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Feldenkrais Spring 2017 Series

April 03, 2017 / Monday - June 26, 2017 / Monday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Lessons are verbally directed, active learning exercises relating to aspects of human movement. They are designed to break up habitual patterns and instill new ways of thinking, feeling, and moving. The exercises are non-judgmental, non-competitive, and self-directed so that each person progresses at his or her own pace. Mats and small pillows provided. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration is required due to space limitations.

No class May 29

This class is currently at capacity. Please call the front desk at 616.514.3325 to be put on the waiting list.

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Lectio Divina – Every Wednesday

May 17, 2017 / Wednesday - August 30, 2017 / Wednesday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

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Lectio Divina is a way of praying the Scriptures so that the Word of God may penetrate our hearts. This prayerful practice is a blend of silence and slow, prayerful reading of Scripture.

Occurs every Wednesday from 12:00 – 12:30 pm.

There is no cost or registration for this event.

  • Date: Wednesday 05/17/2017 - Wednesday 08/30/2017
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Spirituality and Justice

June 05, 2017 / Monday - June 26, 2017 / Monday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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In this contemplative learning program, explore how spirituality and justice intersect. We will focus on contemporary issues and explore a response to injustice from the depths of our heart and spiritual foundation.

Let us not tire of preaching love.
– Blessed Oscar Romero

  • June 5: Our place in the world and finding a personal perspective of the world around us.
  • June 12: What is one’s spirituality and how do we view the world from a spiritual lens.
  • June 19: Defining justice and responding to injustice from the heart.
  • June 26: Integrating and identifying responses to injustice that are in concert with our beliefs, life commitments, and spirituality.

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  • Presenter: Lucianne Siers, OP
  • Date: Monday 06/05/2017 - Monday 06/26/2017
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $60.00

Come to Your Center: Breathe to Calm and Center Yourself

July 12, 2017 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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In this workshop, Breathe to Calm and Center Yourself, learn several breathing techniques to help you energize, yet calm your body, and to augment your vitality.

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

When we breathe shallowly we send a signal to our brain that a crisis is about to happen. Our bodies are flooded with stress chemicals and we feel agitated. However, when we breathe deeply, we send a signal to our bodies that all is well. We become grounded and feel calm, peaceful, and filled with a sense of well-being.

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  • Presenter: Susan Duesbery
  • Date: Wednesday 07/12/2017
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $35.00

Wisdom of Indigenous Healers: A Weekend with Dr. Rosita Arvigo

July 14, 2017 / Friday - July 15, 2017 / Saturday

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In this program, A Weekend with Dr. Rosita Arvigo: Wisdom of Indigenous Healers, explore ways to incorporate natural and spiritual healing into your own life and practice. Benefit from years of evidenced-based and science-based research of the Arvigo® Worldwide Practitioners.

Give nature half a chance and she has a miracle in store for everyone.
– Dr Rosita Arvigo

Rosita Arvigo is a doctor of naprapathy, an ethnobotanist, and a spiritual healer. She is the co-founder of The Belize Ethnobotany Project with Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden, and is the founder of Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre in Belize, the Rainforest Medicine Trail, Terra Nova Medicinal Plant Reserve, and Children’s Bush Medicine Summer Camp in Belize. Her 13-year apprenticeship to one of the last Catholic Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti, was the inspiration behind The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and her courses in Maya Spiritual Healing. She is the author of six books on traditional healing of Central America, and travels internationally to present her work.

Friday:  July 14, 2017
My Life with Traditional Healers of Central America
6:00-8:30 pm  |  $35

Saturday:  July 15, 2017
Herb Walk and Talk through Marywood Prairie
10:00 to noon   |  $25

Lunch: Visit with Rosita Arvigo and connect with others while enjoying a healthy lunch. (no cost)
12:15 pm 

Health for the Family the Maya Way
2:00-5:00 pm  |  $35

Space is limited, register early. $25.00 deposit holds a space

This is a collaborative program between Healing Traditions and Dominican Center at Marywood.

  • Register for individual sessions
  • $85 for all sessions
  • $55 for both on Saturday

To sign up for this program, please visit HealingTraditionsGR.com.

Healing Traditions is sponsoring this event and will be coordinating all registrations for this event.  If you have problems with the registration link for any reason, please call Beth Townsend at 616-340-9388  or send her an email at beth.ann.townsend@comcast.net

Zentangle®: Reticula & Fragments

July 18, 2017 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In this Zentangle class, learn how to unlock the amazing possibilities of using reticula and fragments in grids. Bring your own pens, pencil, and blending tool.

*Prerequisite: Must have completed a Exploring Zentangle: An Introduction.

