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Lectio Divina ~ Every Wednesday

June 12, 2019 / Wednesday - December 18, 2019 / Wednesday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Learning Programs

Lectio Divina (literally divine or sacred reading) is a prayerful practice that allows us to become personally immersed in the Scriptures so that the Word of God may penetrate our hearts.

This centering prayer practice is a blend of silence and slow, prayerful reading of Scripture. Father Thomas Keating describes the four stages of Lectio Divina as compass points around a circle, with the Holy Spirit moving seamlessly between them.

The four stages of this prayerful practice:

  • Read the Scripture
    Listen with the ear of your heart
  • Reflect on the meaning of the Scriptural passage 
    Become aware of what touches you and is meaningful to you in the selected Scripture
  • Pray to God
    Respond spontaneously to the Word of God and offer any prayer that rises up
  • Contemplate the Word of God
    Rest in the Word of God and allow God to speak in the silence

To learn more about Lectio Divina or to practice this ancient way of praying, join us each Wednesday, Noon – 12:30 pm pm, in the Meditation Chapel located at the back of Dominican Chapel at Marywood. All are welcome.

  • Date: Wednesday 06/12/2019 - Wednesday 12/18/2019
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Centering Prayer (2nd and 4th Tuesday of Each Month)

August 27, 2019 / Tuesday - December 31, 2019 / Tuesday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Spiritual Sacred Practices

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/)

Meets every other Tuesday

  • August 27
  • September 10
  • September 24
  • October 8
  • October 22
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3
  • December 17
  • December 31
  • Date: Tuesday 08/27/2019 - Tuesday 12/31/2019
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Chair Yoga on Thursday Evenings

September 05, 2019 / Thursday - December 19, 2019 / Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Learning Programs

Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and taking things at your own pace, Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice for easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers.

Yoga begins right where I am –
not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
– Linda Sparrowe

In each yoga 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.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 09/05/2019 - Thursday 12/19/2019
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Cost: $10.00
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Gentle Yoga on Thursday Evenings

September 05, 2019 / Thursday - December 19, 2019 / Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Learning Programs

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.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 09/05/2019 - Thursday 12/19/2019
  • Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Cost: $10.00
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Restorative Yoga on Thursday Evenings

September 05, 2019 / Thursday - December 19, 2019 / Thursday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

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.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 09/05/2019 - Thursday 12/19/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $10.00
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Called to be a Spiritual Director - Spiritual Director Practicum (Year 1)

September 06, 2019 / Friday - May 15, 2020 / Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

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
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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
Fridays, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • September 6 and 20, 2019
  • October 4 and 18, 2019
  • November 1 and 15, 2019
  • December 6 and 20, 2020
  • January 10 and 24. 2020
  • February 7 and 21, 2020
  • March 6 and 20, 2020
  • April 3 and 17, 2020
  • May 1 and 15, 2020

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

 

Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum

September 09, 2019 / Monday - May 11, 2020 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

The 9-month Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum is for experienced Spiritual Directors who feel called to journey more deeply into their ministry supporting other Directors. Recognizing our own shadows and strengths makes us more available to the Spirit through self-awareness and interior freedom. We will explore God’s movements during direction sessions; contemplative prayer using the Examen; models of peer group supervision; and the role of the supervisor.

Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum Dates:

  • September 9, 2019
  • October 14, 2019
  • November 11, 2019
  • December 9, 2019
  • January 13, 2020
  • February 10, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 13, 2020
  • May 11, 2020

Cost:
$320 (does not include book fee)

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  • Cost: $320.00

Contemplative Interspiritual Group

September 09, 2019 / Monday - December 09, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Join this contemplative interspiritual group that practices interspiritual and interfaith companioning. We will explore and participate in contemplative practices from global faith traditions to move us in deeper union with the Divine. All faith traditions welcome.

In collaboration with Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

Dates:

  • September 9, 2019
  • October 7, 2019
  • November 4, 2019
  • December 9, 2019

Cost: Free-will offering

FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Trauma-Informed Yoga

September 09, 2019 / Monday - December 30, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

In Trauma-Informed Yoga, discover the power of grounding, restoration, identity, and transformation (GRIT), which is an empowering and foundational approach for healing from trauma. This model invites you to re-connect with your body through somatic movement, meditation, and creative writing as you explore your relationship with yourself and transform the narrative of your life.

