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Dominican Center at Marywood Spiritual Direction · Retreats · Conferences

Dominican Center at Marywood shares the Dominican spirit and tradition that is at the heart of our campus, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

OFFERINGS WINTER–SPRING 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 (DCM) enriches the spiritual journey and deepens the relationship with God. The Dominican commitment to hospitality, to the search for truth and to contemplation in action, grounds us and makes us ever new. Our Mission: We foster the growth and transformation of persons, communities and organizations through prayer, learning and collaboration in an inclusive, hospitable environment.

What people are saying “I look forward to my monthly classes here at DCM. It feels like a little retreat to feed my spirit and lift my heart.” “One of the reasons I come to DCM is because there's always a smiling face to greet me when I walk in the door.” "I believe it is crucial for men to find support among other men for a variety of reasons. The men's spirituality programs you have initiated have great potential to meet that need." “We appreciate DCM's Interfaith Understanding programs – the speakers are so open, their storytelling cements the foundations among all of us, and helps us to know that we are more alike than different.” Register at: www.dominicancenter.com/programs  or call: 616.454.1241 (option 5)


OFFERINGS

WINTER / SPRING 2012

Dear Friends, What are your plans for 2012? Will this be the year you learn ballroom dancing, lose ten pounds or finally start volunteering for that organization you admire so much? What aren’t you planning for 2012? You probably aren’t hoping for a roof leak, a broken leg or a failed relationship. Undoubtedly, you will also have pleasant surprises in the coming year. It’s impossible to plan for those. Who would want to? Life, it seems, happens at the intersection of the things we do and don’t plan. While we will never have total power to form our lives, we can allow life to transform us. Openness to transformation can make all the difference. It can make the difference between responding to life’s blessings with an attitude of entitlement or of gratitude. When facing suffering, transformation can make the difference between becoming embittered or deepening in love and compassion for others. Dominican Center is dedicated to the work of transformation. We provide a peaceful, warm and welcoming place for people to come – to reflect and pray, learn and grow, as individuals and with others. We offer 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. If your plans for 2012 include allowing yourself to be transformed through prayer, learning and gathering with others, Dominican Center might be the place for you. All are welcome. Peace/Shalom/Salaam Alaikum, Mary Vaccaro Director

a ministry of

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Emboldened by faith, serving with joy We, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, are a community of 245 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 and missions in Peru and Honduras. To volunteer, make a financial contribution or learn more about us, visit www.grdominicans.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery.............................................................................................................. 11 Bookstore............................................................................................................... 12 Conference Services............................................................................................. 15 Dominican Center Staff Information.................................................................... 11 Spiritual Direction.................................................................................................. 12 Spirituality Programs Bodyworks and Movement Bodyworks Services Listing............................................................................ 12 Feldenkrais MethodÂŽ Group Class.................................................................. 4 Loving Touch Couple's Massage.................................................................... 6 Sage-ing Fair.................................................................................................. 8 Yoga............................................................................................................... 4 Formation for Leaders Gathering of Spiritual Directors....................................................................... 9 Women and the Word.................................................................................... 10 Interfaith 2012 Misunderstanding Judaism Means Misunderstanding Jesus........................... 10 Through a Jewish Lens................................................................................... 6 Tuesday Tabletalk........................................................................................... 5 Women of Conviction..................................................................................... 7 Pilgrimages Pilgrimage to England and Scotland............................................................... 11 Programs for Men Fathered by God............................................................................................ 4 Spirit of a Man Retreat.................................................................................... 6 Programs for Women Mid-winter Day Retreat for Women................................................................. 6 The Spiritual Invitation of Worry....................................................................... 7 Retreats Contemplative Outreach Worldwide Annual Day of Prayer.............................. 7 Journey into Silence (Conway, MI).................................................................. 8 Journey into Silence (DeWitt, MI).................................................................... 9 Journey into Silence (Grand Rapids, MI)......................................................... 8 Journey into Silence (Whitehouse, OH)........................................................... 7 Mid-winter Day Retreat for Women................................................................. 6 Spirit of a Man Retreat.................................................................................... 6 Women and the Word.................................................................................... 10 Workshops Contemplative Outreach of West Michigan - Opening the Door to Mysticism.............................................................................................. 5 Entrusted with the Word................................................................................. 10 Grief: When Mourning Dawns......................................................................... 5 Introduction to the Enneagram....................................................................... 8 Walking in Sensible Shoes.............................................................................. 5 Dominican Associates............................................................................................... 13 Prayer and Listening.................................................................................................. 12 Vocations..................................................................................................................... 13 Volunteers................................................................................................................... 13 Worship....................................................................................................................... 14

