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Our Vision: Shalom aspires to nurture peace, harmony, healing, wholeness, hospitality, prayer, and well-being.



Sacred Space

September 2019 — January 2020 Programming, Retreats, & Events News, Announcements, & Updates

1001 Davis Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 • 563-582-3592


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A Reflection From Our Outgoing Director Sr. Marci [pg. 3] An Introduction From Our New Director Connie Palm [pg. 3] 16th Annual Shalom Shenanigans — Event Information [pg. 4] Marty Haugen Concert At Loras College — Event Information [pg. 5] Visit Our Gift Shop [pg. 6] Shalom Center’s Amenities, Features, & Services [pg. 7] Meditation Garden — Restored & Renewed! [pg. 8-9] Private Retreats & Spiritual Direction [pg. 10] Shalom On The Road [pg. 10] Browse Our Library [pg. 11] Support Our Ministry [pg. 11] Registration & Refund Process [pg. 11]


Taizé Prayer Schedule [pg. 12] Centering Prayer Schedule [pg. 12] Faith Writers: Monthly Writer’s Feedback & Support Group [pg. 13] Fathers, Sons, & Holy Ghosts Of Baseball [pg. 13] Fall Breakfast: Mindfulness Through the Seasons [pg. 14] Franciscan Way Of Life [pg. 14] T’ai Chi Chih: A Six-Class Series [pg. 15] Prisoners Of War In Iowa [pg. 15] Lunch & Learn: Chair Yoga [pg. 16] Reading That Matters — Book Discussions [pg. 17] Proactive Grieving: Healing Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit [pg. 18] Hope & Healing Grief Retreat: Weekend Of Healing For Those Who Grieve [pg. 18] SOS: Survivors Of Suicide: For Those Who Grieve A Loss From Suicide [pg. 19] Mailbox Memories & Legacy Letters [pg. 19] Civil Discourse Over The Main Course [pg. 20] Art As Prayer: Hand-Painted Greeting Cards [pg. 20] Snail Mail Socials [pg. 20] Annual Advent Evening For Women [pg. 21] Christmas Manger For Families: The Real Christmas [pg. 21] Annual Advent Dinner, Music And Prayer Program [pg. 21] Winter Breakfast: Winter Wonder Lessons [pg. 22] Women’s Christmas: An Evening Of Rest & Restoration (And Presents!) [pg. 22] Winter Tea [pg. 22] Faith Writers Writing Conference [pg. 23] WELLNESS CENTER BUSINESSES [pg. 23] YOGA CLASSES SCHEDULE [pg. 16] 2020 RETREATS [pg. 24-25] 2018 CARING CONTRIBUTORS [pg. 26-28] PROJECT UPDATES & WISH LIST [pg. 28] FUND-A-CAUSE [pg. 29] PEACE HAVEN & OASIS HERMITAGE — FOR PRIVATE RETREATS [pg. 30] SHENANIGANS RAFFLE TICKETS [pg. 31] • Sr. Marci has retired as the Director of Shalom.

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Join us in welcoming our new Director, Connie Palm and thanking Sr. Marci for 8 years of service! Connie will be our first layperson director. Sr. Marie Therese Kalb 1989-2001

Sr. Margaret Jungers

Sr. Marci Blum

Connie Palm




I wish to thank each and everyone of you who enter our doors—and the doors of our hearts at Shalom. As Meister Eckhart wrote in the medieval times, “If the only prayer we ever say in our lives is “Thank You,” that will be enough. God bless and may you know the peace and goodness of the divine within you. “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord let his face shine upon you. The Lord be gracious to you. The Lord look on you kindly, The Lord fill you with peace.” —Song from the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque Shalom, Sr. Marci I am humbled and honored to serve as the new Director for Shalom Spirituality Center. Like it is for so many of you, Shalom is a special, scared space for me. I have countless precious memories from retreats, prayer gatherings, meetings, speaker events, and luncheons I have participated in at Shalom. The opportunity to share my professional experience with a place that is so important to me personally is a dream come true! My professional background includes a blend of experience in leadership, wellness, human resources, and training and development. I am a University of Dubuque graduate, a senior certified human resource professional, and I hold certifications in a variety of assessment tools. I have worked in a variety of professional settings, including not-for-profit, corporate, and employee owned environments. I have lived in Dubuque for 10 years, with my husband, Kenny, and my son, Colin. I look forward to continuing the mission of Shalom Spirituality Center rooted in Franciscan values and I thank you for your continued support. Connie Palm, SHRM-SCP

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"Fine Dining With Upscale Fall Comfort Foods"

check out the items and support our mission with your bids!

Event: $50/Person

Register By Thursday, October 17th

Free Concert! Donations will help benefit Shalom.

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Marty Haugen Concert Held At:

Christ the King Chapel, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Avenue

Saturday, November 9th 7PM Marty Haugen is an internationally known liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist, and author from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past 30 years, Marty has presented workshops and concerts across North and Central America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. He has over 40 recordings and more than 400 separate printed editions available through GIA Publications. A number of his published songs, including “Shepherd Me, O God,” “Gather Us In” and “All Are Welcome” are well-known to many religious denominations. “Choose to Hope” is his latest liturgical music collection. The songs were written as a response to the division, hate, and violence that has become so present in our world. It is a collection of songs and prayers of hope for all of us.

Registration is not required! Please note that this event is taking place at Loras College. Some proceeds from the event will support Shalom’s operations!


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Books for children & adults, music CDs, handcarved wooden prayer bowls, rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, candles, greeting cards (both secular & religious), paintings & portraits, posters, statuary, home decor, Trappistine caramels and chocolates, and much more! Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00AM - 12:00PM 12:30PM - 4:30PM Living Like Francis Today by Marci Blum, OSF

This book provides six faith-sharing sessions on Franciscan spirituality. Each session begins and ends with simple prayers from scripture or from St. Francis’ writings. Stories of Francis’ life and scripture passages he loved and lived by form the core of each session. Reflection questions help us readers and group users apply the theme of the session to our own lives.

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Shalom’s Amenities & Features

► 55 regular bedrooms with 68 total beds (all bedrooms include a reclining rocking chair, vanity, and closet most bedrooms also include a writing desk) ► 12 meeting & gathering spaces available for use by groups: ❈ 3 larger conference/gathering rooms ❈ 3 smaller meeting/breakout rooms ❈ library (2 rooms) ❈ large chapel ❈ large parlor ❈ large dining room (seats 100-110) ❈ small dining room (seats 12-15) ► 11 bathrooms with 18 toilets and 16 showers in total

► 2 private apartments: ❈ one provides an additional 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom ❈ one provides an additional 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (both apartments include a full kitchen and a living room area) ► 2 outdoor decks with tables and chairs, 1 has a pavilion ► 60 regular parking spaces, 2 handicapped-reserved spaces CONSIDER US FOR YOUR NEXT GROUP MEETING OR MEAL!

Spacious accommodations and an atmosphere of peacefulness provide an ideal setting for workshops, planning meetings, group meals, funeral dinners, wedding anniversaries, and other gatherings — for a few hours, a day, an overnight stay, or longer. Many civic, spiritual, non-profit, educational, cultural, church, & business groups/organizations have utilized our Center. We are here to serve people of all faiths and backgrounds. To learn more about our reasonable rates & availability, call Connie Palm at: 563-582-3592

• warm, welcoming, accommodating hospitality • quiet, peaceful, sacred space • relaxing, restful, restorative environment • cozy, comfortable, homey bedrooms • central air conditioning • individual heating • smoke-free building • delicious homemade meals • meditation garden • adjacent to an 81-acre prairie with walking trails • indoor labyrinth • updated spiritual/religious resource library • used books for sale • free wi-fi • accessible to all: ADA compliant — including elevator and handicapped parking • new chapel sound system • hearing assistance devices in chapel

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Thanks to Master Gardener Steve Jacobs,

our meditation garden has been renovated & restored!

