“Compassion is My True Self” Weekend Retreat

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Friday 08/11/2023 - Sunday 08/13/2023
August 11 - 13, 2023 Friday, 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
"Compassion is a way of life, an external expression of an inner attitude."
~ Joyce Rupp in her book "Boundless Compassion"

"Change is possible when I see the spark of the divine within self and others."

That spark, described by spiritual guide and author Joyce Rupp in her book "Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life" is inspiring people to discover and deepen the role of compassion in their lives and communities. Joyce's vision is heartwarming: "With compassion at the core of humanity’s lived experience, we will be able to approach one another with true respect and dwell in peace."

We are thrilled to welcome Boundless Compassion facilitators Mary Dean Pfahler SND and Kathleen Loughrige, mindful practitioners who share this passion and vision to Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College.

Compassion is deeply rooted in our human DNA. However, strategies we learn and adapt through life can block the openness to feel compassion and respond to our own and others’ suffering. Through this retreat experience Sr. Mary Dean and Kathleen will help us develop insights and learn practical skills to cultivate compassion in our lives and communities.

  • Explore healthy self-compassion.
  • Learn approaches for compassionate living.
  • Consider creative ways to nurture and sustain compassion all around you.
  • Explore compassion through the lens of the Enneagram as a tool to guide us back to our essence, to what is most true.

Offering presentations, quiet reflection time, conversation, and common prayer, this weekend retreat serves as a catalyst for a renewed commitment to becoming a compassionate presence.

COMPASSION is being moved in one’s depths by the pain or bliss of another
and responding in ways that intend to ease their suffering and promote their flourishing."
~ Dr. Frank Rogers, Jr. author of “Practicing Compassion"




“Compassion is a way of life - an inner posture of how to be with suffering, both our own and others, and a desire to move that attitude into action. Compassion involves an ‘inside-out’ movement. A radical change unfolds in us when compassion becomes a way of life, a transformation as far-reaching as an acorn growing into a tree, an egg producing a chicken, or a caterpillar metamorphosing into a butterfly.”
— Joyce Rupp in Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life


Mary Dean Pfahler SND

Spiritual Director, Boundless Compassion Facilitator

Sister of Notre Dame Mary Dean Pfahler finds joy in accompanying individuals and groups in spiritual direction, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and Boundless Compassion retreats. The vision of widening the circle of compassion to include all of creation captures her imagination.

A former educator in Ohio and Papua New Guinea, pastoral minister, retreat center director, and college campus mentor, she completed the internship in Ignatian spirituality at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills MI and is a certified Boundless Compassion facilitator.

Kathleen Loughrige

Certified Enneagram Coach, Boundless Compassion Facilitator

As a certified Enneagram Coach, Boundless Compassion facilitator and an ordained minister, Kathleen believes that everyone is born with a unique design and purpose. By combining her knowledge of the Enneagram from a spiritual perspective and her training in Boundless Compassion, she partners with others to grow in healthy self-awareness in order to engage and reflect God’s image in the world. With this transformational wisdom, her desire is to support individuals to move toward becoming a more compassionate presence in the world.

Kateri Schrems OP

Spiritual Director

Dominican Sister Grand Rapids, Boundless Compassion Facilitator, numerous ministries over 80+ years including teacher, administrator, pastoral work within and beyond church realms. A Boundless Compassion Retreat in June 2019 has led me to advocate for an offering of Boundless Compassion in Grand Rapids. How wonderful this will happen at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College.

The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger and rich in compassion. Psalm 103



Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College is our Retreat Location. Our spirituality center is situated in a hillside on a creek surrounded by nature.

Financial scholarships are available.
Call 616-514-3325 or email dcmvillage@dominicancenter.com
to request information.


All meals are included in this retreat experience and fee. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated upon request.

Nearby Lodging

Prince Conference Center Hotel
1800 East Beltline SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Hotel reservations: (616) 526-7200

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson,
3251 Deposit Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Hotel Reservations: (616) 320-5946

Lodging is not included in the retreat arrangements. Lodging arrangements are the sole responsibility of retreat registrants.

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