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If you are interested in registering for any of the following programs, please do so online or call 920.337.4315 for immediate assistance. Pre-registration for any of our offerings is much appreciated.

There is also a suggested donation of $5 per program (or per session), unless otherwise indicated. However, anyone who wishes to participate in our programs should be able to do so. The Center for Spirituality will accept a donation within your means should you be unable to pay the suggested fee.

Click Here to View and Download an Electronic Version of Our Winter/Spring 2014 Brochure
(PDF – High Speed Connection Recommended)

Please note: Programs by date can be viewed on our Calendar at a Glance page.

Summer 2014 Retreats

 

Summer Directed Retreat Pottery as Prayer
Ordinary Moments:
Finding the Sacred in Our Everyday Lives
Centering Prayer Retreat
Unplugged:
Reconnecting with the Rhythms of Life
Day of Prayer and Reflection
 
Winter/Spring 2014 Programs by Theme
 
 
Spirituality

Shakespeare and Catholicism
Soul-inspiring Book Sharing
Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
Pottery as Prayer
Abbey Lecture Series:
Paths to New Life: Perils and Promises
Lighten the Load – Forgiveness Can Be the Answer!
Introduction to the Enneagram
Stations of the Cross
A Day for Men
Recognizing the Face of Christ…
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Heaven: Is It for Real?
Concert of Charisms:
The Depth and Beauty of the Catholic Church

Spiritual Direction

 

Personal Growth

Soul-inspiring Book Sharing
Live on Purpose Series
Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
Day of Prayer and Reflection
Pottery as Prayer
Volunteer Fair: Making a Difference
Abbey Lecture Series:
Paths to New Life: Perils and Promises

Lighten the Load – Forgiveness Can Be the Answer!
Introduction to the Enneagram
Book of Ruth Series
A Day for Men
Coffee and Conversations about
Fr. Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem.

Meditation, Music, and Movement for Women
Tending the Body
Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans:
Artists for the Humanities

Spiritual Direction

 

Scripture

Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
Old Testament Series:
"Adam and Eve" and "Proverbs"

Lenten Series:
Life Lessons from the Gospel

Book of Ruth Series
A Day for Men
Praying the Abbey Windows
Enhancing the Sunday Scripture

 

Gender-Specific

Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
Wednesdays for Women Series:
That All May be One

A Day for Men
Meditation, Music, and Movement for Women

 

Celebrations, Music, and Beyond

All Things Norbertine!
Evening in the Abbey Gardens
Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert Series
Schola d'Arezzo Concerts

Prayer

Prayer with the Norbertine Community
Day of Prayer and Reflection
Pottery as Prayer
Solemn Novena to St. Joseph
The Elements of Taizé-style Prayer
Stations of the Cross
A Day for Men
Labyrinth Presentation and Walk
Praying the Abbey Windows
Enhancing the Sunday Scripture
Centering Prayer

 

Retreats

Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
Day of Prayer and Reflection
A Day for Men
Triduum Retreat:
Combinations, Contradictions, Coalescence

Praying the Abbey Windows
Finding God in All Things:
A Silent Ignatian Retreat

Summer Directed Retreat
A Day Away: Nourishing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
Private Retreats

 

Norbertine Presenters

Shakespeare and Catholicism
The Future of the Church:
Progressive, Conservative, or Evangelical?
All Things Norbertine!
The Elements of Taizé-style Prayer
Stations of the Cross
A Day for Men
Recognizing the Face of Christ…
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Heaven: Is It for Real?
Concert of Charisms:
The Depth and Beauty of the Catholic Church
Young Norbertines in Action:
From the Classroom to the Streets
Praying the Abbey Windows

 

Norbertine Topics

All Things Norbertine!
Coffee and Conversations about
Fr. Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem.
Young Norbertines in Action:
From the Classroom to the Streets

 

Theology

Shakespeare and Catholicism
Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
The Future of the Church:
Progressive, Conservative, or Evangelical?

