Foundations in Spirituality is a serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that continue to 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 who continue to enrich our own faith and spirituality.
The course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer as grounding practices for living a richer spiritual life. Respond to the yearning in your heart for a deeper relationship with God by returning to the Foundations in Spirituality.
The objectives of this course are to:
Until it is possible to gather in person, Foundations in Spirituality will meet via Zoom. Help is available for those new to this technology. You will receive details regarding Zoom prior to our first meeting in September.
The Foundations in Spirituality program meets Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm:
We yearn for spiritual strength as we move through these uncertain times and as we try to quiet the static and noise around us ...
We look for spiritual wisdom, especially as our worship places limit their availability ...
We are a community seeking spiritual deepening ...
Journey with us on our online Ignatian Retreat ~ Seeing God's Presence in our Daily Lives Journey as we introduce a discipline and practice that will move you to a spiritual depth. The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola immerses you in deep noticing for the Divine in all things, revealing the face of God in our daily lives. Prayer practices (spiritual exercises) and weekly Scripture passages will guide and support us as we pay attention to the holy around us.
Materials will be provided and explored to guide your weekly prayer. Retreatants will also join as a community of practice once a month for eight months. Spiritual Directors facilitate each monthly gathering. While this may be a new discipline for you, the Spiritual Exercises have a rich 500-year history.
Ignatian Retreat Dates
All Sessions will be online via Zoom.
Registration fees support the ongoing mission of Dominican Center.
Maximum Capacity: 24 participants
Centering Prayer is a modernized prayer method based on the intuitive prayer rooted in Lectio Divina. It is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience the Divine’s immanent presence with us. Centering Prayer is grounded in relationship with God, through Christ, and is a practice to nurture that relationship.
Centering Prayer complements and supports other modes of prayer — verbal, mental, or affective prayer — and facilitates resting in the Divine Presence. Centering Prayer offers a way to grow in intimacy with God, moving beyond conversation to communion.
As Thomas Keating emphasizes, the source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love. (source: https://gravitycenter.com/practice/centering-prayer/)
Gatherings Held Via Zoom
By using the link below, you will enter the Dominican Center Zoom waiting space. No registration required.
Participants will be greeted around 11:50 am. Come early and please feel free to invite a friend or family member to join.
Centering Prayer link : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82042706178
NEW TO ZOOM?
As polls close on this historical 2020 Election Day, join the village at Dominican Center in a virtual gathering and as a community of faith for an election night peace prayer vigil. During our time together, we will call on the wisdom from a Cloud of Witnesses who continue to inspire us and invite us to live nonviolently and to work for peace always. As votes are casts and as people stand in long lines, we pray for safety and just voting practices. We come together as neighbors, connected to each other by our common humanity, grounded in our faith in God and in the belief in the common good. Come as you are to pray, to reflect, and to be together as community. Should you find yourself standing in poll lines, Zoom in from your phones.
Dominican Center village dedicates this evening to Sister Ardeth Platte, OP, a justice preacher (1936-2020) who continues to inspire us to be peace, live with peace, and work for peace.
LOOK FOR AN EMAIL: You will receive an email from Dominican Center with a Zoom link after you register.
Join the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids for ADVENTure 2020: Going Virtual, Staying Personal and celebrate the coming of the Light of the World as we bring this favorite annual event from our home to yours.
This uniquely Dominican evening will provide balm for your soul and joy for your heart as we close out a year unlike any other.
You'll receive a private link to join the ADVENTure 2020 event in early December.
Please list ONLY the number of DEVICES (ipad, computer, phone) you will be using to watch the event, NOT the number of people participating. The number of devices is limited.
Please contact Deb Kalinka Manning at email@example.com or by calling 616.550.1177.