Calendar of Upcoming Events
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Kimmerer, a native American and an environmental biologist, brings a unique perspective to the way we are called to respect and treasure our environment. Her gift for language changes the way we view the world. Gratitude is a theme that weaves through every chapter.
Facilitator: Sr Francine Schwarzenberger, OP
Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2,9
You will need to purchase your own book for the study. To register click here.
Opening to the Spirit
Video course by Philip St. Romain
April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central
$29.00 (includes video access, handouts)
See https://www.udemy.com/course/come-holy-spirit/ for the home page
In his farewell address to his apostles, Jesus said:
I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you (John 16:7).
That Counselor, or Advocate, is the Holy Spirit, who was sent by Jesus into this world at Pentecost in a new way to usher in a new age of spiritual transformation and service. Unfortunately, many people are relatively unfamiliar with the Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. This course can help to provide a new and deeper appreciation for and openness to the Holy Spirit.
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Taking a Look Within
Friday March 17, 6:30 pm – Saturday March 18, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenters: Phil St. Romain, Jeff Koch, and Marcia Berchek
Fee: Overnight $110 (includes room Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday)
Commuter $70 (includes lunch on Saturday)
Zoom $40 (Saturday Only)
This retreat will encourage you to identify hurdles and problems that are keeping you from experiencing God’s goodness. You will be able to look at what is causing the hurdle in your life and how to overcome it. To register click here.
Summer Preached Retreat- Living and Loving Laudato Si
Sunday June 18 – Friday June 23
Presenters: Barbara Kane, OP, Jane Belanger, OP and Pat Connick, OP
Fees: Overnight – $450 (includes room and meals)
Commuter- $325 (includes lunch and supper)
Daily Fee $60 (includes lunch and supper)
The Sisters will give insight on how to restore humanity’s connection to the natural world through faith, education, stewardship, and recreation. These insights will help participants embark in this journey of “ecological conversion,” to transform the way we relate to our Creator, all creation and our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. There will be times for communal prayer, daily Mass, and silence.
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain says this regarding Pope Francis’s encyclical letter Laudato Si (Praise Be):
“In his encyclical letter, Laudato Si, Pope Francis has put a human face on the issue of ecology and caring for creation. This teaching document, which is consistent with the teaching of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI and other recent popes, is an urgent call to Christians, people of other faith traditions and those of no faith to protect our earthly home and our brothers and sisters who inhabit it.
As the title makes clear, the pope’s letter praises God for the gift of creation and reminds us that every human person is a part of creation, with inherent dignity and deserving of our respect and care. To understand this better we need, as Pope Francis states, an “integral ecology” that recognizes the relationship not only between human beings and nature, but also with God, with ourselves and other human beings.
We live in an area of incredible natural diversity and beauty, so we are especially grateful to the Holy Father for raising awareness about the need to “care for our common home.” We should also be mindful that his encyclical letter challenges us to recognize that our individual decisions often have far-reaching consequences for the natural world and for other people, most especially the poor. As we answer the pope’s call to action, I urge everyone to join with him in giving grateful praise to our loving God for the great gift of creation.”
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