Dear Friends, We welcome you to the Spirituality Center and ask for your understanding in order to gather safely during the pandemic.

  • Registration is required 10 days prior for all programs. Call Sister Mary Boretti, 978-380-1574, or email to register. Only registered guests can be admitted.
  • Programs attendance is limited based on social-distance requirements. 
  • Certain programs are held in the Spirituality Center Conference Room. Some programs are offered via ZOOM; see descriptions below for location.
  • For programs held at the Spirituality Center, please enter via the Spirituality Center entrance at the rear of the Notre Dame building, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich. 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!

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Winter Programs, 2021

Morning or Evening of Prayer for Women

Tuesday, February 9, 9:00 – 10:30 AM; repeated 6:30 – 8:00 PM

We will gather on ZOOM for prayer, input and reflection, to help us to prepare for the holy time of Lent that will soon be upon us. Come and join us as we learn together to create new hearts and new spirits within us.
Presenter: Sr. Catherine Griffiths

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God” – Lent Workshop

Thursday, February 25, 5:30 to 8 PM, ZOOM
repeated Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am to 12:30, ZOOM

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again,
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

Each year, as we are invited to observe a holy Lent at the Ash Wednesday service, we pray these lines from Psalm 51. The season for returning and renewal encourages us to times of self-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, self-denial, reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.

Perhaps you have established habits which support you or maybe you are looking for inspiration in shaping a practice for the Lenten season.  Please plan to attend this workshop in which we will look at and try on different practices of prayer. We will consider what are the components of a prayer practice, how to get started and how to keep it going. The workshop will include times for prayer, contemplation, and conversation.

Facilitator: Christi Humphrey MDiv
Christi is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and a colleague at the Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA. She holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development. For twenty years, Christi has accompanied others on their spiritual journey through various projects — spiritual formation groups, pilgrimages, mission trips, and as a Minister of Spiritual Care.

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Silent Lenten Retreat Weekend

Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the Spirituality Center

Enter into the quiet as you begin the Lenten journey… the Journey of Love. Your stay at the Spirituality
Center includes private room with bath, individual meals, and an atmosphere of quiet throughout. Spiritual
direction available.
Cost: $170 for two nights. Scholarships available.
Hosted by: Spirituality Center Staff

Oscar Romero Icon

“A Spirituality of Liberation: the Spiritual Journey of Saint Oscar Romero as an Experience of Conversion.”  

Saturday, March 20, 9:30am to 12:00. At the Spirituality Center
Wednesday, March 24, 5:30 to 8:00, repeated on ZOOM 

As we commemorate the assassination (martyrdom) of Archbishop (now saint) Oscar Romero of El Salvador (March, 1980), we’ll follow the evolution of Romero’s spiritual journey from a humble Rome-educated priest to an outspoken leader in the Latin American Church. A key focus of this retreat will be his experience of conversion and what conversion might mean to any of us. We will also remember the four murdered church women, Maura, Ita, Jean and Dorothy. There will be presentation, dialogue and time for quiet reflection.
Presenter: Art McDonald, PhD.

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Recurring Programs

Centering Prayer, at the Spirituality Center

Saturdays, February 13, March 13
9:30 to 11:00 am
Come experience Centering Prayer, a form of silent contemplative prayer. Held in the Spirituality Center conference room.
Presenters: Spirituality Center Staff 

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Omega Group Gatherings
currently gathering via ZOOM

Wednesdays, January 13, 2021, February 3, February 24, March 17
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Based in Teilhardian insight and recent work of Ilia Delio, OSF, among others, we explore integrating this new consciousness into everyday lives.
Facilitators: Mary Boretti, SNDdeN, Ellen Keane, SNDdeN

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

For “FEE-BASED” 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.
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– Scholarships are available. Please call 978-380-1574 or email: