Programs/Retreats

Dear Friends, We’re eager to welcome you back to the Spirituality Center and ask for your understanding in order to gather safely.

  • Registration is required one week prior for all programs. Call Sister Mary Boretti, 978-380-1574, or email Barbara.Walton@sndden.org to register. Only registered guests can be admitted.
  • Programs attendance is limited based on social-distance requirements. 
  • All programs held in the Spirituality Center Conference Room unless noted.
  • Enter via the Spirituality Center entrance, rear of the building. Face coverings must be worn at all times. Temperatures will be taken and recorded upon entering.
  • Any questions, please call 978-380-1574. Thank you!

To view Mandatory Safety Standards, click here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/mandatory-safety-standards-poster-english/download

A reflection from Sister Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN:

For a very long number of years, (45 to be exact), I have been praying with others for healing of memories.  As we try to find our way through this pandemic I see a greater need than ever for healing of body, mind and spirit.  People are grieving lost of family and friends, many of whom are out of work bringing with it more problems.  It seems as though life has changed forever.  Some wonder,  “Where is God in all of this”?  I try to make some sense out of this when people also ask,  “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  I watch as pictures flash across the screen every night, pictures of beautiful people who have lost their lives to the virus.

 What I do know is that my God is always with me, loving, embracing, never letting me go.  My God walks with me every minute of my day, in good times and in bad.  I try to hold on to that. I know that in these trying times it is hard for some to even fathom it.  But I believe and I pray that others will, as best as they can, trust in the goodness of God, and that they will cling to their God. 

We need to pray more than ever that the Spirit be in the hearts of all, guiding and directing us, in spirit and truth, during this time of pandemic.  Ask yourself, in the presence of God,  “What can I do?  How can I help to bring justice to my land, my country?”

At times like this I hold the world in my arms, the world so in need of God’s love and healing.  I could spend 24 hours a day praying for the needs and healing of not only our country but all those in the world needing even a touch of God’s mercy.  How I would love to hold the orphaned children in worn time countries tenderly in my arms, taking their fears away and letting them know they are loved!  How I would like to console all those who have lost fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends in the pandemic!  How I would love to deeply listen to the fears of those who have lost their jobs and are unable to pay rent and feed their families!  I can’t.  All I can do is sit in the comfort of my room and bring all this and more to prayer – healing prayer.

As l listen and watch the news on TV I hold so many of these people in my prayers.  I ask my God to hold each one, to lessen the fears and deep concerns within them.  I pray that God will touch into the deepest places within their inner beings and give them peace, a peace that only God can give.  I pray that God, from the depths of God’s being, lifts up in healing what robs them of peace.  In the evening I place in God’s heart not only those who will go to God during the night but also their loved ones.  In the morning I do the same for those who will die that day.  I’m a pray – er.  I’m sure you are too.  So I invite you to live in a place of prayer every moment of your day.  You can’t be thinking and praying this way every moment but you can make the intention in the morning when you arise.  Just place yourself in God’s presence and know and believe that God is praying through you.

When I was a young sister, many moons ago, I read a prayer from the Lynn brothers, two Jesuits at the time, who were and still are in the healing ministry.  I would like to share it with you.  I believe it came from a book entitled:  A COURSE ON SIMPLE WAYS TO PRAY.  Place one hand in the other.  Imagine your inner hand as you and your outer hand as God.  Just let God hold you and love you.  Words are not necessary but if you feel the urge just let them flow from your heart.  God is listening.  Another variation is to put another person in the arms of God and just focus on God holding, loving and healing them, or pray a prayer from your heart.  We can allow God’s healing light and love to flow through us.

Know that I am praying for you and your loved ones.  Remember, God is with us whether he seems near or far away.  YOU ARE THE BELOVED OF GOD.  If you need a reminder, just check out Psalm 139.  GOD LOVE AND BLESS YOU!       ~ Sr. Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN

Summer Programs, 2020

Reminder: Enter via the Spirituality Center entrance, rear of the building. Face coverings must be worn at all times. Temperatures will be taken and recorded upon entering. Thank you!

Free will offerings are appreciated for all programs. 

Centering Prayer

Saturday, August 8
9:30 to 11:00 am
Presenters: Spirituality Center Staff 

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.org

Movie & Supper Night

Thursday, August 6, “WONDER”
5:00 to 8:00 pm

Facilitators: Sr Ellen Keane, SNDdeN and Sr Mary Boretti, SNDdeN
Please bring your own brown-bag supper; we’ll provide the movie and beverages.

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.org

Stay at Home Directed Retreat
Begins week of July 5th and concludes week of August 3rd

Directors: Sr Ellen Keane, SNDdeN and Sr Mary Boretti, SNDdeN

This retreat is often referred to as the Busy-Persons Retreat.  However, in light of the present Covid -19 Pandemic you may be finding yourself less busy with outer activity yet more active interiorly as you find yourself pondering questions about life, death, God, your call and response to the “other pandemic” as racism has recently been named, or other meaningful experiences. Perhaps you always wanted time for retreat but in the busyness of “normal” life there never was enough time.

We have decided to offer this Stay-At-Home Retreat for those who would like to spend focused time with God and to have a companion to share the fruit of your prayer/your retreat journey.  We hope the retreat will contribute to your daily efforts to explore these questions and to find God in your complex lives.  The structure is reflective of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  We will offer a variety of prayer experiences intended to assist you to follow Jesus with greater faith, love, and freedom.  We invite you to use these suggestions for prayer in so far as they allow you to keep your eye on God and your heart open to God.

The Stay-At-Home Retreat will extend over 5 weeks.  Each week you will receive a handout with suggestions for daily prayer.  You will meet with your director via Skype or Zoom for 45 minutes once a week for conversation about your prayer and especially where you have experienced God during the week.  The retreat will begin the week of July 5th and conclude the week of August 3rd.

As a help to your prayer, we encourage you to select an environment which will give you some quiet and privacy and which will allow you to be reverent and at home in God’s presence.  Select a time for prayer when you probably will not be distracted by phones, tablets, people. If a quiet place is not available, try to collect yourself into an attitude of quiet and reverence. It is most important that you bring to your prayer your own life experiences, i.e. bring your life into dialogue with God through the prayer experiences.  Keeping a prayer journal can be a very meaningful and helpful practice during your retreat.

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.org

Morning or Evening of Prayer Programs


Omega Group Gatherings
currently gathering via ZOOM

We will reconvene in September, 2020
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Facilitators: Mary Boretti, SNDdeN, Ellen Keane, SNDdeN

Based in Teilhardian insight and recent work of Ilia Delio, OSF, among others, we explore integrating this new consciousness into everyday lives.

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.org

For future programs:

For “PAID” 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.REGISTRATION FORM:
(WORD version)   SC_Registration Form_WORD 
(PDF version)       SC_Registration Form_PDF

– Scholarships are available. Please call 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org