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

REGISTRATION FORM: (WORD version) SC_Registration Form_WORD  or (PDF version) SC_Registration Form_PDF

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

DAYS OF PRAYER and DIRECTED PRAYER WEEKENDS

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.

 Personal Epiphany – A Directed Prayer Weekend
Friday, January 4, 5:00 pm to Sunday, January 6, 1:00 pm 

Directors: Mary Boretti, SNDdeN and Ellen Keane, SNDdeN
Cost: $175,  includes meals and accommodation

An Epiphany is a manifestation of Divine Presence in the midst of daily life. During this silent weekend, come, ponder and savor the epiphanies in your own life. Where might they be leading you?   Includes shared prayer experiences, time for silent prayer and opportunities to meet with a director.

Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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Day of Prayer: “What Can Winter Teach Us about Aging?”
January 17, 2019 (Snow date, January 24th)
4:00-7:00 pm
Presenter: Sr. Virginia Scally, SNDdeN
Cost: $25, light supper included

Through reflecting on the season of Winter, we can gain wisdom for our aging. Our individual insights will enrich us as we take time together to listen, to be still, to share, and to ask the Unfolder of Our Years to help us grow in “wisdom, age and grace”

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
Presenter: Sr. Virginia Scally, SNDdeN
Cost: $35, lunch included

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.

Pre-registration much be completed by Friday, April 5th.

Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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RECURRING PROGRAMS:

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.

Six-Week DVD Series with Ilia Delio, OSF

Evolution and Christogenesis
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Program continues: JANUARY 2,  9,  16, 2019 

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


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.

NEXT in SERIES:
– 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.
NEXT in SERIES:

– MORE COMING IN 2019!


Sabbath Days for Self Care
 
MORE COMING IN 2019!
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

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

NEXT MEETING: MORE COMING IN 2019!

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

 

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!