Wednesdays for Women Series:

That All May be One

Abbey Lecture Series:
Paths to New Life: Perils and Promises

Concert of Charisms:
The Depth and Beauty of the Catholic Church

Young Norbertines in Action:
From the Classroom to the Streets

Click Here to View and Download an Electronic Version of Our Winter/Spring 2014 Brochure
(PDF – High Speed Connection Recommended)

Register Here

 

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In case of snow or other hazardous weather, Center for Spirituality programs or retreats may be cancelled. Information about cancelled programs or retreats will be
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    January 9, 16

    Shakespeare and Catholicism

    More and more research is moving toward certitude that William Shakespeare was raised Catholic and throughout his life secretly adhered to his Catholicism. Indeed, Catholicism permeates his works. Within this series, the play Romeo and Juliet is examined, with a film adaptation viewed in the first session, and in the second session Catholic/Christian themes are discussed and analyzed.

    Among the questions addressed: Does the play perhaps have a happy ending? Is there a Jesuit connection to Shakespeare and to this play? Did Friar Lawrence act impulsively and indiscreetly in agreeing to marry Romeo and Juliet without their parents' knowledge?

    Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. David Komatz, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    January 13

    Soul-inspiring Book Sharing


    "I was so grateful for the June book sharing. Because of the many soul-inspiring books shared, my summer was filled with wonderful reading." (2013 participant)

    Through the recommendation of those who attended the summer 2013 book-sharing program, we are offering a second event. After all, what goes better with cold, winter evenings than a soul-inspiring book? Graciously joining us is Dr. John Neary, professor of English at St. Norbert College, and a voracious reader. Join us in either the morning or evening as titles and brief descriptions of favorite books are shared. And please bring one or two of your favorites to share as well. Hot tea and coffee will be ready!

    Monday, 10-11 a.m. OR 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Facilitators: Dr. John Neary, Judy Turba
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11

    Live on Purpose Series


    "I have grown in my ability to look forward, to stop being 'stuck'. I am beginning to live a life with more purpose and more peace." (2013 participant)

    Ever wish you could get motivated in order to take better care of yourself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually? Would you finally like to follow through with your New Year's resolutions? This goal-setting program may be the answer! Jane Birr is an author (Hall of Fame Habits and Just Get It Over With) as well as a faith-filled life and wellness coach who can motivate just about anyone. Check out her website at www.janebirr.com.

    Please note: The first class is free of charge, so you can participate in the program before paying for the series.

    Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.
    Facilitator: Jane Birr
    Cost: $50 (includes handouts)
    Registration required by January 15 | Minimum 10 participants

     
    PLEASE NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this series will start a week later than originally scheduled. Revised dates are: Tuesdays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 9-10:30 a.m.
     
    Registration required by January 22 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    January 18

    Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women


    "I look forward to this event every year. It comes at a perfect time – in the middle
    of winter – and always renews my spirit. I love it!" (2013 participant)

    We hope you can join us as inspiring speakers share their thoughts about topics that enhance the soul, mind, and body. Add to this a delicious lunch and the company of wonderful women – all within the sacred space of St. Norbert Abbey – and you have a morning of nourishment and renewal! Program descriptions, schedule of events, and registration can be found on the Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women page.

    Click here for the complete schedule and to register.

    Cost: $40 (includes presentations, morning refreshments, lunch)
    Registration required by January 13 | Maximum 150 participants

    PLEASE NOTE: FILLED TO CAPACITY. REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT.

     

     

    January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 13

    Day of Prayer and Reflection


    "This lovely day was both relaxing and powerful. Wonderful options were provided, but the real grace was the atmosphere that was created for God and me to spend time together." (2013 participant)

    Imagine a day filled with a variety of prayer forms, Scripture study, and Mass. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. Both are possible. Optional sessions on identifying prayer forms, centering prayer, and Scripture study are offered, or you can choose to spend time alone in the many prayer spaces of St. Norbert Abbey. You design the day according to your needs. What could be better than a day away – with your God?

    Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Facilitator: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $35 (includes private room, enrichment presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    January 23

    The Future of the Church: Progressive, Conservative, or Evangelical?

