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Dominican Center at Marywood Spiritual Programs ~ Spiritual Direction Conference Services

Dominican Center at Marywood is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. We share the Dominican spirit and tradition that is at the heart of our campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

OFFERINGS for FALL 2012

Our programs are rooted in experiential prayer, shared study and community building. Open to people of different faith traditions and walks of life, Dominican Center at Marywood enriches the spiritual journey and deepens the relationship with God.

What people are saying “Hospitality was over the top...Great planning and relaxed learning ” “Great opportunities and helpful people in the bookstore.” “Programs at DCM aren't only teaching, but learning—in body, mind and spirit. Thank you!” “What a wonderful experience! It was a gift and a joy I am always amazed at what I leave with after attending your programs.”

Our mission: We foster the growth and transformation of persons, communities and organizations through prayer, learning and collaboration in an inclusive, hospitable environment.

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Dear Friends, Fall is an interesting word with various nuances of meaning. We fall down, fall in love, fall for a gag and fall asleep. Fall is a name for the season of falling leaves. Plans fall through, cities fall in battle, quarreling friends fall out, innocent people take the fall, and those with questionable morals are described as fallen. Fallout is the result of a bombing or disaster, yet a windfall is a lucky break. The phenomenon of falling is frequently perceived as something negative. However, in most cases falling is simply a natural result of gravity. At one time or another, it happens to everyone. Perhaps what makes falling so problematic is that it reminds us that we are not in control. No matter how careful we are we can’t prevent it; the best we can do is tuck and roll. Spirituality could well be defined as the process of accepting that no one is immune from falling. Once we accept falling as a part of life, we are much better able to relax, tuck and roll when it happens. Spirituality also helps us to recognize that we are not in charge and that being in control is highly overrated. Rather than striving to take charge ourselves, it is much wiser to honor and trust the One who is. So I invite you to fall at Dominican Center. Come to this peaceful, warm and welcoming place – to reflect and pray, learn and grow, as individuals and/or through meeting with others. We provide a variety of spirituality programs, workshops, retreats, individual and group spiritual direction. We offer hospitality, delicious food and gracious service for those who use our conference services as groups, organizations, or simply as family and friends gathering to celebrate life’s special events. Come to fall at Dominican Center. I think you will find it to be a comfortable place to land.

Peace/Shalom/Salaam Alaikum

Mary Vaccaro, Director

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TABLE OF CONTENTS ~ DOMINICAN CENTER AT MARYWOOD Art Gallery ............................................................................................................................... 12 Bodywork Services.................................................................................................................... 12 Bookstore ............................................................................................................................... 12 Conference Services.................................................................................................................. 14 Spiritual Direction.................................................................................................................... 13 Staff Directory............................................................................................................................ 4 Contemplative Groups Create, Pray, Heal................................................................................................................. 5 Spiritual Direction Information Session................................................................................ 5 Dream Lectio ...................................................................................................................... 5 Ignatian Retreat ................................................................................................................... 5 Group Spiritual Direction..................................................................................................... 5 Lectio Divina .................................................................................................................... 13 Centering Prayer................................................................................................................. 13 Men’s Spirituality Initiative Spiritual Direction Information Session for Men................................................................... 6 Men’s Spirituality Breakfast Series......................................................................................... 6 • Men and Islam............................................................................................................. 6 • Listening for God’s Voice............................................................................................. 6 • Aging........................................................................................................................... 6 • Joseph and his Son – Beyond his Wildest Dreams........................................................ 7 Listening for God’s Voice: A Spirituality Workshop for Men................................................. 7 Pillars of Steel: How Real Men Draw Strength from Each Other........................................... 7 Spiritual Formation Foundations in Spirituality.................................................................................................... 7 Spiritual Direction Practicum................................................................................................ 8 Spiritual Companioning........................................................................................................ 8 Facilitating Contemplative Groups........................................................................................ 8 Dominican Spirituality.......................................................................................................... 8 Spirituality and Movement Yoga................................................................................................................................... 8,9 Feldenkrais Method®............................................................................................................. 9 Interfaith Understanding Tuesday Tabletalk.................................................................................................................. 9 Moses, Friend of God............................................................................................................ 9 General Programs & Retreats Love is All, Love is You: The Spirituality of the Beatles........................................................ 10 The Spiritual Invitation of Anxiety...................................................................................... 10 Centering Prayer and its Origins in the Cloud of Unknowing............................................. 10 Women of God: Catholic Sisters in the United States......................................................... 10 Self-Compassion Saturday: A Day Retreat for Women........................................................ 11 An Evening of Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation........................................................... 11 Grief: When Mourning Dawns........................................................................................... 11 Walking in Sensible Shoes................................................................................................... 11 Advent in Art ...................................................................................................................... 12 Coming in 2013 To Tell the Sacred Tale......................................................................................................... 12 Do This in Memory of Me: Do What?................................................................................ 12 A Celebration of Pope John XXIII...................................................................................... 12 Other Ministries on the Marywood Campus Dominican Associates.................................................................................................. 16,17 Vocations and Discernment.............................................................................................. 15 Worship.............................................................................................................................. 18

