Foundations in Wisdom: Where Spirituality, Justice, and Mercy Intersect

Building on our connected, common humanity, Foundations in Wisdom offers the opportunity to explore spiritual practices, expand resources, and participate in shared experiences that renew one’s spiritual foundation, as well as the resolve to live in this world with compassion and to respond with contemplative service.

All faith traditions and wisdom teachers are rooted in their commitment to social justice and to those living in the margins of society. The givens of our faith include being good stewards of the earth, empowering the vulnerable to live with dignity, and standing in equity with all peoples.

This spiritual formation experience guides participants toward a deeper understanding that will awaken and strengthen a commitment to justice.


  • Companion with wisdom teachers who came before us - Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Monseñor Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Teresa de Avila, St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Companion with wisdom teachers still with us - Richard Rohr, Joan Chittister, Malala Yousafzai, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Margaret Benefiel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Don Goergen, OP.
  • Companion with prophetic wisdom yet to come.
  • Journey near and far to witness and participate in the work of those making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Develop resources for cultivating the practices of meditation and contemplation in today’s world.
  • Share one’s story and have one’s story be heard through the art of holy listening and conversation.


Please check back soon for dates.


  • $600 - program cost
  • Book fees

For information regarding a payment plan or scholarship, please email Margarita Solis-Deal, Dominican Center director.


Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Questions and Information

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