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Journey into Silence Retreat: Rising from Winter (4-Day Retreat in Conway, MI)

March 26, 2020 / Thursday - March 29, 2020 / Sunday

Retreats

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Silence the world around you. Silence the world within you. Silence the thoughts that shout out to you. In the stillness hear God’s voice. In the quiet, sense the Divine’s presence and the spiritual love that is waiting to embrace you. Gently enter into silence during this retreat experience. A spiritual director will be here to companion with you on this silent retreat.

This retreat is held at the Augustine Center Retreat House. The center is a retreat house welcoming individuals and groups for ongoing formation, education, and spirituality. The Augustine Center is located in Conway, Michigan, on the northern border of Petoskey.

$335: Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

Guided Meditation with Susan Duesbery (Recordings)

March 26, 2020 / Thursday - May 01, 2020 / Friday

Featured Programs

As we move through together in this mysterious challenging journey, Dominican Center would like to stay in presence. We hope by offering these experiences you will find pearls of strength, calm, and peace. Be well and may God's wisdom guide you and God's love embrace you.

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Meditate with Susan Duesbery | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MISusan Duesbery, a Dominican Center presenter and intuitive counselor, spiritual coach, and energy therapist, recently recorded a series of guided meditations you may find helpful in soothing and easing the stress and anxiety of your day-to-day life during these unsettling times.

Among Susan's offerings are:

  • Release, Relax, Renew
  • Befriending Your Inner Child
  • Inner Wisdom Meditation
  • Meditation for Wholeness
  • Letting Go at the Beach
  • Rainforest Release
  • Yoga Nidra

Meditations are available for free on Susan's website

Read Susan's recent blog post, Spiritual Bypassing in the Time of COVID-19

Receive Daily Blessings (Online)

March 26, 2020 / Thursday - May 01, 2020 / Friday

Featured Programs

As we move through together in this mysterious challenging journey, Dominican Center would like to stay in presence. We hope by offering these experiences you will find pearls of strength, calm, and peace. Be well and may God's wisdom guide you and God's love embrace you.

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Sign up here for daily blessings

  • Date: Thursday 03/26/2020 - Friday 05/01/2020

Gentle Yoga (Spring Session)

March 26, 2020 / Thursday - May 28, 2020 / Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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This gentle class offers a peaceful session to gradually build strength and range of motion. With this quiet practice, experience how mindful movement and breath work can deliver much-needed nurturing, rest, and clarity.

The body is my temple, asanas are my prayers.
– BKS Iyengar

Using gentle and mindful movement as well as nourishing breath work, Gentle Yoga encourages softly stretching and strengthening. In each session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

Sign up for a single session or all ten sessions.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 03/26/2020 - Thursday 05/28/2020
  • Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Restorative Yoga (Spring Session)

March 26, 2020 / Thursday - May 28, 2020 / Thursday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Calm the mind and nourish the body with Restorative Yoga. Restorative poses are held on a mat and deeply supported with yoga props. The practice seeks to balance the physical, mental, and spiritual while also experiencing profound rest and relaxation.

Don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga; practice yoga to get better at living.
- unknown

Using gentle and mindful movement as well as nourishing breath work, Restorative Yoga encourages softly stretching and strengthening. In each session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

Sign up for a single session or all ten sessions.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 03/26/2020 - Thursday 05/28/2020
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

April Reflective Film Series: The Insult

April 03, 2020 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MI

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Join the Dominican Center community for the April Reflective Film Series, featuring The Insult. In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.

Rated R. Arabic with English subtitles.

Popcorn and soda provided.

Co-sponsored by Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate, for her generosity.

  • Date: Friday 04/03/2020
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hope Within Social Dissonance

April 04, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Building on our connected, common humanity, join us for the Holy Wisdom to Sacred Activism series of contemplative experiences. These programs invite us toward a deeper lived experience of justice and mercy by connecting with contemplative prayer, study, and listening. We will also look at expanding our understanding of sacred wisdom as it is found within us, within those of cross cultures, and within the narrative of human suffering. As we move closer to sacred wisdom, we begin to foster a more active presence, thereby advancing social justice both locally and globally. You are invited to participate in one experience or the entire series.