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Dominican Center Hours of Operation Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM Friday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Staff and Contact Information Dominican Center at Marywood General Information Bookstore Mary Vaccaro, Director Tim Pirochta, Conference Services Director Diane Zerfas, OP, Program Director

616-454-1241 (Option 5) dcmreceptionists@dominicancenter.com 616-454-1241 (Ext. 109) kprzybylski@grdominicans.org 616-643-0371 mvaccaro@dominicancenter.com 616-643-0243 tpirochta@grdominicans.org 616-643-0356 dzerfas@dominicancenter.com

Kit Fessenden, Reception Desk Coordinator 616-454-1241 (Option 5) Francetta McCann, OP, Art Gallery Curator 616-295-3740 Kathleen Przybylski, OP, Bookstore Manager 616-643-0308 Gretchen Sills, OP, Spiritual Direction Referral 616-643-0363 Mary Sluggett, Event Booking and Billing Coordinator 616-643-0161 Rosemary Steers, Administrative Assistant, Electronic Media & DCM Webmaster 616-643-0373 Carmelita Switzer OP, Program Presenter and Facilitator 616-643-0160

cfessenden@dominicancenter.com fmccann@grdominicans.org kprzybylski@grdominicans.org gsills@grdominicans.org events@dominicancenter.com rsteers@dominicancenter.com cswitzer@grdominicans.org

Dominican Associates ~ Grand Rapids Mary Kay Oosdyke, OP, Director David Lincoln, Coordinator

616-643-0144 mkoosdyke@grdominicans.org 616-643-0144 dlincoln@grdominicans.org

Vocations and Discernment Katheryn Sleziak, OP, Director

616-643-0378 ksleziak@grdominicans.org

Worship Janet Brown, OP, Director, Pastoral Life Joan Thomas, OP, Director, Liturgical Music

616-643-0147 jmbrown@grdominicans.org 616-643-0143 jthomas@grdominicans.org

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C O N T E M P L A T I V E G R O U P S CREATE, PRAY, HEAL (086-029) First Fridays, Sept. 7 - May 3; 7:00-9:00 PM Facilitator: Zulema Moret, Expressive Language Specialist, Spiritual Director, Poet. These meetings aim to deepen our overall growth as spiritual beings as we experience the creative power of God's healing in our lives, through prayer, reflection and art. We will dance, paint, write, sing, pray and reflect. The program is bilingual (Spanish-English), and is open to men and women of diverse origins. Register early - space is limited to 20 people. Cost: $10.00 per session or $80.00 for the entire series. Zulema Moret SPIRITUAL DIRECTION INFORMATION SESSION (086-036) Wednesday, Sept. 12; 7:00 -9:00 PM Facilitator: Brian Plachta, Spiritual Director, MA in Pastoral Counseling. If you are interested in the idea of spiritual direction, yet not entirely sure what it is, this session is for you. Facilitated by Spiritual Director, Brian Plachta, the evening will explain the nature and purpose of both individual and group spiritual direction. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Cost: $10.00 DREAM LECTIO (086-039) Thursdays, Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1; 7:00 – 9:00 PM Facilitator: Mary Vaccaro This contemplative small group will listen and pray together with biblical dreams and also with the dreams of participants. This is a spiritual group that will focus on dreams through the “Lectio on Dreams” method developed by Dr. Clara Brower and not to be mistaken for dream analysis. Preregistration is required as group size is limited to eight. Cost: $120.00 for 6 sessions.

IGNATIAN RETREAT DCM site: Mondays, Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 11, Apr. 15, May 13; 3:30 - 5:30 PM (086-019) OR 6:30 - 9:00 PM (086-020) Toledo site: Wednesdays, Sept. 5, 19; Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 10, May 8; 4:00 - 6:30 PM (086-017) OR 6:30 - 9:00 PM (086-018) Facilitator: Diane Zerfas, OP Not everyone can afford the time or money to spend a month experiencing the 30-day retreat of Ignatius of Loyola, the Spiritual Exercises. Thus, Ignatius planned for those who wanted to make the retreat in life. The Ignatian retreat is not magic, but it can lead to a deeper, richer experience of God’s presence in your life. Meditating with Scripture over the months’ time is then shared in a small group with a short teaching about Ignatius’s prayer methods and insights into the spiritual life. Cost: $250.00 for 10 sessions. GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION Grand Rapids: Tuesdays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14; 4:00 – 6:00 PM (088-205) Cost: $160 / 8 Sessions. Grand Rapids: Wednesdays, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15; 6:30 – 8:30 PM (088-203) Cost: $160 / 8 Sessions. Facilitator: DCM Adjunct Staff. Interested in being with others who are seeking an honest relationship with God? Want to participate in a group process of prayerful listening and response in a confidential setting? Willing to open your spiritual journey to others and to commit to eight sessions? Group spiritual direction includes 4-5 participants and a facilitator. www.dominicancenter.com ♦ 616.454.1241 (Option 5)