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  • Cost: $35.00

Creative Transformation: Being Present

July 19, 2017 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Living in the present is challenging as our daily lives launches us in the future, or we are focused on a past that continues to tug our hearts. This creative process will support us in becoming more centered so that we are able to embrace the present moment.

Wherever you are, be all there.
– Jim Elliot

Creative Transformation learning programs are facilitated by Art Therapist Leara Glinzak. 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.

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  • Cost: $20.00

A Preached Retreat with Megan McElroy, OP, and Leobardo Almazan, OP

July 23, 2017 / Sunday - July 28, 2017 / Friday, 5:00pm - 2:00pm

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Using the Dominican Parable model, meaning Dominican women and men preaching together on the daily Scripture, Father Leo and Sister Megan will break open the Word and let it flow through the”daily-ness” of life. Preaching will occur at Mass, a morning conference, and an afternoon session, which includes evening prayer. Optional sharing and rituals of forgiveness also be available.

$200 includes retreat and meals only
$335 includes overnight room and meals (space is limited) • please call 616-514-3325 for this option

  • Cost: $200.00

Spirituality – A Dimension of Patient Care In Holistic Healthcare

August 09, 2017 / Wednesday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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The provision of spiritual or religious care in healthcare has received prominence in national reports, guidelines, and standards since the start of the millennium. According to these national recommendations, spiritual care is to be provided by healthcare providers, within their scope of practice, when the patient or patient advocate requests spiritual care; when there is evidence of spiritual or religious distress; or when there are requests for spiritual or religious resources.

The purpose of the presentation is to offer healthcare providers knowledge about spirituality in patient health care; to develop professional skills in spiritual care in healthcare; and to enhance one’s role and responsibility on the interdisciplinary team in practicing spiritual care in holistic healthcare.

Professional Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for Nurses & Chaplains

This educational program is approved for 2 Continuing Education Hours by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

This activity is approved for 2 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

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  • Cost: $35.00

Enneagram of Personality: An Introductory Session

August 12, 2017 / Saturday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

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The Enneagram is a dynamic tool to explore self in relationship to others.  In this program, you will increase our knowledge of your personality and become acutely aware of your tendencies and instinctual behavioral patterns. Embracing this knowledge enables us to understand how we see the world and react to life situations and to each other. Understanding our strengths and tender areas helps us in our relationship with God, self, and others. The Enneagram aids in removing our masks, which moves us closer to understanding our True Self. Registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

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  • Cost: $75.00

Leaving Fear Behind

August 14, 2017 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Contemplative learning program, Leaving Fear Behind, shows us that when we live from a place of deep-seated disquiet and dis-ease we often find anxiety and dread claim us and keep us small. But when we give up our worry and dread – and instead live lives inspired by spirituality and trust in the Divine – we can take action to fully live our lives, to find our voices and speak out, and to make change for ourselves and others.

Every time fear wins, you lose.
Every time you choose fear, you lose sight of your highest aspirations…
To access our courage, we must uncover, accept, and embrace our fears.
– Debbie Ford

Based on the work of Debbie Ford, spiritual teacher and author, this contemplative learning program explores the concepts presented by Debbie in her best-selling books Dark Side of the Light Chasers and The Right Questions. In this workshop, uncover the wounds that source your anxiety; explore what you would need to know or understand to let go of fear; and understand what stands between you and your faith that everything in your life is as it should be.

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  • Cost: $20.00

Creative Transformation: Personal Reflections Through Changes

August 16, 2017 / Wednesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

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In the Creative Transformation: Personal Reflections Through Changes, we look at how our identities, interests, and opinions are constantly changing. You are not the same person you were years ago, or even a minute ago. Rediscover the components that ground who you are and move you through personal transformation.

Try not to resist the changes that come your way.
Instead let life live through you.
And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.
How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
– Rumi

Creative Transformation sessions are facilitated by Art Therapist Leara Glinzak. 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.

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  • Cost: $20.00

Zentangle®: The Meaning of Shapes

August 23, 2017 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Circles, Triangles, Squares

Continue your journey of self-discovery through meditation and tangling by exploring the deeper meaning of the essential shapes that are used in the Zentangle Method of drawing. Bring your own pens, pencil, and blending tool.

*Prerequisite: Must have completed a Exploring Zentangle: An Introduction class.

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  • Cost: $35.00

Justice Conversation: Care for the Earth – Do I Make a Difference?

August 24, 2017 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Pope Francis in Laudato Si writes: “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all

Using Augusto Boals’ forum theater approach, this Care for the Earth program we will engage in a transformative and safe conversation where all have an opportunity to share perspectives on the reality of the result of our actions in caring for the earth. Join us at Dominican Center in this approach to social justice conversations.

