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– For “Free Will Offering” programs, call 978-380-1574, or email:
– 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
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Exploring Meditation Practices: Six-Week Series
Experience different ways to open yourself to divine connection through various forms of meditation. Come to one or all!
Six Wednesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 am

July 10, Meditation: An Introduction. And Lectio-, Visio-, Audio-Divina
We will engage in these three forms of meditation using reading, art, music as ways of opening ourselves to God.
Presenters: Mary Boretti, SNDdeN and Ellen Keane, SNDdeN
Free will offering
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July 17, Meditation: A Stance of Awe
Be still and know I am God (Ps. 46:10). Being present to the Divine Within.
Presenter: Melanie McDonald
Free will offering
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July 24, Eastern Meditation Meets Christian Spirituality
Christians and Buddhists use similar prayer and meditative techniques. Learn about Zen meditation. Immerse yourself in stillness and awaken to God in your life.
Presenter: Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN
Free will offering
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August 7, Guided Meditation and Body Prayer
These forms of meditation allow you to become more deeply engaged and connected with the God of your life.
Presenter: Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN
Free will offering
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August 14, Meditation in Nature
For centuries, meditators have discovered the human potential to awaken in the temple of nature. We’ll start inside then go outside, weather permitting.
Presenter: Barbara Walton, ANDdeN
Free will offering
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August 21, Ignatian Contemplation
Ignatiian contemplation invites us into the Gospel stories so the events of Jesus’ life are dynamically present to us now. This absorbing encounter with Jesus allows his story to live in us, as it allows our story to resonate with him.
Presenter: Diane Curran
Free will offering
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Beginner Tai Chi/Qigong
Thursdays, July 11 to September 5
9:15 – 10:45 am
Originally designed for combat, this ancient art has evolved for health and restoration. It’s relaxing, non-competitive, strengthening, and aids coordination. Adaptable to every age level, it’s often referred to as “Meditation in Motion”.
Certified Instructor: Jim Thuline
Free will offering
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Get outside. Go within.
Tuesday, August 13, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Mindful connection with the outdoors is crucial for cultivating a balanced, inspired, fulfilled life. Let yourself be guided.
For your body – Release stress, breathe fresh air, and get moving.
For your mind – Settle your awareness on nature’s soothing atmosphere.
For your spirit – Venture into the natural world to gain inspiration from the living earth.

Instructions for participants:
What to wear-  Dress for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, sunglasses/hat.
What to bring-  A water bottle, a small blanket or cushion to sit on, insect repellant, sunscreen.
Presenter: Marcie Armstrong, Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide
Free will offering
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Spiritual Parenting Day Retreat at Notre Dame Children’s Class
Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Notre Dame Children’s Class, 74 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA

Join parents for a day in community at this beautiful facility to explore how we nurture our children’s (and our own) spiritual journeys. This is a whole family event and childcare will be provided.
Presenters: Kristina Carlberg and Tori Rosati
~ Cost: $25/Person, $50/Family
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Movie & Pizza Nights
Finished for the summer – thanks for coming!
Free will offering
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Spiritual Parenting
Spiritual Parenting Day Retreat, Notre Dame Children’s Class, Wenham
Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join families for a day in community to explore how we nurture our children’s (and our own) spiritual journeys.
Presenters: Kristina Carlberg and Tori Rosati
~ Cost: $25/Person, $50/Family
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NEW Omega Group Gatherings – based on Ilia Delio, OSF
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Will resume in Fall 2019
The vision for Omega Groups is to transform lives and heal our world through communal reflection and collective spiritual practice based in Teilhardian insight. 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
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Mornings or Evenings of Prayer for Women 
Choose 9:00 am – 10:45 am OR 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Will resume in Fall 2019
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
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Centering Prayer 
Certain Saturdays 
Will resume in Fall 2019
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
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Sabbath Days for Self Care
9 am to 4 pm

Will resume in Fall 2019
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
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Day of Prayer: Soul Mosaic – Date in FALL 2019 to be announced
Our souls are a mosaic of our life and how God’s grace is revealed in our being and becoming. 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.
Presenters: Poet, Ann M. Daly, SNDdeN and Illustrator, Geri Brunell
Cost: $35, includes lunch
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference

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TO REGISTER, visit or E-mail 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

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.


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.


TO REGISTER, visit or E-mail 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