    Focusing on George Weigel's book entitled, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church, this presentation examines the notion that the future of the Church does not lie with the progressives, nor does the future of the Church lie with traditionalists. Rather, says Weigel, the future of the Catholic Church lies with the evangelical movement begun by Leo XIII, which would move the Church back to its origins: a personal relationship with Jesus, which focuses on conversion and witness to the world. Discussion will follow.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. Roman Vanasse, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    January 30

    All Things Norbertine! History, Music, Abbey Ale

    Ever Ancient – Ever New. Founded in 1121, the Order of Prémontré (Norbertine Order) is one of the oldest religious orders in the world, with a history so rich and full: Norbertine Saints, a Norbertine Pope, Norbertine communities of women and men established in 54 countries, Norbertine Abbey ales, and original Norbertine musical compositions. Throughout this engaging evening, you will learn about these faith-filled men and women, listen to original Norbertine music from the 17th century, and sample ale actually brewed in Norbertine Abbeys. All things Norbertine!

    Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Presenters: Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem., Dr. Michael Frisch, O. Praem.
    Cost: $25 (includes presentations, Norbertine ale)
    Registration required by January 26 | Maximum 75 participants – first come, first served

     

     

    February 3, 17

    Pottery as Prayer


    "Creative work releases spiritual energy stored within."

    Clay and the creation of earthen pottery can easily be metaphors for our relationship with God. Within the first session of this two-part series, participants are guided in making their own slab pot which will be returned at the second session glazed and finished (no experience is necessary). Interwoven within both sessions are discussion and methods of releasing our spiritual energy, especially through the practice of spiritual direction.

    Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Presenters: Sr. Gayle Bogdanowitz, OP, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $30 (includes art supplies, presentations)
    Registration required by January 29 | Minimum 8 participants | Maximum 15 participants

     

     

    February 5, 12, 19, 26

    Wednesdays for Women Series: That All May Be One

    Continuing the ecumenical theme of past spring series, representatives from the Baha'i, Presbyterian, and Jewish traditions share their spirituality, beliefs, and history. A concluding session explores ecumenical appreciation as young adults live into the mystery, "that all may be one."

    Please note: Men are most welcome to attend.

    Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

      February 5 Baha'i Bob Wagner
      February 12 Jewish Holy Days and Celebrations Rabbi Michoel Feinstein
      February 19 Presbyterian Rev. Luke Farwell
      February 26 Young Adult Spirituality UW-GB Ecumenical Center: Hung Nguyen,
          Veronica Sanchez, Judy Thompson, Aisha Umar

    Facilitators: Sr. Shawn Madigan, CSJ, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    February 6

    Volunteer Fair: Making a Difference


    "One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will
    have sought and found how to serve." (Albert Schweitzer)

    Pope Francis is encouraging every one of us to commit ourselves to serving the poor and marginalized. But do you ever wonder how? How do I get involved? What are some opportunities? What is needed? And what in the world do I have to offer?

    Join us for an interactive evening – listen to representatives from various community organizations discuss their volunteer needs, and talk directly with representatives to see if their organization might be a "fit" for you. Make a difference. Get involved!

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Organizations represented: Casa ALBA Melanie, St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Brown County Jail Ministries, Family and Childcare Resources of N.E.W., Literacy Green Bay, Unity Hospice and Palliative Care, De Pere Christian Outreach Thrift Store and Pantry, New Community Shelter, Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, Marion House, Wellspring

    Cost: No fee
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    February 13, March 13

    Abbey Lecture Series: Paths to New Life: Perils and Promises

    There is nothing that human beings desire more than the joy, peace, and satisfaction that come from finding true paths to life. We want to know happiness, we want to love and be loved, and we want to find meaning and purpose in our lives. But sometimes we fear what we most desire because seeking it demands that we be willing to grow and change.

    What does living well involve? What does it both promise and ask of us? The 2013-2014 Abbey Lecture Series explores these questions by focusing on who we must become and the shape our lives must take if we are to flourish together and know the fullness of joy God wants for us.

    Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

      February 13 Paths to New Life: Living Right with Each Other
        Dr. Bridget Burke Ravizza
      March 13 Paths to New Life: Living Right with Earth
        Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
        The new cosmology story invites us to think differently and presents new insights for living right with all creation.

    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    February 20, 27, March 6, 13

    Lighten the Load – Forgiveness Can Be the Answer!

