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Guided Meditation with Susan Duesbery (Recordings)

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

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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

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

Holy Week Retreat ~ Entering the Passion of Jesus (Live Stream)

April 06, 2020 / Monday - April 09, 2020 / Thursday

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Holy Week is the ideal time to retreat from one’s ordinary concerns and contemplate the powerful mystery of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. Sister Kathie Budesky, IHM, leads participants in just such a retreat during the Holy Week Retreat: Entering the Passion of Jesus.

This retreat offers of two 45-minute talks each day:

  • Monday, April 6, 2020: 9:15-10:15 am (ET) + 1:30-2:30 pm (ET)
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: 9:15-10:15 am (ET) + 1:30-2:30 pm (ET)
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020: 9:15-10:15 am (ET) + 1:30-2:30 pm (ET)
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020: 9:15-10:15 am (ET)

Liturgy may also be viewed at 10:30 am.

Please register no later than Sunday, April 5 at midnight.

Three Ways to Register

This retreat is free to all who register.

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.

Kathie Budesky

  • Presenter: Kathie Budesky, IHM, MA, Director of Visitation Spirituality Center
  • Date: Monday 04/06/2020 - Thursday 04/09/2020

Finding Flow Through Contemplative Action (Webinar)

April 22, 2020 / Wednesday, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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Finding Flow: Spiritual Practices | with Brian J. Plachta | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MISpiritual Director and Author Brian Plachta will guide you on a journey of Finding Flow Through Contemplative Action. In this webinar, explore ...

... What are the unique gifts and talents God has given me?
... How do I discover them?
... How do I put them into use in ways that are life-giving for myself and others?

When you sign up for this free webinar, you'll receive a link ahead of time so you can take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. During the webinar, we'll discuss the results of the inventory and how you might put your gifts and talents into practical, life-giving use.

Attendance is limited to the first 15 participants. The webinar will be held via Zoom.

Register here for the Finding Flow Through Contemplative Action webinar

Read Brian's latest blog post: How to Tame the Coronavirus "Frenzies"

Learn more about Brian at www.brianplachta.net

Cost:  No registration fee.

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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.

 

Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (June Session)

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

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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.

View Dominican Center's Refund Policy

  • Cost: $35.00

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

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

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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

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

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

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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
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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

  • 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.

 

Spiritual Companioning: Acting with Holy Presence

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

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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

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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