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JANUARY

FATHERED BY GOD: MEN'S WORKSHOP (086-006) Deep in a man’s heart is the desire to live with passion, adventure and strength. Where do these desires come from? How can they be understood and harnessed to help a man live fully alive? Come join other men during this eight-week series on the journey to being fully alive as we discover the six stages a man goes through as he matures in life and faith: beloved son, cowboy, warrior, lover, king and sage. This eight-week series will show how God can guide your spiritual and personal growth through these stages of manhood so that you can become the glory of God, which is man fully alive! Dates: Thursdays · January 5 – February 23, 2012 · 6:30 - 9:00 pm Cost: $135.00 Facilitator: Brian Plachta, Spiritual Director  FELDENKRAIS METHOD®: AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT® GROUP CLASS 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 non-judgmental, 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. If you do not register online, please call to make sure there is space still available. Dates: Mondays · January 9 – June 25, 2012 Sessions: 1:00 - 2:00 pm (086-007) · 5:00 - 6:00 pm (086-010) Cost: $10.00 per class Presenter: Mario Pavoni, OP, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Teacher  YOGA: WINTER/SPRING SERIES Come join us for Yoga and promote 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. Series III Dates: Thursdays ∙ January 12 – March 1, 2012 Continuing Yoga (086-011) 5:30 - 6:45 pm ∙ Beginning Yoga (086-012) 7:00 - 8:15 pm Cost: $80.00 per series Presenter: Susan Duesbery Series IV Dates: Thursdays ∙ March 8 – May 3, 2012 Cost: $80.00 per series Continuing Yoga (086-013) 5:30 - 6:45 pm ∙ Beginning Yoga (086-014) 7:00 - 8:15 pm Presenter: Susan Duesbery

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Dates: January 17, 2012: Spiritual Disciplines of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving February 21, 2012: Forgiveness March 20, 2012: The Role of Ritual April 17, 2012: Mystics and Mystical Traditions May 15, 2012: Origin of Life Cost: $50 per person for entire series, or $10 for each session  GRIEF: WHEN MOURNING DAWNS (086-015) Loss and grief can challenge our sense of what is normal. Journeying through the seasons of your grief can help you learn to live again in new ways. This five-week process will give you step-by-step encouragement as you look for the light of hope. The small group will support you in your grief journey and as you seek to understand and heal the pain of your loss. Prayer, videos and shared reflection form the basis of each session. Dates: Tuesdays ∙ 6:30 - 9:00 pm January 17 – February 21, 2012 (no session on February 14) Cost: $130.00 for 5 sessions and reflection book Facilitator: Diane Zerfas, OP  CONTEMPLATIVE OUTREACH OF WEST MICHIGAN OPENING THE DOOR TO MYSTICISM (086-060) Our January event for Contemplative Outreach of West Michigan (COWM) will feature Father Joachim Lally, OCP. He will talk on Opening the Door to Mysticism. Father Joachim has been practicing centering prayer for more than thirty-five years as a commissioned presenter. He shares his story, his insights and his humor to deepen our relationship with God through the gift of contemplation. Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012 · 9:00 am - noon Cost: $10.00 (includes continental breakfast) Presenter: Father Joachim Lally, OCP  WALKING IN SENSIBLE SHOES (086-046) We invite you to come take a sacred journey with Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the awardwinning novel, Sensible Shoes. Sharon will lead this four-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 of the four sessions prepared to discuss the Prologue through Chapter 11. Date: Mondays ∙ 6:30 - 8:30 pm January 23 and 30, February 6 and 13, 2012 Cost: $30.00 for series. Sensible Shoes is available at the DCM Bookstore for $24.95. Presenter: Pastor Sharon Brown Register at: www.dominicancenter.com/programs  or call: 616.454.1241 (option 5) 5

JANUARY

TUESDAY TABLETALK: MONTHLY INTERFAITH DINNER AND DISCUSSION (086-051) DCM invites you to celebrate Interfaith 2012 at Tuesday Tabletalk! Participants will dine at round tables of six, comprised of persons from varying faith traditions. Each evening will include 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. Individuals are welcome to attend, but we also encourage congregations to come in groups to ensure a religiously diverse mix at every event. If you or someone in your group has other special dietary needs, call us at 616.454.1241 (option 5).