    Forgiving others is not easy. Many times it requires us to revisit past hurts and broken relationships. While most of us would simply rather move on, Scripture challenges us to forgive. But what if we don't feel like it? Why is the act of forgiveness so hard? Join us as the topic of forgiveness and its many layers is examined.

    Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

      February 20 Definition of Forgiveness; Stages of Forgiveness; Forgiveness and Reconciliation
      February 27 Examples of Forgiveness in Real Life and in the Movies
      March 6 Master of Lapidary: God is the Cutter, Polisher, and Carver of Our Lives
      March 13 When the Person You Need to Forgive is You

    Presenter: Jane Berkovitz
    Cost: $25
    Registration required by February 14 | Minimum 8 participants
    Attendance at all sessions is not required

     

     

    February 20, 27

    Introduction to the Enneagram

    The Enneagram is an ancient tool used by seekers on the spiritual journey to identify one's personality and provide insights and recommendations for spiritual growth. In the first week the definition, brief history, and an overview of the nine personality types are discussed. Several methods for determining one's number are provided. In the second week, detailed information is provided regarding the nine types including methods for enhancing one's spiritual journey.

    Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenters: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, Kathy Welhouse
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     
    PLEASE NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the Center's Introduction to the Enneagram program has been cancelled for Thursday, Feb. 20. Part 1 has been rescheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, and Part 2 will be presented the following Thursday (March 6) from 6:30-8 p.m.

     

     

    February 25, March 11

    Old Testament Series: "Adam and Eve" and "Proverbs"


    "Quite honestly, I know very little about the Old Testament, but when Dr. Bolin presents, I walk away understanding not only the historical setting of the story, but also the meaning and its relevance as well. Informative, interesting, and delightfully humorous!" (2013 participant)

    "Adam and Eve" and "Proverbs" – what a fascinating series this will be! Dr. Thomas Bolin, religious studies professor at St. Norbert College whose research focuses on the ancient literary and cultural context of the Old Testament, has captivated audiences these past few years with his knowledge, insights, wisdom, and humor. We hope you will join us for one of our annual programming gems.

    Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

      February 25 Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3)
      March 11 Proverbs

    Presenter: Dr. Thomas Bolin
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5

    Lenten Series: Life Lessons from the Gospel

    Sunday readings for the Lenten season are powerful Gospel stories used to introduce people to the Christian way of life because of their compelling messages. The significance of these passages and their relevance to us today are explored in this much-appreciated annual Saturday series. What a perfect way to enter into the depth and meaning of Lent.

    Please note: Prior to each presentation, you are welcome to join the Norbertine Community for Mass at 8:30 a.m.

    Saturdays, 9:15-11 a.m.

      March 8 Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus is Tempted in the Wilderness
          Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem.
      March 15 Matthew 17:1-9 Transfiguration of Jesus
          Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem.
      March 22 John 4:5-42 Samaritan Woman at the Well
          Sr. Ann Rehrauer, OSF
      March 29 John 9:1-41 The Man Born Blind
          Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem.
      April 5 John 11:1-45 Raising of Lazarus
          Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem.

    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    March 10-19

    Solemn Novena to St. Joseph

    The solemn novena extends a long-standing Catholic tradition of celebrating nine days of prayer preceding the feast of a great saint. St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19, is honored for his role as a protector, guardian, and worker.

    Click here for more information about the National Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert Abbey.

    Monday – Friday, March 10, 11, 12, 13, 14   Sunday, March 16**
    Novena Prayers – 4:15 p.m.   Novena Prayers – 9:45 a.m.
    Eucharistic Liturgy – 4:30 p.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy – 10 a.m.
         
    Saturday, March 15*   Monday – Tuesday, March 17, 18
    Morning Prayer – 8 a.m.   Novena Prayers – 4:15 p.m.
    Novena Prayers – 8:30 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy – 4:30 p.m.
    Eucharistic Liturgy – 8:45 a.m.    
        Wednesday, March 19
        Solemnity of St. Joseph
        Eucharistic Liturgy – 4:30 p.m.

    *Please note the time changes for SATURDAY, MARCH 15. On this day, Novena Prayers will be held at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Eucharistic Liturgy at 8:45 a.m., INSTEAD OF Novena Prayers at 4:45 p.m., as previously announced.