HOPE WITHIN SOCIAL DISSONANCE

Through contemplative learning, reflection, and prayer, find rest from the barrage of negative influences coming from all directions. We will explore our own stories, for it is in these experiences that we can find and fuel greater understanding and compassion. Through restorative practice, rediscover hope for a transformed world.

Details

  • Registration, coffee, and breakfast: 8:30 am
  • Program begins: 9:00 am
  • Cost: $45

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

Illuminating Social Justice Through Photography

April 07, 2020 / Tuesday - July 14, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Raising Our Social Justice Conscious Through Photography | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MI

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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In the 9-session Illuminating Social Justice Through Photography program, participants will use the medium of photography to explore issues surrounding social justice, with each participant ultimately creating a set of photographs that will communicate the importance and impact of social justice to the observer of their images. The participants’ photos will be exhibited as a group within Dominican Center.

People from all faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to attend. Likewise, any type of camera can be used for the course – digital SLR, point-and-shoot, cell phone camera, or polaroid – all are welcome. While there are no specific technical prerequisites to the program, photography fundamentals and basic camera use will not be covered. Therefore, a working knowledge of one’s camera is recommended.

Segment 1 - Focus: Photography Editing

During this first segment, participants will choose an issue related to social justice and begin considering approaching the issue photographically. We will also address the technical topics of editing images using Adobe Lightroom, printing edited images using online photo lab services, and mounting and framing the final prints for gallery exhibition.

Illuminating Social Justice Through Photography with Barry Brown | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MISeries Dates:

  • April 7, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • April 28, 2020

Segment 2 - Illuminating: Social Justice Through Photography

The second segment addresses the challenge of communicating social justice through the art of photography. Participants will share their perspectives as well as share with one another their knowledge and commitment to advancing justice.  We will explore how to create and present photographic images that effectively convey the artist’s vision to the observer.

Series Dates:

  • May 19, 2020
  • June 2, 2020
  • June 16, 2020
  • June 30, 2020
  • July 14, 2020

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

Journey into Silence Retreat: Holy Week Retreat at Dominican Center

April 09, 2020 / Thursday - April 12, 2020 / Sunday

Retreats

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Silence the world around you. Silence the world within you. Silence the thoughts that shout out to you. In the stillness hear God’s voice. In the quiet sense the Divine’s presence and the spiritual love that is waiting to embrace you. Gently enter into silence during this retreat experience. A Spiritual Director will be here to companion with you.

$335: Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

Deepening Spiritual Practice into the Local Church ~ A Conversation Podcast Series with Professor and Author Fred Bahnson

April 15, 2020 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Dominican Center welcomes The Invitation, a podcast produced by Josh Banner,

Join us for Deepening Spiritual Practices into the Local Church ~ A Conversation Podcast Series. These sessions are exploratory conversations with wisdom and spiritual leaders. Listen to how their ministry and work help translate contemplative spirituality into the practices of local church communities. These sessions are recorded to contribute to our podcast series.

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Fred Bahnson is the author of Soil & Sacrament about which environmentalist Bill McKibben wrote, “This book is profoundly, beautifully down to earth, which is almost certainly where we all need to spend more time on a planet in crisis.” His essays have appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, Emergence, Orion, The Sun, Image, and Best American Spiritual Writing 2007. He is founding director of the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-being Program at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity and is at work on a new book exploring contemplative responses to the climate crisis.

In May 1968, Christian mystic Thomas Merton undertook a pilgrimage to the American West. Fifty years later, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and writer Fred Bahnson set out to follow Merton’s path, retracing the monk’s journey across the landscape. Amid stunning backdrops of ocean, redwood, and canyon, the film features the faces and voices of people Merton encountered. The essay offers a more intimate meditation on Merton’s life and the relevance of the spiritual journey today (read the essay here).