Throughout Spring and Summer, local Master Gardener Steve Jacobs worked diligently and also assembled volunteers to help renovate our meditation garden. Additionally, excerpts from St. Francis’ most famous prayer “The Canticle of Creation” are now prominently displayed on six plaques throughout the garden, which were purchased with the generous help of donors who are commemorated on the plaques. We invite you to come relax & find respite here!

In 1182, or thereabouts God blessed this world with St Francis. His legacy of love for the Natural World is of particular cogency in this day and age. And the legacy continues on through the deep commitment of the Sisters of St. Francis to live in right relationship with all creation. The Meditation Garden at Shalom is a very small example of Francis’ legacy, and it has been an honor to help in a small way with that ongoing mission. I could not have done this alone. Many hands made light work: ☼ For shoveling, plantings, watering and weeding: Tom Welu, Steve McMahon, and Jim Eberle were of tremendous support during the protracted process. Thanks also goes to Sr. Dolores Banowetz, Susan Black, and Sr. Marlys Becker. ☼ For major structural elements: a crew of volunteers from John Deere (through Days of Caring 2019) and the maintenance staff of Mount St Francis did a fantastic job! ☼ And for years of quiet, repeated efforts to maintain these gardens: for nearly three decades much heartfelt gratitude to the Franciscan Sisters, and the staff of Shalom, a corps of volunteers from local parishes, Master Gardeners, and other lovers of all things of the earth who jumped on the task, creating an oasis of freedom and peace.

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My four goals when resotring the garden: 1. Honor the vision of St Francis memorialized in the plaques throughout the garden. Each plaque is placed in a location where the senses can pick up the message contained.

2. Keep as much as possible of the legacy already created by the Meditation Garden over the last 30 years—the structures of the walking path and the placement of garden plots. 3. Keep many specimens from the original gardens as silent witnesses to continuous life. 4. Bring structure, new colors, shapes and sizes to the highlighted focal point of the fountain. The new plants have been in the ground less than two months. But, with the full flush of Summer I see a number of plants to switch out in the Fall or next Spring. Some plants in the older beds, (never intended for long term residence), will be removed. The sod and some ruts will need some “assistance”. The “herb garden” will need new growth. Some plants around the chapel need trimming or transplanting elsewhere. Even the plaques, were placed so they can be moved. For the Spirit may have better places for them over time. A popular term these days in gardening and “all things green” is resilience. Think of gardening like raising children. We don’t raise kids to become “sustainable.” But we DO want them to be resilient! So likewise, with the natural world around us. A sacred gift entrusted to us that requires our permanent attention. Change WILL COME. We can’t control it. But we can always help make it better. Gardening gives me great hope and a source of frequent meditation. Like child-rearing — unpredictable, requiring patience, humility, deep commitment, flexibility, hard work, attention to detail wrapped in real goals, a passion for learning, an eye for unexpexted beauty, and joy in the long view. My mother was a devoted gardener all her life. Even in her failing days as death approached to take her home, she relished seeing her gardens and gained great satisfaction from still plucking out the small but persistent weeds that sought to find a home in her generously maintained garden. Thank you to all the gardeners at Shalom and to the billions of God’s people across the globe who care for Mother Earth as one of God’s great gifts for us to treasure always. May we all one day have such a bouquet to share with Our Lord! —Steve Jacobs

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PRIVATE RETREATS The word “shalom” is a Hebrew word that means peace. An individual may schedule a private retreat any time of the year, depending on room availability. Private retreats for individuals — different from our group retreats (see pg. 24) — are offered year-round. A small dining room is available along with a refrigerator for private retreatants to store perishable food items. Meals from Shalom may be available depending upon other events scheduled at the Center. You may also walk the indoor labyrinth, schedule a spiritual direction session, utilize the spiritual resource library, sit in our meditation garden, and more. All floor levels are accessible to people with moderate physical limitations. Towels, soap, cup, linens, and bedding are provided in all bedrooms. Shalom’s staff welcomes the opportunity to share this sacred space and peaceful place with you. Call us to discuss rates and availability.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION Spiritual direction can be arranged as part of a private retreat, or separately. Spiritual direction is an opportunity to meet with a trained spiritual director or guide to discern one’s direction in life, to deal with a situation, to cope with a loss, to look deeply within oneself, to deepen relationships—all in the context of asking, “Where is God in all this?” Our spiritual directors come from a variety of faith backgrounds and are available for ongoing guidance as needed. The spiritual director/guide assists in hearing and trusting your inner wisdom. Shalom provides a safe, comfortable, private, and peaceful setting for spiritual direction. Suggested offering: $30 per hour-long session For more information, call Connie Palm at: 563-582-3592

SHALOM ON THE ROAD If you wish to have a Shalom program held at your church, school, business, club, civic group, or organization, contact Shalom and we will discuss our available outreach programs/presentations with you. You pick the topic & presenter from our current list of outreach programs. Call to request a list of currently available program topics. You choose the date & time & place! We will bring our programs to you! There is a requested offering for each program. You cover mileage costs, if travel is required outside of Dubuque or Asbury.

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BROWSE THE LIBRARY While you are at our Center, feel free to browse our resource library. More than 1500 books have been categorized according to topic. Reference books on the Bible and other spiritual & religious topics along with DVDs, audiobooks, and current magazines are all available. A diversity of faiths and traditions are represented on our shelves. Patrons may check out materials for one month at a time. Everyone is welcome to utilize the Shalom library for spiritual growth during their visit. Used books are for sale in the back room of the library.

SUPPORT OUR ONGOING MINISTRY As we look ahead into 2020 and Shalom's future, our goal is to continue serving this community through our existing programs and retreats, in addition to discerning new ways to provide spiritual fulfillment in our rapidly changing society. We are grateful for your contributions to Shalom throughout the year. With your support, Shalom will continue hosting life-changing programs & retreats to meet the spiritual hunger of adults in Dubuque, the tri-state area, and beyond — offering hospitality, hope, inspiration, and challenge. The enclosed donation remittance envelope is provided for your convenience. We also gratefully accept donations on our website or over the phone.

REGISTRATION & REFUND PROCESS Please adhere to the registration deadlines for all programs.

You May Register By: Calling: 563-582-3592 Emailing: Clicking The Registration Links: Then call-in, drop-off, or mail-in your payment. We accept cash, credit & debit card, check, or money order. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received. Checks or money orders can be mailed to: Shalom Spirituality Center 1001 Davis Street Dubuque, Iowa 52001 Include the event title, attendee(s) name(s), address, and phone number. Refunds* will only be given if a request is received at least three days before the event. A $5 handling fee will be subtracted from the refund amount. *Retreats require a nonrefundable deposit. The nonrefundable deposit may be transferred to another retreat within the same calendar year.


A variety of our programs do not have a predetermined offering but rather are open to freewill donation. Since only you can set a value on the time you spend here, we have not set a cost, but your freewill offering makes it possible for such programs to continue. All are welcome at Shalom regardless of their financial status. Limited resources should not prevent anyone from attending programs. Guests should feel comfortable with whatever they can donate. The generosity of guests who can offer a donation helps us to cover our expenses. Thank you!


