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Foundations in Spirituality 2021-2022

Featured Programs

Date(s):
Monday 09/20/2021 - Monday 05/23/2022
Time(s):
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Price:
$600.00

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

Dates
The Foundations in Spirituality program meets Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm:

  • September 20, 2021
  • October 4, 2021
  • October 18, 2021
  • November 1, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • November 29, 2021
  • December 13, 2021
  • January 10, 2022
  • January 24, 2022
  • February 7, 2022
  • February 21, 2022
  • March 7, 2022
  • March 21, 2022
  • April 11, 2022
  • April 25, 2022
  • May 9, 2022
  • May 23, 2022

 

Foundations in Spirituality Facilitators

Carmelita Switzer, OP

Spirituality Program Associate Coordinator

Carmelita Switzer, OP, serves as a staff facilitator and presenter for Dominican Center at Marywood. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Aquinas College and a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Providence College. She completed Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Formation Studies at Aquinas Institute on the campus of St. Louis University. Her ministries include teaching, pastoral ministry in a parish setting, and pastoral administration in a parish that had no priest. She has also spent time in ministry on behalf of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters as director of formation and as co-director of Pastoral Life for the Marywood Campus. Coming from a rural farm community background she loves Michigan’s many lakes and natural beauty and God’s creatures large and small. Study of spirituality and living an integrated contemplative and active lifestyle have been long-time interests and priorities.

Amanda Dobson

Dominican Center Apprentice and Spiritual Director

Amanda Dobson is the associate coordinator for the Foundations in Spirituality Program and is a member of the Formation Team at Dominican Center. Amanda is a 2019 graduate of Richard Rohr’s Living School (Albuquerque, New Mexico), a spiritual director, wife, and mother of three.

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Tuition + Fees

Registration: $600, plus book fees

A Hybrid Experience

Dominican Center is hoping to offer Foundations in Spirituality as a hybrid experience, with opportunities to meet both online and in person. At summer’s end, we will assess the status of COVID-19 in our community. Should it be determined it is unsafe to meet in person, Foundations in Spirituality will meet entirely via Zoom. Help is available for those new to this technology. Please check back for information.

Information

For more information visit the Foundations in Spirituality page.

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