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Programs

Click on a program name below to see a description or scroll down to browse all programs.

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 Summer/Fall 2014 Program Guide
(PDF – High Speed Connection Recommended)

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

Summer/Fall 2014 Programs by Theme
 
 
Spirituality

Finding God in All Things: A Silent Ignatian Retreat
Ordinary Moments:
Finding the Sacred in Our Everyday Lives

Pottery as Prayer
Heaven: Is It for Real? ***FILLED TO CAPACITY***
Heaven: Is It for Real? ***FILLED TO CAPACITY***
Mindful Living through the Year:
Seasons of the Spiritual Life

From Conflict to Compassion: A Choice for Life
St. Francis Speaks to Us Today
Sustaining the Spiritual Life Retreat
The Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem., Abbey Lecture Series:
Enkindling Hope: A Calling of the Church in an Age of Soft Despair
Breakfast Series: Heaven: Is It for Real?
Is Being an Associate for Me?
Deepening the Spiritual Life
Spiritual Direction

 

Social Justice

What Are They Saying about Pope Francis
and Poverty?

From Conflict to Compassion: A Choice for Life
Volunteer Fair: Making a Difference
Pope Francis and the Francis Effect:
From Admiration to Imitation

The Hunger and Homeless Awareness Dinner

 

Prayer

Prayer with the Norbertine Community
Praying the Abbey Windows
Finding God in All Things: A Silent Ignatian Retreat
Pottery as Prayer
Centering Prayer Retreat
Day of Prayer and Reflection
Blessing of the Animals
The Elements of Taizé-Style Prayer,
followed by Taizé Prayer Around the Cross

Centering Prayer

 

Retreats

Finding God in All Things: A Silent Ignatian Retreat
Summer Directed Retreat
Ordinary Moments:
Finding the Sacred in Our Everyday Lives

Unplugged: Reconnecting with the Rhythms of Life
Centering Prayer Retreat
Day of Prayer and Reflection
Mindful Living through the Year:
Seasons of the Spiritual Life

Sustaining the Spiritual Life Retreat
Deepening the Spiritual Life
Design Your Own Retreat Experience

 

Gender-Specific

Wednesdays for Women Series
Art History for Men:
25 Works of Art Every Guy Should Know

Breakfast Series: Of Vice and Men...for Men
Meditation, Music, and Movement for Women

 

Music and the Arts

Pottery as Prayer
Art History for Men:
25 Works of Art Every Guy Should Know

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

Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert Series
Schola d'Arezzo Concerts
Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans:
Artists for the Humanities

Norbertine Presenters

What Are They Saying about Pope Francis
and Poverty?

Praying the Abbey Windows
Heaven: Is It For Real? ***FILLED TO CAPACITY***
Heaven: Is It for Real? ***FILLED TO CAPACITY***
Getting to Know Jesus through Literature
Death to New Life:
Transformation of a Father-Son Relationship

Art History for Men:
25 Works of Art Every Guy Should Know

Blessing of the Animals
Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert:
Pater Stefan Kling, O. Praem.
Breakfast Series: Of Vice and Men...for Men
The Elements of Taizé-Style Prayer,
followed by Taizé Prayer Around the Cross

Pope Francis and the Francis Effect:
From Admiration to Imitation

Breakfast Series: Heaven: Is It for Real?
Hidden Wisdom:
The Abbas and the Ammas of the Desert
Advent Series: The O Antiphons

 

Scripture

Praying the Abbey Windows
Getting to Know Jesus through Literature
Old Testament Series:
King David in History and Story
Advent Series: The Visitation: A Time for Leaping
Advent Series: The O Antiphons
Enhancing the Sunday Scripture

 

Personal Growth

Ordinary Moments:
Finding the Sacred in Our Everyday Lives
Unplugged: Reconnecting with the Rhythms of Life
Pottery as Prayer
Centering Prayer Retreat
Day of Prayer and Reflection
Getting to Know Jesus through Literature
Death to New Life:
Transformation of a Father-Son Relationship
The Retirement Years: Finding Purpose in Transition
The Legacy of Karl Rahner and the
Challenge for Today
Art History for Men:
25 Works of Art Every Guy Should Know
From Conflict to Compassion: A Choice for Life
Movie and Discussion: Ordinary People
Volunteer Fair: Making a Difference
Breakfast Series: Of Vice and Men...for Men
Pope Francis and the Francis Effect:
From Admiration to Imitation
The Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem., Abbey Lecture Series:
Enkindling Hope: A Calling of the Church in an Age of Soft Despair
Is Being an Associate for Me?
Calming the Tremors of Trauma:
Lessons from Veterans and their Families
Hidden Wisdom:
The Abbas and Ammas of the Desert
Deepening the Spiritual Life
Spiritual Direction
Meditation, Music, and Movement for Women
Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans:
Artists for the Humanities

 

Ongoing Programs

Enhancing the Sunday Scripture
Meditation, Music, and Movement for Women
Centering Prayer
Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans:
Artists for the Humanities

Click Here to View and Download an Electronic Version of Our Summer/Fall 2014 Program Guide
(PDF – High Speed Connection Recommended)

Register Here

 

 

June 4

What Are They Saying about Pope Francis and Poverty?