Taizé Prayer

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First Thursdays, 7:00PM-8:00PM Monthly Prayer Intentions: September 5th: “The Goodness of our God” / October 3rd: “Our Beloved Francis” November 7th: “All the Saints” / We Do Not Gather In December Held in our beautiful and historic chapel, this contemplative prayer hour includes sung repetition of short refrains led by area musicians, a Scripture reading, intercessions, and shared silence. People of all faith traditions are invited! Musicians: Jim Brimeyer, Sr. Carol Hemesath OSF, Sr. Marie Therese Kalb OSF, and Monthly Guests Taizé Prayer is the creation of a monastic community in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s. The brothers there emphasize service and ecumenicalism, particularly reconciliation between divided Catholics and Protestants. A characteristic trait of Taizé is prayers said in repetition set to simple musical lines. Repetition is not a new phenomenon nor unique to Taizé. The use of repetitive prayer has a long history in Christian spirituality and liturgy (think: the Rosary). What is unique to Taizé Prayer is the adaptation of the repeated form to simple musical lines and gospel texts that can be sung. Those assembled are to immerse themselves in the simple but profound harmonies, letting themselves be carried by sung prayer. Another characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer worship is its use of silence, a very important dimension for immersion. The use of silence in Taizé reminds us to incorporate more silence into our daily worship rather than filling every moment with words or music. No Offering Required To Attend, Freewill Donations Welcome Registration Not Required

Centering Prayer Third Mondays, 7:00PM-8:00PM September 16, October 21, November 18, We Do Not Gather In December Facilitator: Marilyn Dansart Monthly Centering Prayer gatherings at Shalom begin with 20 minutes of quiet, wordless prayer together. We then read together a short piece related to contemplative prayer, contemplative worship, or other topics on contemplative living, which is followed with time to share our thoughts and reflections regarding the reading. Centering Prayer is much more about what God can do in us than what we can do for God. Centering Prayer calls us to a spirit of openness and receptivity to God. Newcomers to the Centering Prayer Group are always welcome! Marilyn Dansart completed a 3-year Spiritual Direction Preparation at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI No Offering Required To Attend, Freewill Donations Welcome Registration Not Required

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Faith Writers: Monthly Writer’s Feedback & Support Group Third Tuesdays, 6:30PM-8:00PM September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21 Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon Monthly writer’s support and critique group allows time to share up to two pages of writing with an opportunity for feedback and critique from other members.

Writers of all experience levels and genres are welcome to attend this monthly writing group. Meetings will include: —Evaluation: Honest, constructive critique within a positive framework. —Inspiration/Encouragement: Members can be a source for ideas and encouragement. —Education: Learn from each other’s strengths as well as share information about contests, conferences, workshops and calls for submissions. —Socialization: Network with fellow writers and share the unique joys and challenge of a writing life. Celebrate each other’s success! If you have writing you’d like to share at a meeting, please keep it under two doublespaced pages, though you can bring more in case time permits. We want everyone to have the opportunity to share. Attend as many or few meetings as you wish. Newcomers are always welcome! Mary Potter Kenyon is Program Coordinator at Shalom. Mary is widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including eight Chicken Soup books. She is the author of seven books, including a book on creativity that will be released in 2020. Snacks provided. No Offering Required To Attend, Freewill Donations Welcome Registration Not Required

Fathers, Sons, & Holy Ghosts Of Baseball Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM-8:00PM Presenter: Tom Murray Set within a single baseball season in 1974, author Tommy Murray’s novel, “Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball” follows a band of misbehaving teens, three cantankerous coaches and a high school baseball team pushing for the championship. Enjoy an evening discussion (and baseball cookies!) with the author about the role baseball played in his life and former community of Bancroft, Iowa. Tom Murray is a retired Minneapolis school teacher who grew up near the small town of Bancroft, Iowa, where they have a special ballpark called Memorial Park founded by his family. Offering: $5 Registration By Tuesday, September 17 Is Appreciated, But Not Required

Fall Breakfast: Mindfulness Through the Seasons

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Tuesday, September 24, 7:30AM-8:30AM Presenter: Katie Pfiffner How does paying attention to the present moment deepen our relationship to the seasons – the beauty of the seasons in nature as well as the changing seasons we experience in our lives? With a brief description of mindfulness and demonstration of breathing techniques we will open the door to what this practice has to offer. Katie Pfiffner, a pastoral minister with the Sisters of Charity, BVM, was first introduced to mindfulness through the martial arts and then more deeply through yoga. Plan to celebrate the beginning of the Fall season by meeting friends for a great breakfast of our usual array of delectable goodies while reflecting on what it takes to be more mindful. Offering: $10 Register & Prepay By Friday, September 20

Franciscan Way Of Life Fourth Tuesdays, 6:00PM-7:30PM September 24, October 22, November 26, We Do Not Gather In December Meets at Mt. St. Francis, 3390 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque Facilitators: Sr. Carol Hemesath OSF & Sr. Marci Blum OSF Are you interested in the lives and teachings of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi? Are you looking for a way to deepen your own spirituality? You are invited to join others in exploring the values and charism of these beloved saints: caring for the poor, making peace, practicing nonviolence, and deepening our relationship with our planet. In a world in need of Gospel values, St. Francis and St. Clare show us a way to be faithful. The Franciscan Way of Life is a two-year program available to men and women of all faiths, religions, and traditions who want to learn more about Franciscan Gospel values and how to incorporate those values into daily life. In the first year, participants learn about the lives of Saints Francis and Clare in medieval Italy, as well as the Franciscan values of conversion, poverty, and contemplation. In the second year, the focus of the program is on the integrity of creation, peacemaking, the development of the Franciscan community, and the history of the Dubuque Franciscans. Come alone or bring a friend. All are welcome! If you are unable to join this group, we may be able to help find you a group that fits your schedule. No Offering Required To Attend Register By Monday, September 23 For more information, contact Sr. Marci by email: or phone: 563-663-3829

T’ai Chi Chih: A Six-Class Series

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Six Consecutive Wednesdays, 9:00AM-10:00AM September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Instructor: Linda Duehr T’ai Chi Chih is a combination of 20 movements that are slow, gentle, and easily done by anyone regardless of age or physical condition. By circulating and balancing the “chi” or vital energy within us, the T’ai Chi movements promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harmony and well-being. T’ai Chi Chih is a modified form of T’ai Chi. This class is for beginners and practicing learners of T’ai Chi Chih. Guided repetition of T’ai Chi Chih provides practiced learning of this wellness technique. As movement is nonstrenuous, participants will be comfortable in “regular” clothing. Linda was a long time student of our former instructor Sr. Marian Klostermann and has practiced and shared T’ai Chi Chih for many years. Offering: $60 Per Person Total For The Six Sessions Register & Prepay By Friday, September 20

Prisoners Of War In Iowa Sunday, October 6, 1:30PM-3:00PM Presenter: Linda McCann There were about 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war in Iowa during WWII. At branch camps throughout Iowa prisoners helped farmers and worked in canning factories. Iowa author and historian Linda McCann has written books about Prohibition, lost counties in Iowa, and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa. Join her as she discusses her newest book, Prisoners of War in Iowa and the Iowans that shared their stories with her. No Offering Required To Attend, Freewill Donations Welcome Registration Is Appreciated, But Not Required

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Lunch & Learn: Chair Yoga Mondays, 11:30AM-12:30PM October 7, November 18 Instructor: Deb May

Come learn sample Chair Yoga poses to relieve tension in neck, shoulders, and back. Learn how Yoga is a blend of strengthening, stretching, and relaxing. Followed by a delicious lunch in our dining room. October 7th: Balance —Balance is an essential element for good health. Learn gentle, effective Chair Yoga stretches to ease tension, build strength, increase focus, and improve balance in body, mind, and spirit. November 18th: Gratitude —Join us for a heart-opening practice, expanding our gratitude. Open your heart physically with gentle, effective Chair Yoga stretches, softening even more into gratitude. Deb May, Yoga instructor, who has over 18 years teaching experience. Offering $15, Includes Lunch Register & Prepay By The Thursday Before The Event: -for Oct. 7, Register By Thursday, October 3 -for Nov. 18, Register By Thursday, November 14

YOGA For Your Body, Mind, & Spirit Two Class Levels: Yoga Mixed Level — Beginners Welcomed! / Yoga Flow — Basic Experience Required! New Students – Your First Class is FREE Classes Offered: September 4th – January 31st No Classes: Nov 29 / Dec 25 — Jan 1 Mondays 9:30AM-11:00AM {Flow} 4:30PM-5:40PM {Mixed Level} Wednesdays 9:30AM-10:30AM {Mixed Level}

Deb May, Certified Yoga Instructor, with over 18 years of experience

Fridays 9:00AM-10:00AM {Mixed Level}

Mary Janssen, Certified Yoga Instructor

Punch card payment system for flexibility.