Be with us as Josh Banner, spiritual director and creator and producer of The Invitation Podcast, facilitates this insightful dialog with Fred Bahnson. This conversation will offer us perspectives, challenge, and introspection. Take a look at a video Fred Bahnson created that gives us some insights to Thomas Merton.

$10 discount for pastors, religious vowed women, seminarians, and ministry leaders ~ use code PODCAST1 when checking out.

Listen Now: Dominican Center Podcast IconListen to Dominican Center's first podcast with The Invitation and Ruth Haley Barton >

A collaboration between Dominican Center and The Invitation.

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On the Road with Thomas Merton

Rest in Hope ~ A Retreat for Those in Service to Others, with Inspirational Speaker Shannon Cohen

April 17, 2020 / Friday, 11:30am - 3:30pm

Retreats

Presenter | Shannon Cohen | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MI

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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The Rest in Hope retreat is an afternoon of peace and reflection. Responding to the sacred call to care for loved ones, neighbors, and community often pulls us away from our own self-care. This retreat is designed for those in service of others. Come and rest in a place of hope and rejuvenation so that you can be hope to those you serve. The afternoon includes a well-balanced lunch, an inspirational presentation, and reflective practices to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

2020 REST IN HOPE INSPIRATION:  SHANNON COHEN

Every difference maker has two sides. There’s the tough outer shell, the leader seen and experienced from the outside. Then there’s the softer inside, the one who takes on the world one day and second-guesses her every decision the next. Shannon’s infectious style speaks to both sides—connecting both in a powerful, purpose-driven way. Her approach is rooted in something deeper than intuition; it is rooted in intelligence—and applying proven methods in a relatable, human-centered manner.

Cost: $75 / $65 for those who work in helping professions ~use code HOPE when checking out.

Review Dominican Center's Refund Policy

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ St. Josephine Bakhita, Former Slave and Religious Sister

April 21, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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The Saint Series is a presentation and conversation with Dominican Associates that shines light on the many holy women and men in service of God.

Dominican Associates are non-vowed women and men who desire to practice their Christian faith in the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Interested in Dominican Associate Life? Visit grdominicans.org/associates.

I travel slowly, one step at a time, because I am carrying two big suitcases. One of them contains my sins, and in the other, which is much heavier, are the infinite merits of Jesus. When I reach heaven, I will open the suitcases and say to God; 'Eternal Father, now you can judge.' And to St. Peter; 'Close the door, because I’m staying.'
~ St Josephine Bakhita

About St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of the Sudan and human trafficking survivors. Learn from her courage, her faith, and her strength.

All are welcome.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

  • Presenter: Cynthia Bailey
  • Date: Tuesday 04/21/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Creative and Contemplative Reflection on Sacred Scripture (C.R.O.S.S.)

April 22, 2020 / Wednesday - May 06, 2020 / Wednesday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

Creative Contemplative Reflection on Sacred Scripture - CROSS | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MI

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Join fellow creatives for Creative and Contemplative Reflection on Sacred Scripture. With Scripture inspiring us, we will nurture our sense of wonder and creativity as we steep in God's presence.

While delving into traditional methods of reading, reflecting, and responding to Scripture, we will also use watercolor painting to aid in deeply absorbing the truths of God’s word and presence in our lives.

Through creative expression, private mediation, journaling, and group sharing, we will seek to quiet the noises and voices that so routinely occupy our lives and teach ourselves new ways to hear and recognize God’s voice and invitation. Please bring your journal to each session.

Basic watercolor experience is helpful, but not mandatory.

Series Dates

  • April 22, 2020
  • April 29, 2020
  • May 6, 2020

Cost

  • $90 for the entire series ~ cost includes continental breakfast and supplies.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

Introduction to the Enneagram

April 25, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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It is this reality-awakening perspective on the purpose of the Enneagram that has moved Ann Walters, OP, and Kim Bart to help others understand the Enneagram as a tool to self-discovery and connection to self, God, and others.

