Programs/Retreats

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 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 into Winter Programs,
2020 – 2021

Silent Retreat Weekend “Come apart and rest awhile” 


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 Staf

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

“Drawn into Advent Stillness”Morning or evening of prayer

Wednesday, December 16, 9:30 to 11:00 am ZOOM
repeated 6:30 to 8:00 pm ZOOM

As we enter more deeply into Advent stillness through prayer and reflection we will ponder God’s birth within and around us.
Presenters: Spirituality Center Staff

“Following the Star”Morning or evening prayer for women

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
9:00 to 11:00 am ~ via Zoom 
repeated 6:30 to 8:00 pm ~ via Zoom 

During our time together we are invited to FOLLOW THE STAR.  Jesus calls us to follow him more closely in love, compassion and prayerful living.  Let us answer him!
Presenter: Sr. Catherine Griffiths

 “New Year’s Spiritual Check-up”

Saturday, January 16, 2021
10:00 am to 12:30 pm ~ ZOOM

How does spirituality fit into yearly evaluations? This workshop will provide support, space, and encouragement in examining spiritual wellness through guided meditation, individual contemplation, reflection and conversation.
Presenter: Christi Humphrey, M.Div.

Centering Prayer, at the Spirituality Center

Saturdays, 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

Omega Group Gatherings
currently gathering via ZOOM

Wednesdays, 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

Finding Peace in Grief, via Zoom

Sunday evenings starting December 13 to January 3 (this session will run for four Sundays) 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