MARCH

FEBRUARY

THROUGH A JEWISH LENS (086-047) Study and interfaith discussion of soul traits from the wisdom of the Hebrew Scriptures and rabbinical writings. This is a 13-week course with an introductory session to acquaint participants with a Jewish path of spiritual growth and help them discover their soul’s curriculum. Using the Hebrew Scriptures, the sayings of the rabbis, and a weekly practice, this is a wonderful opportunity for Christians, Jews and people of other faiths to share their spiritual journeys. Sessions will vary weekly between meetings of the whole group and individual meetings between program study companions. Dates: Wednesdays ∙ February 1 through May 2, 2012 ∙ 7:00 - 8:30 pm Cost: $125.00 Presenter: Barb Christiaans, Spiritual Director  LOVING TOUCH COUPLE’S MASSAGE (086-016) Are you looking for a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? This experience will teach you techniques and attitudes to reconnect in a loving manner and deepen your connection with one another. Through stress reduction and loving touch we will experience the sacredness of touch that opens one to a deeper sense of life and mystery. Come and celebrate life and love. Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 ∙ 6:30 – 9:00 pm Cost: $50.00/couple, includes refreshments Presenters: Chris Shanahan, CMT & friends  MID-WINTER DAY RETREAT FOR WOMEN: PRAYING WITH OUR BODIES (086-008) How many ways are there to pray? We often think of prayer as a time of sitting still and bowing our heads. Yet, bringing our whole self to prayer in new ways can be healing and transformative. Join us for a very special day away to explore various forms of “body prayer.” Open yourself to a new understanding of your body as a prayerful conduit to the Sacred through gentle and creative movement, simple yoga postures, walking, bowing and more – a fun and experiential day. Participants should wear comfortable clothing; bring a mat or blanket to sit on, a journal to write in; and a large colorful piece of cloth, shawl or scarf. Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012 · 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Cost: $45.00 (includes lunch and materials) Facilitator: Janice Lynne Lundy, Spiritual Director and author of Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be.  SPIRIT OF A MAN RETREAT (086-017) Offered in the natural woodland setting of The Hermitage retreat center, The Spirit of a Man is a weekend experience for men to connect with God, self and others through the lens of four archetypal images of male spirituality: Warrior, Sage, Lover and King. Group discussion, personal reflection and communal rituals provide the framework for exploring these four patterns inherent in the spirit of man from every age and culture. This retreat builds on themes introduced in the Fathered by God 8-week workshop. The retreat is open to all men, whether or not they participated in Fathered by God. Please note: The Hermitage can only accommodate 19 retreatants. Reservations will be taken on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Location: The Hermitage – Three Rivers, Michigan Dates: Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26, 2012 Cost: $175.00 (includes meals and lodging) Facilitator: David Wenger, Spiritual Director and Co-Director of the Hermitage

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WOMEN OF CONVICTION (086-029) In this year of interfaith understanding, we recognize that many women have served within a context of religious prejudice, often at great personal cost. This morning session will celebrate the lives of three such women: Elizabeth Ann Seton, Corrie ten Boom and Edith Stein. Our presenters will tell each woman’s story and then we will pray together in ways that sustained each of the women as they faced their life’s challenges. Women of Conviction is part of our ongoing bi-annual Women of God series. Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012 Cost: $35.00 Presenters: Mary Vaccaro, Elizabeth VanderHaagen and Diane Zerfas, OP

JOURNEY INTO SILENCE RETREAT – FOUR DAY RETREAT (086-001) A four-day retreat at Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse, Ohio: The retreat house, located on 94 wooded acres in the beautiful Oak Openings region of Northwest Ohio, offers you a wonderful facility overlooking the lake and includes quiet walking trails. Location: Lial Renewal Center, Whitehouse, Ohio Dates: 5:30 pm Thursday, March 8 – 3:00 pm Sunday, March 11, 2012 Cost: $270.00 Presenter: Dominican Center and Adjunct Staff  CONTEMPLATIVE OUTREACH WORLDWIDE ANNUAL DAY OF PRAYER (086-061) Fuller description of the program TBA. Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012 · 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Cost: $20.00 (includes lunch) Presenter: Contemplative Outreach of West Michigan (COWM) Leadership Team  THE SPIRITUAL INVITATION OF WORRY: A WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN (086-009) Are you a chronic worrier? Worry is the #1 mind-set/emotion experienced by women. It is also a primary cause of sleeplessness, stress, emotional exhaustion and many health issues. On a spiritual level, worry takes us away from our ability to live in the present moment with joy and gratitude — with trust and faith in the Spirit. In this practical and powerful program, we will explore “6 Steps to Living Worry Free.” We’ll de-mystify worry, take it apart, and take life-altering steps toward living more comfortably with uncertainty — with life as it is in this very moment — with the Spirit at the helm. Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012 · 6:30 - 9:30 pm Cost: $20.00 Facilitator: Janice Lynne Lundy, Spiritual Director and author of Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be. Register at: www.dominicancenter.com/programs  or call: 616.454.1241 (option 5) 7

MARCH

Edith Stein, Corrie ten Boom and Elizabeth Ann Seton


SAGE-ING FAIR (086-027) Come to Dominican Center at Marywood for the Fifth Annual Sage-ing Fair, an opportunity for men and women to relax, be refreshed and experience some of the wonderful opportunities available here, e.g. massage, paraffin hand treatment, cooking, flower arranging, walking the labyrinth, contemplative prayer and a healthy lunch. Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012 ∙ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Cost: $25.00 (includes lunch) Presenters: Dominican Center and Adjunct Staff  JOURNEY INTO SILENCE RETREAT – FOUR DAY RETREAT (086-002) A four-day retreat at the Augustine Center in Conway, Michigan near Petoskey. Located in a tranquil setting, nestled between a nature preserve and woodlands, the Center is located within walking distance of Crooked Lake. You will find an environment that supports prayer and relaxation at Augustine Center.

APRIL

MARCH

Location: Augustine Center, Conway, Michigan Dates: 5:30 pm March 29 – 3:00 pm ∙ April 1, 2012 Cost: $270.00 Presenter: Dominican Center and Adjunct Staff  JOURNEY INTO SILENCE – HOLY WEEK DIRECTED RETREAT (086-004) Dominican Center at Marywood offers the retreatants an inclusive, hospitable environment with a Spirituality Center located on the beautiful wooded 34-acre Marywood campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This retreat includes participation in Holy Week services on the Marywood Campus at Dominican Chapel. Capacity is limited, so register early. Location: Dominican Center at Marywood Dates: Noon Holy Thursday, April 5 – Noon Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 Cost: $270.00 Presenter: Dominican Center and Adjunct Staff  INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM (086-048) A timeless tool, the study of the Enneagram's nine personalities helps you discover your true self and helps you to better understand your perceptions of yourself and others. Knowing the secrets of the Enneagram, you gain the self-awareness needed to transform aspects of your life which help you become the person you were born to become. During this workshop you will learn what motivates you to do what you do and discover which is your dominant personality. The discovery process will include creative activities, time for self reflection, and group sharing. The Saturday session includes lunch. Cost of the program does not include the required book. Dates: Friday, April 20, 2012 ∙ 7:00 - 9:00 pm Saturday, April 21, 2012 ∙ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Cost: $55.00 – The book, Discovering your Personality Type by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, is available in the Dominican Center Bookstore for $13.95. Presenter: Ann Walters, OP

