Programs/Retreats

Pre-registration is requested for all programs.
REGISTRATION FORM:
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– For “Free Will Offering” programs, call 978-380-1574, or email: ndscips@sndden.org
– 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
– Scholarships are available. Please call 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org
– For more information on any programs please call 978-380-1574.

RECURRING MONTHLY PROGRAMS

Mornings or Evenings of Prayer for Women 
Choose 9:00 am – 10:45 am OR 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
February 12            Reflecting the Heart of Jesus
March 12                 Parable of the Prodigal Son
April 23                    Journey to Emmaus
May 14                      Mary’s Magnificat
June 11:                    Carrying Summer in My Heart
Gather in a peaceful setting to pray, listen to the small voice within, and reflect on its personal message.
Presenter: Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

Spiritual Parenting
Saturdays, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Feb 9
March 16 (please note this date was changed from 3/9 to 3/16)
April 6
Parenting is both a wonderful and tumultuous experience. As we navigate the twists and turns of our own spiritual paths and our connection to the Divine, what kinds of messages are we sharing with our children and what are they, in turn, sharing with us? This workshop series will join parents in community and draw from personal experience as we strive to nurture our children’s (and our own) spiritual journeys. We will explore a variety of topics that pull at the heart of what it means to be a family and how this experience shapes our lives together and our connections to God. A shared meal will follow the discussion.
Presenters: Kristina Carlberg and Tori Rosati
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

Centering Prayer 
Saturdays, January through June, 9:30 – 11:00 am
February 16
March 9
Apr 13
May 18
June 8
We will learn the method and principles of this prayer practice and have the opportunity to experience this ancient method in a quiet, reflective atmosphere.
Presenter: Nancy Citro, SNDdeN
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

Sabbath Days for Self Care
9 am to 4 pm

January 30
February 26
March 28
April
May 28

An opportunity for Spiritual Self Care. Take time for rest and meditation. Enjoy God’s presence manifested within and without. The staff will open and close your day with prayer. Please bring your own lunch.
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

DAYS OF PRAYER, DIRECTED PRAYER WEEKENDS

FEBRUARY

NEW 4-Week Series – Ilia Delio, “The Fragmentation of our Age reflects a deep need for a new consciousness of connection”
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
February 6

February 20
March 13
March 27
We will use a variety of media for conversation, reflection and prayer to explore how to integrate this new consciousness in our everyday lives.
Presenters: Sr. Ellen Keane, SNDdeN, Sr. Mary Boretti, SNDdeN
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

MARCH

Day of Prayer: Ancient Spiritual Wisdom from the East and West
Saturday, March 2, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Enhance your prayer with Eastern Spirituality and Celtic practices.
Presenters: Mary MacGillivray, Sr. Peggy Cummins SNDdeN
Cost: $35, includes lunch
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
(WORD version) SC_Registration Form_WORD  or (PDF version) SC_Registration Form_PDF

NEW 4-Week Series – Ilia Delio, “The Fragmentation of our Age reflects a deep need for a new consciousness of connection”
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
(February 6)

(February 20)
March 13
March 27
We will use a variety of media for conversation, reflection and prayer to explore how to integrate this new consciousness in our everyday lives.
Presenters: Sr. Ellen Keane, SNDdeN, Sr. Mary Boretti, SNDdeN
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

Celtic Day of Prayer
Sunday, March 17, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
In the Celtic Culture music, dance and storytelling were often treasured as much as life itself. On this retreat we will begin the day with prayer and sharing stories about the three patron Saints of Ireland – Patrick, Columba and Brigid. Following the exploration of the Saints, we will engage in songs and circle dances similar to the ancient Celts. Come and join us for an inspirational day celebrating Celtic heritage.
Presenter: Mary MacGillivray
Cost: $35, includes lunch
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Through Turmoil to Transformation
March 23, 10:00 – 3:00 pm (doors open at 9:30)
A day with world- renowned author Margaret Silf
 – in Brighton, MA (637 Cambridge St)
Could our troubled times hold the seeds of a renewed future?
Margaret Silf is a spiritual explorer who travels widely, engaging with other pilgrims, both through her books and the retreats she leads. The author of a number of books for 21st century soul-adventurers, she is also a mother and grandmother and currently lives in Staffordshire, England.
Presenter: Margaret Silf
Cost: $50, includes lunch
Register now at: www.SacredThreadsCenter.org