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M E N‘S

S P I R I T U A L I T Y

I N I T I A T I V E

DCM began the Men’s Spirituality Initiative in the fall of 2011 in response to the requests of several men, who expressed a need for opportunities to work on their spirituality in the company of other men. This initiative is not intended to negate or ignore the need for men and women to work together toward spiritual development. Indeed, most of our programs provide that opportunity. It simply offers a specific focus on the participants’ life experience and needs, similar to programs we offer based on generation, life stages and transitions. SPIRITUAL DIRECTION INFORMATION SESSION FOR MEN (086-037) Presenter: Brian Plachta, Spiritual Director, MA in Pastoral Counseling Wednesday, Sept.19; 7:00 -9:00 PM If you are interested in the idea of spiritual direction, yet not entirely sure what it is, this session is for you. Facilitated by Spiritual Director, Brian Plachta, the evening will explain the nature and purpose of both individual and group spiritual direction. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Cost: $10.00. MEN’S SPIRITUALITY BREAKFAST SERIES (086-044) This monthly series offers men an opportunity to gather together for a hot breakfast, a presentation and conversation about a variety of spiritual topics as they relate specifically to men. The breakfast and program run from 7:30 – 8:30 AM, and discussion continues until 9:00 AM for those who are able to stay. Cost: $10.00 per session and $35.00 for complete fall series of four programs. Sign up for the entire series or register a la carte. LISTENING TO GOD’S VOICE (086-045) Wednesday, Sept. 26; 7:30 -9:00 AM Presenter: Father Philip Shangraw Ten years ago Father Phil Shangraw spent six months with a community of Trappist monks at New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa. He has visited them regularly ever since. His breakfast session will center on what he learned from these Cistercians of the Strict Observance about listening for God’s voice in the holy monotony of work, prayer, and sharing a home. Cost: $10.00 Father Philip Shangraw MEN AND ISLAM (086-046) Presenter: Dr. Mohammad Saleh, President of Islamic Mosque and Religious Institute Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012; 7:30 -9:00 AM Dr. Saleh will present the main themes, principles and practices of Islam with special emphasis on the ways in which they challenge and inspire Muslim men to fully and authentically live their faith. Cost: $10.00 Dr. Mohammad Saleh AGING (086-047)

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28; 7:30 -9:00 AM Presenter: Rabbi Albert Lewis Rabbi Lewis will explore the journey of aging while sharing three common themes: avoidance-acceptance; external-internal definitions of being; and listening-hearing God. He will invite the participation of all. Cost: $10.00

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JOSEPH AND HIS SON – BEYOND HIS WILDEST DREAMS (086-048) Date: Wednesday, Dec. 19; 7:30 -9:00 AM Presenter: Reverend Michael Fedewa In this week before the Feast of the Nativity, we will spend some time in Matthew's Gospel, looking at Joseph. What part did his dreams play in the birth and life of Jesus? How did those dreams change? What dreams do we have for our life? How does the Spirit invite us to dream more wildly? Cost: $10.00

Rev. Michael Fedewa LISTENING FOR GOD’S VOICE: A SPIRITUALITY WORKSHOP FOR MEN (086-040) Tuesday, Oct. 16, 23 and 30; 7:00-9:00 PM Facilitator: Father Philip Shangraw This workshop is not a rite of passage for kings, magicians, Casanovas or warriors, nor will participants meet for secret rituals deep in the Manistee National Forest. Rather, this is a retreat experience for men who are willing to remove their ear buds long enough to hear God’s voice in the ordinary circumstances of life. A participant will begin by examining and articulating one’s own spirituality, that is, the way one experiences God and one’s response to that experience. That awareness may lead to a deeper love for God, and respect for people, that will find a deliberate expression in the way one lives, the priorities one establishes, in the way one acts and the manner in which one resists temptation. That is the modest goal of this workshop. The reflections, discussions and spiritual exercises will draw on the prayer experience of the participants and on Scripture, as well as on monastic and Ignatian spirituality. Cost: $45.00 for 3 sessions. PILLARS OF STEEL: HOW REAL MEN DRAW STRENGTH FROM EACH OTHER (086-026) Tuesday, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27; 6:30 – 9:00 PM Facilitator: Brian Plachta, Spiritual Director, MA in Pastoral Counseling Who’s got your back? Do you wish you had two or three good strong buddies to draw strength from and to offer your own? Welcome to life under the man code—the unwritten conformity rules that society pressures men to follow. Join a small group of men for this four week workshop as we explore together how we can break the man code, explore genuine masculinity and find a new road to travel with other men on the God-path intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Using the recently published book: Brian Plachta Pillars of Steel—How Real Men Draw Strength from Each Other, as one of our guides, we will blaze a new trail together and discover the power of bullet-proof friendships with other men. Cost: $60.00 for 4 sessions. (The book will be available for purchase in the DCM bookstore for $11.95.) S P I R I T U A L

