Dear Friends, We welcome you to the Spirituality Center and ask for your understanding in order to gather safely during the pandemic.

  • Registration is required for all programs. Registration deadline varies by program so please see the specific program listing. Only registered guests can be admitted.
  • Programs attendance is limited based on social-distance requirements. 
  • Certain programs are held in the Spirituality Center Conference Room. Some programs are offered via ZOOM; see descriptions below for location.
  • For programs held at the Spirituality Center, please enter via the Spirituality Center entrance at the rear of the Notre Dame building, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich. Temperatures will be taken and recorded upon entering.
  • Any questions, please call 978-380-1574. Thank you!

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Summer Programs, 2021

Directed Retreat – (option for 4 to 7 days) – program FULL

August 1 through 7 – at the Spirituality Center

Registration forms must be received by July 19 (2 weeks prior)

Directed retreats offer an experience centered in silence, prayer, and daily meetings with a retreat director.
Retreat check-in is between 2:30 – 4:30 pm on the first day with a light supper at 5:00 followed by an initial gathering. The retreat concludes with lunch on the final day of the retreat.

Directors: Sr. Ellen Keane ,Sr. Mary Boretti, Kenneth J. Hughes, SJ

4-day retreat, $380
5-day retreat, $475
6-day retreat, $570
7-day retreat, $665

To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

One Saturday/Month through Summer 2021

Themes from “Braiding Sweetgrass”

Saturday mornings: continuing…July 24, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 13
9:00 am to Noon

Registration: up to 10 days prior call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Step into nature and refresh body, mind and spirit, inspired by the bestselling book “Braiding Sweetgrass”, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, mother, botanist, professor and member of the Citizen Potawatomie Nation.

Experience eco-friendly planting techniques that can translate to your own backyard, nature journaling, creative play, mindfulness meditation, interactive learning, and more… with plenty of time to ‘simply be’ and deeply appreciate nature’s many gifts.We’ll explore seven different themes from the book. Choose to attend one session or many. Adults of all ages and backgrounds are welcome!

Spend time outdoors on adjacent lands of the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center, Three Sisters Garden Project, and Notre Dame Spirituality Center. Check-in at 10 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.

Begin by reading the chapter of the month at your own pace and enjoying short, engaging videos that provide foundational information. Next, come to Ipswich for hands-on connection with nature and time to make meaning from experience through nature journaling and reflection.

July 24 “Grammar of Animacy” We’ll explore native plants and their place in a sustainable landscape.

August 21 “Allegiance to Gratitude” One way to return gifts to the earth is by composting at home!

September 18 “The Three Sisters” A blueprint for balance, harmony and reciprocity is written by plants – corn, beans and squash.

October 16 The Honorable Harvest” As a springboard for a culture of reciprocity, we’ll look at the modern ecological movement towards sustainability in our own kitchens.

November 13 “People of Corn, People of Light”  We’ll have fun with stories and creative ways celebrating our world guided by science and spirit.


Cost: $25 per session
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Reflections from the desk of Sr Catherine

For ages, people around the globe have had devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  My favorite picture of the Sacred Heart is the one by Dali.  In it the artist portrays such strength and beauty.  I feel so drawn into his presence.  Jesus looks straight at me and the heart in the center draws me straight in.  Here is the Christ I can leave all things and follow.  I know I can trust him in all things. 

On June 5th, the Concord Pastor on his blog, included a Litany of the Sacred Heart by Wendy Wright.  It’s a modern version and like Dali’s Sacred Heart it speaks to the deepest part of me.  The first section speaks of Jesus as loving, humble, gentle, compassionate, faithful, wise, patient, steadfast, tender and spacious.  When I think of the word spacious in describing Jesus I feel as though he is saying,  “In my heart there is room for all of you, my beloved.  Welcome in.”  All of these words actually  describe so much of what I want to be for God and others.  What a prayer we have in this litany, speaking to all of our hearts and calling us to be more.

 I invite you to look up Wendy’s prayer and spend time reflecting on all that she personally feels as she contemplates the Sacred Heart.  It would be worth marinating in it.  And perhaps you will be inclined to write and pray your own litany or add to hers.

 In closing I would like to end with Wendy’s last section of her prayer.

Have mercy, gracious heart,

                        Give us gratefulness

                        Teach us tenderness

                        Let us learn to love.

                        Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Recurring Programs

Centering Prayer, at the Spirituality Center


9:30 to 11:00 am
Come experience Centering Prayer, a form of silent contemplative prayer. Held in the Spirituality Center conference room.
Presenters: Spirituality Center Staff 

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Omega Group Gatherings, currently via ZOOM

Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:00 pm Registration deadline: 3 days prior.
Drawing on a variety of sources, we explore the integration of science and spirituality towards becoming more Christ-conscious in our everyday lives.
Facilitators: Mary Boretti, SNDdeN, Ellen Keane, SNDdeN

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:


For “FEE-BASED” events, please complete the Registration Form, at least 10 days in advance and send with your deposit to:
          Notre Dame Spirituality Center
          30 Jeffreys Neck Road,
          Ipswich, MA 01938
Pre-registration is requested for all programs.

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