Trauma-Informed Yoga is taught by Kayla Morgan of Resilient Roots Yoga

Cost: $10.00 per session

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FD: Spirituality

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Spiritual Companioning: Acting with Holy Presence

September 10, 2019 / Tuesday - May 21, 2020 / Thursday, 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 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020

Cost: $475/year, plus book fees

Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality or Foundations in Wisdom

For more information, please visit our Spiritual Companioning page.

  • Cost: $475.00

Dominican Spirituality

September 10, 2019 / Tuesday - May 12, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

For 100 years the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have had a significant local and global presence and have been in service to many communities, especially those living in the margins of our society. This Order of Preachers is guided by a common spirituality.

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Dominican Spirituality is rooted in prayer and study for the sake of service and community. As you come to understand Dominican Spirituality, through this course of study, you will grow in appreciation of the lived experiences and teachings of many holy men and women who have inspired it. Join us as we reflect on the teachings of St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Dominic, Meister Eckhart, and others. Discover how these teachings remain relevant to us today. We invite you to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for the grounding roots of the Dominican Sisters in hopes of deepening your own spiritual growth.

Series Dates:

  • September 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • December 10, 2019
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $200.00

Ignatian Retreat

September 17, 2019 / Tuesday - May 19, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

The Spiritual Exercises form a structure for encountering and loving God more deeply. They are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God.

Go forth and set the world on fire.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola

This adaptation from the 30-Day Ignatian Retreat feeds the hunger of our hearts with the Word of God.  The Ignatian retreat is a retreat in daily life. Through nine months of prayer, contemplation, and community, participants will explore Ignatius prayer methods and insight into the spiritual through personally meditating with Scripture and engaging in small group conversations and reflection.

Series Dates:

  • September 17, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 19, 2020

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  • Cost: $200.00

JustEngagement: The Advocate Within You

September 19, 2019 / Thursday - November 07, 2019 / Thursday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Featured Programs

JustEngagement: The Advocate Within You is a program dedicated to understanding how advocacy and organizing impact systemic change – and uncovering insight into your own advocate self. JustFaith Ministries Logo / JustEngagement: The Power to Change and Transform InjusticeAdvocacy takes many forms, and your role as an advocate may look very different than that of another. Rooted in Catholic social teaching, discover justice in Gospel living. Called by our Christian faith to walk in right relationship with those living in the margins and in vulnerable situations, we walk this path of learning together.

We will spend eight sessions finding our voice in the face of injustices and learn tools and strategies we can use to help advocate and organize. Every contemplative action raises our hope that we CAN transform the world one action at a time. This program was developed by JustFaith Ministries.

God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
- Micah 6:8

 

 

Cost: $120 / $90 faith leaders (use the code ENGAGE at checkout if you are a faith leader)
Includes two books, program guide with extensive readings and prayers, an immersion experience, and refreshments.

Dates:

  • September 19, 2019
  • September 26, 2019
  • October 3, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • October 17, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • November 7, 2019
  • November 14, 2019

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FD: Evangelization/Spirituality

  • Presenter: Margarita Solis-Deal, Dominican Center Director
  • Date: Thursday 09/19/2019 - Thursday 11/07/2019
  • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $120.00

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

September 21, 2019 / Saturday - May 16, 2020 / Saturday, 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 21, 2019
  • October 19, 2019
  • November 16, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • January 25, 2020
  • February 22, 2020
  • March 21, 2020
  • April 25, 2020
  • May 16, 2020
  • Cost: $600.00

Spirituality Through A Camera Lens

October 15, 2019 / Tuesday - December 17, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Spirituality Through a Camera Lens discover the sacred in each other and in everyday moments. Being still to frame a moment in time requires us to slow down and to notice. In capturing a photo, the photographer is intentional. When photographing people, we learn to engage, develop trust, connect, and lean into each other.

It's less what the eye sees and more what the soul feels.
- unknown

This program gently guides you in seeing the holy that surrounds us all. Over six sessions, participants of all levels will be guided through artistic and technical skills of camera use; will sharpen their contemplative focus on life and living; and share sacred stories of photographs with one another. Please bring your camera or camera cell phone to each session.

Series Dates:

  • October 15, 2019
  • October 22, 2019
  • November 5, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 3, 2019
  • December 17, 2019

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $90.00

Creative Transformation: Creativity and Nature

October 16, 2019 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In this Creative Transformation program, spend time with nature and art with a walk through the Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden. During this contemplative wandering, take time to notice what calls out to you as well as consider all that nature has to teach us - resiliency, connection, and perseverance, among other things.