& Nancy Thompson, Certified Yoga Instructor

Contact Deb prior to your first class: / 563-556-7141 /

Reading That Matters Book Discussion Club

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This Fall’s two books deal with understanding immigrants. Facilitator: Sr. Eileen Miller OSF Everyone is welcome to join in these discussions of books that can impact how we view the world around us. Books are available for purchase at River Lights Bookstore. Tuesday, October 8, 6:30PM-8:00PM Book: “Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakastani Muslim to American Muslim” By Sabeeha Rehman Synopsis: In a first person account the author tells of her life in Pakistan as a young girl, an arranged marriage resulting in her relocation to the United States in the 1970s, and her struggles as an immigrant to assimilate into American culture while preserving her heritage and her religious tradition of Islam. Her conversational style of writing is laced with humor and insight as she undercuts stereotypes and gives the reader a glimpse of American life through Muslim eyes. Tuesday, November 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM Book: “The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life” By Lauren Markham (reporter and high school worker for immigrant youth) Synopsis: This book is the deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who at age 17 become unaccompanied minors, escaping El Salvador’s violence to stay alive and their struggle to build new lives in California. It shows the reasons they feel they must leave their home country and tells of their (sometimes) harrowing trip. The reader then follows them as they navigate a new school system in a new language, work to support themselves while attempting to pay down mounting coyote debts, and face their day in immigration court, all while trying to deal with the normal triumphs and pitfalls of teenage life. Sr. Eileen was the former Programming Director for Shalom and continues to facilitate reading & writing programs at the Center. Offering: $6 Per Book Discussion, This Does Not Include Book Register By The Monday Before Each Discussion: -for Oct. 8, Register By Monday, Oct. 7 -for Nov. 12, Register By Monday, Nov. 11

Volunteer At Shalom! If you are seeking opportunities to build relationships with God, yourself, and others volunteer your time to help us provide life-giving events and warm hospitality! Whether you have service hour requirements such as for church, school, college, or confirmation - or wish to serve out of the generosity of your spirit, we have many opportunities available both indoors and outdoors. We welcome both individual volunteers or volunteer groups. Inside we need help with washing dishes, serving meals, bussing tables, and cleaning. Outside we need help with trimming hedges, pulling weeds, and raking leaves. If you are a Master Gardener who needs hours, please consider helping maintain our newly renovated meditation garden. There are many ways to give & serve. Please contact us for more details about service opportunities.

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Proactive Grieving: Healing Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit Thursday, October 31, 6:30PM-8:30PM Facilitator: Mitch Carmody

Proactive Grieving is an organic, user friendly approach to processing loss that is groundbreaking and innovative. Proactive Grieving is an organic, user friendly approach in processing loss and part of a paradigm shift in bereavement consciousness that fosters resiliency. Based on thirty years of research and actively companioning the bereaved. This seminar presents new and exciting survival strategies to clinicians, caregivers, social workers, health professionals, clergy, or others involved with helping those who grieve. Offering: $15 CEUs Are Available For This Program: For an additional $10, 2 CEUs for nurses available through IBN Provider #7, or 2.4 CEUs for other professionals. (Bring your social security # and driver’s license #) Register & Prepay By Monday, October 28

Hope & Healing Grief Retreat: A Weekend Of Healing For Those Who Grieve Co-Sponsored with Craig Kramer and Kramer Funeral Home Whispers From Heaven Friday, November 1, 6:30PM-8:00PM Facilitators: Mitch Carmody & Mary Potter Kenyon Do you sometimes feel the presence of your loved one that has died? Have dreams that feel like a visit from them? Get signs or messages from heaven that your loved one is with God? There is compelling evidence that God can and does work to bring comfort this way. We’ll explore the phenomenon with a slide show of extraordinary anecdotal evidence that validates this experience for the griever. Hope & Healing Retreat Saturday, November 2, 8:30AM-4:30PM Keynote Speaker: Mitch Carmody Mitch Carmody, a grief facilitator and nationally recognized motivational speaker, has dedicated his life to serving the bereaved ever since he lost his twin sister in 1985 and his son in 1987. Join Mitch and Mary Potter Kenyon, Shalom’s Program Coordinator and certified grief counselor, for a day of workshops and inspirational speeches designed to facilitate healing in those who grieve, including rock-painting, expressive writing, getting through the holidays, and round table discussions for various types of loss. Offering: -$15 Per Person (Or $20 Per Couple) For Friday Night Only. -$45 For Saturday Only, Includes Lunch. -$55 For Both Friday And Saturday Events. -$100 For An Overnight Stay Which Includes Friday Night Event, Saturday Workshops, Saturday Breakfast, And Lunch. Register & Prepay By Tuesday, October 29 Thanks to the generosity of private donors and grants from R.W. Hoefer Foundation, James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation and the Sisters of Saint Francis Leadership Team, there are scholarships available for this retreat. If you need financial assistance in order to attend, please contact Mary Potter Kenyon for more information:

SOS: Survivors Of Suicide: For Those Who Grieve A Loss From Suicide

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Thursday, November 14, 6:30PM-8:00PM Presenter: Dr. James Coyle Trying to navigate the complexities of grief after suicide is one of the most difficult journeys one will ever walk. Dr. Coyle is a survivor of suicide and has devoted his life in walking the journey with those left behind after suicide. This workshop will describe the complicated and unresolved process of grief after suicide loss and will focus on tools in moving forward with hope, faith, and love. No Offering Required To Attend, Freewill Donations Welcome Registration By Monday, November 11 Is Appreciated, But Not Required

Mailbox Memories & Legacy Letters Saturday, November 16, 10:30AM-3:30PM Facilitators: Mary Potter Kenyon & Sue Schuerman Remember the good old days when mailboxes held more than bills and advertisements? Enjoy a day of letter-writing activities with Shalom Program Coordinator and avid letterwriter Mary Potter Kenyon and Sue Schuerman, Certified Legacy Letters instructor. Mary will entertain with famous and infamous history of postal mail, unique ways to store and display meaningful letters, and share information about agencies that accept cards and letters for cancer patients and soldiers. After lunch, Sue discusses the background of legacy letters as a way of communicating what matters most in life to family, loved ones, and future generations. Attendees will create a legacy letter that will be cherished for generations. Each participant will leave with a legacy letter and notecards to embark on their own personal campaign of saving the world, one letter or handwritten note at a time. Offering: $25 Per Person, Includes Lunch And Materials. Sign Up With A Friend And They Get In For Half Price! ($37.50 For Two People) Register & Prepay By Tuesday, November 12

Civil Discourse Over The Main Course

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Thursday, November 21, 6:30PM-7:30PM Presenter: Dr. David Cochran, PhD For some, holiday gatherings can get tense if the talk turns to politics, especially in our increasingly polarized times. David Cochran, Professor of Politics at Loras College and Director of the Archbishop Kucera Center, Loras College, will offer insights into the sources of political polarization, why many political discussions can seem so frustratingly unproductive, and tips for how to have more civil and genuinely constructive conversations about politics. Dr. Cochran’s primary teaching and research areas are religion, race, and ethnicity in American politics; political thought; war and peace; and Irish studies. Offering: $10 Register & Prepay By Tuesday, November 19