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ANNUAL GATHERING OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS (086-044) As Spiritual Directors we receive stories, hurts, dreams and prayers in our own lives and from our directees. This gathering will support our ministry as spiritual directors and help us use Clara's method of "Lectio on Dreams" to integrate dream work into our spiritual practice. Based in our Biblical tradition of dreams, we will explore the layered meanings of dreams and awaken the Dream that dreams us into being. Friday night: Clara will introduce us to her dream work with personal examples of "Lectio on Dreams." Saturday: Clara will expand on the use of dreams with creative, reflective, personal and shared examples. This day is very experiential. All sharing is voluntary. Dates: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Friday, May 18, 2012 – 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, May 19, 2012 Cost: Friday Only (086-019): $25.00 ∙ Saturday Only (086-032): $55.00 ∙ Both Days (086-044): $75.00 Presenter: Dr. Clara Brower  JOURNEY INTO SILENCE – SIX DAY RETREAT (086-003) St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan, provides a peaceful sanctuary for your spiritual journey. The Center is nestled amidst 95 acres of grassy knolls and pine groves. Location: St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, Michigan Dates: 5:30 pm June 10 – 3:00 pm ∙ June 15, 2012 Cost: $390.00 Presenter: Dominican Center and Adjunct Staff

MAY JUNE

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WOMEN AND THE WORD: PREACHING WITH THE MIND, EYES AND HEART OF A WOMAN (086-057) In celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order, Dominican Center at Marywood presents a week-long conference and retreat for women, men, preachers, hearers and doers of the Word. Each day will begin with Morning Prayer with Preaching. Optional Workshops, including storytelling, poetry, photography, music, movement and art will be offered Monday through Thursday afternoons. Each day will close with Eucharist or Evening Prayer with Preaching. Major presentations: PREACHING WITH THE MIND, EYES AND HEART OF A WOMAN (086-057) How can women and men work as partners to bring feminist perspectives to preaching the Gospel? Monday we will explore some of the global realities of women's lives and the importance of bringing women's perspectives to the reading of Scripture. Tuesday through Friday, we will explore ways of reading the Scriptures and preaching with the mind, eyes, and heart of a woman from each of the four Gospels. Dates: Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15, 2012 · 9:00am – Noon Presenter: Barbara Reid, OP, Professor of New Testament Studies, Vice President and Academic Dean, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago Cost: $300.00 ($360.00 after April 15, 2012). Includes continental breakfast Monday through Friday at Dominican Center; also includes the programs Misunderstanding Judaism Means Misunderstanding Jesus and Entrusted with the Word (see below). Lodging: Options range from $22 to $69 per night. Call 616-454-1241 (option 5) Meals: Options range from $50 to $90 for the week; Dominican Center can accommodate most special dietary needs.  MISUNDERSTANDING JUDAISM MEANS MISUNDERSTANDING JESUS (086-058) Jesus of Nazareth followed the Torah of Moses, found inspiration in the Prophets of Israel, and founded a community of fellow Jews. Yet often Jesus is misunderstood as rejecting Judaism, and first-century Judaism is misunderstood as legalistic, misogynist, vengeful, and xenophobic. Correctly locating Jesus in his Jewish context not only brings new meaning to his parables, his politics, and his piety, it both prevents anti-Jewish teaching and opens a new path for Jewish-Christian relations. Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 · 7:00 – 9:00 pm Presenter: Amy-Jill Levine, PhD, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University and School of Divinity (Response and dialogue with Barbara Reid, OP) Cost: $20.00 as a stand alone event (Part of the Women and the Word conference) 

JUNE

ENTRUSTED WITH THE WORD (086-059) According to Vatican II’s Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, the Word of God, has been entrusted to the entire church. This presentation will focus on the share of all baptized persons in the prophetic mission of the church and the charisms given by the Holy Spirit as the source of the authority to preach. Particular attention will be given to the experience of women since the time of the Second Vatican Council and how Dominican spirituality can be a resource for the preaching ministry of the entire church. Date: Friday, June 15, 2012 · 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presenter: Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame. Cost: $20.00 as a stand alone event (Part of the Women and the Word conference)

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Upcoming Event PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND (086-062) We discover the land of Julian of Norwich, Richard Rolle, Bede, Cuthbert and Evelyn Underhill, concluding with two nights in Iona. Please contact us for more information. Dates: October 21-31, 2012 Leaders: Diane Zerfas, OP and Nancy Brousseau, OP