During the second part of this session, be guided through a creative process to open your mind and heart to receive the messages and lessons the world is trying to share with you. This creative process will integrate nature and creativity to promote grounding, introspection, and personal growth.

Please come dressed for the weather.

Creative Transformation programs are facilitated by Art Therapist Leara Glinzak, owner of I Light. She is recognized for her gentle and interactive sessions as she guides participants through a creative process that contributes to healing and growth in times of transition and change. Participants do not need any artistic experience….just life experience.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ Hadewijch of Brabant, Beguine, Poet, Mystic

October 16, 2019 / 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.

About Hadewijch of Brabant

Little is known about the life of Middle Dutch visionary and poet Hadewijch, except what can be gleaned from her 13th-century writings. Many scholars believe she lived in Antwerp, and her fluency in Dutch, Latin, and French can be taken as evidence that she received an education typically limited to the wealthy. She joined a group of beguines, evangelical women who, outside the monastic system, took vows of poverty, chastity, and service while remaining in the world. Her texts, which include religious poetry, accounts of visions, and religious letters, were written in the vernacular. Hadewijch used elements of the poetic tradition of troubadour poetry, which celebrated romantic love, to construct her ecstatic renderings of yearning for the beloved. Hadewijch has been the subject of much recent study in the fields of feminist theology and historiography. (Source: www.poetryfoundation.org)

All are welcome.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Dawn Ewald
  • Date: Wednesday 10/16/2019
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Spiritual Director Conversation ~ Honoring the Holy in Our Personal Partnerships

October 21, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Spiritual Director Conversations

~ Join the community of spiritual directors in life-long formation ~

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Spiritual direction, while being a practice of interior movement, is not a practice done in isolation. As a Spiritual Director do you notice particular challenges when you share, or do not share, with your spouse or partner about your ministry?

This conversation will encourage sharing of our experiences that have nurtured the way we live into our faith journey and spiritual direction practice as a “partnered couple.”  We will explore how our partnerships enrich and enliven how we live into our sacred call. We will learn how contemplative community building can be foundational to Holy presence.  Join us to expand the conversation of how we might foster the container of director/directee relationship, while maintaining reverence for personal partnerships.

Cost: $15 (Fee waived for spiritual directors actively practicing at Dominican Center. Use the code HOLY at checkout if you are a spiritual director.)

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FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Cami Mann, Spiritual Director, Mark Mann
  • Date: Monday 10/21/2019
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $15.00

Zentangle®: Relaxagons

October 23, 2019 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Zentangle: Relaxagons, join in on a relaxing session of tangling on hexagon-shaped tiles called Relaxagons. Made of the same wonderful Fabriano paper of the Zentangle tiles, Relaxagons will open up new angles for your tangles. Learn how this beautiful shape lends itself to bring balance, harmony, and strength.

Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.

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: $25.00

Journey Into Silence Retreat: Harvest Blessings at Dominican Center

October 24, 2019 / Thursday - October 27, 2019 / Sunday

Learning Programs

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.

Silence is the language of God.
- Rumi

PLEASE NOTE: This Journey Into Silence Retreat is now full.  You may ask to be on a waiting list by calling Dominican Center at 616-514- 3325.

Please look at other dates for Journey Into Silence Retreats in our contemplative learning programs listings.

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We Come Forth from Love Retreat

October 26, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Learning Programs

~ Facilitated by Dominican Center Contemplative Retreat Team with Webinar Presentations by Richard Rohr, OFM, and Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD ~

In the We Come Forth from Love Retreat, we invite you to listen to the wisdom of Rohr and Lewis awakening us to God’s love and to the original goodness within each of us. Their wisdom, in these webinars, encourages us to be present to transitional spaces in our lives and to know with confidence that God is present in all things. The retreat will include time for contemplation and shared dialog in community.

These original webinars were produced at The Universal Christ Conference in March 2019 and were made available to Dominican Center at Marywood as a result of a new collaboration with the Center for Action and Contemplation.

 

... And everything in between is a school for love. - Father Richard Rohr, OFM

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Presenter | Jacqueline Lewis PhD | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MILiminal spaces are those spaces between the now and the not yet, between what we know and what we don't know, between how we've always believed and the things that might be emerging in us. I want to invite people into Liminal Spaces, not as sites of terror, but as spaces to be approached with holy curiosity, and faith that God is there. - Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

Day of the Dead

October 26, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Learning Programs

Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people. For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life’s long continuum. Today’s Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, celebration is an integration of indigenous wisdom and Christian feasts. This rich cultural tradition and celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, which is recognized as All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the Catholic calendar. Come learn how the Day of the Dead and All Saints' Day honor those holy men and women whose lives have transformed ours. We will participate in making symbols that help us celebrate this day.