    **Please note the time changes for SUNDAY, MARCH 16. On this day, Novena Prayers will be held at 9:45 a.m., followed by the Eucharistic Liturgy at 10 a.m., INSTEAD OF Novena Prayers at 4:45 p.m., as previously announced.


     

    March 16

    The Elements of Taizé-style Prayer,
    followed by Taizé Prayer Around the Cross


    "I've been attending Taizé prayer for five years, and because of the background provided through this presentation and the musical information shared, I was able to experience Taizé prayer at a deeper level." (2013 participant)

    With the encouragement of those who attended the 2013 presentation regarding Taizé-style prayer, Dr. Michael Frisch, O. Praem., is again offering a program about the history of Taizé prayer and the music sung within the service.

    The third Sunday of each month, St. Norbert Abbey holds its own inspiring one-hour Taizé service. The Taizé community is an ecumenical Christian monastic order established in France, to assist those who had been affected by World War II. Members of the community developed a monastic prayer service of rich silence, simple chants sung repeatedly, Scripture passages, and contemplation.

    Click here for more information about Taizé Prayer.

    Sunday, 6:15 p.m. presentation (Killeen Room), followed by 7 p.m. Taizé prayer service (Abbey Church)
    Presenter: Dr. Michael Frisch, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    March 26

    Stations of the Cross:
    Halting Places to Ponder the Passion and Death of Christ

    Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem., leads us through a guided, visual meditation on the traditional fourteen "halting places" of the Stations of the Cross, that remind us of the posture and person of Christ in our midst. This devotion actively seeks out resemblances, similarities, and overlapping truths between the signs and symbols of Christ's passion, contemporary Christianity, and culture.

    Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    March 27, April 3, 10

    Book of Ruth Series


    "In the final analysis, the biblical women Ruth and Naomi are simply metaphors, models of all the women of the world who push and prod and guide and give support to the rest of us through all the trying moments of life, however momentous, however mundane." (Joan Chittister)

    Using the Book of Ruth as a model, this series examines the concepts of transformation, empowerment, and fulfillment in each of our lives and in the lives of women everywhere. Each session includes presentations, reflections, and sharing.

    Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Facilitators: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, Judy Turba
    Cost: $20
    Registration deadline March 24 | Minimum 8 participants

     

     

    March 29

    A Day for Men

    with Keynote Speaker Coach Joe Lombardi
    Grandson of Vince Lombardi and Offensive Coordinator of the Detroit Lions

    Expanding upon the success of previous mornings for men, we have developed a much-requested, day-long event which includes a noted keynote speaker, break-out sessions, and Mass – all of which address the unique aspects of living lives of faith as men. Given the limited seating in the Abbey, registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to register early! Program descriptions, schedule, and registration can be found on the A Day for Men page.

    Click here for the complete schedule and to register.

    Cost: $40 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments)
    Registration deadline March 23 | Maximum 150 participants

    PLEASE NOTE: FILLED TO CAPACITY. REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT.

     

     

    April 1, 8, 15

    Recognizing the Face of Christ…Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    The Christian imagination relies on artists to assist the believing heart, mind, and spirit to recognize the face of Christ so that we might better know the One who wishes to be in communion with us. These evening lectures offer a broad survey of both traditional and contemporary images of Christ, revealing the breadth and scope of the Christian imagination as it seeks to celebrate the loving, dynamic, and inspiring face of Christ across time and place.

    Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    April 3

    Heaven: Is It for Real?

    Please note: This program is being offered for a fourth time because the response to the first three presentations was overwhelming, as was the number of requests to offer it again.

    According to Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem., who had an afterlife experience following a major heart attack, the answer to the question is emphatically, "Yes, Heaven is real!" Within this enlightening and hope-filled evening, Fr. John weaves Catholic/Christian tradition, personal experience, and references from three popular books: Heaven is for Real, 90 Minutes in Heaven and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration required by March 31 | Maximum 100 participants – first come, first served

     
    PLEASE NOTE: This program has reached the maximum participant number. Given the size of our room, unfortunately we must limit attendance. However, we will be offering the program again in the Fall. Thank you for your understanding.

