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Programs

Winter/Spring 2015

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 these programs, please do so online or call 920.337.4315 for immediate assistance. Pre-registration for any of our offerings is much appreciated.

Payment and Scholarship Information: There is a suggested donation of $5 per program or per session, unless otherwise indicated. Credit cards are accepted online and in person. However, anyone who wishes to participate in our programs should be able to do so. The Norbertine Center for Spirituality will accept a donation within your means should you be unable to pay the suggested fee. Scholarship forms are available online here or by calling 920.337.4315.

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December

6 - Advent Series: The Visitation: A Time for Leaping
13 - Advent Series: The O Antiphons
21 - Taizé Prayer

 

January

4 - Schola d'Arezzo Concert
13 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
13 - Deepening Your Friendship with God through
Honest Prayer

14 - Coffee and Conversation
with Fr. Alfred McBride, O. Praem.

17 - Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
18 - Taizé Prayer
24 - Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Winter
29 - Kentucky Wonders:
Merton, Bourbon, and Bluegrass

 

February

4 - Coffee and Conversation
with Fr. Rod Fenzl, O. Praem.

5 - Expressing Love When the Honeymoon is Over
9 - Getting to Know Jesus through Literature:
A Book Discussion Group

10 - Old Testament Series:
Ecclesiastes: The Odd Book In

15 - Taizé Prayer
17 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
21, 28 - Lenten Series: Life Lessons from the Gospel
24 - Enriching the Spiritual Life: A Lenten Pilgrimage

 

March

4 - Coffee and Conversation
with Fr. Steven Vanden Boogard, O. Praem.

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - Enriching the Spiritual Life:
A Lenten Pilgrimage

7, 21 - Lenten Series: Life Lessons from the Gospel
9 - Getting to Know Jesus through Literature:
A Book Discussion Group

10-19 - Solemn Novena to St. Joseph
10 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
11, 18, 25 - Wednesdays for Women Series:
Spirited Women of the New Testament:
Then and Now

14 - A Day for Men
15 - Elements of Taizé-Style Prayer,
followed by Taizé Prayer around the Cross

19 - Heaven: Is It for Real?
21 - Canon John Bruce Organ Concert:
Isabelle Demers

26 - A "Perhaps" Story of the Good Thief

 
April

2-5 - Triduum Retreat with Sr. Ann Rehrauer, OSF
9, 16 - The Retirement Years:
Finding Purpose in Transition

10-11 - Whatsoever You Do...
A Service Retreat for Young Adults (ages 21-39)

13 - Getting to Know Jesus through Literature:
A Book Discussion Group

14 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
14 - Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem. Abbey Lecture Series:
Nostra Aetate:
God's Continuing Gift and
Challenge to Catholics Everywhere

18 - Canon John Bruce Organ Concert: Michael Hey
19 - Taizé Prayer
26 - Schola d'Arezzo Concert
28 - Disillusionment:
The Grit and Grace of Prophetic Hope

 

May

1 - An Evening Away for Mothers with Young Children
2 - Sustaining the Spiritual Life Retreat
5 - Interlace:
An Evening of Irish Poetry and Harp Music

9 - Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Spring
9 - iPhonography Workshop
12 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
17 - Taizé Prayer
19 - Art History for Women:
25 Works of Art Every Woman Should Know

21 - Ever Ancient, Ever New: Seminarians Reflect
Upon Being a Norbertine Today

 

June

10 - What Are They Saying about Pope Francis
and Climate Change?

10-15 - Summer Directed Retreat
16 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
19-21 - Everyday Epiphanies: A Retreat with
Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop
Emeritus
*FULL*
21 - Taizé Prayer

 

July

14 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
22 - A Retreat for Women: The Book of Ruth
31-August 2 - Everyday Epiphanies: A Retreat with
Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop
Emeritus

 

August

11 - Day of Prayer and Reflection
12 - Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat
15 - Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Summer

 

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

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INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

In case of snow or other hazardous weather, Norbertine Center for Spirituality programs or retreats may be cancelled. Information about cancelled programs or retreats will be:
  • included on the Center's voice message: 920.337.4315.
  • posted online: www.norbertines.org
  • sent to our weekly e-mail recipients. If you would like to receive our weekly e-mail notices, please notify the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at ncs@norbertines.org.
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    December 6, 13, 2014

    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 note: you are welcome to 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

     

     

    January 13, February 17, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 16, July 14, August 11

    Days of Prayer and Reflection

    Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. Days of Prayer and Reflection offer both: the opportunity to experience a variety of prayer forms including Scripture study and Centering Prayer, or time alone in the many prayer spaces of St. Norbert Abbey. You design the day according to your needs.

    Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    (optional 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer with the Norbertine Community)
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $40 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, lunch, refreshments, private room, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

     

     

    January 13

    Deepening Your Friendship with God through Honest Prayer

    Join Fr. Paul Demuth, faith-filled and highly regarded pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, as he offers suggestions for praying through any and every dimension of one's life: sadness, success, anger, fear, attraction, sexuality, and friendship. This presentation is based on the book Praying the Truth by William A. Barry, SJ.

    Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. Paul Demuth, Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    January 14

    Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Alfred McBride, O. Praem.

    Fr. Alfred McBride, O. Praem., has touched the lives of people with his profound faith and charming Irish wit. A nationally renowned Norbertine and prolific author, Fr. Al has published more than 50 books and 200 articles. Hear his story, chronicled in the recently released autobiography, All I Own I Owe. Learn how this young boy from the "tough" streets of Philadelphia rose to become a leading Catholic educator. Copies of his latest book will be available for purchase for $20.

    Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Fr. Alfred McBride, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    January 17

    Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women

    Inspirational, enlightening speakers fill the morning with insights, wisdom, and knowledge. Topics for the mind, soul, and body are included within each of the three sessions. Add to this a delicious lunch in the Abbey dining room and the company of wonderful women, and it becomes an experience you will not want to miss. Program descriptions, schedule, and registration can be found online here.

    Please note: an opportunity for staying overnight and eating meals at the Abbey is available for an additional fee. Reservations must be made one week prior to the event by calling 920.337.4315.

    Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $40 (includes presentations, morning refreshments, lunch)
    Registration and payment required by January 9 | Maximum 150 participants

     

     

    January 24

    Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Winter

    Seasons of the year can be analogous to our lives. They provide a lens for paying attention to how the spiritual life unfolds. Join Pastor Lee Goodwin, spiritual director and mindfulness teacher, and examine the season of winter: a time of silence, stillness, and solitude. Explore what it means to live the spiritual life moment by precious moment through poetry, personal reflection, brief presentations, and discussion. A perfect way to embrace winter and enhance one's spiritual journey.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by January 16 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE: This program is full to capacity.

    January 29

    Kentucky Wonders: Merton, Bourbon, and Bluegrass

    2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of beloved Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. Considered by many as one of the most influential American Catholic authors of the 20th century, Merton spent 27 years at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky. Learn more about the life of this brilliant writer, spiritual mentor, and social activist. Immerse yourself in bluegrass music and the culture of the Kentucky countryside where Merton spent so much of his life, and enjoy cheese and confectionaries from the Abbey of Gethsemani,
    as well as samples of Kentucky bourbon.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenters: Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., Dr. Paul Wadell, Bentgrass Combo
    Cost: $25 (includes presentations, samples of bourbon, cheese, confectionaries, live music)
    Registration and payment required by January 23 | Maximum 75 participants

     

     

    February 4

    Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Rod Fenzl, O. Praem.
    Re-discovering Mother Teresa

    Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) is well known for her work with the poor on the streets of India. But she and her Sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, ministered to people throughout the world, including South America. Fr. Rod Fenzl, O. Praem., was one of several Norbertines who worked with these Sisters in Peru. Join Fr. Rod as he shares his experiences, and rediscover Blessed Teresa through her books and letters.

    Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Fr. Rod Fenzl, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    February 5

    Expressing Love When the Honeymoon is Over

    During the early stages of being "in love" relationships are rather easy. Love notes are written, precious gifts are given, compliments are shared frequently. But what happens when the honeymoon stage is over and the laundry is piling up, the kids are driving you crazy, and your energy is going to everyone but your partner? Based on the book, The Five Love Languages, Judy Turba facilitates a lively and interactive evening filled with insights, humor, honesty, and suggestions from couples who "have been there." Fun and informative—participants will walk away with a better understanding of their partner and themselves, as well as a formula for a very happy Valentines Day.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Facilitator: Judy Turba
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration required by February 2 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    February 9, March 9, April 13

    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. Participants discuss several novels embodying imaginative ways to look at Jesus. Come prepared to discuss the books.

    Please note: a copy of each book is available for loan at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality.

    Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.

      February 9 Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Fr. James Martin, SJ
      March 9 The Secret Magdalene: A Novel by Ki Longfellow
      April 13 Iscariot: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee

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

     

     

    February 10

    Old Testament Series
    Ecclesiastes: The Odd Book In

    The Book of Ecclesiastes has long been considered the "odd book" of the Bible. Its bracing and sometimes shocking observations on life and God have fascinated both believers and non-believers alike. Join Dr. Thomas Bolin, Professor of Religious Studies at St. Norbert College, whose research focuses on the ancient literary and cultural context of the Old Testament. He has captivated audiences these past few years with his knowledge, insights, wisdom, and humor.

    Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Dr. Thomas Bolin
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    February 21, 28, March 7, 21

    Lenten Series
    Life Lessons from the Gospel

    Sunday readings for the Lenten season are powerful Gospel stories. 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, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

      February 21 Mark 1:12-15
        Jesus is Tempted in the Wilderness
    Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem.
      February 28 Mark 9:2-10
        The Transfiguration of Jesus
    Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem.
      March 7 John 2:13-25
        Jesus Drives the Money Changers from the Temple
    Fr. David Komatz, O. Praem.
      March 21 John 12:20-33
        The Son of Man is to be Glorified
    Fr. Andy Cribben, O. Praem.

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

     

     

    February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

    Enriching the Spiritual Life: A Lenten Pilgrimage

    Lent is derived from an Old English word meaning springtime—a perfect season to enter into a journey of enrichment in spiritual practice. During this six-week series, participants meet weekly. These gatherings serve as "way stations" for those who are making the journey together. Particular attention is given to the movement of the spiritual life—how it grows, changes, ebbs, and flows. This series is intended for people interested in deepening their spiritual life and practice in the company of fellow pilgrims. It is for both the newcomer and the seasoned traveler.

    Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. or 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenters: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $80 (includes presentations, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by February 17 | Minimum 10 participants

     
    PLEASE NOTE: A morning time slot has been added for this series. The same presentation is offered in the morning and in the evening.

     

     

    March 4

    Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Steven Vanden Boogard, O. Praem.

    Fr. Steven Vanden Boogard, O. Praem., has "seen the world" and more. As priest, teacher, military chaplain, and hospital corpsman, he has cared for the spiritual needs of our troops in countries such as Kuwait, Iraq, Cuba, and Haiti. Hear his fascinating stories of faith, courage, and perseverance amidst challenges at home and abroad.

    Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Fr. Steven Vanden Boogard, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    March 10-19

    Solemn Novena to St. Joseph

    This 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 protector, guardian, and worker. Times of prayers and liturgies are available here or by calling 920.337.4300.

     

     

    March 11, 18, 25

    Wednesdays for Women Series
    Spirited Women of the New Testament: Then and Now

    This three-week series combines input, quiet reflection, and discussion about the roles and meaning of women in New Testament communities. Guided reflections explore the ways in which we become the New Testament women of today. Please bring a Bible or New Testament to the sessions.

      March 11 Paul and Women in the New Testament
      March 18 Mark and Luke and Women in the New Testament
      March 25 John and Women in the New Testament

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

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE: This program is full to capacity. Please call the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at 920.337.4315 if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

     

    March 14

    A Day for Men

    with Keynote Speaker Coach Mike Sherman

    Living lives of faith is the focus of this much-anticipated annual event. Men of all ages gather together for a day of inspiration, education, challenge, community, and prayer. During the day, a number of the area's most faithfilled clergy and lay men share their thoughts about the opportunities and challenges facing men today, along with a keynote address from a man of deep faith and integrity, former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Mike Sherman. Given limited seating in the Abbey, registration is on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to register early! Last year's event was a sellouts. Program descriptions and schedule can be found online here.

    Please note: an opportunity for staying overnight and eating meals at the Abbey is available for an additional fee.
    Reservations must be made one week prior to the event by calling 920.337.4315.

    Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Cost: $45 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments)
    Registration and payment required by March 6 | Maximum 150 participants

     

     

    March 15

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

    Because of its immense popularity, 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 and meaning to their Taizé experience.

    St. Norbert Abbey holds its own inspiring one-hour Taizé service the third Sunday of each month. 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.