Art As Prayer: Hand-Painted Greeting Cards Saturday, November 23, 1:00PM-3:00PM Facilitator: Susan Tollefson Imagery prompted through prayer is a powerful way to deepen your relationship with God. Join artist Susan Tollefson to create a picture of a prayer-inspired image and share it in the form of a card you send to a loved one or someone in need. With music playing in the background, we will relax, prayerfully meditate, and paint in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Our completed pictures will then be pasted onto blank cards. We’ll even use our leftover paint to decorate small wooden crosses. Offering: $12, Includes All Materials Register & Prepay By Wednesday, November 20

Snail Mail Socials Saturdays, 9:30AM-11:30AM, November 30, December 7, & December 14 Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon Enjoy a morning of coffee and light refreshments during our snail-mail socials. Write letters, a Christmas newsletter, address your Christmas cards or work on cards for cancer patients, shut-ins, or soldiers during our morning letter-writing socials. Various greeting cards and stationery will be available. Donations of greeting cards and notecards appreciated for an ongoing ministry. Open to all ages; if you can write, you can come! No Offering Required To Attend, Freewill Donations Welcome Registration Not Required

Annual Advent Evening For Women

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Monday, December 2, 6:00PM-9:00PM Presenters: The Music Group of Lydia Continuing a 20-year Shalom tradition, the wonderful women of Lydia will lead us in a prayerful and inspirational celebration of the season. As always, the chapel program will be preceded by a scrumptious dinner in our dining room. Come for an evening of good food, conversation, friendship and prayer. Invite your friends to join you in celebrating the spirit of Advent. Offering: $25 Register & Prepay By Wednesday, November 27 (to facilitate table assignments, please indicate who will be in your group)

Christmas Manger For Families: The Real Christmas Thursday, December 5, 6:00PM-7:00PM Facilitators: Steve and Kathy McDonald Just in time for St. Nicholas Day, this evening is designed for families with young children, although all ages are welcome. Bring your family’s manger scene and gather to enjoy an evening of simple stories, explanations, and activities about the first Christmas. If you do not have a manger scene, one will be provided. Don’t worry if your children are noisy or active. Jesus was once a child himself. He’ll understand and so will we. Offering: $5 Per Child, Or $10 Per Family, Includes Milk & Cookies Register & Prepay By Monday, December 2

Annual Advent Dinner, Music And Prayer Program Monday, December 9, 6:00PM-9:00PM Directed By: Sr. Carol Hemesath OSF, & Richard Traylor Starring: Our favorite Dubuque-area musicians CHRISTMAS, Shalom-style! Held in our historic, beautiful chapel. Enjoy our annual evening of anticipating Christmas with food, music, and prayer. We’ll nourish our bodies with a bountiful meal and our spirits with beautiful music and prayer. Join us and this wonderful group of musicians for a joyous evening that will open your heart and mind to the message of Jesus. Offering: $25 Register & Prepay By Wednesday, December 4 (to facilitate table assignments, please indicate who will be in your group)

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Tuesday, December 17, 7:30AM-8:30AM Presenter: Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF When was the last time you asked yourself, “I wonder why…” about something? Come discover some of these wonderings the winter season invites us to explore. Michelle Balek, OSF, has been a Dubuque Franciscan sister for 37 years. She currently ministers as a member of the congregation’s Charism Team and is the coordinator of the Franciscan Common Venture volunteer program. Offering: $10 Register & Prepay By Thursday, December 12

Women’s Christmas: An Evening Of Rest & Restoration (And Presents!) Monday, January 6, 5:30PM-8:30PM Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon In some parts of the world Epiphany, which brings the Christmas season to a close, is also celebrated as Women’s Christmas. Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women’s Christmas is a day when women, who often carried the domestic responsibilities all year, celebrated January 6 as a day to enjoy a bit of respite at the end of the holidays. This evening mini-retreat is a good time to pause and take a break from all that has kept you hurried and busy in the past weeks. We invite you to rest, reflect, and find restoration. Utilizing sections of artist and author Jan Richardson’s “Walking the Way of Hope” retreat, the evening of prayer, discussion, and light snacks with tea will end with a present for each attendee. If you have a symbol of hope you would like to share with others, please bring it. This mini-retreat would make the perfect Christmas gift for a mother, sister, or friend who works themselves to a frenzy during the holiday season. Offering: $18 Each, Or $30 For Two If Signing Up With A Friend, Includes Snacks And Gift Register & Prepay By Friday, January 3

Winter Tea Sunday, January 12, 1:00PM-3:00PM Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon We’re celebrating both Hot Tea Day and a generous donation of lovely tea cup sets from St. Thomas More in Coralville with the first of what promises to be many tea parties. Enjoy a variety of teas and light refreshments and an entertaining power point about all things tea-related. One attendee will win a basket filled with tea-related goodies. Offering: $12 Per Person, Bring A Friend And Save Money — $20 For Two People Register & Prepay By Thursday, January 9

Faith Writers Writing Conference

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Save the Date! Friday, February 14 — Saturday, February 15 Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon Keynote Speaker: Twila Belk Save the date for the first annual Faith Writer’s Writing Conference with keynote speaker Twila Belk, author of seven books and former director of the Quad Cities Christian Writer’s Conference for eight years. Workshops on writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, marketing and book proposals. Overnight options, meals provided. Watch for more information coming soon!


Commemorating 30 Years: January 4th, 2019 Marked Our 30th Anniversary! In this world where stress and violence exist, Shalom is a space where people can come for reflection and peace. Our programs and retreats allow people to focus and reorientate their lives, so that they can live and work more productively. Throughout our thirty years, we have sought to provide wholistic programming which enhances the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical well-being of the communities we are blessed to serve. By wholistic we mean that our programs, retreats, seminars, and workshops integrate the mind, body, soul, & spirit. While Catholic in our sponsorship by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, we are interfaith in our ministry. We strive to be open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation, belief system, or faith background. Our ministry has three tiers: the first tier is the programs and retreats we plan and facilitate for the public internally. Another tier is the gatherings and conferences hosted at the center by external groups including civic, religious, educational, professional, nonprofit, and business organizations. Opening our doors and providing warm, welcoming hospitality to area groups and organizations constitutes a significant portion of our ministry each year. The final tier is guided spiritual direction and spaces for private, self-led retreats. Apart from over 55 bedrooms in the Center, we also offer our Peace Haven apartment & Oasis Hermitage to individuals seeking a more reclusive, private space for their spiritual getaway.


Making All Things New: Becoming A New Creation

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Thursday, June 4, 5:30PM—Sunday, June-7, 11:00AM Facilitator: Fr. Joseph Nassal CPPS When we hear that something is “new and improved,” we anticipate it is better than the “old” model. But on the journey of faith, a “new creation” is the promise of transformation that comes from God’s generous grace. The call of the gospels is to become a new creation in the Risen Christ. It is the profound belief that each and every person, made in God’s image and likeness, can be restored and renewed in Christ. No matter where we are on our journey, God offers the possibility of a new beginning. This retreat will explore in practical and prayerful ways what it means to become a new creation and to serve with a renewed sense of purpose and passion for life. Fr. Joe Nassal, C.PP.S is the author of eight books including The Conspiracy of Compassion, Rest Stops for the Soul, Premeditated Mercy, Moments of Truth, and Stations of the Crib. A Missionary of the Precious Blood, he has been engaged in retreat, renewal and reconciliation ministry since 1988, including three years as director of Shantivanam, the House of Prayer for the Archdiocese of Kansas City. From 2002-2006, he was involved in establishing the Precious Blood Center for Reconciliation on the south side of Chicago. Ordained in 1982, Fr. Joe has served in parish, justice and peace, formation, and vocation ministry for his religious community, including 24 years on the provincial council. He was provincial director of the Kansas City Province from 2011-2019. He lives in Berkeley, CA where he is involved in establishing a Mission House of Prayer for those on the margins. Overnight Offering: $410 Includes 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners Commuter Offering: $360 Includes 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners $25 Early Bird Discount If Registered By Monday, May 4 $75 Nonrefundable Deposit Required Registration Deadline: Friday, May 29