     

     

    April 10

    Concert of Charisms: The Depth and Beauty of the Catholic Church

    Charism is the flow of God's love to individuals and communities in order to serve the common good. This gift is manifested in diverse ways. In an orchestra, for instance, a variety of instruments is necessary to play beautiful music. So it is with the Church; without a diversity of charisms, the Church becomes dull and its growth stunted.

    Frater Matthew Dougherty, O. Praem., reflects upon the importance of rediscovering the beauty and depth of the Catholic Church through a study of charisms in the 21st century. By embracing the diversity of charisms we can turn "beige Catholicism" into a Church of living colors. It takes a concert of charisms, not uniformity, to preach Christ to a world thirsting for beauty.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Frater Matthew Dougherty, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    April 17-20

    Triduum Retreat:
    Combinations, Contradictions, Coalescence with Dr. Leland Nagel

    This Triduum Retreat is designed to confront the "either…or" temptations that often divide us and separate each day from the other. It invites us to embrace the continuum of life and embrace the "both…and" as a way of seeing the circle of life. The words of the Mystery of Faith that we proclaim and profess at every Mass become incarnated in the Triduum and give birth to new life.

    Please note: Retreatants participate in the Triduum Liturgies.

    Click here for the complete schedule.

    Thursday evening 4 p.m.-Easter Sunday Liturgy 10 a.m.
    Cost: $240 (includes lodging, meals, presentations)
    Commuters: $100 (includes presentations only)
    Registration and non-refundable $50 deposit required by April 11 | Balance due upon arrival

     

     

    May 1

    Labyrinth Presentation and Walk

    Many people are unaware of the grass labyrinth adjacent to the Center for Spirituality. This winding meditation path, leading to a center circle, is based on a labyrinth design within the floor of Chartres Cathedral (1220). The labyrinth is a tool of integration between mind and body and can be a time to surrender to life's journey with an open heart and an open mind, offering spiritual healing, new insight, and inner peace. Join Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, as she shares information about this ancient meditative prayer form and guides participants in a labyrinth walk.

    Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m. OR 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    May 10

    Coffee and Conversations about Fr. Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem.

    Immediately prior to Fr. Conrad's heartbreaking passing, he had been planning to offer a program entitled, Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Conrad. He had prepared for weeks, but sadly, was unable to present his program. However, his wisdom and faith live on – through his family, confreres, and friends. Graciously, Fr. Conrad's siblings are willing to offer their thoughts about Fr. Conrad: stories, insights, and reflections, with time allowed for participants' memories to be shared as well. Join us as we together remember this beloved Norbertine.

    Saturday, 9:15-10:30 a.m.
    Presenters: The Kratz Family (Rose Mary, David, Bonnie, and Barbara)
    Cost: Free will offering with all proceeds supporting an endowment for the Conrad J. Kratz Abbey

    Lecture Series (an annual series supporting the charisms and values of Fr. Conrad)

    Registration appreciated

     

     

    May 14

    Young Norbertines in Action: From the Classroom to the Streets

    Norbertine seminarians are learning contemporary theology as they study for the priesthood. But how does this textbook knowledge translate into active ministry? How does theology factor into religious life, the Church, prayer, and their relationship to the world? Join us as these faith-filled young men share their experiences of bridging their classroom experiences with the Norbertine Order's apostolic outreach.

    Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenters: Fraters Michael Brennan, O. Praem., Matthew Dougherty, O. Praem.,

    Patrick LaPacz, O. Praem., Jordan Neeck, O. Praem., Jacob Sircy, O. Praem.,
    Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem.

    Facilitator: Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    May 15

    Evening in the Abbey Gardens

    Join us for this popular annual event – a lovely evening within the cloister gardens of St. Norbert Abbey! This year, guided tours of the Abbey grounds will be conducted and two of the gardens will be open to the public. (Unfortunately, one of the gardens is under construction and the other unavailable for touring.) Unique trees, flowers, and shrubs are identified and thousands of spring flowers on display. With wine and live music, it is a perfect way to enjoy the Abbey and its grounds as well as the hope-filled season of spring.