The program will be facilitated in Spanish and English. You are invited to bring a photo or symbol of a loved one you would love to remember and honor.

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

Fee is $15.00.  Families who attend will play one $15.00 registration fee plus $5.00 per additional family members.  Please call Dominican Center at 616-514-3325 to register as a family.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Carla Sanchez from Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Date: Saturday 10/26/2019
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $15.00

Día de Los Muertos

October 26, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Featured Programs

El Día de los Muertos se originó hace varios miles de años con los Aztecas, Toltecas y otras personas Nahuas. Para estas culturas prehispánicas, la muerte fue una fase natural en el largo continuo de la vida. La celebración del Día de los Muertos de hoy es una integración de la sabiduría indígena y las fiestas cristianas. Esta rica tradición cultural y celebración toma lugar el 1 y 2 de noviembre, que se reconoce como el Día de Todos los Santos y el Día de Todas las Almas en el calendario católico. Ven y aprende cómo el Día de los Muertos y el Día de Todos los Santos, honra a esos santos hombres y mujeres, cuyas vidas han transformado las nuestras. Participaremos en hacer símbolos que nos ayuden a celebrar este día.

El programa será facilitado en inglés y español. Usted está invitado a traer una foto o un símbolo de un ser querido que le gustaría recordar y honrar.

8:30 am:  Registración y cafe y mufin

9:00 am:  El program comienza

La cuota de inscripcion es $15.00.

La cuota de inscripcion para familias:  $15 por el primer miembro de la familia y $5.00 por miembros adicionales de la familia.  Llame a Dominican Center al 616-514-3325 para registrarse como familia.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Carla Sanchez de Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Date: Saturday 10/26/2019
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $15.00

Write Your Heart Out: When You Love Someone Who Struggles with Addiction

October 29, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Write Your Heart Out | With Sandra Mitchell, certified coach and writer | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MI

If you have a beloved friend, family member, or partner who struggles with addiction, you may find yourself swept away on a tide of emotions - heartbreak, anger, grief, and confusion, among them.

Loving an addict in any capacity can be one of the loneliest places in the world.
– Karen Young

Loving someone with an addiction is often exhausting and isolating, and perhaps you’re so caught up in your loved one’s well-being, you put your own in jeopardy. Take time for yourself in a supportive and nonjudgmental space to express the thoughts and emotions that are burdening your heart.

In this Write Your Heart Out session on addiction, join with others with similar experiences for a transformational writing experience that focuses on your journey, rather than your loved one’s.

Write Your Heart Out is a writing circle facilitated by Sandra Mitchell, certified coach and writer. Using stillness, writing prompts, sharing, and non-judgmental feedback, these reflective writing experiences are open to writers of all levels. As you put pen to paper, observe the emotions that pour from you to help you discover your deepest truths, seek hope and possibility, and allow your heart’s energy to create both art and change.

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  • Cost: $35.00

Martha and Mary: Who Is Needed in Our World?

November 02, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am

If there is one thing the radio, television, and internet all tell us, it is that our world is in chaos.  How are we to respond as faithful disciples?  Participants will explore the dichotomy bestowed upon Mary and Martha, the contemplative and the servant, and discover how the spirit of both disciples has something to offer the chaos of the world.

This is Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids & Dominican Associate retreat opportunity with Sister Megan McElroy, OP as the key note presenter.

  • Presenter: Sister Megan McElroy, OP
  • Date: Saturday 11/02/2019
  • Time: 8:30am
  • Cost: $35.00

Write Your Heart Out: Gratitude

November 05, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Write Your Heart Out | With Sandra Mitchell, certified coach and writer | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIIn this Write Your Heart Out session on gratitude, connect with the spirit of Thanksgiving by spending time with fellow writers and seekers exploring and expressing gratitude. Spiritual leaders and scientists have found that those who regularly practice gratitude have increased their ability to be compassionate and kind and experience positive physical changes in breathing patterns and stress levels. In this writing session, dive deep to discover what gratitude means to you and discover a practice that enriches.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
- Meister Eckhart

Write Your Heart Out is a writing circle facilitated by Sandra Mitchell, certified coach and writer. Using stillness, writing prompts, sharing, and non-judgmental feedback, these reflective writing experiences are open to writers of all levels. As you put pen to paper, observe the emotions that pour from you to help you discover your deepest truths, seek hope and possibility, and allow your heart’s energy to create both art and change.