Our charismatic Holy Father has everyone talking. What do his words, example of poverty, and simple life mean for us today? What do they ask of us? Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., manager of Mission and Ministry, Catholic Charities USA, returns from Washington, D.C., to discuss the Pope Francis effect.

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

 

 

June 11, 18, 25

Praying the Abbey Windows

We are taking advantage of the longest days of the year by offering this series 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., including image descriptions, meditative prayers, Scripture passages, and reflection questions. With guidebooks in hand, participants 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 Window, 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 about the Abbey windows)
Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by June 4 | Minimum 8 participants
Please note: 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'll come and walk with us.


Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ, remains a most popular retreat facilitator at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh and we are fortunate that he accepted our invitation to offer a preached retreat at the Center. He is a 1978 graduate of Prémontré High School and currently directs spiritual programs for the faculty and staff at Creighton Preparatory School, a Jesuit High School in Omaha, Neb. He has taught theology for years, is chaplain for many athletic teams, and has found that offering retreats over the past few years has filled him with joy and hope. Please know he is praying for you.

Click here for the complete schedule.

Friday, 4 p.m.-Sunday, 1 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ
Cost: $210 (includes presentations, room, meals)
Commuters: $150 (includes presentations, meals)
Registration and non-refundable $50 deposit required by June 9

 

 

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, labyrinth, 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 (includes room, meals, spiritual direction)
Registration and non-refundable $50 deposit required by June 9

 

 

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, Abbey amenities)
Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by June 16 | Minimum 8 participants

 

 

July 8

Heaven: Is It for Real?

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.

Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem.
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required | Maximum 140 participants – first come, first served

 
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PRESENTATION IS FILLED TO CAPACITY.

 

 

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 and learn simple ways to help bring balance to your life.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
Cost: $50 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments, private room, Abbey amenities)
Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by July 14 | Minimum 8 participants

 

 

July 30, August 13

Pottery as Prayer

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 (no experience is
necessary) which will be returned at the second session glazed and finished. Interwoven within both sessions
is discussion about 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
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, 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.

Please note: Centering prayer is offered Tuesday mornings at 7:10 a.m. Click here for more information.

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

 

 

August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11

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."

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. (optional 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer)
Facilitator: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
Cost: $40 (includes orientation, lunch, refreshments, private room, Abbey amenities)
Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required one week prior to each session

 

 

August 12

Heaven: Is It for Real?

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.

Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem.
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required | Maximum 140 participants – first come, first served

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PRESENTATION IS FILLED TO CAPACITY. However, limited spots are still available for the Breakfast Series presentation of Heaven: Is It for Real? on Saturday, November 1.

 

 

September 5-6, 2014; January 23-24, May 8-9, August 14-15, 2015

Mindful Living through the Year: Seasons of the Spiritual Life

Seasons of the Spiritual Life is a retreat in four parts. Participants gather for four overnight retreats–one in each< of the seasons of the year–fall, winter, spring, and summer. We will immerse ourselves in the lives we have been given, exploring the seasons of our vocations, our relationships, and our own first-hand experience of daily life. Using Scripture, poetry, and the practice of mindful awareness, we explore what it means to live the spiritual life moment by precious moment. The natural cycle of life through the year provides a wonderful lens through which to consider our ever-changing lives.

Please note: this program serves as a follow-up to previous programs in Mindfulness practice (Managing Stress: Practicing Mindfulness in Daily Life and Mindfulness in Daily Life). However, no previous mindfulness training is required. Each retreat follows a similar structure; participants gather on Friday evenings and the retreat concludes mid-afternoon on Saturdays.

Friday, 7 p.m.-Saturday, 3 p.m.
Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA
Cost: $100 per session (includes presentations, room, meals)
Commuters: $75 per session (includes presentations, meals)
Registration and non-refundable $25 deposit required one week prior to each session
Minimum 10 participants per session

 

 

September 8, October 13, November 10

Getting to Know Jesus through Literature: A Book Discussion Group

No other person living or deceased–or in this case, Risen–is more important for each of us to know than the
person of Jesus Christ. After a solid grounding in Christology, participants discuss several novels embodying
imaginative ways to look at Jesus. Please come prepared to discuss the books.

Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.

  September 8 Jesus of Nazareth by Gerhard Lohfink, chapters 1-4
An introduction to Christology by Dr. Howard Ebert,
Professor of Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
  October 13 The Gospel According to Judas by Jeffrey Archer and Francis Moloney
Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
  November 10 The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman

Presenter: Fr. David Komatz, O. Praem.
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
Registration required by September 2 | Minimum 10 participants | Maximum 15 participants

 

 

September 9

Death to New Life: Transformation of a Father-Son Relationship

According to Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem., an afterlife experience following a major heart attack propelled him into an unexpected and initially unwanted process of relational healing, reconciliation, and transformation with his father. Within this enlightening, humorous, and hope-filled presentation, Fr. John weaves a powerful and dynamic tapestry of the Father-Son relationship in Sacred Scripture and Christian tradition, literature, his personal experience, and his work as a clinical social worker and professional consultant.

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

 

 

September 11, 18

The Retirement Years: Finding Purpose in Transition

Retirement can be a time of varied activities, new adventures, and exciting opportunities. It can also be a time of anxious uncertainty, long, rather meaningless days, and questions about purpose, identity, and how one matters anymore. Indeed it is a time of tremendous transition that can shake one's faith. Whether you are anticipating retirement or are in the throes of it, join us for this two-part series as the retirement process is examined, gifts
and strengths identified, and purposeful paths created.

Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Facilitators: Kathie Tilot, Judy Turba
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
Registration appreciated

 

 

September 12-14, November 15, 2014; January 10, March 21, May 1-3, 2015

Deepening the Spiritual Life

Deepening the Spiritual Life is a nine-month program for men and women of any religious tradition who seek to nurture their spiritual lives. The program begins and ends with a weekend retreat, and in between gathers participants for three half-day mini-retreats–all in the sacred environment of St. Norbert Abbey.

Click here for more information on the Deepening the Spiritual Life web page.

 

 

September 18

The Legacy of Karl Rahner and the Challenge for Today

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of theologian Karl Rahner's death. His theology had significant impact on the Catholic Church's view of itself and its relationship with other religions, with contemporary life, and with the environment. In particular, Rahner presented a view of God and of God's grace that continues to inspire and challenge believers. This presentation briefly outlines Rahner's legacy and examines the ways in which his theology invites believers to deeper contemplation of and engagement with the mystery of God–a contemplation and engagement which demands a radical conversion and transformation of one's self and the world.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Howard Ebert, Professor of Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

September 23

Art History for Men: 25 Works of Art Every Guy Should Know

A brief overview of 25 essential works of art that reveal the evolution of human thought, belief, and imagination. Fr. Jim promises to deliver images and ideas that optimistically celebrate humankind's active participation in discerning essential identity and values–yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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

 

 

September 25

From Conflict to Compassion: A Choice for Life

We all encounter conflict in our world, in our everyday lives, and often within ourselves. This presentation examines the destructive effects of conflict and offers a method to resolve concerns and differences, changing our responses from control to compassion. To choose compassion is to choose life.

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

 

 

September 27

Movie and Discussion: Ordinary People

This movie is a simple but painfully emotional story of a family torn apart by tragedy, demonstrating the complexity of family dynamics. One of the primary topics explored is forgiveness. A classic, must-see movie.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Facilitator: Jane Berkovitz
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by September 22 | Minimum 8 participants

 

 

October 1, 8, 15, 22

Wednesdays for Women Series

Films invite viewers to participate in human dreams, disappointments, challenges, or hopes of the people portrayed in movies. This four-week series considers some of the spiritual undercurrents in films past and present. Excerpts of the films and discussion guides are shared at each of the sessions.

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Presenters: Sr. Shawn Madigan, CSJ, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
Registration appreciated

 

 

October 4

Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis was a great lover of animals, partly because of their unconditional love. Bring your beloved pets to
the Abbey grounds, where Fr. John Kastenholz, O. Praem., will bless them on this special feast day. The blessing
takes place in the Abbey Church parking lot on the south side of the Abbey.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
Celebrant: Fr. John Kastenholz, O. Praem.
Donations will be accepted for the Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter

 

 

October 7

Volunteer Fair: Making a Difference

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 opportunities exist? 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!

