In the 21st century, adults entering mid-life can expect to live another 40 years. We have the potential for a longer, richer adult life than ever before. But according to Carl Jung, “We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning.” In this personal and spiritual growth workshop, we invite participants to look back over their own life-paths and forward to their own unrealized possibilities. We’ll use a journal, our own unique experience and comfortable sharing. The result can be enlivening and energizing!Ideal for empty-nesters, new retirees and individuals considering life-changes.
Monica Stuhlreyer, IHM, MA, is a certified Mid-Life and-Long Life Directions consultant. She is program director and certified spiritual director at Visitation North.
Heaven and Earth: Writing Icons
Janice Cislo, M.F.A.
From the beginning, sacred images have been part of Christian faith. Icons are a visual theology, windows through which we gaze, silenced and quieted, beckoning us to listen and open our hearts to experience God. Learn the process of writing (painting) an 8-½ by 12-½ icon.These two 10-week workshops offered at two different times require no artistic experience, only a willingness to set aside inhibitions and listen to your soul.
Janice Cislo, M.F.A., has been writing icons since 2000. She studied under Peter Pearson, Ksenia Pokrovsky, Anna Gouriev and Mark Czarnecki. A teacher in the Archdiocese of Detroit since 1972, she is presently at Marian High School.
Icons, a valuable sacred art form, contain rich symbolism and are a proven aid in communing with God and the saints. Icons have been called windows or doorways to heaven. Nancy Lee Smith, IHM, iconographer and iconologist, will unfold the language of their symbols and lead participants into the everyday use of icons in prayer.
Nancy Lee Smith, IHM, BFA, M.Div., has been writing icons for 17 years. Her icons hang in settings in the Americas and in Europe. See her website at www.saintjosephstudio.com
This highly acclaimed symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on earth. It combines videos of inspiring speakers with thought-provoking exercises to help us find insight, hope and creative solutions to global problems. It offers a response to the bishops' moral imperative to care for creation and for those who are poor.
Rose Huelsman, IHM, MA, is passionate about justice and earth care. She divides her time between hospital chaplaincy and faith-based environmental work.
Mary Ann Flanagan, IHM, Ph.D., a free-lance theological educator, has been Director of Lay Ministry Formation programs.She has been associated with Fr. Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach for the last 20 years and is a trained presenter and facilitator of centering prayer.
An exploration of First Century literature reveals that the Parables were unique to the teaching of Jesus. They put a burden on the listener that is not intellectual, but rather, teases the mind to active thought. Come and explore some of the Parables of Jesus and consider how they can nourish our prayer and enrich our lives.
Kathie Budesky, IHM, MA, is director of Visitation North. In addition to many years of experience as a secondary school theology teacher, she has done advanced work at Loyola University of Chicago, Yale University, University of Wisconsin and as a Fulbright scholar in Israel.
St. Ignatius of Loyola realized that not everyone could absent themselves from their work or family for an extended time at a retreat center, so he offered a way for busy people to make a retreat in the midst of everyday life. Retreatants give a half hour a day to prayer and meet with their director once a week.
Kathie Budesky, IHM, MA, director of Visitation North, is an associate in the Ignatian Training Program in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre at Guelph, ON, Canada.
The term “Lent” is derived from the Old English word for “spring.” In this workshop, participants will consider how a return to this ancient understanding can give us a new lens for understanding and living this special season when we move from the death and darkness of winter to the new life and light that is Easter.
Kathie Budesky, IHM, MA, director of Visitation North, is a recent associate of the Ignatian Program in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry at Guelph, Ontario.