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These programs have been proven to deepen personal spirituality and change people’s world view. The Spirit touches lives and hearts, helping us make a difference in the world. The following three programs begin every fall. More information is available on our website http://dominicancenter.com/spiritual-formation/ FOUNDATIONS IN SPIRITUALITY (088-207) Meets the third Saturday of the month 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. A serious reflective study of the saints and great spiritual teachers of the Christian tradition, the practice of contemplative prayer and the writing of and living of a personal Rule of Life. Cost: $600.00 (includes $50.00 non-refundable deposit with registration), includes handouts and lunch. The balance may be paid quarterly. There is also a required Book of Readings that may be purchased be purchased the first day of class for $100.00.

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Diane Zerfas, OP

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PRACTICUM Grand Rapids: Year 1 (088-208) || Year 2 (088-209) Toledo, Ohio: Year 2 (088-215). A practicum consists of two years during which participants engage in the practice of Spiritual Direction while participating in both peer group and individual spiritual direction mentoring. Cost: $2,000.00 each year for 90 class hours per Carmelita Switzer, OP year (price includes lunch).

SPIRITUAL COMPANIONING Programs are available in Grand Rapids, Michigan (088-210), and Toledo, Ohio (088-216). Meets in Grand Rapids on Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30 PM; meets in Toledo on Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The program consists of one or two years of twelve sessions each year. This pastoral program is offered for persons in all walks of life who desire to hone their ability to companion others on the journey. One need not be in a professional ministry to participate. Cost: $575.00 each year: 12 three-hour sessions (36 class hours). FACILITATING CONTEMPLATIVE GROUPS (088-219) Tuesdays, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, and May 14 ; 6:30-9:00 PM Facilitator: Diane Zerfas, OP In this year-long program, participants develop background and skills to form and facilitate contemplative spiritual direction or ministry groups. Through prayer, experiential learning, presentations, small group sharing, and three reflection papers, participants will immerse themselves in the process of guiding groups while being mentored in the actual experience of facilitation. Participants are not expected to be spiritual directors. It is hoped that participants have a desire to be present to God on the behalf of others and to grow as a contemplative person. Cost: $345.00 for 9 sessions. If an organization sends two participants, the cost is $300.00 per person. DOMINICAN SPIRITUALITY (086-005) The first meeting is a retreat on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm; subsequent classes meet Saturdays, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 26, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 27 and May 18 at 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Presenter: Diane Zerfas, OP This series of classes is for anyone desiring to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Dominican history and spirituality. This is a year-long, prayerful study of Dominican saints and historical and contemporary spirituality in the Dominican tradition. Cost: $200.00 for 9 sessions (scholarships available).

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YOGA – FALL SERIES I (Sept.-Oct.) Thursdays, Sept. 6 - Oct. 25, (8 weeks) Basics (086-011) 7:00 – 8:15 PM || Beyond Basics (086-012) 5:30 – 6:45 PM Instructor: Susan Duesbery, DCM adjunct and adjunct professor at GVSU Come join us for yoga and promote the union of body, mind and spirit. Discover postures that encourage us to cultivate strength, flexibility and balance in our bodies and in our lives. Learn breathing techniques that foster vitality and peace. Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions – Walk-ins are welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session. Susan Duesbery 8

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FELDENKRAIS METHOD® – AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT® GROUP CLASSES Mondays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 26; 1:00 – 2:00 PM (086-007) OR 5:00 – 6:00 PM (086-008) Facilitator: Sister Mario Pavoni, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher ® Lessons are verbally directed active learning exercises relating to aspects of human movement. They are designed to break up habitual patterns and instill new ways of thinking, feeling and moving. The exercises are nonjudgmental, non-competitive and self-directed so that each person progresses at his/her own pace. Mats and small pillows provided. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration is required due to space limitations. NOTE: Classes Mario Pavoni, OP are limited to 10 participants. If you do not register online, please call 616.454.1241 (Option 5) to make sure there is space still available. You can attend all or selected sessions. Cost: $10.00 per class, payable at class time.

