Exploring Spirituality

To explore your spirituality, we invite you to start wherever you are on your path. Our Center for Spirituality can support you on your journey, and help you nurture and deepen your spirituality by providing needed mentors, a community of seekers, resources, programs, prayer experiences, and the works of holy people who have gone before you. To begin exploring, we invite you to participate in the Foundations in Spirituality course. If you are looking at ways to journey with others you may find the Spiritual Companioning course helpful.

The Center for Spirituality’s directors, educators, presenters, and fellow seekers understand that your spiritual journey is an individual experience. But you never need feel isolated or disconnected. At the Center for Spirituality you’ll find someone to journey with you spiritually, to celebrate the breakthroughs you have in your spiritual life, and a healing space for those times when life’s events feel overwhelming.

In addition to the Dominican Center’s Contemplative Learning Programs, you can explore your spirituality and expand your relationship with God through individual and group spiritual direction and by attending contemplative retreats. If you feel called to be a spiritual director, our center offers a formation and education program.

Foundations in Spirituality
Spiritual Companioning
Contemplative Learning Programs
Individual and Group Spiritual Direction
Called to Be a Spiritual Director
Contemplative Retreats for Individuals and Group

FOUNDATIONS IN SPIRITUALITY

The Foundations in Spirituality course is a serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that deepen our present spiritual journey. Explore the rich preaching of St. Dominic; the unbreakable faith of St. Teresa of Avila; the deep spirituality of St. John of the Cross; the life-giving wisdom of the Beguines; the fortitude of John Calvin; the daily prayerful life of St. Ignatius; and the lives of many more that enrich our own faith and spirituality.

The course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer and develops an appreciation of a contemplative attitude and presence, as basic to living a spiritual life. The course is open to all who desire to strengthen their understanding of spirituality and who thirst for opening their hearts to a deeper spiritual life.

Session Dates, Days, and Times

Classes meet Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • September 16, 2017
  • October 21, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • December 16, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 17, 2018
  • March 17, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • May 19, 2018

Fees

  • $600 – program cost
  • $100 – required book fee

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SPIRITUAL COMPANIONING

Spiritual Companioning is a ministry that arises from one’s faith commitment. The course deepens the ability and quality of presence we offer to one another and to our world. The course is an opportunity to strengthen a contemplative presence. Through study and writing, peer group sharing, and prayer, the objective of the course is to grow in a more inclusive contemplative lifestyle that fosters a less anxious, more peaceful nonviolent presence. It cultivates a spiritual sensitivity toward societal and global responsibility.

The course encourages participants to live into and to practice the formation of a spirituality that consciously cultivates movement toward community, mutual solidarity and respect and dignity for all creatures and creation.

Requirements

  • Completion of Foundations in Spirituality.
  • Commitment to regular prayer practice and reflection on being a spiritual companion to others.
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the program, including written papers and peer group presentations, required readings, and preparation for each session.
  • Participation in personal companioning.
  • Attendance at all sessions.
  • Participation in individual or group spiritual direction.
  • Attendance at a directed silent retreat during the year.

Details

  • This is a two-year program of 12 sessions each year.
  • The first year of the Spiritual Companioning program focuses on personal transformation, and the second year highlights social transformation.
  • Participants who have completed Foundations in Spirituality may register for Spiritual Companioning.

Session Days, Dates, and Times

This class meets Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • September 12, 2017
  • September 26, 2017
  • October 17, 2017
  • October 31. 2017
  • November 14, 2017
  • November 28, 2017
  • December 19, 2017
  • January 16, 2018
  • February 13, 2018
  • March 13, 2018
  • April 17, 2018
  • May 15, 2018

Fees

  • $575 – program fee for 12 three-hour sessions (36 class hours).
  • $50 – non-refundable application fee (applications due in June)
  • $100 – required books; may be purchased the first day of class at Dominican Center Bookstore.

Program Overview, Applications, and Recommendation Form for Downloading

Please download, review, and complete the documents below:

Location

Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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