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

We offer a reflection by Sister Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN:
LIVING ORDINARY TIME IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES

In our church calendar we have returned to ordinary time, or have we?  In the past, I thought of ordinary time as simpler.  A time when things seemed somewhat quieter, and yes, ordinary.  But this year of 2020 is so different.  We could never have known what was in store for anyone of us a year ago. How do we now, in this time of unknowns, live in the reality that is now ours.  A year ago no one had heard of the coronavirus or even the name of George Floyd, the gentle giant from Texas.  But life is changing and please God, we are with it.  America is changing.  After thousands of people have marched our streets and chanted BLACK LIVES MATTER, we can’t go back.

As Christians, we believe in God, we trust in him, we cling to him.  We pray that justice and truth be served, that we be just.  This is a time to look at our everyday lives and ask, “What about me?”  “What will my days ahead look like”?  “Who will I become?” Do I gather in my heart and prayers all those who have lost their lives not only through the virus but through the violence that has pervaded our country and our world?  Sadness pervades our land.  People grieve and we grieve with them.

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?”

Remember the words from the prophet Micah,  ”And what does the LORD require of you? Only this,
To act justly, to love tenderly,  and to walk humbly with your God.                                      

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

Saturdays, June 27, July 11, July 25, 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

Tuesday, June 30,  “HARRIET”
Thursday, July 23, “Entertaining Angels – The Dorothy Day Story”
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


When there is impasse, can we still engage?”
in the Spirituality Center Conference Room

Wednesday, July 8
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Art McDonald, PhD
This reflective experience will attempt to help us overcome our urge to fight or flee when we encounter gridlock in our relationships or our work for a just society. We’ll discuss evolutionary thinking and living and our own processes of spiritual development and growth. How do we engage others who might be at a very different point of awareness or consciousness from ourselves? Reflecting on recent tragic events, we will focus especially on issues around racial justice and offer ideas as to concrete actions seeking transformation. Insights used in this workshop have been adapted from the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in Detroit, MI. 

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

“Walking with St. Kateri Teckakwitha”
in the Yurt at Cuvilly (10 Jefferys Neck Rd, Ipswich)

Tuesday, July 14
9:30 to 11:30 am
Facilitator: Barbara Walton, AND
On this feast day of Kateri Teckakwitha, first Native American saint, we’ll trace her path to holiness and listen for her messages to us today. 

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

“Bringing Compassion to These Anxious Times”
a Zoom Gathering

Wednesday July 29
9:30-11:00 am, or 5:30–7:00 pm
Presenter: Christi Humphrey, M.Div.

In these times of global pandemic, and political and social unrest, it is very easy to become driven by our anxieties and lose sight of the need for compassion for others and ourselves. The physical distancing and isolation which has been prescribed for us can and will make us feel disconnected and fearful. Our relationship to ourselves, each other, and the Spirit of Love must be strengthened and maintained so that we do not lose the confidence that comes with a sense of belonging.

Several times throughout the Gospels we hear the message, “do not be afraid.”  Jesus encourages the disciples; “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:50) How then, can we keep our fear and worry at an appropriate level? Are there actions we can take to move back into right relationship with our anxiety?

One such practice is Loving-Kindness meditation. This practice has been used for thousands of years to develop good-will for one’s self and others. When done regularly, loving-kindness meditation can be a corrective to fear, allowing what is causing anxiety to be held in awareness.  

Please join facilitator, Christi Humphrey as we gather to explore the contemplative practice of Loving-Kindness through meditation, teaching, and discussion. Christi is an experienced spiritual director, and a contemplative practice and retreat leader at Bethany House of Prayer. For 20 years she has accompanied others on their spiritual journey through small faith groups, pilgrimages, and mission trips. She holds a M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development.

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


Omega Group Gatherings
currently gathering via ZOOM

Wednesdays, June 24, July 15, July 29
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