YOGA – FALL SERIES 2 (Nov.-Dec.) Thursdays, Nov. 1 – Dec. 20 (During Thanksgiving week, class will be on Monday, Nov. 19.) Basics (086-013) 7:00 – 8:15 PM || Beyond Basics (086-014) 5:30 – 6:45 PM Instructor: Susan Duesbery, DCM adjunct and adjunct professor at GVSU. Come join us for Yoga and promote the union of body, mind and spirit. Discover postures that encourage us to cultivate strength, flexibility and balance in our bodies and in our lives. Learn breathing techniques that foster vitality and peace in all we do. Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions – Walk-ins are welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session. C O M I N G

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I N T E R F A I T H U N D E R S T A N D I N G TUESDAY TABLETALK (086-004) Mystics and Mysticism Tuesday, Oct. 16; 6:00 – 8:00 PM Panelists: Aslam Modak, Len Robinson, Fred Stella, Diane Zerfas, OP DCM invites you to celebrate the year of Interfaith Understanding at Tuesday Tabletalk. Participants dine at round tables of eight comprised of persons from varying faith traditions. The evening begins with a brief presentation on a theme common to most faith traditions, followed by discussion among dinner companions as well as large group Q and A. With respect to all religious dietary customs, only vegetarian meals will be served. If you or someone in your group has other special dietary needs, call us at 616-454-1241(Option 5 or 0). Cost: $10.00

MOSES, FRIEND OF GOD (086-035) Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6; 7:00 – 9:00 PM Presenters: Rabbi Albert Lewis and Mary Vaccaro Moses lived a vibrant and adventurous life filled with a mixture of joys, sorrows, successes, failures, great love and great loss. Through it all, he was sustained by his intimate friendship with God. During these three sessions, friends and colleagues, Albert Lewis and Mary Vaccaro will share their insights about the friendship between Moses and God and invite participants to share in the dialogue. Cost: $45.00 for 3 sessions.

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G E N E R A L P R O G R A M S & R E T R E A T S LOVE IS ALL, LOVE IS YOU: THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE BEATLES (086-038) Saturday, Sept. 15; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Presenter: Charles Honey, Freelance writer; GRCC and GVSU Adjunct Professor For all that has been written and said about the Beatles’ cultural legacy, relatively little attention has been paid to their spiritual impact. Their music opened listeners’ minds to a more wondrous, adventurous and love-based view of life, while their individual quests increased popular interest in Eastern religious practices. This course will explore the spiritual elements of Beatles music and band members’ religious views through selected readings, video clips and, of course, extensive listening to their songs and class Charles Honey members responses to them. Cost: $50.00 (includes lunch) THE SPIRITUAL INVITATION OF ANXIETY (086-027) Wednesday, Sept. 19; 7:00 – 9:00 PM Presenter: Janice Lynne Lundy, Spiritual Director and Author Are you one of 18 million people who experience anxiety? Are you aware that the anxiety you are experiencing may be a spiritual wake-up call? Anxiety is a powerful invitation to cultivate spiritual practices that bring true peace; to transform your relationship with yourself and Spirit. In this powerful program, you will learn how to create a new mindset around anxiety and learn 6 life-changing practices that can help you live with less anxiety and Janice Lynne Lundy more joy. Despite what it seems, anxiety can be a profound pathway to lasting inner peace. Cost: $20.00 CENTERING PRAYER AND ITS ORIGINS IN THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING (086-021) Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19/20 (You may register for Friday, Saturday or for both days.) Friday, Oct. 19; 7:00 – 9:00 PM (086-030) Saturday, Oct. 20; 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (086-031) Presenter: Father William Menninger, OSCO Father William Menninger, a long time student of the 14th century Cloud of Unknowing, was one of the three monks who developed Centering Prayer in the United States. He is uniquely qualified to share the origins of Centering Prayer in the Cloud of Unknowing in our weekend retreat. Come away for a while and pray. Cost: Fri. $25.00/Sat $55.00/both $75.00 WOMEN OF GOD: CATHOLIC SISTERS IN THE UNITED STATES (086-009) Saturday, Oct. 27; 8:30 AM to 12 NOON Presenter: Mary Navarre, OP Women of God is an ongoing, semiannual series organized around a given theme, featuring the life stories of specific women, the historical context in which they lived and the ways in which their spirituality empowered and sustained them. In this session, we will spend the morning viewing, discussing and praying with the documentary film, Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America. This film details the lives of Catholic Sisters from the time of their first arrival in the United States nearly 300 years ago. Chronicling their Mary Navarre, OP many challenges and achievements, the film demonstrates how these “innovative women helped shape our nation’s social and cultural landscape,” through their service in the fields of education, health care and other social services. Cost: $35.00