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  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Pilgrimages to Places of Transformation

August 26, 2017 / Saturday, 9:30am - 12:00pm

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Life is a journey. How do we find our way? How do we make it holy? Learning how to find sacred signposts and landmarks can help us travel with confidence and peace.

Before you saw the light of day I had holy plans for you.
– Jeremiah 1:5

The sacred pilgrimage is a spiritual practice. We are all called to travel beyond our familiar boundaries in search of the Ultimate Reality. In this contemplative learning program, Pilgrimages to Places of Transformation, we will look for glimpses of spiritual promise through the sacred spaces of Marywood.

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  • Cost: $20.00

Spiritual Direction Practicum Year 1 2017-2018

September 08, 2017 / Friday - May 18, 2018 / Friday

Spiritual direction is the art of contemplative listening carried out in a one-to-one trusting relationship or within a group of your peers. It is when one guide journeys with another person or group, listening to life stories with an ear for the movement of the Holy Spirit and offering prayerful response.

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

Dates of Sessions:

  • September 8, 2017
  • September 22, 2017
  • October 6, 2017
  • October 20, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • November 17, 2017
  • December 1, 2017
  • December 15, 2017
  • January 5, 2018
  • January 19, 2018
  • February 2, 2018
  • February 16, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • March 16, 2018
  • April 6, 2018
  • April 20, 2018
  • May 4, 2018
  • May 18, 2018

Spiritual Direction Practicum Year 2 2017-2018

September 08, 2017 / Friday - May 12, 2018 / Saturday

In Spiritual Direction Practicum the participants go deeper into the realities of their own spiritual journeys, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the rules of discernment, the adult maturing of faith using the enneagram, and a celebration of that great cloud of witnesses of spiritual giants that remind us of God’s continual presence in this world and our lives.

Spiritual direction is the art of contemplative listening carried out in a one-to-one trusting relationship or within a group of your peers. It is when one guide journeys with another person or group, listening to life stories with an ear for the movement of the Holy Spirit and offering prayerful response.

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

Dates of Sessions:

  • September 8 & 9, 2017
  • October 6 & 7, 2017
  • November 10 & 11, 2017
  • December 8 & 9, 2017
  • January 12 & 13, 2018
  • February 9 & 10, 2018
  • February 23 & 24, 2018
  • April 6 & 7, 2018
  • May 11 & 12, 2018

Reflective Film Series: Two Days, One Night

September 08, 2017 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MISeptember’s Reflective Film Series features Two Days, One Night. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a €1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job. Rated PG-13.

Join us for popcorn, soda, and conversation.

The film series is co-sponsored by the Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate for her generosity.

  • Date: Friday 09/08/2017
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Dominican Spirituality

September 11, 2017 / Monday - May 14, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

Accompany us on a journey to discover Dominican spirituality, a spirituality rooted in prayer, study, and service. Be inspired to grow in your own spiritual discernment through the lives of St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, and other Dominican saints.

He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined.
Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself.
– St. Catherine of Siena

Series Dates:

  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • December 11, 2017
  • January 8, 2018
  • February 12, 2018
  • March 12, 2018
  • April 9, 2018
  • May 14, 2018

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  • Cost: $200.00

Spiritual Companioning 2017-2018

September 12, 2017 / Tuesday - May 15, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Dominican Center’s Spiritual Companioning course helps you attune your listening ear to those around you and to God. As a spiritual companion, you’ll pray and share with others in a nurturing and peaceful space. By learning to deeply listen and reflect, you’ll guide and affirm your companion’s life experiences and presence of the Divine.

For more information, please visit our Spiritual Companioning page.

Below are the links to the Spiritual Companioning application.

Spiritual Companioning Application Part A

Spiritual Companioning Application Part B

Dates of Sessions:

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

Come to Your Center: Sacred Activism

September 12, 2017 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

In these times of negativity and strife many of us feel a powerful desire to relieve the suffering of the world. To stand up to injustices is necessary and right. However, to be an activist today can leave one feeling depleted, frustrated, and angry.

May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
– Buddha

Learning to be a sacred activist combines the heart-centered focus of the mystic with the action-oriented mission of the activist. Sacred activism invites us to act from a place of love for the good of humanity.

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  • Presenter: Susan Duesbery
  • Date: Tuesday 09/12/2017
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $35.00

Creative Transformation: Hope and Gratitude

September 13, 2017 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In this Creative Transformation: Hope and Gratitude session we look at how life presents struggles that cause fear and challenge our faith and hope. Engage in this artful session that illuminates how to carry our challenges and fears alongside hope. This mutuality opens up the path to reaching a state of gratitude.

Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.
– Thomas S. Monson

Creative Transformation sessions are facilitated by Art Therapist Leara Glinzak.  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.

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  • Cost: $20.00

Ignatian Retreat

September 13, 2017 / Wednesday - May 09, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola form a structure for encountering and loving God more deeply. This adaptation from the 30-Day Ignatian Retreat feeds the hunger of our hearts with the Word of God.

Those who carry God in their hearts bear heaven with them wherever they go.
– St. Ignatius of Loyola

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 13, 2017
  • October 11, 2017
  • November 8, 2017
  • December 13, 2017
  • January 10, 2018
  • February 14, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • April 11, 2018
  • May 9, 2018

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  • Cost: $200.00

We Remember: An Interfaith Memorial Service

September 14, 2017 / Thursday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

Join us for an interfaith memorial service to remember and celebrate with music, prayer, and reflection those we’ve loved and who have passed away. This inspiration and touching evening is in remembrance of the lives that have touched our own.

Remembering may be one of the most precious gifts the Spirit can give you.
– Henry B. Eyring

If you feel moved to, please bring a photo of your loved one to be displayed at our remembrance table, which will be returned at the end of the service. Join us in community to remember all those we loved.

All are welcome. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend with their children. No registration fee.

  • Date: Thursday 09/14/2017
  • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $0.00

Remembering God’s Love Through Memory Loss

September 15, 2017 / Friday - November 03, 2017 / Friday, 10:30am - 12:00pm

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For the Caregiver

Contemplative Learning Program | Cover of Second Forgetting | Memory Loss or Dementia | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIWe invite family caregivers who support loved ones with memory loss or dementia to journey with us through Dr. Benjamin Mast’s book Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer’s Disease (Zondervan).

Join others caring for loved ones and who are feeling the sting of memory loss or dementia. In Kent County alone, nearly 10,000 people live with memory loss and dementia, and the number is expected to grow to 27,000 by 2050. It is a disease that forces caregivers to make great sacrifices and to redefine their relationship with their loved ones throughout the process of memory loss. We invite caregivers to spend time to nurture and renew their spirit and to join us in discovering the insights that Dr. Mast’s work with people with memory loss provides.

Facilitator:  Rev. Timothy Tuthill, Center Manager, Care Resources PACE

“We can be confident that God hears and remembers us.  he knows the cries of our hearts before we speak and calls us to lean on and trust in him.”
Dr. Benjamin Mast

For the Loved One

We invite caregivers participating in the Remembering God’s Love Through Memory Loss program to also invite their loved ones with memory loss. Participants with memory loss will have an opportunity to engage in activities of artistic expression that celebrate the present moment  that keeps us in the presence of God’s love.

Facilitator Leara Glinzak, MSAT: Leara holds a Master of Science in art therapy with a concentration in counseling from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She is an art therapy dementia specialist working with grief, memory loss, and end-of-life care where she is grounded within a person-centered approach.

Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 20, 27; November 3

Space is limited; please register early.

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  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Foundations in Spirituality 2017-2018

September 16, 2017 / Saturday - May 19, 2018 / Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Dominican Center’s Foundations in Spirituality course is a serious reflective study of the saints and great spiritual teachers of the Christian tradition, the practice of contemplative prayer, and the writing and living of a personal rule of life.  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

Day and Times:  Class meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A required book of readings will be available for purchase at Dominican Center.  This will be an additional $100.00.

Dates of Sessions:

  • September 16, 2017
  • October 21, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • December 16, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 17, 2018
  • March 17, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • May 19, 2018
  • Cost: $600.00

Group Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum

September 18, 2017 / Monday - May 21, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

The group 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.

Series Dates:

  • September 18, 2017′
  • October 16, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 18, 2017
  • January 15, 2018
  • February 19, 2018
  • March 19, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
  • May 21, 2018

Cost does not include book fee.

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  • Date: Monday 09/18/2017 - Monday 05/21/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $320.00

Be Still in Sacred Spaces: A Morning of Relaxation and Peace

September 23, 2017 / Saturday, 8:30am - 11:30am

Learning Programs

Dominican Center invites you to Be Still in Sacred Spaces, a special morning to treat yourself to self-care, relaxation, and peace. Walk through the labyrinth; release and renew with yoga; stay in the present moment with Zentangle®; and experience a healing process through Creative Transformations.

Be Still and Know I am God
Be Still and Know
Be Still and
Be Still
Be
– Psalm 46:10

Come on your own, invite a friend, or gather your special groups to Be Still in Sacred Spaces at Dominican Center at Marywood.

