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Programs

Summer/Fall 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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May

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
11, 18 - Praying the Abbey Windows
16 - Summer Day of Prayer and Reflection
17 - Coffee and Conversation with
Dr. Mark Falcone, O. Praem.

19-21 - Everyday Epiphanies: A Retreat with
Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop
Emeritus

21 - Taizé Prayer
25 - Labyrinth Presentation and Walk

 

July

8 - Coffee and Conversation with
Sr. Bridget Stumpf, OSF

14 - Summer Day of Prayer and Reflection
19 - Taizé Prayer
22 - Book of Ruth Retreat
31 - Everyday Epiphanies: A Retreat with
Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop
Emeritus

 

August

1-2 - Everyday Epiphanies: A Retreat with
Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop
Emeritus

5 - Coffee and Conversation with
Deacon Fred Sarno, O. Praem.

11 - Summer Day of Prayer and Reflection
12 - Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat
15 - Body, Mind, and Soul: Yoga and the Labyrinth
16 - Taizé Prayer

September

8 - Fall Day of Prayer and Reflection
8, 22 - Providence, Suffering, and Freedom
9 - Finding Balance: The Practice of Mindfulness
for Resilience and Well-Being

10 - From the Maas River to the Fox River:
Norbertine Beginnings in Northeast Wisconsin

14, 21, 28 or 16, 23, 30- Caring for God's Creation:
A Discussion Series on Pope Francis' Laudato Si

*NEW*
17 - Understanding the Language of Dreams
20 - Taizé Prayer
23, 30 - Finding Balance: A Six-Week Course in
Mindfulness Meditation Practice

24 -
Pope2Congress Watch Party *NEW*
24 - Finding Peace of Mind and Heart Amid
Change and Tragedy

29 - The Old Testament: Book of Leviticus

 

October

3 - Blessing of the Animals
5, 12 - Shakespeare and Catholicism: The Tempest
6 - Providence, Suffering, and Freedom
7 - Coffee and Conversation with
Fr. Bartholomew Agar, O. Praem.

 
October (continued)

7, 14, 21, 28 - Finding Balance: A Six-Week
Course in Mindfulness Meditation Practice

13 - Fall Day of Prayer and Reflection
15 - Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem. Abbey Lecture Series:
Wisdom for the Journey: What It Means for Us
and our Faith Communities

17 - Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ Concert:
Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis

18 - Taizé Prayer
22 - I Hear God Laughing: One Woman's
Journey of Faith

23-24 - Soul Sisters: A Retreat for Women
27 - To Heaven and Back:
The Journey of a Roman Catholic Priest

29 - Project Holiness:
Real Wisdom from Real Married Couples

31 - Deepening the Spiritual Life: The
Journey Continues

 

November

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

4 - Coffee and Conversation with
Fr. Brendan McKeough, O. Praem.

5 - St. Teresa of Avila: Transformed
by God's Love

10 - Fall Day of Prayer and Reflection
15 - Taizé Prayer
17 - A Vision for Ending Homelessness
in Brown County

19 - Capitalism: A Force for Good
20 - A Morning for Caregivers

 

December

5 - Advent Series: Advent and the
Landscape of Justice and Joy

8 - Fall Day of Prayer and Reflection
9 - Coffee and Conversation with
Patricia De Groot

12 - Advent Series: An Extraordinary
Jubilee Year of Mercy

20 - Taizé Prayer

 

Ongoing Programs

Enhancing the Sunday Scripture
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Centering Prayer
Tuesdays, 7:10-7:55 a.m.

Meditation, Music, and Movement for Women
Tuesdays, 9-10:15 a.m.

T'ai Chi
Mondays, 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 10 a.m.

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

Third Thursday of every month, 1-4 p.m.

Register Here
 

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., Kathy Welhouse

Wednesday, 4 p.m.-Monday, 1 p.m.
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 private room, daily spiritual direction, meals, Abbey amenities) Registration and payment required by June 3

View detailed retreat information on the Retreats page.

 

 

June 11, 18

Praying the Abbey Windows

The renowned stained glass windows are one of the most stunning features of St. Norbert Abbey, filled with sacred and inspirational images. Beginning with a brief overview of the history of the windows, participants receive 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 messages within.

Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
June 11    The Windows of the Abbey Chapter Room
June 18    The Windows of the Abbey Church
Presenter: Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.
Cost: $30 (includes set of four Abbey Windows guidebooks)
Registration and payment required by June 8 | Minimum 8 participants

 

 

June 16, July 14, August 11

Summer 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.

Please note: participants have the option of attending 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, 4:30 p.m. Mass, and 5:05 p.m.
Evening Prayer with the Norbertine Community.