APRIL

Knitting Into The Mystery
Tuesday, April 2, 10 am – 3 pm  
“I knit you in your mother’s womb, you are wonderfully made”
A day for knitters and those who crochet. While knitting and crocheting we will pray, listen, and share stories … the movement of our hands can move us more deeply into our prayer.
Presenter: Sr. Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN
Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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The Spirituality of Baking Bread
Sunday, April 14, 10 am – 3 pm
Baking bread is like life itself, a process that cannot be hurried. From the first kneading, the punching down, the rising, the second kneading. All requires patience and care – almost devotion. Join us to discover the prayerful and spiritual process of baking bread.
Ingredients and recipes are provided. Limited to ten participants.
Presenter: Sr. Barbara Gutierrez, SNDdeN
Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Day of Prayer: “Holy Saturday Day of Preparation”
Saturday, April 20, 2019
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Pre-registration much be completed by Friday, April 5th.
The Spirituality Center will offer a period of reflection on Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for adults preparing for the Easter Sacraments at the Great Vigil later that night. Our time together will help us to look at each of the 4 major parts of the vigil Liturgy: The lighting of the new fire, the Liturgy of the word, the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and the celebration of Eucharist. Parish RCIA team members and sponsors are welcome to attend.
Presenter: Sr. Virginia Scally, SNDdeN
Cost: $35

Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Six-Week Prayer and Reflection Group
April 25 – May 30
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

What is keeping you from living a freer, more intimate life with God, yourself and others? What are your additions? Come and join us for a 6-week experience to explore the themes in Fr. Richard Rohr’s book, “Breathing Under Water”. He reflects on how the Gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addition thus leading to a more authentic life.
Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray
Free will offering
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Day of Prayer: The Relevance of Angels
Saturday, April 27
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The program will explore Angels from a Biblical, historical and personal perspective. Readings from various sources will be used to gain a broader understanding of Angels and their historical significance. This will be followed by group discussion to bring it into the here and now. Participants will be encouraged to explore how Angels have impacted his/her life.
Presenters: Karen Watkins, Associate, SNDdeN; Marcia Ford
Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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MAY 

Encountering and Proclaiming the Risen Jesus
Saturday, May 11
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Let us meet the Risen Jesus on the way and proclaim with the followers of old that Jesus lives.
Presenter: Sr. Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN
Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Overnight Retreat
“Spirituality for the 21st century: New Consciousness and Prophetic Hope”
Saturday – Sunday, May 18-19
Begins Saturday 9:00 am; concludes Sunday 1:00 pm

Margaret Galiardi and Art McDonald bring together their shared passion for justice for people and planet in this overnight experience.  Integrating the thinking of theologians Constance FitzGerald, Cynthia Bourgeault, Beatrice Bruteau and others Margaret  will point to the critical need for on-going evolution of  consciousness .   Art McDonald will share complimentary insights from theologies of hope and liberation, as he calls us to be prophets of personal and social transformation.  Periods of contemplative practice, personal silence, group reflection and gentle body work will punctuate this experience.
Presenters: Art McDonald PhD, Margaret Galiardi, O.P.
Cost: $150
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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CONTINUATION: Six-Week Prayer and Reflection Group
April 25 – May 30
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

What is keeping you from living a freer, more intimate life with God, yourself and others? What are your additions? Come and join us for a 6-week experience to explore the themes in Fr. Richard Rohr’s book, “Breathing Under Water”. He reflects on how the Gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addition thus leading to a more authentic life.
Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray
Free will offering
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
(WORD version) SC_Registration Form_WORD  or (PDF version) SC_Registration Form_

