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St. Joseph: Carpenter, Dreamer, Foster Father, Saint
Saturday, May 15, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. EASTERN
Offered via ZOOM through Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Although St. Joseph does not speak a word in the Gospels, he is a powerful figure in the Catholic religious imagination. Responding to Pope Francis’ proclamation of a Year of St. Joseph, in this retreat we will use creative stories and artistic renderings to meditate on the life of Joseph. Together, we will consider contemporary parallels to the challenges he faced and the virtues he demonstrated, drawing closer to Joseph as our inspiration and guide in these difficult days.
Cost: 25; click link above to register.
Grief and Grace: A Pentecost Journey
Thursdays, May 20 & 27, June 3 & 10, at either 2:00 – 3:30 or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville, PA
Ascension and Pentecost mark a time of new beginnings in the church—an invitation to follow the Holy Spirit into fullness of life. But how do we hear that invitation when we are still bent over by grief? Many of us this year have experienced heartbreak: the death of a loved one, the diminishment of illness or unemployment, the disappointment of divorce, or even the disorientation of a beloved institution’s closing. How do we let God fill us up when we feel so shut down? This four-week series will provide a balm for the grieving soul, using conversation, poetry, and ritual to guide participants along a path of deepening trust.
Cost: $100 for all four sessions. Click link above to register; indicate time preference in registration.
During the coronavirus era, I’ve begun offering retreats via Zoom through St. Placid Priory in Lacey, WA, and the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA, among others. I would be delighted to host a Zoom retreat for your parish or other group as well. Here’s a list of current topics:
- Take Nothing for the Journey? Packing for the Unknown
- Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
- Finding God in Ordinary (and Not-So-Ordinary) Time
- Empty My Hands: An Advent Retreat
- Live the Lent You Get
- Joseph: Carpenter, Dreamer, Foster Father, Saint
- Living and Loving as Servants of God (S. Thea Bowman FSPA & Fr. Bill Atkinson OSA)
- God’s Invitation to Rest (based on Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD)
Dramatic Interpretations of Women in Scripture
Scripture gives us the bare bones of stories, but through Ignatian prayer we can encounter God more deeply by immersing ourselves imaginatively in the text. I have written four monologues–the fruit of such prayer–from the perspective of various Gospel women whose lives were changed by an encounter with Jesus. Drawing on my theater background (God wastes nothing!) I have performed these monologues in retreat houses, church halls, living rooms and classrooms. In the process, participants gain insight into the working of God in their own lives.
- Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
How does our desire to do things “well” keep us from seeing what God is really asking of us? (Available via Zoom as well as live!)
- The Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:4-42)
What would it be like to see our complicated lives through the compassionate eyes of Jesus?
- The Woman with a Hemorrhage (Mark 5:25-34)
When life has cast us down, how do we find the courage to reach out for healing–again?
- The Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)
When we find ourselves far from our best selves, how does God invite us back?
A sample gathering might include:
- Unpacking the Scripture together
- Dramatic monologue
- Quiet time for personal reflection
- Sharing of participants’ insights
The time frame is adaptable–anywhere from a 50-minute class to a 90-minute mini-retreat or a morning/afternoon/evening segment of a full retreat.
Advent and Lent
I offer seasonal days of recollection in a format that suits your group: full day; half day (morning or afternoon), or evening.
Navigating the waters of grief, making sense of tragedy, practicing gratitude, gardening our way to spiritual growth, and–of course–Finding God in Ordinary Time . . . these are just some of the passions I’m delighted to share in talks that are engaging, insightful, and even a touch humorous. Anything that appeals to you from my blog is fair game!
CLICK HERE for a list of past appearances that gives a sense of possible topics.
In the summer of 2020 I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Mary Fran Bontempo and Kristin Smedley, founders of Brilliantly Resilient, about my leap of faith into becoming a “freelance me.”
And in the spring of 2019 I had the good fortune of being a guest on two different shows on RVN TV. Each interview is just under half an hour. Enjoy!
Use the contact form below if you’d like more information or to arrange a talk or retreat at a mutually convenient time.