Black LIves MatterJoni Scott, BA

Saturday, February 24, 9:30am-12:30pm

Suggested Offering $25

 

The evolution the "Black Lives Matter" movement has become the elephant in the living room that many Americans want to dismiss and discredit, before fully understanding the facts and the continual disparities of injustice that African Americans, regardless of age or gender, experience daily.   The phrase "black lives matter" was born the night that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. 

Leaders of this movement were inspired civil rights icons like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fannie Lou Hammer. This movement is a self-conscious, decentralized network that uses a variety of non-violent tactics to dramatize race, class and gender-based injustices.  "Black Lives Matter" does not mean "black lives matter only"; it means "black lives matter, too". 

St. Paul reminds that we are created to image of God and in this image we are one. When we forget, this we are silent to the facts that "Black Lives Matter."  Come join us for this critical discussion.

Joni Scott
Joni Scott, holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Marygrove College and is a wife, mother, grandmother, storyteller, retreat director and a trained spiritual director. She currently serves as a director of Religious Education at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Detroit.
 

 

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Black Lives Matter

Photo credit: "Black Lives Matter" by John Lucia used under CC BY 2.0

Celtic SpiritualityMary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD

Saturday, March 10, 9:30am-12:30pm

Suggeted Offering: $25

 

Long ago, when the first preachers of the Jesus' message arrived in Ireland, they found tribal people who were steeped in nature, lovers of communal sacred places, and soul-sourced storytellers. What happened to the Christian proclamation when it engaged this Celtic culture and what happened to Celtic narrative when it met the Christian story?  This workshop will focus on visual nature imagery, poetry, and community as a way into Celtic mystical awareness and commitment to care for the community. Can we make any connections with searching for wholeness today? 

Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM
Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD, earned a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and is professor emerita at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto.  She draws on the contemplative character of theology to deepen our understanding and experience of God and to explore the meaning of committed Christian discipleship in our world.

 

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In Good Company: James Martin, SJ 

Kathie Budesky, IHM

Saturday, March 24, 9:30am-12:30pm

Suggested Offering: $25

 

Some have described James Martin, SJ, as "one of the nation's most beloved spiritual authors" while others have labeled him, "the most dangerous priest in America."  He is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and the former longtime chaplain of The Colbert Report.  He has written on a wide variety of topics include saints, spirituality, humor, Scripture, and the status of gays in the Catholic Church today.  Join us for a morning of lively discussion as we examine his life, beliefs, and writings.  We will carefully consider the sources that influence his thought as well as the impact that he has had on the contemporary American Church.  

Kathie Budesky, IHM
Kathie Budesky, IHM, MA, the director of Visitation Spirituality Center, has many years of experience in secondary education, both in the religious studies classroom and in the principal's office.  A graduate of the Institute in Creation-Centered Spirituality at Mundelein College, she was a staff associate in the Ignatian Program in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry at Guelph, Ontario.

 

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Pope Francis

Patty Merlo, MPM

Saturday, April 14, 9:30am-12:30pm

Suggested Offering: $25

 

Pope Francis asks us to "see with our hearts," that is to be open to the movements of the Holy Spirit, in our personal lives and in the life of the Church.  He encourages us to view our past with gratitude and forgiveness, to live the present moment with passion, and to look to the future with hope and trust in God's mercy. The morning will begin with a short biography of Francis, focusing on events which shaped him as a priest and leader.  With that background, we will allow him to engage us in conversation, as we reflect upon the questions that often emerge during his daily homilies.  This will lead us to consider how our own relationships, choices, and desires are guided by the Holy Spirit.

Patty Merlo
Patty Merlo, MPM, holds a master's degree in pastoral ministry from Madonna Universe, trained as a hospital chaplain and has completed the internship in Spiritual Direction and Ignatian Spirituality at Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center.  She has taught on the high school and college levels, served as a DRE and currently ministers as a spiritual director and retreat leader.

 

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Spring/Easter Retreat

A Day of Retreat:
"Springing" and "Eastering" into Fuller Life
with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
and Gerard Manley Hopkins

 

Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD

Saturday, April 28, 10:00am-5:00pm

Suggested Offering: $40 (includes lunch)

 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Gerard Manley Hopkins, one a Jesuit scientist and the other a Jesuit poet, have both written profoundly about the dynamic and revelatory connection between nature and our intimate life in God through the Resurrection of Jesus and the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit. This retreat will ponder this central claim of our faith from scripture and also from some of the writings of these two Jesuit mystics who proclaim the Word in their own inspiring words and lives. There will be a presentation in the morning and also in the afternoon with plenty of time for quiet reflection and prayer. The day will end with a celebration of the Eucharist.  (The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 24, 2018.)

Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM
Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD, earned a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and is professor emerita at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto.  She draws on the contemplative character of theology to deepen our understanding and experience of God and to explore the meaning of committed Christian discipleship in our world.

 

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Jesus the Jewish Prophet

Contemplating the Radical Reaches of the Incarnation 

 

Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD

Saturday, May 12, 9:30am-12:30pm

Suggested Offering: $25

 

"Live in me as I live in you," our Scriptures proclaim. What does it mean to be "in Christ"? To be seized by the mystery of "the Word made Flesh"? How do we open ourselves up to live more fully in the Light and Life and Love of God? How are consciousness and action and prayer related? This workshop will ponder these questions by relating selected texts from scripture and selected narratives of life experience to deepen our awareness and gratitude for ever being "in Christ". 

Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM
Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD, earned a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and is professor emerita at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto.  She draws on the contemplative character of theology to deepen our understanding and experience of God and to explore the meaning of committed Christian discipleship in our world.

 

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