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SELF-COMPASSION SATURDAY: A DAY RETREAT FOR WOMEN (086-028) Saturday, Oct. 27; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Facilitator: Janice Lynne Lundy, Spiritual Director and Author As women, we expect so much from ourselves—more than we do from other people. We push ourselves beyond all reasonable limits. We struggle with perfectionism and feelings of deservedness, putting ourselves last on the list. In time, our well-being suffers. Learn how you can overcome this tendency with self-compassion practices and recreate a whole and “holy” relationship with yourself that is loving and kind. Together, we will enjoy a gentle retreat day “in” and explore how to be as compassionate with ourselves as we are with others. Participants should wear comfortable clothing; bring outdoor-appropriate clothing, a blanket, and a notebook to write in. Cost: $45.00 (includes lunch)

AN EVENING OF METTA (LOVING-KINDNESS) MEDITATION (086-041) Tuesday, Nov. 13; 7:00 – 9:00 PM Facilitator: Janice Lynne Lundy, Spiritual Director and Author As we head into the holidays, it is wise and good to maintain an open heart. Come for a delightful evening of learning and practicing Metta Meditation (Loving-kindness meditation). Metta is sourced in the Vipassana tradition of Buddhism, but a similar version is found in Judaism, as well as in many other religious traditions. It is a practice of blessing—wishing ourselves and others well. Lovingkindness practice uses 4 phrases of blessing. It stabilizes thoughts, relaxes the mind, purifies and opens the heart—even toward difficult people. In this season of high and holy days when we spend so much time with other people, Metta can help us heal wounds, transcend difficulties, and love everyone more. Cost: $20.00

GRIEF: WHEN MOURNING DAWNS (086-006) Mondays, Nov. 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 17; 6:30 – 9:00 PM Facilitator: Diane Zerfas, OP Loss and grief can challenge our sense of what is normal. Learn to live again in a new way; learn to live your way fully through the seasons of your grief. This small group will support you in your grief journey and in the pain of your loss. This process will give you step by step encouragement as you look for the light of hope. Prayer, videos and shared reflection form the basis of each session. Cost: $130.00 for 5 sessions and reflection book.

WALKING IN SENSIBLE SHOES (086-010) Mondays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15; 6:30 – 8:30 PM Facilitator: Pastor Sharon Brown We invite you to come take a sacred journey with Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the award winning novel, Sensible Shoes. Sharon will lead this five-week study on the characters and spiritual formation themes of her book, while inviting readers to explore their own longings for deepening intimacy with God through prayer and other spiritual disciplines. Please come to the first sessions prepared to discuss the Prologue through Chapter 11. Pastor Sharon Brown Cost: $50.00 for 5 sessions. (Sensible Shoes is available at the DCM Bookstore for $24.95.)

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ADVENT IN ART (086-016) Sunday, December 2; 1:30-3:00 PM Presenter: Lucianne Siers, OP This presentation will consider how Advent is portrayed in the visual arts over the centuries. With a particular focus on the Annunciation story, we will reflect on how the artist’s intentions portray the understanding of God’s coming among humanity. There will be time for both discussion and quiet reflection. Cost: $15.00 Lucianne Siers, OP C O M I N G

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TO TELL THE SACRED TALE Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, 2013 Annual Gathering of Spiritual Directors Presenter: Janet Ruffing, RSM DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME: DO WHAT? May 2013 Presenter: Father Anthony Gittins, CSSp will be doing a program on the Eucharist. A CELEBRATION OF POPE JOHN XXIII June 2013 Presenter: Bill Huebsch, Author and past president of Twenty-Third Publications ON G O I N G P R O G R A M S & S E R V I C E S Art Gallery The Marywood Gallery is a space reserved by Dominican Center for the purpose of exhibiting art created by West Michigan artists. Dominican Center appreciates and supports the Arts and desires to empower local artists in their creative works. The gallery is located on the ground floor main lobby of Dominican Center at Marywood. Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM || Fri. 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM || Sat. and Sun. 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Bodywork Services Dominican Center offers an integrated approach to bodyworks that values and honors the whole person. Modalities available are: Raindrop Technique, Shiatsu Anma, Foot Reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage, La Stone Massage, Ear Candling, Paraffin Hand /Foot Treatment, Relaxation / Therapeutic / Deep Tissue Massage, Prenatal Massage, Manual Therapy / Medical Massage, CranioSacral Therapy and Non-Needle Acupuncture. For more information, call 616.454.1241 (Option 5). Bookstore The bookstore at Dominican Center supports the Dominican charism of study and reflection with an appropriate collection of books and materials that will nourish the mind and heart of all who seek light and food for the journey. Browse, read and let yourself get caught up in learning, reflection and enjoyment of ancient sources and contemporary resources. There are many books on spirituality and contemporary life, along with an assortment of gifts, cards, candles and music. Hours: Weekdays 12:00 – 5:30 PM – check http://dominicancenter.com/bookstore/ for specific daily hours. 12