JUNE

Day of Prayer: Joy, Love, Peace
Friday, June 7
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cultivating the fruits of the Holy Spirit through Sacred Scripture, meditation and prayer, art, music and poetry.
Presenter: Bryn Walsh
Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Day of Prayer: Soul Mosaic
Saturday, June 22
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Our souls are a mosaic of our life and how God’s grace is revealed. Just as a mosaic is made-up of tiny pieces of glass, which respond to light, our souls reflect our own being and our becoming.  The workshop will include a reading of specific poems by Ann M. Daly, SNDdeN along with commentary by the illustrator Geri Brunell. Time will be given for reflection and sharing.  Fee for the workshop includes a copy of the book.
Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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SPECIAL RETREAT: OCT. 10-13, 2019

Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference

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TO REGISTER, visit http://www.iccdinstitute.org or E-mail iccdinstitute@aol.com and put Enter the Chaos in the subject line.

A Four Day Program that Draws on
• the transformative power of contemplation
• conscious intent of the values we want to embody
• capacity to exercise contemplative power
• understanding our role in the evolutionary process
• willingness to welcome our own ongoing personal transformation

INCLUDING
communal contemplative practice
• contextualization of our work sourced from a contemplative heart
• understanding the evolutionary development of consciousness
• learning the specifics of the integral theory of spiral dynamics
• learning the skillful means to engage in transformative change
• applying what we learn to real situations which are characterized by tension among different stages of consciousness and seemingly opposing value systems

Why Four Days?
This program does require a commitment of time. The program is designed to deepen one’s interior life through contemplative processes and from this contemplative perspective to integrate the skills learned.
The time is needed to achieve the outcome: to learn to engage persons with different worldview including, family, friends, and colleagues in hopes of healing the negative effects of the polarization we experience.
The timeframe may vary but it is usually from early afternoon the first day to after lunch on the fourth.

ICCD believes many people are ready to approach this time of chaos from a deeper place but who may not be as familiar with contemplation. It is our desire if participants know of others–their colleagues at work, in organizations or in positions of influence who would resonate with the goals of the program and are open to the contemplative dimension in their life–to invite them to participate. Since its beginning in 2002, the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD) has had extensive experience inviting people to engage the impasse in their lives through processes of communal contemplation and dialogue.

PROGRAM GUIDES

Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Nancy Sylvester, IHM founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002. This work reflects her commitment to dialogue and her belief that the impasse being experienced currently in the work of transformation requires a contemplative response and an expanded consciousness. Nancy served in the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; as Vice President of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI; fifteen years on the staff of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, ten years as National Coordinator; and board member to numerous organizations. She is an author and a known speaker nationally and internationally.

Margaret Galiardi, OP
Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, has been part of the ICCD staff since 2011. In addition, she offers spiritual direction/accompaniment to both individuals and groups; designs and facilitates workshops and retreats focused around spirituality for the 21st century with an emphasis on ecological theology. While Margaret served in elected leadership, she was also the North American Co-Promoter of Justice for the world-wide Dominican Order. Margaret is a known speaker and author.Margaret spent the 2009-2010 year living in silence and solitude with the Trappistine Sister Monks in the Red Wood forest on the Lost Coast of Northern California.

Vernice Solimar, PhD
Dr. Vernice Solimar was founder and chair of the Integral Psychology M.A. program, and former chair of Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University, (JFKU). With Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership Training for Developing Countries at the United Nations, Vernice founded and directed the Leadership for Personal and Social Transformation certificate at JFKU. Vernice is a Founding Member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute and collaborated with Don Beck in teaching Spiral Dynamics at JFKU. She has taught courses in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru, and visited Liberation Theology communities, and environmental groups. She also facilitated programs in Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and Uganda among others.

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TO REGISTER, visit http://www.iccdinstitute.org or E-mail iccdinstitute@aol.com and put Enter the Chaos in the subject line.

A NATION IN SEARCH OF IT’S SOUL….Can we respond as persons committed to:
– Contemplation as a transformative practice
– Social justice in all its dimensions
– Belief in our interconnectedness as a global community
The INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNAL CONTEMPLATION AND DIALOGUE BELIEVES WE CAN!