Francis And Clare Of Assisi: A Spirituality Of Poverty And Joy Friday, July 10, 5:30PM—Sunday, July 12, 11:30AM Facilitator: Dr. Susan Pitchford, PhD How can we live the contemplative life in the midst of busy lives? Finding a way to balance prayer and action is a challenge. Susan will present how the Franciscan way of life can be balanced and integrated in anyone’s way of life. Retreat is open for all who wish to learn the Franciscan Way of Life. Dr. Susan Pitchford is a sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle and a professed member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis for people who wish to follow the Franciscan way within families and occupations. She’s authored several books: The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation, Healing of the Self, God in the Dark: Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life, and Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone. She is a frequent retreat speaker and loves nothing more than exploring with others how to go deeper in the life of faith. Overnight Offering: $230. Includes 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners Commuter Offering: $150 Includes 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners $10 Early Bird Discount If Registered By Wednesday, June 10 $50 Nonrefundable Deposit Required Registration Deadline: Friday, July 3


Divine Interruptions

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Sunday, July 19, 5:30PM—Friday, July 24, 9:00AM Facilitator: Sr. Nancy Schreck OSF There are times in our lives, be it in contemplative sitting, immersed in radical social action or somewhere in-between when we meet an Energy that interrupts, disrupts and surprises us. This retreat will use scripture and women mystics from a variety of traditions to explore these experiences and to notice the “in breaking” of the Divine which is beyond our safe management. Participants are invited to come with their awareness of these experiences, their dreams, and their desire for a more expansive spiritual responsiveness. All are welcome! Sr. Nancy Schreck attended Sacred Heart Elementary school taught by the Dubuque Franciscans, and Briar Cliff University, where her additional experience with the Dubuque Franciscans led her to enter the congregation in 1968. Nancy has served in ministries including the foundation and development of Excel, Inc., a nonprofit service agency in Okolona, Mississippi, which has held Nancy’s deep commitment for many years. In addition to her ministry in Okolona she currently serves on the leadership council of the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary, Harlem, New York, and as a national and international presenter on topics of religious life and scripture. Sister Nancy has a master’s degrees in theology from Boston College (M.A.), and a doctor of ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Overnight Offering: $475 Includes 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners Commuter Offering: $420 Includes 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners $25 Early Bird Discount If Registered By Friday, June 19 $75 Nonrefundable Deposit Required Registration Deadline: Friday, July 10

Missionary Discipleship For All: From Jesus to Pope Francis Thursday, July 30, 5:30PM—Sunday, August 2, 11:00AM Facilitator: Fr. Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, PhD Pope Francis challenges us to be missionary disciples in reaching out to people living on the margins (and not by choice). Gittins illustrates through scripture what it means to be with those at the margins and challenges the church to a life of unpredictable, risky discipleship. Gittins calls us to go to the edges of society as modeled by Jesus. Fr. Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp. taught Theology and Anthropology at The Missionary Institute, London, UK. He then became Associate Professor of Mission Studies and Professor of Theological Anthropology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is now Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture. As a native of England and of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, he continues to offer workshops, seminars, short courses and retreats, within the United States and further afield, from Australia to Africa. He is the author of 18 books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality. Overnight Offering: $410 Includes 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners Commuter Offering: $360 Includes 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners $25 Early Bird Discount If Registered By Tuesday, June 30 $75 Nonrefundable Deposit Required Registration Deadline: Friday, July 24

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Donors listed here contributed Derby, Mark & Kate to Shalom Spirituality Center DeSotel, Margaret in 2018. Listing the names of Dobucki, Kenneth & Mary Ann donors is one way to show Dodds, Diane & Daniel appreciation to the many Dole, Karen friends who support our Dolphin BVM, Mary Lois ministry. We have made every Domeny, Rose Marie effort toward accuracy. If, however, we have overlooked Donahue OSF, Liz any information or if your Donahue RSM, James Marie name has been misspelled or Dorcey, Mary Ann omitted, please accept our Duehr, Herb & Eileen Heri apologies and advise us by Dunne, Margaret Bishton calling us. Duval, Mary INDIVIDUALS Eichler OSF, Bev Adams OSF, Dorothy Einck OSF, Marian Albert, Virginia Busch & Deb Ellwanger, Gloria Faber Allen, Delain Elsbernd OSF, Ruth Allen, Betty Ertl, Darlene Straub Alt, Joyce Errthum OSF, Alice Althaus, Linda Etienne, Jacquilyn & John Anderson Jr, Bob & Deborah Faley, Jack & Kay Waring Andresen, Mary Ann Fleege, Mary Jo Ferring Anstoetter, Mary Forkenbrock OSF, Kay Arensdorf, Joann Foxen, June Auderer, Lloyd & Barbara Riedl Freiburger, Don & Ellie Avery, Harvey & Mary Freihoefer, Pat Dix Axtell, Tim Frein RSM, Lucy Baal, Mary Lou & Jim Freking OSF, Angie Baltes, Ann Freking OSF, Edwardine Barta, Rev Ardel Freking OSF, Marilyn Baule, Betty Freking OSF, Carole Baum BVM, Carol Marie Freymann, Don & Jan Beringer OSF, Jean Frick, Dorothy Berkley, Kate & Jon Friedman, Larry Bernauer, Debbie Friedman, Terry & Paula Berns OSF, Rachel Friedman OSF, Madonna Billings, Marge & Bill Fromm, Nichole Bivens, Gordon Fuerst, Paul Blair, Deborah & Joseph Furuseth, Patricia Leytem Bleich, Rev Msgr Russell Gallagher, Kris & Tim Blouin, Mike Gansemer, Ed & Ruth Breitbach, Larry & Fran Gasper, Matthew & Shirley Bricker, Verabeth Gassman, Shirley Rubel Brimeyer, Jane Gaul, Rev Richard Brumm, Barbara Gaul, Sandy Bruns, Theresa Gebhart, Carol & Bob Burgmeier, Marlene & Richard Giesen, Jim & Judy Cavanagh, Mary & Ross Ginder OSF, Edna Chidley, Janet Glaser OSF, Teresine Cigrand OSF, Marie Glaser OSF, Mary Assumpta Conlon, Kathy & Jim Goedert, Richard & Donna Connell, Rosemary Golinvaux, Leanne Connors, Tom & Joyce Gosche, Jerry Conzett, Mary Ann Gottsacker OSF, Edith Cotter CSJ, Wendy Govern, Jean Marie Cox OSF, Mary Lee Green OSF, Rita Dalsing, Mary Jo Habel, Bob & Marlene Dansart, Bernie & Marilyn Halbach OSF, Edith Denlinger, Eleanor & Harvey Halverson, Jim & Charlotte

