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 for all programs. Registration deadline varies by program so please see the specific program listing. 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!

To view Mandatory Safety Standards, click here:

Summer Programs, 2021

“Welcome Summer!”

Monday, June 21, 6:30 – 8:00 PM – ZOOM. Registration deadline: Thursday, June 17.

Come, gather with us as we enter into to the season of summer. Allow this time to be a gift to yourself. Breathe in the fresh air and take time to smell the flowers. Be touched by the Son shine of God and bathe in his warmth.

We will gather on ZOOM for gentle prayer, input and reflection,
Presenter: Sr. Catherine Griffiths

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

Listen to the Heartbeat of God

Saturday, June 5, 10 am to 12:30 pm – at the Spirituality Center Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 2.

“Sometimes, there’s so much beauty in the world, I can’t take it – like my heart’s going to cave in.”  Let’s explore this beauty with songs and poems.  We will invite you to write your own poem/prayer after listening to your heart.  Then will will ask you to share your poem/prayer with the group so that we can hear the Heartbeat of God.  The day will end with a song and once again we will share what words in the song spoke to you of he sacredness in the world.

Presenters: Sr Peggy Cummins, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh

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

Directed Retreat – (option for 4 to 7 days)

August 1 through 7 – at the Spirituality Center

Directed retreats offer an experience centered in silence, prayer, and daily meetings with a retreat director.
Retreat check-in is between 2:30 – 4:30 pm on the first day with a light supper at 5:00 followed by an initial gathering. The retreat concludes with lunch on the final day of the retreat.

Directors: Sr. Ellen Keane ,Sr. Mary Boretti, Kenneth J. Hughes, SJ

4-day retreat, $380
5-day retreat, $475
6-day retreat, $570
7-day retreat, $665

To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

One Saturday/Month through Summer 2021

Themes from “Braiding Sweetgrass”

Saturday mornings: May 8 (filled), June 19 (filled), July 24, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 13
9:00 am to Noon

Registration: up to 10 days prior call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Step into nature and refresh body, mind and spirit, inspired by the bestselling book “Braiding Sweetgrass”, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, mother, botanist, professor and member of the Citizen Potawatomie Nation.

Experience eco-friendly planting techniques that can translate to your own backyard, nature journaling, creative play, mindfulness meditation, interactive learning, and more… with plenty of time to ‘simply be’ and deeply appreciate nature’s many gifts.We’ll explore seven different themes from the book. Choose to attend one session or many. Adults of all ages and backgrounds are welcome!

Spend time outdoors on adjacent lands of the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center, Three Sisters Garden Project, and Notre Dame Spirituality Center. Check-in at 10 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.

Begin by reading the chapter of the month at your own pace and enjoying short, engaging videos that provide foundational information. Next, come to Ipswich for hands-on connection with nature and time to make meaning from experience through nature journaling and reflection.

(filled) June 19 “The Gift of Strawberries”  We’ll look at the differences between wild and cultivated strawberries and those available for the home garden, do some planting of our own, and reflect on our experience.

July 24 “Grammar of Animacy” We’ll explore native plants and their place in a sustainable landscape.

August 21 “Allegiance to Gratitude” One way to return gifts to the earth is by composting at home!

September 18 “The Three Sisters” A blueprint for balance, harmony and reciprocity is written by plants – corn, beans and squash.

October 16 The Honorable Harvest” As a springboard for a culture of reciprocity, we’ll look at the modern ecological movement towards sustainability in our own kitchens.

November 13 “People of Corn, People of Light”  We’ll have fun with stories and creative ways celebrating our world guided by science and spirit.


Cost: $25 per session
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email:

Recurring Programs

Centering Prayer, at the Spirituality Center

Saturdays, June 12, Registration deadline: 3 days prior.
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 via ZOOM

Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:00 pm Registration deadline: 3 days prior.
Drawing on a variety of sources, we explore the integration of science and spirituality towards becoming more Christ-conscious in our 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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