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  • Cost: $15.00

A Conversation with Dr. Benjamin Mast

October 11, 2017 / Wednesday, 9:00am - 11:00am

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Contemplative Learning Program | Cover of Second Forgetting | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIThrough the personal stories of those affected and the loved ones who care for them, Dr. Benjamin Mast highlights the power of the gospel for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Filled with helpful, up-to-date information, Dr. Mast answers common questions about the disease and its effect on personal identity and faith. He will explore the biblical importance of remembering and of God’s commitment to not forget us. In addition, he gives practical suggestions for how the church can come alongside families and those struggling, offering help and hope to victims of this debilitating disease.

God pursues us and cares for us, even when we don’t understand what he is doing. This is God’s radical grace. He never turns away from us, even when we seem to resist his plans. – Dr. Benjamin Mast

Dr. Benjamin Mast is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified geropsychologist, and associate professor and vice chair in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He serves as an elder at Sojourn Community Church, and is author of Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer’s Disease (Zondervan).

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  • Cost: $40.00

Reflective Film Series: Mediterranea

October 13, 2017 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIOctober’s Reflective Film Series, Mediterranea, features two men who make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life. When they arrive in Italy they face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees. Not rated.

Join the Dominican Center community for popcorn, soda, and conversation.

The film series is co-sponsored by the Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate for her generosity.

  • Date: Friday 10/13/2017
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

International Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal

November 02, 2017 / Thursday - November 13, 2017 / Monday

We invite you to join Sr. Nancy Brousseau, OP, on the International Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal, a grand travel experience to two of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting countries. Sr. Nancy has facilitated and guided international pilgrimages for more than 20 years. These pilgrimages are grounded in spirituality and explore the places where spiritual giants lived and continue to have an influence.

For more information and to register, please call Sr. Nancy Brousseau, OP, directly at 616.560.4580 or email nbrousseau@aol.com.

Download pilgrimage brochure

Here are some of the places you will visit. Please read through the International Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal brochure for more details.

Portugal
The relatively small country of Portugal offers a range of both scenic, historic, and cultural attractions. This is the home of Vasco de Gama, who opened the empire’s trade routes to the spice treasures of India; and Magellan who led the first circumnavigation of the globe. The country’s cosmopolitan capital, Lisbon, on the broad estuary of the Tagus, is one of the most strikingly situated cities in the world. In Portugal, we will visit Fatima, where we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary. It was here that she appeared to three children to spread her message of peace.

We will also visit the church of St. Anthony (of Padua, as he is known), who was born in Portugal. Spain – the land of Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus, Dante, Don Quixote, Goya, El Greco, Picasso, and the adopted home of Ernest Hemmingway, has for centuries inspired great explorers, adventurers and amazing artists. For decades, this was the great intersection for the development of Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths.

Spain
The land of many Giants in the Faith: Saints Dominic, Ignatius, as well as John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila who were founders of the discalced Carmelites. Visit Avila, the walled city of Teresa and some of her monasteries. Hear the stories of both John & Teresa and their way of prayer.

Learn about the Dominican Preachers, Las Casas, Antonio Montesinos, who began in Andalusia and went to New Spain in the 16th century and were the first to speak against the injustices to the indigenous people. Visit the museum of John of the Cross in Ubeda and the monastery where he died in 1591.

Stroll through the incredible Prado Museum in Madrid, sometimes referred to as the most beautiful museum in the world. Visit the elaborate Alcazar Palace of Seville and the ornate cathedral with the tomb of Columbus. In Granada, you will enter the elaborate summer palaces of the great Moorish caliphs, including the famous Alhambra, an ornate Arabesque architectural confection in pink granite.

In Barcelona you will see the beautiful Gothic Architecture and Guadi’s unfinished spectacular Sagrada Familia. This will definitely be a fun & Faith tour, with free-time built into the itinerary for an afternoon stroll, shopping and picture-taking. Plus, you will doubtless have the opportunity for some of the fun and exciting evening musical events featuring the colorfully dressed flamenco dancers and the fiery rhythm of the Spanish guitars.

Cost for the International Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal tour: $3599 per person from Chicago. Space on this tour is limited! I therefore encourage you to complete the reservation form and submit your $400.00 deposit as soon as possible. Let your friends know quickly so they are not left out. Places will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

 

Reflective Film Series: The Other Son

November 10, 2017 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIIn November’s Reflective Film, The Other Son, two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth. Rated PG-13.

Join the Dominican Center community for popcorn, soda, and conversation.

The film series is co-sponsored by the Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate for her generosity.

  • Date: Friday 11/10/2017
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
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