Hammel, Rose Ann Klein Hanson, Bradley & Marion Harris, Mary Catherine Hartl, Chuck & Kathy Hauber OSF, Carol Ann Haupert, Sue Haverkamp OSF, Janet Hawes, Rev Donald J Heiar, Dave & Jane Hellman OSF, Lila Hemann, Rev Msgr John Hemann OSF, Camilla Hemesath OSF, Carol Henkel, Cynthia Heri, Jeanne Stoffell Herrig, Marge Hilkin, Terry & Jean Hillary, Betty Hoerstmann, Mary Ann Skemp Hoffmann, Joan Hohmann, Jean Holthaus OSF, Norma Jean Honsey, Julie Hoppenjan, Sharon Hosek, Sheri Houselog, Theresa Stecklein Hoverman OSF, Carol Howe, David & Joann Huber, Marge Huettner, Marion & Mark Humston, Mary Jedlicka & Jim J, Jesse Jack, Tom & Joanne Jackson, Patty & Kerm Jacobs, Marilynn Jahn, Mary Alice Leglar Jerde, Lyn & Jay Jermier, Patricia Elaine Weber Johnson, Barbara Johnson, Andrew & Maureen Johnson, Judy Miller Jordan, Sue Kalb, Paul & Myra Jo Kalb, Thomas Kalb OSF, Marie Therese Kalb, Shirley Karnik, Rev George Kelley OSF, Elvira Kinsella, Michael P Kirkpatrick, Marilyn Klauer, Bob & Judy Klein, Michael & Rita Sprengelmeyer Klostermann OSF, Marian Knepper, Rev Msgr Dan Kohler, Melvin Koller, Susan Konz, Katherine & Kenneth Kotz, George & Reiter

Kuhn, Colette Elsbernd Kuntz, Theresa Kurt, Lynn & Karen Kutsch, Rev Eugene C Kutsch OSF, Corinne Lafond, Susan & Frank Lambert OSF, Eleanor Lange, Paula & Robert Lange, Kurt & Kim Lau, Carol Lawlor BVM, Kathryn Lechtenberg OSF, Mary Leglar, William & Marilyn Furlong Lehmann, Marjorie Lehmann, Tony & Cathy Leuenberger OSF, Mildred Lex, Lois Locher, Mary Cosgrove Lochner, Judy & Ken Lohrman OSF, JoAnn Lonergan, Mary Loosbrock OSF, Davida Loosbrock, Mary & Leo Luensmann, Roger & Marsha Maas, Marilyn Stierman Maiers, Terry & Rae Ann Mallie, Leo & Rosemary Manternach, Janaan Marini, Betty Freiburger Martensen, Bernice Pfab McCaffery, Marie Brimeyer McClean, Rev Msgr John R McCullough, Corinne McDonald, Kathy McElmeel, Mary Jo McFadden, Philip & Patricia Tegeler McGrath, Lloyd Meyer, Judy & Tom Meyer, Marjorie Meyer, Don & Joan Meyer, Richard & Mary Meyer OSF, Joan Meyerhofer OSF, Nona Miller, Robert & Susan Milroy, Raymond & Paula Buser Mohr, Rita Riedl Moore, Ruth & Lyle Murray, Rita & Robert Myers, Kelly & Sharon Nachtman OSF, Mildred Nelson OSF, Helen Newburn, Jeff Nigg, Joel Nigg, Randy & Doris Nigg, Cathy Nilles, Gwen Carr Nolan, Holly Noonan, Jean A Oswald

Northouse, Jan O’Neill, Pat & Darlene O’Shea, Anne Ruth Rea Oberbroeckling OSF, Mary L Olberding, Shirley Olson, Steve & Sue Osterhaus, Cheryl & Don Osthoff, Arlene Eigenberger Otting, Sarah Park, M Sylvia (Meyer) Parker, Donald & Mary Parrett, Sandra Pellegrini, Debbi Peraud, Joe & Mary Sharon Pickus, Linda Powers, Sharon Raemisch, Michelle Gille Rea, Pat & Ruth Ready, Lavonne (Bonnie) Briggs Rech, Bev Reicher, Rita Reidy, Marge Reinhardt, Rosemary Knobbe Reisch OSF, Mary Lou Reiter, Imogene Synder Ries, Paul & Barbara Link Rolling OSF, Theresa Ronek, Lyle & Linda Rosauer, Stella Hughes Rosenow, Judy Rosman OSF, Janice Roth, Mary Lee & Pete Roussel, Bonnie Becker Ruzicka, Paul & Teresa Sanner, Rosemary Scheidt, Peg Scherrman, Don & Cookie Schlader, Mary Deckert Schlosser OP, Marilyn Schmid, Mary Schmidt, Jim & Mary Schmuecker, Adeline Schoenherr OSF, Eileen Schope, Charlotte & Dr Ronald Schott, Rev Timothy Schreiber, Bob Schroeder, Helen E Schroeder, Ethel Schuetz OSF, Bernice Schuster, Dixie Scott, Sandralee Sigwalt, Michael Slabinski SFCC, Josephine Sloan, Julie & Steve Spahn OSF, Aimee Marie Sprengelmeyer, Mary Beth Stabenow, David & Eva Staff, Lois Staudt OSF, Marge Staudt OSF, Mary Arnold

Page 27 Steckel, Bryan & Heather Stephany, Mary Stoll OSF, Dorothy Strausser, Ann & Lanny Swanson, Ann Talbert, Elizabeth Theill, Rose Riniker Theisen, Jim & Marita Thole OSF, Amelia Thomas, Marie Thul, Pat & Dean Tietjen, Carol Leitner Tremmel, Mary Jo & Anthony Tschiggfrie, Dave & Deb Turner, Patricia A Schuster Turnis, Ruth Ullrich OSF, Dolores Ungs, Phyllis Van Cleve, Ruth Vanden Heuvel, Betty & Vince Vaske OSF, Rosemary Voss, Mary L Wagner OSF, Mary Ann Wahlert, Bob & Donna Wahlert, Susan Wahlert, David & Nancy Wallace, Rev Dr Howard & Nancy Walleser, Clement & Judy Wareham, Janet Wegmann, Coletta Weitz, Richard & Mary Jo Welu, Jeanette Wemmer, Angella Haupert Wickham, Tom & Brenda Wickham OSF, Jeanne Wilbricht, Dc Dave & Sue Wiebmer, John & Nancy Wiegman, Sue Wild, Carol & Bill Wingert OSF, Mona Witthoft, Tammy Zugenbuehler, Mary Witterholt Page 28 BUSINESSES, FOUNDATIONS, Manternach, Janaan & ORGANIZATIONS {for Carl J Pfeifer} All Seasons Heating & Cooling Mitchell OSF, Sally Conlon Construction Company {for Louie Agnese Sr.} -lawn benches Dubuque Sisters of St Francis - Roussel, Bonnie Becker -new white bath towels Leadership Team {for Patsy McElmeel} -new white face cloths Dubuque Sisters of St Francis at Schott, Rev Timothy -new colored double bed sheets MSF {for Margaret Jungers OSF} -new colored pillowcases Dupaco RW Hoefer Foundation Scott, Sandralee -new white twin sheets Fuerste Eye Clinic {for Margaret Jungers OSF} ICA Alumnae Association Willmers, Richard & Ruth Weber -new white pillowcases -new pillows John Deere Classic Birdies For {for Carol Weber Lawver} Charity Klauer Family Charitable HONORARIUMS Foundation Fuerst, Paul Mary Duval Beltone Hearing Aid {for Rebecca Rosemeyer OSF} Center Glaser OSF, Mary Assumpta Meineke {for ICA Teachers} New Melleray Abbey Reisch OSF, Mary Lou Sisters of Charity BVM Center {for Kay Reisch} Sisters of the Presentation Goetz PBVM, Janet Sisters of the Visitation {for Staff Members} Wellness on Davis Eisbach, Nancy {for Jan & Gene Hayertz} -2019 Spring Appeal: MEMORIALS Jungers, Arnold & Roberta Meditation Garden Brunkan, Marian Lueck & Dave {for Margaret Jungers OSF} {for Art Lueck Family} -2018 Spring Appeal: Doerr, William & Pat IN-KIND GIFTS Central air on the rest of 1st {for Janaan Hickie OSF} Jahn, Mary Alice Leglar floor, and replacement of Eisbach, Nancy {gift: frying pan} windows on 1st floor {for Pete Eisbach} Eudaley, Amy Freymann, Don & Jan {gift: toilet paper stand} -With grant assistance, we {for ICA Teachers} finished replacing mattresses Gaul, Dolores IN-KIND GIFTS and recliners in bedroms {for Lawrence (Larry) Gaul} Potter Kenyon, Mary Green OSF, Rita {for Jacob Flesher} -With grant assistance, we {for Patrick Green} furnished the North deck with Hefel OSF, Laurinda SCHOLARSHIPS a pavilion and furniture {for Doris Recker OSF} Schlader, Mary Deckert Hohensee OSF, Renae Hillary, Betty -North outside deck {for Margaret Jungers OSF} Madsen, Dorothy Heim Huber, Marge Dubuque Sisters of St Francis - renovation-safety rails {for Vince Brimeyer} Leadership Team -Removed & replaced driveway Jahn, Mary Alice Leglar {for Theodore (Ted) Jahn} GRANTS Jorgensen, Dc Jerry & Mary James B & Melita A McDonough -New water lines {for Wilma Drees OSF} Foundation (Mattresses) -Renovated Oasis Hermitage Jungers, Eric & Melissa R.W. Hoefer Foundation {for Margaret Jungers OSF} (Mattresses) Jungers OSF, Theresa Pauline Stolteben Starbuck {for Margaret Jungers OSF} Foundation (Recliners) Koopmann, Deanna & Patrick Klauer Family Charitable {for Sylvia Stevens OSF} Foundation Koopmann, Deanna & Patrick Kucera Center {for Charmaine Plotz OSF} Our Mission: Lechtenberg OSF, Mary Rooted in Franciscan values, {for Margaret Jungers OSF} Shalom Spirituality Center offers a sacred space and a Loosbrock OSF, Davida {for those who lost their lives peaceful environment for all who seek to deepen their relationship with God, self, others, and creation. protecting others}