The Enneagram is a tool that awakens our compassion for people just as they are, not the people we wish they would become so our lives would become easier.
― Ian Morgan Cron, The Road Back to You

Discerning the identity of your personality using the Enneagram provides clarity to understanding yourself and the habits that guide your thoughts and behavior. Knowing yourself is foundational for psychological and spiritual growth toward becoming fully human and wholly alive.

The workshop is designed for those new to the Enneagram and who have a desire to understand and gain wisdom of oneself in relationship to interacting with others.

Cost: $75.00, includes continental breakfast and lunch

  • Registration: 8:30am
  • Program begins: 9:00am

Learn more about the Enneagram by watching this short video.

FD: Spirituality

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

Healing Suffering Through Intentional Presence

April 25, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Building on our connected, common humanity, join us for the Holy Wisdom to Sacred Activism series of contemplative experiences. These programs invite us toward a deeper lived experience of justice and mercy by connecting with contemplative prayer, study, and listening. We will also look at expanding our understanding of sacred wisdom as it is found within us, within those of cross cultures, and within the narrative of human suffering. As we move closer to sacred wisdom, we begin to foster a more active presence, thereby advancing social justice both locally and globally. You are invited to participate in one experience or the entire series.

Healing Suffering Through Intentional Presence

We will gently explore our own hurts and scars arising from the work of being in service to others. It can be challenging to heal as we work on behalf of those with marginalized voices. Discover a path to sustain passion and drive for justice. Revive the ability to uncover creative solutions. Regain the capacity to walk courageously, hopefully, and effectively.

Details

  • Registration, coffee, and breakfast: 8:30 am
  • Program begins: 9:00 am
  • Cost: $45.00

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

Zentangle®: Circles of Zen

April 28, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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In this Zentangle: Circles of Zen program, explore a deeper meaning of circles while expanding your Zentangle practice in the round. Learn many circular-based tangles as you build a beautiful work of art using various sizes of circles. Join us and uncover the harmony that resides within a circle!

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com

Zentangle teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment — after all, the present moment is all there is.
- Cathy Malchiodi, Art Therapist

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle Class

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your standard Zentangle supplies (Micron pen, pencil, tortillon).

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Journey into Silence Retreat: Awakening to Spring at Dominican Center

April 30, 2020 / Thursday - May 03, 2020 / Sunday

Retreats

Dominican Center at Marywood sends peace and well wishes for the safety and good health of all during this uncertain time. Events, programs, and retreats through April will not take place. Please stay connected with Dominican Center via our Facebook page and website to learn more about the possible rescheduling of spring programs and retreats. While the campus is closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future, staff is available via phone, email, and Facebook Messenger. Be well.

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Silence the world around you. Silence the world within you. Silence the thoughts that shout out to you. In the stillness hear God’s voice. In the quiet, sense the Divine’s presence and the spiritual love that is waiting to embrace you. Gently enter into silence during this retreat experience. A Spiritual Director will be here to companion with you during this silent retreat.

$335: Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

This Program has reached capacity. Please call the Front Desk to be placed on a waiting list. 616.514.3325

Reclaiming Your Original Goodness

May 02, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROGRAM STARTS AT 8:30 AM (REGISTRATION) AND CONCLUDES AT NOON. The program catalog listed the times incorrectly.  Our apologies for this inconvenience. 

What can life look and feel like when you commit to Reclaiming your Original Goodness?

You were created in the image of the Divine, a temple of Sacred Wisdom, graced to live with an opening mind.
This is FAITH.

You were created in the image of the Son, a sanctuary of Sacred Love, graced to live with an opening heart.
This is LOVE.

You were created in the image of the Spirit, an instrument of Sacred Instinct, graced to live with an opening will.
This is HOPE.

Join others in awakening your curiosity, accessing your compassion, and igniting your commitment for the benefit of all.

  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Program: 9:00 am - noon

Registration fee includes morning coffee and tea and continental breakfast

View Dominican Center's Refund Policy.

FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $20.00

Kindness and Hope at the U.S. Border

May 02, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

They were called to serve and offer kindness and hope at a half-way warehouse in El Paso, Texas. These four Sisters traveled to accompany women, men, and children fleeing oppression and danger in their homelands. Hear their experiences first hand, as they guide us through a morning of contemplation that compels us to action.

Is it near or far? they ask about the places they will go in the United States. Most have little context for understanding this strange new country and yet they push on humbly and courageously.
~ Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP

Sister Chela Gonzalez, OP will talk of Courage; Sister Joyce Anne Hertzig, OP will speak on Living in the Now Moment; Sister Mary Kay Ooszdyke, OP will share her insight on Solidarity; and Sister Janet Brown, OP will reflect on Gratitude. Come listen to these women from the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids who have dedicated their lives to the service of others.

Details

  • Cost includes continental breakfast
  • Registration and coffee: 8:30 am
  • Program begins : 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dominican Center Refund Policy

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Evangelization/Spirituality

  • Cost: $25.00

May Reflective Film Series: The Owl and the Sparrow

May 08, 2020 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIJoin the Dominican Center community for the May Reflective Film Series, featuring The Owl and the Sparrow. On the bustling streets of Saigon, three very different people all seeking connection are about to collide. A beautiful flight attendant looking for love. A zookeeper hiding within his animal kingdom to nurse a broken heart. And the young flower-selling runaway who brings them together. But to avoid the authorities and a strict uncle tracking her down, she will need all of her cleverness and determination if she is going to grab any chance at lasting happiness.

Rated PG. Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Popcorn and soda provided.

Co-sponsored by Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate, for her generosity.

  • Date: Friday 05/08/2020
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Zentangle®: Tangled Camellias

May 14, 2020 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Zentangle: Tangled Camellias, the beautiful petals of the Camellia flower make wonderful "strings" to fill with tangles in this nature-based Zentangle class. Learn how to fill the petals with tangles and then use watercolor pencils with a water brush to create a watercolor effect, adding a new depth to your work of art.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your Micron pen, pencil, and tortillon.

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $30.00

Pilgrimage: Austria, Prague, Germany, and Oberammergau Passion Play

May 19, 2020 / Tuesday - May 30, 2020 / Saturday

A once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. The villagers of Oberammergau first performed the play in 1634 in fulfillment of their promise to God for sparing them from the Black Plague and it has been presented there every 10 years since then.

Cost: $4,479, includes round-trip airfare from Chicago, first class/select hotels, and most meals.

For more information on this pilgrimage or to register, view the brochure or contact Sr. Nancy Brousseau at nbrousseau@aol.com or 616.560.4580.

FD: Evangelization

Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit, Philosopher, Paleontologist

May 20, 2020 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

The Saint Series is a presentation and conversation with Dominican Associates that shines light on the many holy women and men in service of God.

Dominican Associates are non-vowed women and men who desire to practice their Christian faith in the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Interested in Dominican Associate Life? Visit grdominicans.org/associates.

A sense of the universe, a sense of the all, the nostalgia which seizes us when confronted by nature, beauty, music – these seem to be an exception and awareness of a Great Presence.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

About Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man. He conceived the vitalist idea of the Omega Point (a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which he believed the universe was evolving), and he developed Vladimir Vernadsky's concept of noosphere. Although a monitum was issued in regard to some of Teilhard's ideas, he has been posthumously praised by Pope Benedict XVI and other eminent Catholic figures, and his theological teachings were cited by Pope Francis in the 2015 encyclical, Laudato si'. (Source: www.wikipedia.com)

All are welcome.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality

  • Presenter: Mary Nausadis
  • Date: Wednesday 05/20/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (June Session)

June 09, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Introducing and Exploring Zentangle, learn the benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method, as well as techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gifts of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new practices for problem-solving, and uncover new ways to see beauty and to embrace the unexpected. Beginners welcome! Supplies included.