Staff and Contact Information Dominican Associates ~ Grand Rapids Mary Kay Oosdke, OP Director · 616.643.0144 · mkoosdyke@grdominicans.org David Lincoln Coordinator · 616.643.0144 · dlincoln@grdominicans.org Vocations and Volunteers Katheryn Sleziak, OP Director · 616.643.0378 · ksleziak@grdominicans.org Worship Janet Brown, OP Joan Thomas, OP

Pastoral Life Director · 616.643.0147 · jmbrown@grdominicans.org Director of Liturgical Music · 616.643.0143 · jthomas@grdominicans.org

Dominican Center at Marywood Staff Mary Vaccaro Director · 616.643.0371 · mvaccaro@dominicancenter.com Tim Pirochta Director of Conference Services · 616.643.0243 · tpirochta@grdominicans.org Diane Zerfas, OP Director of Programs · 616.643.0356 · dzerfas@dominicancenter.com Carmelita Switzer, OP Staff Presenter and Facilitator · 616.454.0160 · cswitzer@grdominicans.org Rosemary Steers Administrative/Technical/Web · 616.643.0373 · rsteers@dominicancenter.com Francetta McCann, OP Art Gallery Curator · 616.295.3740 · fmccann@grdominicans.org Kathleen Przybylski, OP Bookstore Manager · 616.643.0308 · kprzbylski@grdominicans.org Linda Oosdyke Event Booking and Billing · 616.643.0161 · loosdyke@dominicancenter.com Kit Fessenden Reception Desk Coordinator · 616.454.1241 dcmreceptionists@dominicancenter.com Gretchen Sills, OP Spiritual Direction Referral Coordinator · 616.643.0363 · gsills@grdominicans.org Dominican Center Hours of Operation Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Phone: 616.454.1241 (option 5) · Fax: 616.454.2861

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 of Operation Monday – Thursday · 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday · 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday and Sunday · 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Register at: www.dominicancenter.com/programs  or call: 616.454.1241 (option 5) 11


Bodywork Services We believe that Dominican Center is unique in offering an integrated approach to bodywork that values and honors the whole person. Modalities available are: • CranioSacral Therapy • Non-Needle Acupuncture

• 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 For more information call 616.454.1241

Bookstore

The bookstore at Dominican Center supports the Dominican charisms of study and reflection with a fine collection of books and materials that will nourish the mind and heart of all pilgrims seeking light and food for the journey. Browse, read and let yourself get caught up in learning, reflection, enjoyment of ancient sources and contemporary resources. Books on spirituality and contemporary life are in abundance. An array of gifts, cards, candles and music round out the possibilities. Hours of Operation Weekdays · 12:00 noon - 5:30 pm Also open during DCM programs/workshops.

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 life and on-going discernment will determine which approach best fits an individual at any given time. 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.

Prayer and Listening Line Do you need a listening ear? A prayer via the phone? To know that someone cares? A Dominican Sister from Marywood is available by phone (616-454-2424) from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. When a Sister is not at the phone, callers are invited to leave a message. The intentions of these callers are included daily when the Sisters gather for prayer. Register at: www.dominicancenter.com/programs  or call: 616.454.1241 (option 5) 12


Vocations & Volunteers

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. “If you are who you are meant to be, you will set the world on fire.” Catherine of Siena, Dominican Saint Volunteers at Marywood If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand another person, extraordinary things begin to happen. -- Loretta Girzaitis Share your gifts of time and talent on the Marywood Campus as a volunteer. Several volunteer opportunities are available! To learn more about Becoming a Sister, Benincasa or sharing your gifts of time and talent on the Marywood Campus, contact: Kathi Sleziak, OP ∙ 616.643.0378 ∙ ksleziak@grdominicans.org

Sponsored by Dominican Associates ~ Grand Rapids Dominican Associates are baptized Christians who are drawn by the Dominican spirit 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 and joining with others in service for the common good. Presentations for Associate Life

January 29, March 25, May 20, 2012 2:00 - 3:30 pm · DCM

Prospective Associate Meeting

Sunday, March 11, 2012 2:00 - 3:00 pm · DCM Contact Mary Kay Oosdyke, OP · 616.643.0144