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  • Cost: $35.00

November Reflective Film Series: Coco

November 08, 2019 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIJoin us for the November Reflective Film Series, Coco. Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Rated PG

Soda and popcorn provided.

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

 

  • Date: Friday 11/08/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Reclaiming Your Original Goodness

November 09, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 11:30am

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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.

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  • Cost: $20.00

Deepening Spiritual Practices into the Local Church

November 13, 2019 / Wednesday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Featured Programs

Dominican Center welcomes The Invitation, a podcast produced by Josh Banner,Join us for Deepening Spiritual Practices into the Local Church, a learning conversation on the work of translating contemplative spirituality to the local church.

Contemplative spirituality practices are emerging slowly and steadily in encouraging ways. How do we listen to the spiritually hungry seekers of our local churches who are leaving the pews in search of a deeper relationship with God?  How does the local church discern this growing desire of its members?

Be with us as Josh Banner, spiritual director and creator and producer of The Invitation Podcast, facilitates this insightful dialog between Dr. Chuck DeGroat and Sister Diane Zerfas, OP. Dr. DeGroat, author and associate professor of pastoral care at Western Theological Seminary, and Sr. Zerfas, OP, coordinator of the Center for Spirituality at Dominican Center, will offer us perspectives, challenge, and introspection.

$10 Discount for Pastors, Religious Vowed Women,  Seminarians and Ministry Leaders:  Use code PODCAST when checking out.

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

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  • Cost: $25.00

Zentangle®: ZenGems

November 19, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Zentangle: ZenGems, refocus the mind and heart in this special session that will combine learning how to make beautiful hand-drawn gemstones and creating a tangled setting to hold the gem. Your completed artwork can be a gift to yourself or someone special that serves as a gentle reminder of the peace that resides within.

The Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor and model for inspiring a deliberate artistry in life.
- www.zentangle.com

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 www.zentangle.com.

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

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

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  • Cost: $25.00

Advent Icon Retreat ~ Saint Dominic

December 02, 2019 / Monday - December 06, 2019 / Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Join us for Advent Icon Retreat: Saint Dominic. Enter the Advent season with Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers. While reflecting and praying with Saint Dominic, the icon creative process transforms a blank canvas into an inspirational figure that is lined with precision and filled with color. Considered a sacred art, iconography uses images whose hearts were on fire with joy and truth, which Saint Dominic exemplified.

Reflection, prayer, contemplative creativity, and gentle instruction will guide participants in painting this image on a 9” X 12” board. Beginner and experienced artists welcome. No previous painting experience required. Paint, brushes, and supplies included.

Price:
$350.00, includes retreat, breakfasts, and lunches. All overnight spaces have been reserved; however, we are still accepting registrations for commuter participants.

Overnight accommodations are full. Please contact Dominican Center for alternative accommodations.

Evening meals are available at additional $10 per meal and not included in the retreat fee.  Meal reservations will be made the first day of the retreat.

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  • Presenter: Diane Hamel
  • Date: Monday 12/02/2019 - Friday 12/06/2019
  • Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Cost: $350.00

Spiritual Director Conversation ~ Advent Reflection: Discerning Our Yes as Spiritual Directors

December 03, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

~ Spiritual Director Conversation ~
Join the spiritual director community in life-long formation

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Join us for this beautiful time to refresh your Gospel walk and your soul during the hopeful season of Advent.

During Advent, we are encouraged to contemplate the Divine indwelling constantly unfolding within and around us. In the ministry of spiritual direction, the transformative stories we hear are an invitation to give our attentiveness to the Christ-life being born in us and through us.

In this Spiritual Director Conversation, we will ponder the story of The Annunciation, focusing on Mary’s experiences and her YES. In what ways did she discern her response to her call?  What information does this give us as we say YES to living with a listening heart? What imagery of the Holy unfolds within us? How does this deepening affect our ministry?

Cost: $15 (Fee waived for spiritual directors actively practicing at Dominican Center. Use the code ADVENT at checkout if you are a spiritual director.)

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  • Cost: $15.00

Zentangle®: Gifts of Gold

December 05, 2019 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In this Zentangle: Gift of Gold program, give yourself the gift of time away from the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in creative mindfulness as you learn to tangle with gold ink on black tiles. Tiles and a gold Gelly Roll pen to keep are included in the price of the class.