A wonderful way for a person to grow in a quiet meditative atmosphere, expressing their creativity and sharing in the process with others.
- Zentangle Participant

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle Method is a form of artistic expression and meditation that allows you to create beautiful images using techniques of drawing structured patterns and reflective prompts. No previous art experience required. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

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  • Cost: $35.00

The Dawn of a New Day

June 13, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Building on our connected, common humanity, join us for the Holy Wisdom to Sacred Activism series of contemplative experiences. These programs invite us toward a deeper lived experience of justice and mercy by connecting with contemplative prayer, study, and listening. We will also look at expanding our understanding of sacred wisdom as it is found within us, within those of cross cultures, and within the narrative of human suffering. As we move closer to sacred wisdom, we begin to foster a more active presence, thereby advancing social justice both locally and globally. You are invited to participate in one experience or the entire series.

SACRED ACTIVISM: THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY

The work of sacred activism always promises the dawn of a new day. It engages compassion so that action comes from love. Gently explore how the work of sacred activism brings about a stronger connection with the community around us. Nourish a more joyful spirit of hope and healing and a renewed sense of purpose and mission.

Details

  • Registration, coffee, and breakfast: 8:30 am
  • Program begins: 9:00 am
  • Cost: $45

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs are assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD). After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your religious education director in your parish.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

CFD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Cami Mann, Spiritual Director, Writer, and Dominican Center Apprentice
  • Date: Saturday 06/13/2020
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $45.00

Going Naked: A Retreat To Inspire Pilgrimage Mindsets in the Everyday

June 20, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

Going Naked & Life as Pilgrimage: A Retreat Into the Themes of the Camino de Santiago & Pilgrimage in the Everyday| With Teresa Mateus | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIThis program, originally scheduled for June 7, has been moved to June 20.

Based on her book Going Naked: The Camino de Santiago & Life as Pilgrimage, Author Teresa Mateus will facilitate a retreat morning exploring the themes of the Camino path and how these same sacred rituals can illuminate the pilgrim's path of the everyday. Activities engage the creative mind through shared art and storytelling practices, and breath and movement practices.

The space will be open to explore themes of grief, loss and emotional pain as well as healing, joy and celebration as they show up in each of our stories. Explore what we need to let go of along the journey of life and the pilgrimage into the soul - so that we can find the vulnerability found in our own "going naked" and sacred release to be able to travel the path into ourselves and our truth more fully and deeply.

Teresa Mateus LCSW, E-RYT 200, is a trauma therapist, meditation and integrative healing practitioner, professor of social work, author, and speaker on issues of spirituality, activism, and healing. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Mystic Soul Project and co-creator of Trauma Response and Crisis Care for Movements (TRACC).

Teresa is a fellow with Spiritual Direction International (SDI). Each year SDI, recognizes fellows who are experienced, mature spiritual companions - contemplatives who are inspired to grow SDI’s global movement.

Details

  • Cost: $65 / $45 for students (use coupon code MINDSET when checking out)
  • Includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Program: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs are assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD). After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your religious education director in your parish.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

CFD:  Spirituality

  • Cost: $65.00

Journey into Silence Retreat: Summer Peace (6-Day Retreat in Conway, MI)

June 21, 2020 / Sunday - June 26, 2020 / Friday

Retreats

Silence the world around you. Silence the world within you. Silence the thoughts that shout out to you. In the stillness hear God’s voice. In the quiet, sense the Divine’s presence and the spiritual love that is waiting to embrace you. Gently enter into silence during this retreat experience. A spiritual director will be here to companion with you on this summer silent retreat.

This retreat is held at the Augustine Center Retreat House. The center is a retreat house welcoming individuals and groups for ongoing formation, education, and spirituality. The Augustine Center is located in Conway, Michigan, on the northern border of Petoskey.

Cost: $465. Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs are assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD). After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your religious education director in your parish.