    Please note: The event will take place rain or shine. In case of rain, gardens can be viewed from the cloister walks and music performed inside.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Cost: $20 (includes wine, cheese, soft drinks, music)
    Registration required by May 11

     

     

    June 11, 18, 25

    Praying the Abbey Windows

    We are taking advantage of the longest days of the year by offering Abbey Window programs in the evening. The stained glass windows of St. Norbert Abbey are filled with sacred and inspirational images. Beginning with a brief overview of the history of the windows, participants receive beautifully written and illustrated window guidebooks compiled by Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem., which include image descriptions, meditative prayers, Scripture passages, and reflection questions. With guidebooks in-hand, retreatants spend the evening in the Abbey Chapter Room or Church, reflecting, at their own pace, on the windows and the sacred messages within.

    Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

      June 11 Old Testament and New Testament Windows
        Chapter Room
      June 18 Liturgy of the Eucharist, Doctors of the Church, Great West, Marian Windows
        Abbey Church
      June 25 Liturgy of the Canonical Hours, Four Evangelists, Blessed Sacrament Chapel Windows
        Abbey Church

    Presenter: Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.
    Cost: $40 (includes set of four guidebooks to the Abbey windows)
    Registration required three days prior to retreat | Minimum 8 participants
    Attendance at all sessions is not required

     

     

    June 13-15

    Finding God in All Things: A Silent Ignatian Retreat

    God is always inviting us into a deeper, more loving, and meaningful relationship. But do we take the time to hear the invitation? This retreat provides the perfect opportunity to grow in methods of prayer that help us walk with our Lord. Seven presentations are offered throughout the weekend followed by time for rich silence. We hope you will come and walk with us.

    Click here for the complete schedule.

    Friday 4 p.m.-Sunday 1 p.m.
    Cost: $210 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $150 (includes presentations, meals)
    Registration and non-refundable $50 deposit required by June 3 | Balance due upon arrival
    Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    June 15-21

    Summer Directed Retreat

    This retreat offers a time of prayer, silence, and solitude with the daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director. Amenities include a private room, prayer spaces, cloister garden, spacious grounds, nearby Fox River biking and hiking trail, and indoor pool.

    Sunday 4 p.m.-Saturday lunch
    Retreats can be scheduled for 3, 4, 5, or the entire 6 days
    Cost $285 – 3 days; $380 – 4 days; $450 – 5 days; $495 – 6 days
    Registration and non-refundable $50 deposit required by June 9 | Balance due upon arrival

     

     

    June 18

    Ordinary Moments: Finding the Sacred in Our Everyday Lives

    Busy lives, busy days. How do we find time with the Lord when there is barely enough time for ourselves? Perhaps one of the answers is simply becoming conscious of the many sacred moments which occur within our daily lives. This "mindful living" means paying close attention to the "here and now" and becoming aware of God's grace and gifts which fill our days.

    Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Facilitators: Kathie Tilot, Judy Turba
    Cost: $50 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments, private room)
    Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by June 11 | Balance due upon arrival
    Minimum 8 participants

     

     

    July 19

    Unplugged: Reconnecting with the Rhythms of Life

    Life today offers us opportunities to be more connected than ever. So why do we so often feel exhausted and unfulfilled? Perhaps we have become disconnected with the natural rhythms of life; the balance between work and rest, of activity and simply be-ing. Spend a day at the Abbey, learn simple ways to bring balance to your life and find joy and peace of mind.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $50 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments, private room)
    Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by July 15 | Balance due upon arrival
    Minimum 8 participants

     

     

    July 30, August 13

    Pottery as Prayer


    "Creative work releases spiritual energy stored within."

    Clay and the creation of earthen pottery can easily be metaphors for our relationship with God. Within the first session of this two-part series, participants are guided in making their own slab pot which will be returned at the second session glazed and finished (no experience is necessary). Interwoven within both sessions are discussion and methods of releasing our spiritual energy, especially through the practice of spiritual direction.

    Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Presenters: Sr. Gayle Bogdanowitz, OP, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost $30 (includes art supplies, presentations)
    Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by July 25 | Balance due upon arrival
    Minimum 8 participants | Maximum 15 participants

     

     

    August 6

    Centering Prayer Retreat

    Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which helps us open our minds and hearts to God beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It is a way of resting in God, consenting to God's presence and action within. In this day-long retreat, you will learn the four simple steps of Centering Prayer, explore the background of this ancient Christian prayer form and experience several periods of time with God in the silence.

    Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost $50 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments, private room)
    Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by July 31 | Balance due upon arrival
    Minimum 8 participants

     

     

    August 12

    Day of Prayer and Reflection


    "This lovely day was both relaxing and powerful. Wonderful options were provided, but the real grace was the atmosphere that was created for God and me to spend time together." (2013 participant)

    Imagine a day filled with a variety of prayer forms, Scripture study, and Mass. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. Both are possible. Optional sessions on identifying prayer forms, centering prayer, and Scripture study are offered, or you can choose to spend time alone in the many prayer spaces of St. Norbert Abbey. You design the day according to your needs. What could be better than a day away – with your God?

    Tuesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Facilitator: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $35 (includes orientation, lunch, refreshments, private room)
    Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by August 7 | Balance due upon arrival

     

     

    Ongoing Programs

     

    A Day Away: Nourishing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

    Treat yourself to a day apart, a day of renewal and rest. Enjoy Abbey amenities: beautiful grounds, prayer spaces, indoor swimming pool, sauna, a peaceful room of your own, and prayer with the Norbertine Community. A Day Away must be scheduled one week in advance by calling the Center for Spirituality at 920.337.4315, and may be arranged throughout the year from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Cost: $35 (includes private room, lunch, Abbey amenities)
    Also available by appointment:

    Spiritual Direction: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, 920.337.4316 – $40 (per session)
    Massage: Eric Peters, LMT, 920.366.0899 – $60 (per session)

     

     

    Enhancing the Sunday Scripture

    Participants meet one hour each week to reflect upon the upcoming Sunday's readings in a way that allows the sacred text not only to inform us, but also to transform us. You are invited to join us every week or every once in awhile.

    Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Facilitator: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)

     

     

    Meditation, Music, and Movement for Women

    Relax in warm water, reflect upon the Sacred Word, and renew your body, mind, and spirit with gentle movement set to meditative music in the privacy of the Abbey swimming pool.

    Tuesdays, 9-10:15 a.m.

      Session 1 January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11
      Session 2 February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
      Session 3 April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

    Presenter: Barbara Kratz
    Cost: $50 (full payment due at the first class of each session; includes class and daily use of pool per session)
    Registration required one week prior to each session | Minimum 8 participants

     

     

    Centering Prayer

    Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer which helps us open our minds and hearts to God beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It is a way of resting in God, consenting to God's presence, and action within. While centering prayer does not replace other kinds of prayer, it can cast a new light and depth of meaning on them. Join others and begin your day by spending time with God in the silence.

    Tuesdays, 7:05-7:25 a.m. centering prayer

    (optional 10 minute meditative walk and 20-minute sit following centering prayer, with the
    Norbertine Community's Morning Prayer held from 7:30-7:50 a.m.)

    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot

     

     

    Tending the Body

    While many of us exercise, few of us take the time to stretch. Research has shown that stretching increases our range of motion, improves posture, increases endurance, and has the potential to decrease injury. Both breathing correctly and stretching can also calm our minds and give us a chance to release physical, mental, and emotional tension. Whether we are 20 or 80 years old, tending our bodies is important for good health.

    Thursdays, 11 a.m.-Noon
    Facilitator: Eric Peters, LMT
    Cost: $10 per class or 10 sessions for $85 (come every week or every once in awhile – you pay as you go)

     

     

    Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans:
    Artists for the Humanities

    For four years, veterans have been participating in these sessions at the Center for Spirituality in which expressive art has helped them share powerful personal stories with the support of other veterans and family members. Tim Mayer, artist, and George Kamps, therapist and Vietnam veteran, are volunteers who team up to assist those participating. Male and female veterans with PTSD or those affected by trauma while serving are encouraged to attend. For additional information, go to A4TH.org.

    Artists for the Humanities meets from 1-4 p.m. at the Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey the

    3rd Thursday of every month

    Cost: No fee
    To register or for additional information, contact:

    Tim Mayer, 920.915.5595, or George Kamps, 920.265.5273

     

     
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