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Spiritual Direction Spiritual Direction can best be summed up as the art of contemplative listening, which is listening with the whole of one’s being. Traditionally, Spiritual Direction has been described in terms of a one-to-one relationship. Another approach that is relatively new is that of group Spiritual Direction. One’s situation in Spiritual Direction offers a safe, non-judgmental place of welcome for the directee where his/her experiences are taken seriously. Contemplation and personal reflection on one’s life and prayer bring this communication to awareness. Articulating and clarifying these experiences with a spiritual director assists the person to notice even more about his/her conscious relationship with God. Ongoing Weekly Contemplative Prayer Groups • Lectio Divina. Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:30 PM. Looking for a way to deepen your prayer life? Join us on Wednesdays for a blend of slow, prayerful reading of scripture and silence. • Centering Prayer: Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Come to learn and be renewed in the practice of this wordless, silent prayer. Centering prayer is a method of deep prayer described in the Cloud of Unknowing in the 14th century. It has been put into contemporary form by the Trappist monk Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO and has become a popular source of spiritual renewal.

Dominican Chapel ♦ Marywood

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C O N F E R E N C E S E R V I C E S & M E E T I N G R O O M S Located on the 34-acre campus of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, Dominican Center at Marywood is a conference and meeting center with facilities available for day and evening use, seven days a week. More than a conference center, Dominican Center and its staff offer an excellent experience for a retreat from your daily life or workplace. The facility offers 13 spacious meeting rooms that accommodate 8-150 people, full dining facilities, free parking and barrier-free accessibility.

For information or event booking, please call: 616-643-0161 Other amenities: • Various room setups • Audio-visual equipment • Wireless internet • Bookstore • Art gallery • Non-smoking campus

Offering accommodations for: • Businesses • Nonprofit organizations • Churches • Life events o Baptisms and Birthdays o Graduations o Anniversaries o Family Reunions

Meal services

• Local and State Government • Workshops, programs, training, staff planning, mediation, company picnics, holiday gatherings, luncheons, banquets and receptions.

Conference space Rental rates include room setup, easels, flip charts and markers • 13 rooms, ranging from 380 – 2,560 square feet • Full and half-day rates • Offering hospitality for: Family and group gatherings • Life celebrations: anniversaries, retirement events, baptisms/christenings, graduations. • Package rates available • Wide range of audio visual equipment, e.g., LCD • No gratuity

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• Continental breakfast • Breakfast buffet • Noon and evening meals • Light luncheons • In-room buffets • Snacks and beverages • Custom menu creations


O T H E R M I N I S T R I E S O N T H E M A R Y W O O D C A M P U S

In addition to Dominican Center, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids minister in a variety of locations. Listed below are a few based on the Marywood campus.

Vocations & Discernment Do You Know a Woman We Should Know? Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids bring the Gospel to life through centuries-old traditions of community living, prayer, study and service in new and vibrant ways that address the needs of God’s people today. Do you know a woman who should know about us?

Benincasa Benincasa House of Discernment, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, provides a place and opportunity for single Catholic women (beyond high school age) to experience and share in the Dominican Life of prayer, study, common life and ministry. This live-in experience occurs within the context of a life-giving community of Dominican Sisters who offer their support as the woman discerns God’s call and her future life direction. Weekend or weeklong experiences are offered for women who would like to “try on” Dominican Life in a time frame that fits their school or work schedule. A longer stay is welcomed and encouraged. To learn more about Dominican Life and/or Discernment, contact: Kathi Sleziak, OP by phone at 616.643.0378, or email ksleziak@grdominicans.org

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Dominican Associates DOMINICAN ASSOCIATES ~ GRAND RAPIDS Dominican Associates are baptized Christians who are drawn by the spirit of Dominican life to a deeper way of living their Christian life. Associates commit themselves to developing a contemplative attitude toward all reality, attending to God’s voice within, seeking truth in their life-contexts and joining in service for the common good.