CFD: Spirituality

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

  • Cost: $465.00

Holy Land Retreat with Barbara Reid, OP and Leslie Hoppe, OFM

June 25, 2020 / Thursday - July 06, 2020 / Monday

For more than 30 years, Catholic Theological Union Bible faculty have lead Biblical Study and Travel Programs. This year’s program will be guided by Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Professor of New Testament Studies, and Fr. Leslie Hoppe, OFM, Professor of Old Testament Studies.

This retreat experience  is for those who wish to reflect on the Scriptures while viewing the biblical landscape. With the guidance of Fr. Leslie Hoppe, OFM and Sr. Barbara Reid, OP participants will learn about the biblical significance of the site as well as its history and archaeology. There will be common prayer each day, including Eucharistic liturgies at many of the sites, and times of quiet reflection.

Both Sister Barbara and Father Leslie have excellent knowledge of the Scriptures that have been their lives’ work, and also many years of experience in guiding groups throughout Israel. As a retreat, this trip will visit the holy sites around Israel and reflect and pray with the stories of those sites.

Trip applications must be completed online by February 28, 2020.

Flyer and Schedule

Application

  • Date: Thursday 06/25/2020 - Monday 07/06/2020

A Retreat with Meister Eckhart ~ Life Gives the Most Noble Lessons

June 27, 2020 / Saturday, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Featured Programs

Be with us for this special retreat with Meister Eckhart ~ Life Gives the Most Noble Lessons. Meister Eckhart is considered one of the truly great Dominican mystics and preachers. He offers a vision of God our world so needs today. Meister Eckhart was, as his disciple described him, a "man from whom God hid nothing."

If this child is born in you,
then you have such great joy
in every good deed done in the world
that this joy becomes permanent
and never changes...
cast out all grief
so that perpetual joy reigns in your heart.
- Meister Eckhart
Sermon 7 in Pfeiffer & Walsh

This retreat will be facilitated by Father Michael Demkovich, OP, a Dominican friar who has written on spirituality, theology, and Meister Eckhart for journals and books. He holds a PhD and a Pontifical Doctorate from the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven in Flanders, Belgium. From 1981-1986, Father Michael taught and worked in campus ministry at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Father Demkovich taught in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1991-1996 before becoming the founding director of the Dominican Ecclesial Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2009, he was named the Gerald Vann Visiting Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford. He served as president of the International Dominican Foundation and is currently serving in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as the Episcopal Vicar for Doctrine and Life.

  • The retreat will open with registration at 8:30 am with an invitation to enjoy coffee and a continental breakfast.
  • The retreat program will begin at 9:00 am.
  • Lunch is included in the registration fee.
  • Very limited lodging is available at Dominican Center for an additional $50.00 per person per night. Please call Dominican Center at 616.514.3325 to make your reservation.

This retreat is a collaboration with the Eckhart Society.

  • Cost: $65.00

Called to be a Spiritual Director - Spiritual Director Practicum (Year 1)

September 11, 2020 / Friday - May 15, 2021 / Saturday

Dominican Associates

A Spiritual Director holds sacred the many stories heard in a one-on-one relationship or in a trusted group.

The Spiritual Director Practicum…

... is filled with contemplative spiritual practices, prayer study, and shared reflection
...
strengthens our ability to stay present
... attunes our listening to sense how the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and in the lives of others
... looks to Spiritual Giants to mentor participants during the formation process
...reminds that the ultimate healer holds up director and directee in all ways

Using an Ignatian spiritual framework, you are encouraged to find meaning in every moment. You are given space to deepen your relationship with God - the God who loves us into life. Through the process, move closer to uncovering your authentic self that guides the discernment of your calling.

Details

  • Cost: $2,000/year, plus book fees
  • Application process required
  • Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality

Dates

  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 9-10, 2020
  • November 13-14, 2020
  • December 4-5, 2020
  • January 15-16, 2021
  • February 12-13, 2021
  • March 12-13, 2021
  • April 16-17, 2021
  • May 14-15, 2021

For more information, please visit our Called to be a Spiritual Director page.

