergence


    April 19, 2023

    Does the anticipation of spring bring your spirit new awakening energy? Emergence is a noun that goes back to the Latin root emergere, meaning “bring to light”. Are there certain spiritual practices that lighten your heart and help you recharge and feel renewed, practices that energize your ability to envision new paths? Thomas Merton said, […]

  • Show Dominican Sisters Love & Appreciation During Catholic Sisters Week

    Show Dominican Sisters Love & Appreciation During Catholic Sisters Week

    March 2, 2023

    Let's show the Sisters who have taught us, mentored us, and stood by us -- lots of love and appreciation during Catholic Sisters Week! Transformative spirituality is a living, breathing power in our world -- Catholic Sisters – through their lives, their ministries -- show us love, hope, and possibility through faith. During Catholic Sisters […]