ASSOCIATE SPONSORED EVENTS – FALL Inquiry Session about Dominican Associates Sunday, September 9 at 12:30 pm at DCM This is a brief session that answers questions about Dominican Associate life for any who might be curious or interested. Class—Dominican Spirituality This class meets on Saturdays once a month. It offers reflection on persons and characteristics of Dominican Spirituality. See Spiritual Formation section for details and registration on pages 7 and 8. Saint Series Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 PM in Dominican Chapel Marywood

Tuesday September 18, 2012 St. Hildegard of Bingen Abbess & Visionary 1098-1179 Presented by: Esther Yff-Prins

Tuesday October 16, 2012 St. Isaac Jogues & Companions Jesuit & North American Martyr 1607-1646 Presented by: Rosemary Cary

For information, call:

616.643.0136

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ASSOCIATE FAITH SHARING Sundays There will be Faith Sharing around Scripture, Books or Articles on the first Sunday of the month after the Sunday Liturgy at 12:30 PM in Dominican Center led by Sisters and/or Associates. Sept 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2 Tuesdays There will be an hour of Faith Sharing at 9:30 AM on the third Tuesday of each month at Dominican Chapel/Marywood led by David Lincoln and Mary Carter. The Sister and Associate faith sharing will be focused on the liturgical readings of the day or another topic proposed by the group. Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18 Thursdays Held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Muskegon on the third Thursday of each month at 11:00 AM FILM SERIES The Associate Film Series is presented by the Dominican Associates and is open to the public. The films are shown at 7:00 PM on the dates below and are followed by discussion. To reserve a spot, please register for these free sessions online at http://www.dominicancenter.com/open-progams.

September 21 October 26 November 23 December 21

The Ninth Day January 18 The Last Supper Arranged February 15 Nostalgia for the Light Whale Rider March 15 Bonhoeffer (Documentary) Even the Rain April 19 Saint Ralph May 17 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God’s Poor

For more information about the Associate Program contact:

Mary Kay Oosdyke, OP Director, Dominican Associate Life 2025 Fulton Street East Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895

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616-459-2910 ext. 144 or toll free: 1-800-253-7343 mkoosdyke@grdominicans.org

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Worship

OUR CHAPELS ARE SACRED SPACES FOR PRAYER

We treasure liturgical prayer. Rooted in Dominican Spirituality and in the spirit of Vatican II, our liturgical prayer grounds us in Holy Mystery and strengthens us to be authentic in today’s world. The quality of preaching, music and inclusivity are of primary importance to us. We invite you to come pray with us. Eucharist In 1985, with the renovation of the Dominican Chapel Marywood, the Sisters invited lay people to join them in worship and song. The Sunday Assembly continues to be a growing community of Sisters, Associates and lay people who have developed a strong spiritual bond with each other. We are grateful for the services of our Diocesan and Order priests who celebrate liturgy with us: Gus Ancona, Lou Anderson, Bob Balser CSsR, Ray Bruck, Melvin Fox, Dick Host, Joachim Lally CSP, Phil Shangraw, John Thome, and Don Weber. Sunday Schedule 10:00 AM – Dominican Chapel Marywood Holiday Weekends Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Saturday, 4:30 PM – Dominican Chapel Marywood Weekday Eucharist 9:45 AM Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Morning and Evening Prayer Prayer of the Hours is an integral expression of our common life. Expressing the emotions of the human heart, the psalms help us praise God in solidarity with all people. Morning & Evening Prayer are chanted daily. All are welcome.

Dominican Chapel Marywood: 9:30 AM Morning Prayer ~ 4:30 PM Evening Prayer Cemetery Prayer • September 5, 2012 On Wednesday, September 5, we observe the anniversary of deceased friends and benefactors with prayers at Resurrection Cemetery (4100 Clyde Park SW) at 11:00 AM. All are welcome. Lunch will follow at Marywood.

International Day of Prayer for Peace • September 16, 2012 Prayer for Peace will be held at Dominican Chapel Marywood on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM. People from various faith traditions will speak of peace from the perspective of their faith tradition.

Instruments of Hope events Blessing of the Animals: October, 2012. Christmas Pageant: December, 2012. For more information, visit http://instrumentsofhope.net.

Advent O Antiphons • December 17 - 23, 2012 During Advent we ponder the Mystery of God’s infinite love incarnating all of creation. We pray the O Antiphons each evening at 7:00 PM in Dominican Chapel Marywood. This seven-day prayer includes a candlelight procession, hymns, psalms, scripture, preaching and chanting of prophecies. The seven O Antiphons addressed to Jesus Christ are:

O Wisdom O Flower of Jesse O Radiant Dawn

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Monday, December 17 O Adonai Wednesday, December 19 O Key of David Friday, December 21 O Ruler of Nations O Emmanuel Sunday, December 23

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Tuesday, December 18 Thursday, December 20 Saturday, December 22


Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Motherhouse

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids are a community of 232 women who follow the Catholic traditions of St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena. Since 1877, we have taught children and ministered to the orphaned, partnered with nonprofit agencies and served in hospital ministries, social service agencies and hospice care. We have created works of art, helped lead liturgical reform and fostered life in parishes and communities. Today, based on the Marywood campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we engage in a wide variety of ministries throughout the United States with missions in Peru and Honduras. To volunteer, make a financial contribution or learn more about us, visit www.grdominicans.org

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