Saint Series - St. Vincent Ferrer

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:30 - 7:30 pm · Marywood Health Center

Saint Series - Julian of Norwich Tuesday May 15, 2012 6:30 - 7:30 pm · Marywood Health Center Register at: www.dominicancenter.com/programs  or call: 616.454.1241 (option 5) 13


Worship Our Chapels are sacred spaces for prayer. Since its beginning in the thirteenth century, the Dominican Order has treasured liturgical prayer. Rooted in Dominican Spirituality and in the spirit of Vatican II, the depth of our liturgical prayer grounds us in Holy Mystery and helps us to be authentic in today’s world. The quality of preaching, musical leadership, and inclusivity in roles and relationships in the gathered assembly are of primary importance to us. Sunday Eucharist In 1985, with the renovation of the Dominican Chapel Marywood, the Sisters invited lay people to join them in worship and song. Many have responded and the body of worshipers has grown along with their level of involvement. 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. Sunday Eucharist is celebrated in Chapel of the Word at 9:45 am and in Dominican Chapel Marywood at 11:00 am. All are welcome. Morning and Evening Prayer As darkness gives way to the morning sun and as the sun sets on the day’s labors, we mark these sacred moments with psalms of praise and thanks. For Dominic and Catherine, communal prayer formed the foundation of their contemplative life and the holy preaching. It is so for us today. You are invited to join us for Morning and Evening Prayer. 9:30 am ∙ Morning Prayer 4:30 pm ∙ Evening Prayer 7:00 pm ∙ Night Prayer

Chapel of the Word Dominican Chapel Marywood and Chapel of the Word Chapel of the Word (Sunday evenings only)

Lent 2012 Ash Wednesday, February 22 9:30 am Morning Prayer 9:45 am Eucharist with distribution of ashes 7:00 pm Evening Service with distribution of ashes Palm Sunday, April 1 10:00 am Blessing of Palms, Procession 10:15 am Celebration of Eucharist Holy Thursday, April 5 7:00 pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper Followed by Adoration Good Friday, April 6 11:00 am Stations 2:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Easter Vigil, April 7 8:00 pm Easter Vigil Service Easter Sunday, April 8 9:30 am Morning Prayer 9:45 am Easter Sunday Eucharist

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Ongoing Weekly Contemplative Prayer Groups Lectio Divina ∙ Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ∙ Dominican Chapel Marywood Join us on Wednesdays for Lectio Divina, a blend of a prayerful reading of scripture and silence. Centering Prayer ∙ Tuesdays 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm ∙ Dominican Chapel Marywood Come, 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. In contemporary form, it has become a popular source of spiritual renewal in today’s world. Preached Retreat: Be Still and Know that I am God · Chapel of the Word Dates: April 22–27, 2012 Retreat Directors: Father Gus Ancona and Amata Fabbro, OP To register, call Dominican Sisters: 616-643-0275 Preached Retreat: Women and the Word · Dominican Chapel Marywood Dates: June 11–15, 2012 (See description, page 10)

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Conference Services & Meeting Rooms Located on the beautiful 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 experience that assures a peaceful, tranquil environment for a retreat from your normal workplace. The facility offers 13 spacious meeting rooms that accommodate 8-150 people, full dining facilities, convenient parking at no cost, and barrier-free accessibility. Five bedrooms with private bath for program presenters, retreatants and guests are also available.

Offering hospitality for: Offering accommodations for: • Businesses • Nonprofit organizations • Churches • City, state and government groups

• Family and group gatherings • Life celebrations: anniversaries, retirement events, baptisms/christenings, graduations

Workshops, programs, training, staff planning, mediation, company picnics, holiday gatherings, luncheons, banquets and receptions

Other amenities • Staff assistance • Room setups • Audio visual equipment • Wireless internet • Bookstore • Art gallery • Non-smoking campus

Conference space Rental rates include room setup, easels, flip charts, and markers. • 13 rooms, ranging from 380-2,560 square feet • Daily availability; flexible hours, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm • Full and half-day rates

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

• Package rates available • Wide range of audio visual equipment, e.g., LCD projectors • Wireless internet in every room • No gratuity

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