Organizations represented:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Brown County Human Services Volunteer Programs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • House of Hope
  • Norbertine Volunteer Community
 
  • St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Volunteer Center
  • Wise Women Gathering Place

Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presentations by organizations 6:30-7:30 p.m., meet and greet to follow
Cost: No fee
Registration appreciated

 

 

October 8

Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert:
Pater Stefan Kling, O. Praem.

Pater Stefan Kling, O. Praem., member of the Norbertine Convent at Roggenburg Abbey, Germany, is the featured organist for the first Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert of the season. Pater Stefan was ordained in 1988 and studied at the University of Catholic Sacred Music in Regensburg, Germany. Since 2004 he has directed the department for sacred music at the Diocese of Augsburg and is its authorized expert on organs and church bells. The Abbey of Roggenburg is famous for its baroque structure and glorious organ concerts. The concert is held in the Abbey Church.

For additional organ concert dates, visit the Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert Series page.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Organist: Pater Stefan Kling, O. Praem.
Cost: Free will offering
Registration appreciated

 

 

October 9

St. Francis Speaks to Us Today

Franciscan spirituality is as relevant for us, as contemporary Christians, as it was eight centuries ago to the
followers of St. Francis. Sr. Anne Marie Lom, OSF, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity,
explores the timeless pillars of Franciscan spirituality. The presentation includes time for input, discussion,
reflection, and questions.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Sr. Anne Marie Lom, OSF
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

October 16

Old Testament Series: King David in History and Story

For centuries the figure of David, king, beloved of God, warrior, musician, and sinner, has captivated readers.
Join Dr. Thomas Bolin, Old Testament scholar, as he uses his knowledge, insights, and humor to shed light on
this complex and important biblical figure.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Thomas Bolin, Professor of Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

October 18

Sustaining the Spiritual Life Retreat

Our ongoing unfolding life with God, like any other relationship, calls for regular renewal. This day is an opportunity to join with others who want to nurture their living relationship with the Giver of Life and includes time for silence, sharing, and reflection on spiritual practices and some common readings. This day is intended for former participants of the Deepening the Spiritual Life program, however it is not a prerequisite for attendance.

Please note: an opportunity for staying overnight and eating meals at the Abbey is available for an additional fee.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Facilitators: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
Cost: $50
Registration and non-refundable $10 deposit required by October 13 | Minimum 10 participants

 

 

October 18

Breakfast Series: Of Vice and Men...for Men

"Sit right back and you'll hear a tale..."–a tale of how humans can feel deserted by living a life marred by vice rather than living a life of virtue. Join Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem., along with the shipwrecked crew and passengers of the S.S. Minnow, for a look at the seven deadly sins and their corresponding virtues, which lead us to a closer relationship with ourselves, our community, and our God.

Saturday, breakfast 9-9:30 a.m.; presentation 9:30-11 a.m.
Presenter: Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem.
Cost: $15 (includes breakfast, presentation)
Registration and payment required by October 13 | Maximum 70 participants

 

 

October 19

Elements of Taizé-Style Prayer,
followed by Taizé Prayer Around the Cross

Dr. Michael Frisch, O. Praem., is again offering a program about the history of Taizé prayer and the music sung
within the service. Past participants say his presentation adds depth to their Taizé experience.

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, and contemplation.

Click here for more information about Taizé prayer.

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

 

 

October 23

Pope Francis and the Francis Effect: From Admiration to Imitation

His warm and energetic personal style and his unique pastoral vantage point have made Pope Francis
immensely popular both within and outside the Church. But he also presents a challenge–much as did Jesus–to
the institutional Church and to each of us as Christian disciples. How specifically do we move from admiration
of him and his "style" to imitation–after the example of Pope Francis, St. Francis of Assisi, and Jesus Christ
himself? That's the key question this presentation seeks to explore!

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

 

 

October 30

The Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem., Abbey Lecture Series:
Enkindling Hope: A Calling of the Church in an Age of Soft Despair

Fr. Conrad Kratz, O. Praem., served as director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality from 2005 to 2012, and sadly passed away on October 4, 2013. One of his many accomplishments as director was the development of the Abbey Lecture Series, which embraces the spirit of Vatican II and the charisms of St. John XXIII, all of which Fr. Conrad embodied. Thus, this series is being renamed in his honor, with a reception to follow the lecture.

Human beings are wayfarers, pilgrims on a blessed but often perplexing journey that can only be sustained by hope. And Christianity is quintessentially a religion of hope because it exultantly proclaims that in God we meet a love that no darkness or evil can ever defeat, a love so faithfully resilient that it never dies. And yet, of the three theological virtues, hope is the most neglected and overlooked. This presentation will address the meaning and preciousness of hope, things that threaten hope, what hope asks of us, and why we should never hope for anything less than what God's love desires for us.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., with reception to follow
Presenter: Dr. Paul Wadell, Professor of Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by October 27

 

 

November 1

Breakfast Series: Heaven: Is It for Real?

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
morning, 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.

Saturday, 9-9:30 a.m. continental breakfast, 9:30-11:30 a.m. presentation and discussion
Presenter: Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem.
Cost: $15 (includes continental breakfast, presentation)
Registration and payment required by October 27 | Maximum 70 participants

 
PLEASE NOTE: Limited spots are still available. Type in Heaven-November 1 when registering online.

 

 

November 6

Is Being an Associate for Me?

Women and men of religious communities have deeply impacted not only the Church but also many of us. Do you know that opportunities exist for lay people to become associates and further the mission of religious communities? This interactive evening provides information about lay associate programs in our area. Communities represented include: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross (Bay Settlement), Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, A New Genesis Community, Oblates of St. Benedict, Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Facilitators: Sr. Shawn Madigan, CSJ, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

November 12

Calming the Tremors of Trauma: Lessons from Veterans and their Families

Veterans continue to teach us about trauma, recovery, and healing. When trauma knocks someone off his or
her feet, the effects can alter one's body, mind, heart, and spirit. In a similar way, people who experience an
earthquake or other trauma never forget; the after-tremors can ripple through survivors and their loved ones
for years to come. Join us as veterans share their post-service journey of healing and learn how family members
can lovingly respond to their needs.

Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Facilitator: George Kamps, MSW, LCSW (veteran and clinical social worker)
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

November 17

Hunger and Homeless Awareness Dinner

In Collaboration with the Brown County Food and Hunger Network and
the Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition
The Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey is co-sponsoring the Hunger and Homeless Awareness Dinner which kicks off National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week in Brown County. Join members of the Norbertine Community and special guest speakers (to be named in early fall) for an evening of understanding and inspiration. Details, including dinner price, will be posted online at www.norbertines.org in September.

Monday, 6-9 p.m.
Riverside Ballroom, 1560 Main St., Green Bay
For tickets, contact Deb at 920.822.6050 or dkschneider@pulaskischools.org
Please note: tickets go on sale September 15.

 

 

November 18

Hidden Wisdom: The Abbas and Ammas of the Desert

The tradition of the Desert Fathers and Mothers holds a timeless wisdom. As far back as the third and fourth
centuries, these men and women left the distraction of ordinary life and fled to the deserts of Egypt and Syria
with a single focus: to grow in intimacy with the Divine. They were often sought out by those on the spiritual
journey. Become a seeker yourself. Attend this presentation and find out what these pioneers of the spiritual
life can teach us today.

Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem., Dustin Katona, Youth Ministry Coordinator
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

December 6, 13

Advent Series

Advent is a time of hope, expectancy, and yearning, yet most of our time and thoughts revolve around parties
and frantic shopping. What a perfect time of year to step away from the frenzied pace of the season to focus on
the true meaning of Advent. Please join the Norbertine Community for Mass, held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays
(optional).

Saturdays, 9:15-10:30 a.m.

  December 6 The Visitation: A Time for Leaping
Presenter: Sr. Diane Baumann, ANG
In our Advent time of joyful expectation, we recall Mary's visit to Elizabeth.
That visit proved to be a time for leaping. What leaps within you during this
Advent season? Let's explore that idea together.
  December 13 The O Antiphons
Presenter: Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem.
The O Antiphons are poetic liturgical texts sung during the last seven days of
Advent. Fr. Andrew opens up these texts as a source for reflection and
prayer in preparation for Christmas.

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

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

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:
  • included on the Center's voice message at 920.337.4315.
  • posted on www.norbertines.org.
  • sent to our weekly e-mail recipients. If you would like to receive our weekly e-mail notices, please notify the Center for Spirituality at ncs@norbertines.org.
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    Ongoing Programs

     

    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 September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7
      Session 2 October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11
      Session 3 November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16

    Presenter: Barbara Kratz
    Cost: $10 per class (come every week or every once in awhile–you pay as you go)
    Please note: those who purchase a full session ($50) qualify for daily use of the pool during the session.

     

     

    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, 7:10-7:55 a.m.
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Please note: a break is taken at 7:30 a.m. for those who wish to join the Norbertine Community for
    Morning Prayer or simply need to leave
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    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.

    Third Thursday of every month, 1-4 p.m.
    Cost: No fee
    To register or for additional information, contact:

    Tim Mayer, 920.915.5595; George Kamps, 920.265.5273

     

     
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