 

Called to be a Spiritual Director - Spiritual Director Practicum (Year 2)

September 11, 2020 / Friday - May 21, 2021 / Friday

A Spiritual Director holds sacred the many stories heard in a one-on-one relationship or in a trusted group.

The Spiritual Director Practicum…

... is filled with contemplative spiritual practices, prayer study, and shared reflection
...
strengthens our ability to stay present
... attunes our listening to sense how the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and in the lives of others
... looks to Spiritual Giants to mentor participants during the formation process
...reminds that the ultimate healer holds up director and directee in all ways

Using an Ignatian spiritual framework, you are encouraged to find meaning in every moment. You are given space to deepen your relationship with God - the God who loves us into life. Through the process, move closer to uncovering your authentic self that guides the discernment of your calling.

Details

  • Cost: $2000/year, plus book fees
  • Application process required
  • Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality

Dates

  • September 11 and 25, 2020
  • October 2 and 16, 2020
  • November 6 and 20, 2020
  • December 4 and 18, 2020
  • January 8 and 22, 2021
  • February 5 and 19, 2021
  • March 5 and 19, 2021
  • April 9 and 23, 2021
  • May 7 and 21, 2021

For more information, please visit our Called to be a Spiritual Director page.

Spiritual Companioning: Acting with Holy Presence

September 15, 2020 / Tuesday - May 11, 2021 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Featured Programs

Explore what it means to live in the presence of a loving God so you can see and hear the presence of God as you companion with others.

Do you feel a longing to deepen your faith? Continual spiritual formation expands our hearts and deepens our path to living more spiritually in this world. Spiritual Companioning deepens our sacred presence by examining how we listen to ourselves and others with our ears always attuned to the Spirit, compassionate and loving. Through this 9-month study, experience, learn processes and practices in contemplative listening, writing, and group sharing,

Are you ready to deepen your capacity to be present to yourself and to others with a discerning mind and heart? Are you ready to discover true peace as you learn to listen without judgment? This spiritual formation experience cultivates an understanding of how to listen and recognize the holy within the context of our lives and in the context of personal transformation, cultural traditions, societal changes, and global concerns. 

Dates
The Spiritual Companioning program meets Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • September 15, 2020
  • October 13, 2020
  • November 10, 2020
  • December 15, 2020
  • January 12, 2021
  • February 9, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • April 13, 2021
  • May 11, 2021

Cost: $475/year, plus book fees

Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality

For more information, please visit Spiritual Companioning.

Catechist Certification
Many programs offered at Dominican Center may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs have been assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD)  After attending the class in person, watching it live or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form.  Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your parish Religious Education Director in your parish.

CFD:  Spirituality/Theology

  • Cost: $475.00

Foundations in Spirituality: Guided by the Longing for a Deeper Relationship with God

September 19, 2020 / Saturday - May 21, 2021 / Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Learning Programs

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.

Christ will make His home in your heart as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.
- Ephesians 3:17

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:

  • Grow in understanding and appreciation of the diverse ways God has been present to and involved in the lives of the great spiritual teachers and guides throughout history
  • Encourage awareness, commitment to, and integration of the spiritual journey in daily life through writing and living a personal rule of life
  • Develop an understanding of contemplative attitudes and presence as basic to living a spiritual life
  • Provide opportunity for an introductory study of writings from the spiritual classics for the purpose of reflection, discussion, and personal appropriation
  • Foster respect for the diversity in past and present theology and spirituality.
  • To present basic principles and tools for discernment that are useful for personal, prayerful decision making

Details

  • Cost: $600, plus book fees
  • A required book of readings will be available for purchase at the Dominican Center Bookstore
  • Each session includes continental breakfast and lunch

Dates
Saturdays, 9:30am - 4:30 pm

  • September 19, 2020
  • October 24, 2020
  • November 21, 2020
  • December 12, 2020
  • January 23, 2021
  • February 20, 2021
  • March 20, 2021
  • April 24, 2021
  • May 22, 2021
  • Cost: $600.00