Programs/Retreats

Pre-registration is requested for all programs.

– 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

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For more information on any of these programs please call 978-380-1574.

RECURRING PROGRAMS:

Six-Week DVD Series with Ilia Delio, OSF
Evolution and Christogenesis
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

October 3 – Christ: The Soul of the Evolving Universe
October 17 – Cosmogenesis as Christogenesis: Birthing the Christ
November 7 – Technology and Noogenesis: Convergence of Consciousness
November 28 – The Living Church: Christifying Love for a New Humanity

Ilia Delio’s theology is thought-provoking, challenging, and refreshing; an opportunity to re-think our Christian faith in the light of scientific realities. Ilia Delio, OSF, is a Franciscan Sister of Washington D.C. and Director of Catholic Studies at Georgetown University. With doctorates in Pharmacology and Historical Theology, she is uniquely poised to bring science and spirituality together via the DVD Series.

Includes DVD viewing, prayer, and shared reflection.

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


Spiritual Parenting
Saturdays, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

– October 13
– November 3
– December 8 

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.

Topics will include:

What is Spiritual Parenting? – What does it mean to be spiritual? What does it mean to parent? We will explore how these two words intersect and how often in a family, the idea of spiritual parenting can go both ways between parent and child.

Why Bad Things Happen – It is not easy to make sense of the world as we are reminded both within our homes and the wider world that life can be hard and tragic. How do we talk about the events of the day with our children as is it is often hard to process these events ourselves?

Gratitude – In our fast paced, consumer driven world, it can feel like there is never enough. As we approach the Thanksgiving and Holiday Season, we will take to time to explore how to cultivate gratitude in our lives and the life of our family.

Big Questions – Our children are masters at asking questions. While many are easy to answer, others open up discussions that elicit mystery and wonder. What Happens When I Die? Who is God? These are just a few of the questions that as parents, we are tasked with answering.

Presenters: Kristina Carlberg and Tori Rosati
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org


Eight-week Prayer Experience
Modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, A Path to Love – Come and Share the Sacred Journey into God.
This program offers guides for personal daily prayer, opportunities for participation in various forms of prayer, and faith sharing.  Individual spiritual direction will be available.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
– October 11
– October 18
– October 25
– November 1
– November 8
– November 15
– November 29
– December 6

Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh
F
ree will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org


Centering Prayer – Four-Part Introductory Workshops
3rd Saturday of the month, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Sessions will feature four modules, covering one each month, and will include the opportunity to experience this ancient method of prayer.

– October 20, The Method of Centering Prayer
– November 17, Thoughts and Use of the Sacred Word
– December 15, Deepening Our Relationship with God

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

 

Mornings or Evenings of Prayer for Women 
Choose 9:00 am – 10:45 am OR 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Presenter: Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN

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

Gather in a peaceful setting to pray, listen to the small voice within, and reflect on its personal message.

– October 16              Parable of the Sower and the Seed
– November 13       A Grateful Heart
– December 11       Be It Done Unto Me


Sabbath Days
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
An opportunity for Self Care. Take time to pause, rest, and reflect. 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

– October 3
– November 5
– December 12

ADVENT Evenings of Prayer 
Thursdays, December 6 and 20 
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Presenters: Melanie and Art McDonald

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

An opportunity to gather in song, prayer and reflection in this season of liberation (Jewish Hanukkah) and renewed life (Christmas) as we anticipate the celebrating Jesus’ birth.

DAYS OF PRAYER 

Day of Prayer: “Journey Through Grief “
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Sr. Paula Tinlin, SNDdeN

Cost: $35
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Grief is the internal response to loss. We grieve every time we lose a person, place or thing that has emotional value to us. It is a process that takes time and cannot be rushed. Grief is natural, normal and a necessary part of healing.


Day of Prayer : “The Way of all the Earth”
Saturday, December 1, 2018 
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Art McDonald, PhD

Cost: $35
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A spiritual journey with theologian, John Dunne, as he passes over from his Christian roots to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, then returns to Christianity in his search for God.


Day of Prayer: “Blessed Is She Who Believes”
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Sr. Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN

Cost: $35
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Mary, the mother of Jesus is our mother and sister. Spend a day with this woman of faith. Let her heart speak to your heart.

WEEKEND RETREAT

Weekend Retreat: Nourish Your Relationship with God
September 28 to 30, 2018
Arrival after 3:00 pm Friday, departure 1:00 pm Sunday
Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh

Spend a quiet weekend nourishing your relationship with God. Allow yourself to slow down and listen for God’s voice in scripture, poetry, art, music and nature. One on one spiritual direction is included.

Cost: $175 
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2019 Special Retreat

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!