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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  • Cost: $25.00

Enneagram and Relationships

December 07, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Learning Programs

The Enneagram is a tool that gives insight and understanding to how we view and interpret who we are in relationships with others. In Enneagram and Relationships, heighten your understanding of how you navigate through relationships. We invite you to come and discover ways that you can strengthen and create healthy relationships by understanding the role you play in them and by deepening your awareness of how others approach a relationship with you. Coming to understand the enneatypes, particularly one’s individual type through our dynamics of relationships, gives insights into discovering and owning one’s goodness.

Knowing your enneatype, or having a leaning toward an enneatype, is required for this program.

Cost: $85, includes continental breakfast and lunch

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  • Cost: $85.00

O Antiphons: The Tradition and Significance

December 07, 2019 / Saturday, 9:00am - 11:30am

Featured Programs

Join the Dominican Center community for O ’Antiphons: The Tradition and Significance. Advent calls us to prepare, listen, and pray with intention.

The O Antiphons are short, Scripture-based Advent prayers from the Middle Ages that are part of the prayer of the Church in the Liturgy of the Hours. They address Jesus using titles from various prophecies before His birth.

Our experience of prayer can be enriched as we better understand the origin and history of the tradition, the meaning of the titles we use for Jesus, and the meaning for our lives and the world now. We unite ourselves with the spirit of the Prayer of the Church as we use these antiphons in our personal prayer and meditation, in praying the Liturgy of the Hours, or in joining the Sister in praying them in the Dominican Chapel at Marywood.

You are welcome to bring your Bible if you wish to do so. or you may use one of the Bibles at Dominican Chapel.

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  • Cost: $20.00

O’Antiphons ~ Tomorrow I Will Come, An Advent Sacred Tradition

December 17, 2019 / Tuesday - December 23, 2019 / Monday, 7:00pm - 7:45pm

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O' Antiphons is a seven-day prayer that is an ancient Christian ritual in preparation for the coming of the Light of the World ... Jesus. Each evening begins with a contemplative candlelight procession, then moves into the singing of hymns and psalms; the proclamation of scripture; and a reflection on the theme of each sacred evening. Join us in union with the global community, as we wait in holy anticipation.

Free to the community - all are welcome. Come to one or all evenings.

DEC 17: O Sapientia ~ Wisdom

DEC 18: O Adonai ~ Lord and Ruler

DEC 19: O Radix Jesse ~ Root of Jesse

DEC 20: O Clavis David ~ Key of David

DEC 21: O Oriens ~ Dawn of the East

DEC 22: O Rex Gentium ~ King of the Gentiles

DEC 23: O Emmanuel ~ God With Us

  • Date: Tuesday 12/17/2019 - Monday 12/23/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 7:45pm
  • Cost: $0.00

Guided Directed Retreats Practicum

January 07, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The Guided Directed Retreats Practicum is for experienced spiritual directors who feel a call to journey with directees in a silent retreat setting. We will explore the dynamics of daily prayer on retreat; understand the unique rhythm and movement of silent retreats; use the insights of Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and David Benner to help us be ready and available to retreatants; and look at the uniqueness of offering spiritual direction in a retreat environment.  Spiritual Directors will receive direct experience as they will be given opportunities to provide spiritual direction within the Journey Into Silence retreats.

Dates of Sessions:

  • January 7, 2020
  • February 4, 2020
  • March 3, 2020
  • April 7, 2020
  • May 5, 2020

FD: Spirituality

 

  • Cost: $250.00

Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (January Session)

January 08, 2020 / Wednesday, 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

Zentangle®: Dynamic Dingbatz

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

Learning Programs

In Zentangle: Dynamic Dingbatz, create and use tangled, artful elements that have been used as enhancements in typography for hundreds of years. We'll explore the application of Dingbatz on Envelops, cards, and bookmarks. As you open yourself up to the possibilities of the new year, set aside this time for a mindful focus of how small creative touches can deliver much joy.

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 www.zentangle.com.

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

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

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  • Date: Tuesday 01/28/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $25.00

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

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

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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.

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  • Cost: $335.00

Journey into Silence Retreat: Holy Week Retreat at Dominican Center

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

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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.

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Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ St. Josephine Bakhita, Ex-Slave and Sister

April 21, 2020 / Tuesday, 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.

If I were to meet the slave-traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and Religious today.
- St. 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.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Cynthia Bailey
  • Date: Tuesday 04/21/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Journey into Silence Retreat: Awakening to Spring at Dominican Center

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

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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.

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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.

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Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit, Philospher, 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.

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.

FD: Spirituality

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

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

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

Featured Programs

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.

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  • Cost: $465.00