    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

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE: This program is full to capacity. Please call the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at 920.337.4315 if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

    March 19

    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.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration required | Maximum 70 participants

     

     

    March 26

    A "Perhaps" Story of the Good Thief

    Msgr. Jim Feely offered this inspirational presentation in the past and we continue to receive requests asking to have the program repeated. You will be spellbound as you listen to this narrative as he brings to life the story of Dismas, the good thief.

    How did Dismas find himself on a cross next to Jesus? What path led him to a life of thievery? What path led him to a life in paradise? Join Msgr. Jim Feely for this Lenten reflection, suggesting the possible process of one person's story and thus calling us to examine our own stories. A Lenten "must" for those seeking to deepen their
    awareness of the power of Christ among us.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Msgr. Jim Feely
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    April 2-5

    Triduum Retreat with Sr. Ann Rehrauer, OSF
    Through the Eyes of Those Who Walked with Jesus

    During the Sacred Triduum, as we celebrate the key events of the Paschal Mystery, we encounter several biblical characters including Peter, Judas, the two thieves, John, Mary, and Mary Magdalene, who not only reflect their historical role and context, but also mirror aspects of our own lives. In the liturgies of the days and our personal prayer, we will reflect together on how grace and the example of Christ draw good out of evil and life from death.

    Sr. Ann is offering five presentations throughout the retreat: Thursday evening, Friday morning and evening, Saturday morning and afternoon. A complete schedule is available online here and at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality.


    Sr. Ann Rehrauer, OSF, currently serves on the leadership team for her community, Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. Previously she had served as director of Diocesan Evangelization, Living Justice, and Worship, and as associate director of the Liturgy Secretariat for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. She holds a canon law degree and has offered presentations nationally.

    Thursday, 4 p.m.-Easter Sunday Liturgy, 10 a.m.
    Cost: $280 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $120 (includes presentations only; meals available upon request for an additional fee)
    Registration and non-refundable, non-transferable $50 deposit required by March 25

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE: This program has been canceled.

    April 8

    Coffee and Conversation with Patricia De Groot

    Patricia De Groot is a world traveler, spiritual director, and woman of deep faith. Hear her inspiring story of God's direction in her life, as she was led to volunteer in Israel for three months just before the recent conflicts. Join her as she shares her observations about the enigma of a non-Christian Holy Land.

    Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
    Presenter: Patricia De Groot
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    April 9, 16

    The Retirement Years: Finding Purpose in Transition

    Retirement can be a time of new adventures and exciting opportunities. It can also be a time of anxious uncertainty, long, rather meaningless days, and questions about purpose and identity. It is indeed 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, 6-8 p.m.
    Facilitators: Kathie Tilot, Judy Turba
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5 per session)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    April 10-11

    Whatsoever You Do...
    A Service Retreat for Young Adults (ages 21-39)

    This retreat experience provides opportunities for prayer, personal and group reflection on Scripture, and Catholic Social Teaching, as well as hands-on service experiences within the local community. Join other young adults who are looking for ways to enhance their spiritual lives and give back to those in need.

    Please note: the retreat begins with Mass at 4:30 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer at 5:05 p.m. with the Norbertine Community.

    Friday, 4 p.m.-Saturday, 2 p.m.
    Facilitators: Ellen Mommaerts, Director—Norbertine Volunteer Community,
    members of the Norbertine Volunteer Community
    Cost: $60 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Registration and $30 deposit required by April 1 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    April 14

    Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem. Abbey Lecture Series
    Nostra Aetate: God's Continuing Gift and Challenge to Catholics Everywhere

    presented by Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

    In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's 1965 Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, we see how a new attitude toward the religious experiences of "the Other" has become a major force in our world today. This contemporary journey toward respectful friendship provides the new context for our own witness. Countless commonalities have been discovered when we share our beliefs and serve the pressing needs of our frail world.

    The Gospel that we proclaim and embody changes us when we are blessed by conversation with thoughtful representatives of the major faiths of our world. This presentation explores the Church's vision and hopes for such dialogue, as well as the unique challenges presented when we sit down together as representatives of ancient faiths and world religions.


    Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is a recognized and highly regarded leader in the Church's efforts regarding ecumenical and interreligious dialogue on both national and local levels, having served as chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (2005-2008). Bishop Sklba was present at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome for the opening of the Second Vatican Council. We are honored that he shares his expertise and vision with us this evening.

    Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., with reception to follow
    Presenter: Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration required by April 10 | Maximum 150 participants

     

     

    April 28

    Disillusionment: The Grit and Grace of Prophetic Hope

    Everywhere we turn, we seem to run into disillusionment. We hear it in the national news, in social conversations, state politics, and church dynamics. Even the disciples manifested signs of disillusionment in the post-resurrection encounters with the Risen One. Is disillusionment an obstacle to hope or is it a pathway to prophetic hope? Explore the nature of disillusionment in contemplative dialogue and open the conversation to the "grit" and "grace" of this reality today.

    Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Sr. Rhea Emmer, CSA
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    May 1

    An Evening Away for Mothers with Young Children

    There are so many demands placed upon mothers with young children leaving little time to spend on themselves. But in order to be a vibrant, loving mother, it is essential that time is taken to nourish oneself. Join other moms for an evening of renewal, beginning with a wine reception, followed by samples of delicious, nutritious (but easy) meals, during which Carmen Honnef, registered dietician (and mother of young children herself), discusses her favorite recipes for the entire family. After the buffet sampling, a brief presentation regarding the importance of self-care is offered. The evening concludes with time for participants to share their challenges, joys, frustrations, and wisdom with one another. Wine, wonderful women, insights, delicious recipes, and best of all, time to renew one's spirit—sure hope you can join us!

    Friday, 6-9 p.m.
    Presenters: Carmen Honnef, Judy Turba
    Cost: $25 (includes wine, food, presentations)
    Registration and payment required by April 24 | Maximum 40 participants

     

     

    May 2

    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 and sharing, along with 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.
    Reservations must be made one week prior to the event by calling 920.337.4315.

    Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
    Cost: $50 (includes morning refreshments, presentations, handouts, lunch)
    Registration and payment required by April 24 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    May 5

    Interlace: An Evening of Irish Poetry and Harp Music

    You do not need to be Irish to appreciate interlace, those Celtic designs of loops, braids, and knots interwoven to create beautiful works of art. Join award winning Irish poet Kathy Mallon and harpist Cheryl Murphy as they weave poetry, harp music, Irish images, and Irish tea for an evening that will transport you to the Emerald Isle.

    Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenters: Kathy Mallon, Cheryl Murphy
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    May 9

    Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Spring

    Seasons of the year can be analogous to our lives. They provide a lens for paying attention to how the spiritual life unfolds. Join Pastor Lee Goodwin, spiritual director and mindfulness teacher, and examine the hope-filled season of spring. Explore what it means to live the spiritual life moment by precious moment through poetry, personal reflection, brief presentations, and discussion. It is a perfect way to celebrate spring and enhance one's spiritual journey.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by May 1 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    May 9

    iPhonography Workshop

    Images of God's creation are all around us. Why not capture these images with the camera that many people have in their purse or pocket at all times—the iPhone camera? Dale Van Minsel, professional photographer, teaches how to make full use of this camera by guiding participants through iPhone camera basics, exploring the use of popular apps, and assisting with the development of a "photographer's eye." This workshop includes instruction and practice.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon
    Presenter: Dale Van Minsel
    Cost: $30
    Registration and payment required by May 4 | Minimum 8 participants | Maximum 15 participants

     

     

    May 12, June 16, July 14, August 11

    Days of Prayer and Reflection

    Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. Days of Prayer and Reflection offer both: the opportunity to experience a variety of prayer forms including Scripture study and Centering Prayer, or time alone in the many prayer spaces of St. Norbert Abbey. You design the day according to your needs.

    Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    (optional 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer with the Norbertine Community)
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $40 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, lunch, refreshments, private room, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

     

     

    May 19

    Art History for Women: 25 Works of Art Every Woman Should Know

    Enjoy a brief overview of 25 essential works of art that reveal the evolution of human thought, belief, and imagination. Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem., promises to deliver images and ideas that optimistically celebrate humankind's active participation in discerning essential identity and values—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

    Please note: men are welcome to attend.

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

     

     

    May 21

    Ever Ancient, Ever New:
    Seminarians Reflect Upon Being a Norbertine Today

    Pope Francis has proclaimed 2015 as the Year for Consecrated Life. It is also the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, the seventh document issued by the Second Vatican Council, which calls for all religious institutions to return to their authentic founding charisms in the modern age. Join St. Norbert Abbey seminarians as they reflect upon what it means to be a member of the Norbertine Order in the 21st century.

    Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenters: Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem., Deacon Matthew Dougherty, O. Praem., Frater Patrick La Pacz, O. Praem., Frater Jordan Neeck, O. Praem., Deacon Fred Sarno, O. Praem., Frater Jacob Sircy, O. Praem., Frater Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem.
    Facilitator: Very Rev. James Baraniak, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    June 10

    What Are They Saying about Pope Francis and Climate Change?

    He chose the name of the patron saint of ecology, addressed climate change early in his pontificate, and devoted his first encyclical to environmental concerns. What is Pope Francis' message to us today regarding care for God's creation? Join Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., Manager of Mission Resources and Data for Catholic Charities USA, for this most compelling presentation.

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

     

     

    June 10-15

    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.

    Spiritual Directors: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, Msgr. Jim Feely, Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem., Patricia De Groot, Kathy Welhouse

    Wednesday, 4 p.m.-Monday lunch
    Retreats can be scheduled for 3, 4, 5, or the entire 6 days
    Cost: 3 days—$300; 4 days—$400; 5 days—$475; 6 days—$550 (includes room, meals, daily spiritual direction, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required by June 1

     

     


    PLEASE NOTE: This retreat is full to capacity.

    June 19-21

    Everyday Epiphanies:
    A Retreat with Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

     

     

    July 22

    A Retreat for Women:
    The Book of Ruth

    "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

    The Book of Ruth is one of the most beautiful stories of the Bible, full of wisdom, hope, loving relationships, and faith amidst challenges. Within this retreat, the story of Ruth is re-enacted and the concepts of transformation, empowerment, and God’s grace are examined in each of our lives and in the lives of women everywhere. The day includes presentations, reflections, and sharing.

    Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitators: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, Judy Turba
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by July 16 | Minimum 10 participants

     

     

    July 31-August 2

    Everyday Epiphanies:
    A Retreat with Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

    A major challenge on our Christian journey is to recognize God's presence in our daily lives. Then, once
    recognized, we are called to respond. This retreat focuses on the invasions of God's grace and ways we might be
    open and responsive to those divine comings.


    Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau is known for his pastoral presence, love of poetry and literature, sense of humor, and competitive game of golf. He has authored numerous books and essays and is respected for his expertise in the area of stewardship. In addition to his responsibilities as pastor of Resurrection Catholic Parish, Bishop Bob remains a sought-after retreat leader and lecturer. In fact, his summertime retreats have been a mainstay for many people over the years. The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is pleased to be able to host this retreat. Early registration is encouraged, as it is expected to fill quickly.

    Friday, 4:30 p.m.-Sunday, 11 a.m.
    Presenter: Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Green Bay
    Cost: $195 (includes presentations, room, meals)
    Commuters: $125 (includes presentations, meals)
    Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by June 15
    Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

     

     

    August 12

    Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat

    Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which helps one open one's mind and heart to God beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It is a way of resting in God, consenting to God's presence, and action within. This day-long retreat offers basic instruction in the four guidelines of Centering Prayer, opportunities to experience Centering Prayer, and time for enjoying Abbey amenities, including prayer spaces, the labyrinth, and walking trails.

    Please note: For those wishing to deepen their Centering Prayer practice, group Centering Prayer is offered Tuesdays, 7:10-7:55 a.m.

    Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
    Cost: $35 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments, Abbey amenities)
    Registration and payment required by August 5 | Minimum 8 participants

     

     

    August 15

    Seasons of the Spiritual Life: Summer

    Seasons of the year can be analogous to our lives. They provide a lens for paying attention to how the spiritual life unfolds. Join Pastor Lee Goodwin, highly regarded spiritual director and mindfulness teacher, and examine the warmth and vibrancy of summer. Explore what it means to live the spiritual life moment by precious moment through poetry, personal reflection, brief presentations, and discussion. It is a perfect way to celebrate summer and enhance one's spiritual journey.

    Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Facilitator: Pastor Lee Goodwin, ELCA
    Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, handouts)
    Registration and payment required by August 8 | Minimum 10 participants

     

    SAVE THE DATE

    Edwina Gately, noted speaker, writer, advocate, poet, and recipient of numerous national and international humanitarian awards, is coming to De Pere! Details will be included in theNorbertine Center for Spirituality's Summer/Fall 2015 program guide.
  • Thursday, October 22: general presentation, St. Norbert College
  • Friday-Saturday, October 23-24: overnight retreat for women, Norbertine Center for Spirituality
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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 January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10
      Session 2 February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
      Session 3 April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

    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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