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We began the Fund-A-Cause appeal at the 14th Annual Shenanigans. This paddle-raiser style event helps to generate funds for a specific cause. Our first year, through the boundless generosity of our guests, we were able to purchase 20 new mattresses which provide rest and serenity to our more than 9000 annual guests. Last year, the funds raised by the Fund-a-Cause campaign went to support visitors who stay at Shalom in our Peace Haven apartment as they care for a loved one who may be ill or dying at nearby hospitals, healthcare facilities, or nursing homes, or those attending a funeral in the area, similar to the mission of “Ronald McDonald House.�

This year, as Shalom celebrates 30 years of providing a sacred space and peaceful place to our community, we recognize that in order to sustain our life-transforming ministry and continue to offer spirituality-focused programming to the area, we are seeking donations for scholarship endowment and funds to keep program costs affordable to individuals seeking spiritual fulfillment who may not be able to afford our diverse offering of programs designed to guide and enlighten them on their spiritual journeys. With your donation, you may choose to: underwrite a speaker/presenter for programs or retreats, provide scholarship money to support individuals in need so that they are able to attend our programs or retreats, or subsidize/offset the associated costs of a program or retreat in order to keep the requested offering affordable for everyone. The Fund-A-Cause appeal kicks-off at Shalom Shenanigans, but continues after, so you may donate at any time! Please remember to earmark for Fund-A-Cause. Shalom Shenanigans, as a fundraiser, assists our operations on an annual basis. We appreciate your ongoing support!


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We offer two larger private spaces for overnight guests apart from our regular bedrooms. These are perfect for anyone seeking a personal retreat. The facilities, combined with the hospitable service provided by our friendly staff, provide a restorative environment ideal for prayer, reflection, introspection, mindfulness, meditation, concentration, contemplation, and discernment. Peace Haven is a private apartment available for individuals or families who are visiting and caring for loved ones who may be ill or dying at nearby hospitals, healthcare facilities, or care centers, and for individuals who are attending funerals. It provides a family-oriented place for brief or extended visits. Similar to the mission of "Ronald McDonald Houses", Peace Haven is an area set aside for this purpose. With the help of our donors and sponsors, in the spirit of compassion, we are able to provide this space free of charge to those seeking a place of calm and comfort during a difficult time. Located on the first floor of Shalom, Peace Haven has six bedrooms with one queen, three double, and two single-bed rooms, a living room with cable TV, fully-furnished kitchen where guests may prepare their own meals and dine, and two full bathrooms. It is a quiet and peaceful area with its own door to the outside and an adjoining porch. It was completely renovated in Spring of 2016! The Oasis apartment, which is also located on our first floor, is available as a hermitage for one to four persons at a time. This space is ideal for guests seeking a sanctuary slightly removed from the rest of the building for solitary or small group retreats. Oasis has four bedrooms — three with a single bed and one with a double bed, a kitchen + dining area, living room, and one full bathroom. It has two doors to the outside, one with an adjoining small porch. We fully renovated the Oasis in the Winter of 2018. During your stay in either the Oasis Hermitage or Peace Haven, meals from Shalom may be available at an additional cost — but only if meals are already being served to other guests or retreatants in the building. Call ahead to ensure availability. For more information or to reserve one of these spaces, contact us by calling: 563-582-3592 or emailing:

Page 31 2019 Shalom Shenanigans Raffle Tickets $5 Each or 5 For $20 FOUR PRIZE LEVELS! OVER $1000 TOTAL PRIZE VALUE!

16th Annual Need not be present to win. Shalom Shenanigans Raffle Thursday, October 24th, 2019 Raffle Drawing Suggested Offering: October 24, 2019 You for your Support! $5 per Ticket or 5 for $20 Thank No purchase necessary to participate in this drawing. Name________________________ GRAND PRIZE! 2ND PRIZE: 3RD PRIZE: 4TH PRIZE:

Address______________________ $500 Cash $250 cash $200 cash $100 cash Phone_______________________ 16th Annual Need not be present to win. Shalom Shenanigans Raffle Thursday, October 24th, 2019 Raffle Drawing Suggested Offering: October 24, 2019 Thank You for your Support! $5 per Ticket or 5 for $20 No purchase necessary to participate in this drawing. Name________________________ GRAND PRIZE! 2ND PRIZE: 3RD PRIZE: 4TH PRIZE: Address______________________ $500 Cash $250 cash $200 cash $100 cash Phone_______________________ 16th Annual Need not be present to win. Shalom Shenanigans Raffle Thursday, October 24th, 2019 Raffle Drawing Suggested Offering: October 24, 2019 Thank You for your Support! $5 per Ticket or 5 for $20 No purchase necessary to participate in this drawing. Name________________________ GRAND PRIZE! 2ND PRIZE: 3RD PRIZE: 4TH PRIZE: Address______________________ $500 Cash $250 cash $200 cash $100 cash Phone_______________________ 16th Annual Need not be present to win. Shalom Shenanigans Raffle Thursday, October 24th, 2019 Raffle Drawing Suggested Offering: October 24, 2019 Thank You for your Support! $5 per Ticket or 5 for $20 No purchase necessary to participate in this drawing. Name________________________ GRAND PRIZE! 2ND PRIZE: 3RD PRIZE: 4TH PRIZE: Address______________________

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Phone_______________________ 16th Annual Need not be present to win. Shalom Shenanigans Raffle Thursday, October 24th, 2019 Raffle Drawing Suggested Offering: October 24, 2019 Thank You for your Support! $5 per Ticket or 5 for $20 No purchase necessary to participate in this drawing. Name________________________ GRAND PRIZE! 2ND PRIZE: 3RD PRIZE: 4TH PRIZE: Address______________________ $500 Cash $250 cash $200 cash $100 cash Phone_______________________


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Shalom Spirituality Center's Newsletter / September 2019 To January 2020