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
Cost: $35 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, private room, refreshments, lunch,
Abbey amenities)
Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

View detailed retreat information on the Retreats page.

 

 

June 17

Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Mark Falcone, O. Praem.

St. Norbert Abbey has a resident poet! He is Dr. Mark Falcone, O. Praem., whose works appear in numerous poetry anthologies and often celebrate humanity and people's relationships with animals, nature, and God. Join him for a poetry reading, Experience the Doorway to Life.

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

 

 


PLEASE NOTE: This retreat is full to capacity.

June 19-21

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

 

 

June 25

Labyrinth Presentation and Walk

Accompanied by the sound of the Native American flute

The labyrinth is a tool of integration between mind and body. Walking the labyrinth can be a time to surrender to life's journey with an open heart and open mind. Learn more about this ancient meditative prayer form, and walk the labyrinth adjacent to the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, based on the design within the floor of Chartres Cathedral (AD 1220).

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. (rain or shine)
Presenter: Kathie Tilot, Keith McGillivray (flutist)
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

July 8

Coffee and Conversation with Sr. Bridget Stumpf, OSF

Icons are more than religious art; they are a means for connecting us with God and God's love. Sr. Bridget Stumpf, OSF, Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, understands this visual form of prayer. She developed an appreciation for icons after receiving one as a gift fifteen years ago. Join Sr. Bridget as she shares her insights and love of icons, enabling participants to see them in a whole new light

Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
Presenter: Sr. Bridget Stumpf, OSF
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

July 22

Book of Ruth Retreat


"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 amid challenges. Within this retreat, the story of Ruth is retold 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 presentations, refreshments, lunch)
Registration and payment required by July 15 | Minimum 8 participants

View detailed retreat information on the Retreats page.

 

 

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. The Norbertine Center for Spirituality is pleased to be able to host this retreat and 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, private 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

View detailed retreat information on the Retreats page.

 

 

August 5

Coffee and Conversation with Deacon Fred Sarno, O. Praem.

Sometimes seeds are planted early, only to grow later in life. That may be the case for Fred Sarno, O. Praem., who became a deacon after taking early retirement in 2006. Get to know the newest member of the Norbertine Community of De Pere and discover what has led him to this life of service.

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

 

 

August 12

Introduction to 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. 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: ongoing Centering Prayer sessions are offered Tuesday mornings at 7:10 a.m. See our Ongoing Programs for more information.

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

View detailed retreat information on the Retreats page.

 

 

August 15

Body, Mind, and Soul: Yoga and the Labyrinth

Enjoy 30 minutes of yoga followed by a meditative labyrinth walk on the lovely, peaceful grounds of St. Norbert Abbey. Yoga increases flexibility and balance, as well as reduces stress. The labyrinth is a tool of integration between mind and body. Expect to be refreshed, relaxed, and ready for the day! This program is for all ages and all levels of yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes; and bring a water bottle and a mat. (A few mats will be available for those who do not have them.)

Saturday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (rain or shine)
Facilitator: Mary Gerndt (certified yoga instructor)
Cost: $5
Registration and payment required by August 7 | Minimum 8 participants

 

 

September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8

Fall 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.

Please note: participants have the option of attending 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, 4:30 p.m. Mass, and 5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer with the Norbertine Community.

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Facilitator: Kathie Tilot
Cost: $35 (includes orientation, introduction to prayer styles, private room, refreshments, lunch,
Abbey amenities)
Registration and payment required one week prior to each session

View detailed retreat information on the Retreats page.

 

 

September 8, 22, October 6

Providence, Suffering, and Freedom

A non-credit mini-course open to all

Given the experiences of evil, suffering, and freedom in the world and in our lives, the phrase "God's Will" has come under critical scrutiny. Join Dr. Howard Ebert, Religious Studies professor, St. Norbert College, as he examines various possibilities for "making sense" of traditional Christianity's belief in an all-powerful, allloving, providential God in light of personal and social suffering, and the radicalness of human freedom.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Howard Ebert
Cost: $50
Registration and payment required by September 1 | Minimum 15 participants

 

 

September 9

Finding Balance: The Practice of Mindfulness for Resilience and Well-Being

This one-hour introductory class provides a basic orientation to the practice and the potential benefits of mindfulness. Participants learn more about a variety of mindfulness practices and gain insights into how mindfulness can enrich their lives. The introduction includes an exploration of the six-week Finding Balance course which begins September 23.

Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

September 10

From the Maas River to the Fox River:
Norbertine Beginnings in Northeast Wisconsin

2015 marks the 900th anniversary of the conversion of Norbert of Xanten. Learn more about this man who founded the Canons Regular of Prémontré, France. Discover what brought Abbot Bernard Pennings, O. Praem., to the Door Peninsula in the 1890s, as well as the history behind the eventual founding of St. Norbert College and St. Norbert Abbey. The story of Norbertine beginnings in Northeast Wisconsin is fascinating, and reflects the rich local heritage of the Norbertine Order.

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

 

 

*NEW*

September 14, 21, 28 or September 16, 23, 30

Caring for God's Creation:
A Discussion Series on Pope Francis' Laudato Si

Pope Francis has again broken new ground as the first pontiff to write an encyclical specifically addressing ecology and the environment. This three-part series will explore each of the six chapters of this important letter to us as we discover new and better ways to be stewards of God's creation.

Please note: participants will need to download or purchase Laudato Si and read two chapters in preparation for each session.

Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Monday Facilitators: Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., Kathie Tilot
Wednesday Facilitators: Marge Mattice, Tony Pichler
Donations accepted for Catholic Climate Covenant, an environmental justice cause
Registration required one week in advance | Minimum 6 participants

 

 

September 17

Understanding the Language of Dreams

The Talmud says, "An unexplored dream is like an unopened letter from God." Travel through the inner dreamscape, discover ways to remember and record dreams, and listen for the voice of God speaking through the symbolic language of dreams. Feel free to bring your journal.

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

 

 

September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28

Finding Balance: A Six-Week Course in Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Mindfulness is the practice of moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness of one's experiences—emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational. Through weekly disciplined practice, participants learn mindfulness skills which may help one achieve greater balance, adaptability, and the capacity to live life with greater ease.

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA
Cost: $80 (includes presentations, handouts)
Registration and payment required by September 16 | Minimum 10 participants for each session

 

 

*NEW*

September 24

Pope2Congress Watch Party

Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff to address the United States Congress on this historic occasion. The morning will begin with a continental breakfast, continue with an experience of a live "look-in" from a person on the grounds at the U.S. Capitol, and feature Pope Francis' address to Congress. Following the live-streamed presentation by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a panel consisting of local voices in the areas of immigration, the environment, and poverty will react to the message of the Holy Father. Plenty of time will be allotted for comments and questions.

Reaction Panel:

  • Jesse Brunette
    Catholic Charities, Diocese of Green Bay
  • Carol DeGroot
    Retired Environmental Science Educator
    Active Member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay
  • Maureen Manion, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus of Political Science, St. Norbert College
  • Deacon Luis Sanchez
    St. Willebrord Parish, Green Bay

Schedule:

7:45 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
8:10 a.m. – Live Look-In From the Capitol Steps
8:20 a.m. – Pope Francis' Presentation
9 a.m. – Reaction Panel
9:20 a.m. – Facilitated Discussion
9:55 a.m. – Closing Comments

Thursday, 7:45-10 a.m.
Presenters: Pope Francis and a reaction panel facilitated by Tony Pichler
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by September 21

 

 

September 24

Finding Peace of Mind and Heart Amid Change and Tragedy

So much of life is beyond one's control. Is it really possible to find peace of mind in a world filled with pain? Faith reveals a way and empowers us to chart a course and determine our response to life. With Scripture, story, art, and other resources, this session offers some practical strategies.

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

 

 

September 29

The Old Testament: Book of Leviticus

The law codes of the Old Testament seek to offer a coherent picture of the world for the ancient Israelites to use in their relationship with God, one another, and the natural world. Dr. Thomas Bolin, Religious Studies professor, St. Norbert College, has captivated audiences at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality these past few years with his knowledge, insights, wisdom, and humor. Join us as he helps makes sense of the "purity laws" in the Book of Leviticus, a book that is often overlooked and underappreciated by Christian readers.

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

 

 

October 3

Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis, whose Feast Day is October 4, 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. Gather in the Abbey Church parking lot on the south side of the Abbey.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. (rain or shine)
Celebrant: Fr. John Kastenholz, O. Praem.
Donations accepted for Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, a local no-kill shelter
Registration appreciated

 

 

October 5, 12

Shakespeare and Catholicism: The Tempest

The Tempest was William Shakespeare's final play and is considered his farewell to the stage. However, few people know that it really espouses Shakespeare's philosophical view of the moral nature of humankind. Within this two-part series, the first week includes viewing a video of The Tempest performed at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, with Christopher Plummer playing Prospero. The second week includes lecture and discussion of the play, as well as Shakespeare's philosophical view of humankind, with special emphasis on his Catholic perspective.

