Programs/Retreats

Dear Friends, We’re eager to welcome you back 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 Barbara.Walton@sndden.org to register. Only registered guests can be admitted.
  • Programs attendance is limited based on social-distance requirements. 
  • Most programs are held in the Spirituality Center Conference Room. Some programs are offered via ZOOM; see descriptions for details.
  • 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: https://www.mass.gov/doc/mandatory-safety-standards-poster-english/download

Fall Programs, 2020

Reminder: Please enter via the Spirituality Center entrance at the rear of the Notre Dame building.
Free will offerings are appreciated for all programs.
Please REGISTER 10 days in advance.

Howard Thurman, Mystic and Prophet

Saturday, September 19, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Held at the Spirituality Center
repeated Tuesday September 29, 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Held via ZOOM

Deemed by recently deceased civil rights’ icon, John Lewis, as the “patron saint of the civil rights’ movement,” Howard Thurman’s life (1900-1981) and legacy as a black preacher, spiritual writer and theologian will be explored. Themes of interest will be: his deep mysticism and spirituality, his visit to India and meeting with Gandhi (1935) and subsequent adoption of the practice of radical non-violence, and his influence on early civil rights’ leaders, Pauli Murray, James Farmer and Martin Luther King, jr. and their views on systemic racism. King often carried Thurman’s book,“Jesus and the Disinherited” with him while marching. Thurman was chaplain at Boston University’s March Chapel, from 1954-65, while King was doing his doctoral studies at BU. His essay on “mysticism and social change” will be a focal point of discussion. 
Presenter: Art McDonald, PhD

Silent Retreat Weekend “Come apart and rest awhile” 

Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 18.
repeated Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6.
Held at the Spirituality Center.

Jesus invites us to pause for Sabbath time to refresh our spirits, to rest our minds and bodies and to simply enjoy being in God’s presence.  This silent retreat weekend provides such Sabbath time. Your stay at Notre Dame Spirituality Center includes a private room with bath.  Individual packaged meals are prepared.  Meals are eaten in silence and an atmosphere of quiet is requested throughout the weekend.  Due to Covid-19 the main chapel is not open to the public but there are other spaces conducive to prayer, including beautiful grounds for walking.  Participation at Sunday Liturgy is possible via TV. If desired, there is also the opportunity to meet with a spiritual director.  Arrival is between 3:00-4:45 p.m Friday, and departure at 1:00 on Sunday             
Hosted by: Spirituality Center Staff 

Cost: $170 for two nights. Scholarships are available. Please call Sr. Mary Boretti to discuss. 978-380-1574 or mary.boretti@sndden.org

Pre-registration is required.
REGISTRATION FORM: (WORD version)   SC_Registration Form_WORD 
(PDF version)       SC_Registration Form_PDF

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

Centering Prayer, at the Spirituality Center

Saturdays, September 12, October 10, November 21, December 12, 2020
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: barbara.walton@sndden.org

Movie & Supper Night, at the Spirituality Center

Tuesday, September 22
4:30 to 7:30 pm
“SMOKE SIGNALS”
The first movie to be written, directed, co-produced, and acted by Native Americans.

Tuesday, October 27
4:30 to 7:30 pm
“COCO”
Inspired by the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, COCO is praised for its animation, music, and respect for Mexican culture. 2-time Academy Award Winner!

Monday, November 30,

MOVIE To be announced

Please bring your own brown-bag supper; we’ll provide the movie and beverages. Held in the Spirituality Center conference room.
Facilitators: Sr Ellen Keane, SNDdeN and Sr Mary Boretti, SNDdeN

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

Omega Group Gatherings
currently gathering via ZOOM

Wednesdays, September 16, October 7, October 28, November 18, December 9
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: barbara.walton@sndden.org


Jubilee for the Earth, at the Spirituality Center

Saturday, October 3
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
JUBILEE for the EARTH is this year’s theme for the Season of Creation, celebrated annually from September 1 through October 4.  The Biblical Jubilee every fifty years was intended to provide release from servitude and debt for the people, return to their own property, and for the land itself, the rest from farming that it required.  Today, the land is in much greater need of restoration.  We will briefly review serious environmental conditions brought about by humankind, and prayerfully consider more sustainable ways of living and actions for change to which we might commit for the sake of our earthly home.
Held in the Spirituality Center conference room.
Presenter: Sr. Judi Beltz, SNDdeN

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

Renewing our Minds, Reviving our Souls, via Zoom

Thursday, October 22, 9:30 am -12:00 noon – via zoom
repeated Thursday, November 5, 5:00 – 7:30 pm – via zoom

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.              St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 12:2

The words of St. Paul travel across centuries, encouraging us to strengthen and refresh our minds so that we do not get caught up in destructive actions, but instead love one another, rejoice in hope, and be patient in suffering.
How do we go about this strengthening and refreshing? What practices can we bring to our daily life to support us?

Please join facilitator, Christi Humphrey as we gather to explore a few practices through meditation, teaching, and discussion.
Christi is an experienced spiritual director, and a contemplative practice and retreat leader at Bethany House of Prayer.  For 20 years she has accompanied others on their spiritual journey through small faith groups, pilgrimages, and mission trips. She holds a M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development.
Held via Zoom
Presenter: Christi Humphrey, M. Div.

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

Finding Peace in Grief, via Zoom

Sunday evenings starting October 18 to November 22
6:30 to 7:30 pm

Our lives have been touched by different kinds of grief during this Pandemic. The loss of life, the loss of routines, and the loss of togetherness have touched us personally. We are living in uncertain times that sometimes causes fear and anxiety. Join us this fall as we explore themes from Lisa Irish’s book, “Grieving-the sacred art.” Our “hope in God” is a healing balm for our loss and grief. Using scripture, poetry, music, prayer and art let us cultivate this hope and move through our grief together.
Held via ZOOM
Presenter: Sr. Peggy Cummins, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh

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

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

– Scholarships are available. Please call 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org