Annemarie S. Kidder, PhD

Saturday, April 7, 12:30pm

Suggested Offering: $25

 

Most of us will have taken a personality test by which our particular strengths are highlighted and explored.  The Enneagram goes just the other way:  it exposes our particular weaknesses, blind spots, and "sins," thereby pointing out the false self we tend to project and embrace.  Originating in the Sufi tradition, the Enneagram was in part appropriated by the desert fathers of the fourth century and made popular by the Jesuits in the twentieth.  Today the Enneagram can help us discover our particular sin-based personality type in order to counteract its damaging effects.  During this presentation, we will review each of the nine personality types, claim one of them as our own, and discover the remedies and redemptive measures we may wish to take in order to live a more fully redeemed Christian life.

Annemarie S. Kidder, PhD, IHM Associate, is an ordained Presbyterian minister and pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe.  A former seminary professor, she is the author and editor of ten books on historical theology, spirituality, and biblical studies.  Some of her more recent books are Making Confession, Hearing Confession (Liturgical Press), Karl Rahner's The Mystical Way in Everyday Life, and Ultimate Price:  Testimonies of Christians Who Resisted the Third Reich (Orbis Books).

 

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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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