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Fr. David Komatz, O. Praem.
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by September 28 | Minimum 8 participants

 

 

October 7

Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Bartholomew Agar, O. Praem.

Every person has a story to tell. For this Norbertine priest, musician, and teacher whose career spanned more than forty years, his story begins in Philadelphia, where he was born and raised and where part of his heart remains. Learn what brought Fr. Bart to St. Norbert College and discover how he continues to impact people through his love of music and the Abbey organ.

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

 

 

October 15

Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem. Abbey Lecture Series
Wisdom for the Journey: What It Means for Us and our Faith Communities

What does the faith journey ask of us? According to Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, internationally renowned leader, educator, and retreat facilitator, what is needed in our contemporary time and at all times is mature individuals, as well as mature church communities. This presentation explores biblical images that provide wisdom for our process of growth in both areas.

Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, is the Program Director at Excel, Inc., a community service organization serving the needs of the poor in Okolona, Mississippi. She is past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., with reception to follow
Presenter: Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by October 12

 

 

October 22

I Hear God Laughing: One Woman's Journey of Faith
From Africa to the Bars and Brothels of the Inner City

Please note: this presentation is being held at St. Norbert College in the Fort Howard Theater of the Bemis
Conference Center.

Edwina Gateley reminds us that the fruit of God never leaves us and will lead and guide us no matter how dark and difficult the path. Within this presentation we will explore how prayer and faith empower us to go further than we think we can. We will be amazed at the reality of the Grace of God in our world and will also enjoy an evening of storytelling and laughter.

Please note: immediately following the presentation, a reception is being held.

Thursday, 7-8:15 p.m.
Presenter: Edwina Gateley
Cost: No fee

 

 

October 23-24

Soul Sisters: A Retreat for Women
Rediscovering Our Sisters in Scripture and Reclaiming the Feminine Soul

During this retreat, the role of women in Scripture is explored from a woman's perspective. See these models of faith come alive in this contemporary interpretation. Feminine images of God are examined as well as the importance of compassion in the process of healing ourselves and our planet. This time together will affirm us in our call to be healers and nurturers, bringing us hope in a broken world.

Friday, 4:30 p.m.-Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Edwina Gateley
Cost: $125 (includes presentations, private room, meals)
Commuters: $90 (includes presentations, meals)
Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by October 16
Maximum 50 participants


View detailed retreat information on the Retreats page.

Edwina Gateley, international retreat facilitator and lecturer, prolific author, and awardwinning humanitarian, is a most courageous woman with a prophetic voice who is literally changing the world.

Born and raised in England, Edwina earned a Masters of Theology degree from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. There, she spent more than a year on the streets walking with homeless and exploited women. It was during this time that she founded Genesis House, a home for women involved in prostitution. Prior to her work in Chicago, Edwina served as a teacher and lay missionary for four years in Uganda, where she established a school for girls. In 1969, she founded the Volunteer Missionary Movement, an organization that recruits and trains lay missionaries.

Edwina has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Spirit of St. Francis Award: Outstanding Catholic Laywoman in the State of Illinois; Catholic Woman of the Year in England and Wales; and the Oscar Romero Award from Mercyhurst College, Pennsylvania. Both Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and President Bill Clinton publicly commended Edwina's work and ministry, and she has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

 

 

October 27

To Heaven and Back: The Journey of a Roman Catholic Priest

Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem., who had an afterlife experience following a major heart attack, believes wholeheartedly that, "Yes, Heaven is real!" Within this enlightening and hope-filled evening, Fr. John weaves personal experience and Catholic/Christian tradition in an exploration of life after death. His newly-published book, To Heaven and Back: The Journey of a Roman Catholic Priest, is being sold at the event.

Please note: immediately following the presentation, a reception with book signing is being held.

Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem.
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required | Maximum 140 participants—first come, first served

 

 

October 29

Project Holiness: Real Wisdom from Real Married Couples

Dr. Bridget Burke Ravizza, Religious Studies professor, St. Norbert College, and Julie Donovan Massey, Senior Director for Mission and Ministry, St. Norbert College, surveyed and interviewed married couples for their new book on Catholic marriage, Project Holiness: Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints. In this presentation they share wisdom from their research—highlighting what the lived experience of these couples can teach us about holiness in marriage.

Please note: immediately following the presentation, a reception with book signing is being held.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenters: Dr. Bridget Burke Ravizza, Julie Donovan Massey
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

October 31

Deepening the Spiritual Life: The Journey Continues

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 offering is not only for those who have participated in previous Deepening the Spiritual Life sessions, but also for those who are new to this experience.

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 retreat by calling 920.337.4315.

Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Facilitator: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
Cost: $50 (includes presentations, handouts, morning refreshments, lunch)
Registration and payment required by October 23 | Minimum 10 participants

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November 2

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

Veterans continue to teach us about trauma, recovery, and healing. Just as people who experience an earthquake never forget, the after-tremors of trauma can ripple through survivors and their loved ones for years to come. Join us as veterans and family members share their post-service journey. Learn how essential needs are met by the veterans and family members alike.

Monday, 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 4

Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Brendan McKeough, O. Praem.

From accounting and economics professor to missionary, Fr. Brendan McKeough, O. Praem., has shared his love of God in the classroom and beyond. Get to know this man with a servant's heart, and learn why working with the children of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras has been the highlight of his career.

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

 

 

November 5

St. Teresa of Avila: Transformed by God's Love

2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. Come to know the deep wisdom of this Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and Doctor of the Church. Learn how her rather ordinary life transformed itself into one of intense passion for God and the spiritual growth of God's people.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Sr. Diane Baumann, ANG
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

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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    November 17

    A Vision for Ending Homelessness in Brown County

    In support of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Dr. Karina O'Malley, one of the area's leading voices regarding homelessness, is joining us.

    In 1984 when Dr. Karina O'Malley began teaching at St. Norbert College, she brought not only her academic expertise, but also her experience with and compassion for those who are homeless. While thirty years ago many did not believe that there were homeless people in Brown County, today research and experience prove otherwise.

    Dr. O'Malley suggests that "ending homelessness is a choice which rests more on those housed than the homeless," although solutions can only be successful when shared. Join us for an evening with this truly prophetic woman who believes that if we can "share our visions of what it means to come home," then perhaps we will find a way to welcome home those who are homeless.

    Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Presenter: Dr. Karina O'Malley
    Cost: Free will offering with all proceeds donated to St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    November 19

    Capitalism: A Force for Good

    In his first papal exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis calls for "the return of economics and finance to an ethical approach which favors human beings." How can morals, ethics, and values be instilled in a world marked by greed and power? Drawing on his experience in the corporate world, Frater Jordan Neeck, O. Praem., offers examples of inspired leadership.

    Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Frater Jordan Neeck, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    November 20

    A Morning for Caregivers

    Caring for another can be a rewarding experience, an act of kindness and love. It is also a challenging role that can leave one feeling overwhelmed and alone. In this morning for caregivers, participants find respite from the demands of caregiving, encouragement from those on the journey, and support—body, mind, and spirit.

    Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
    Presenter: Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem.
    Cost: $10 (includes presentations, refreshments)
    Registration and payment required by November 13

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    December 5, 12

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

    Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
    December 5    Advent and the Landscape of Justice and Joy
    Join us for a visual meditation on images from the Gospel of Luke, preparing
    the way of the Lord.

    Presenter: Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem.
    December 12    An Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
    Come explore the possibilities of this "year of favor" from the Lord.
    Presenter: Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem.
    Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
    Registration appreciated

     

     

    December 9

    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 recently led to volunteer in Israel for six months. Join us 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

     

    SAVE THE DATE: A Day for Men — Saturday, March 5, 2016

    We are collaboratively planning the 2016 A Day for Men with the Diocese of Green Bay. The event will include several nationally renowned keynote speakers and topics for men of all ages. Watch for details!
     
     
     
     

    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 transform us. You are invited to join us every week or every once in a while.

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

     

     

    Centering Prayer

    Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which helps us open our minds and heart to God beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It is a way of 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.
    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.

    Facilitator: Kathie Tilot

     

     

    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 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6
    Session 2   October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10
    Session 3   November 17, 24, December 8, 15, 22
    Presenter: Barbara Kratz
    Cost: $10 per class (come every week or every once in a while—pay as you go)
    Please note: those who purchase a full session ($50) qualify for daily use of the pool during the session.

     

     

    T'ai Chi

    Often referred to as meditation in motion, t'ai chi is a series of slow, continuous movements done without strain but with care and attention, providing exercise and toning for every part of the body. Learn how to release tension and stay centered with this ancient art form. People of all ages and physical abilities can learn t'ai chi; no experience is necessary.

    Mondays, 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 10 a.m.
    Instructor: Eric Peters
    Cost: First class is free. Packages of 5 classes ($50) and 10 classes ($95) are available.
    Complimentary instructional DVD is included with purchase of a package. To register or for additional information, call Eric Peters: 920.366.0899

     

     

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

    For years, veterans have participated in these sessions at the Norbertine 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 assist those participating. Male and female veterans with PTSD or those affected by trauma while serving are encouraged to attend. For additional information visit www.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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