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Programs

Winter/Spring 2016

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REGISTRATION, PAYMENT, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

- Register online at www.norbertines.org, call 920.337.4315, or e-mail ncs@norbertines.org for assistance.

- Pre-registration for any of our offerings is much appreciated.

- Credit cards are accepted online and in person.

- There is a suggested donation of $5 per program or per session, unless otherwise indicated.

- We believe that money is not meant to be an obstacle on your spiritual journey, and if you cannot pay the suggested fee, financial assistance may be available.

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December

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

8 – Winter Day of Prayer and Reflection
9 – Coffee and Conversation with Patricia De Groot
10 – Candlelight Labyrinth Walk
12 – Advent Series:
An Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

17 – Las Posadas Celebration
20 – Taizé Prayer


January

3 – Schola d'Arezzo Concert:
Gregorian chant of the Christmas season

12 – Winter Day of Prayer and Reflection
13, 20, 27 – Giggles, Wiggles, and God
13 – Resolutions, Atonement, and the Myth of Willpower
14 – A Secret No Longer:
Pope Francis Rekindles Catholic Social
Teaching

16 – Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women
17 – Taizé Prayer
20 – Coffee and Conversation with
Fr. Kenneth De Groot, O. Praem.

21 – Pints with a Purpose Series:
Making a Difference

28 – Emerging from the Shadows:
The Issue of Human Sex Trafficking

 

February

2 – Walking into Lent with St. Paul
4 – A Morning with St. Brigid of Ireland:
Sacred Fire of Healing and Hope

4 – An Irish Celebration:
An Evening of St. Brigid, Music, and Mead

9 – Winter Day of Prayer and Reflection
10, 17, 24 – Giggles, Wiggles, and God
11 – An Evening Away for Mothers with Young Children
Series:
Expressing Love When the Honeymoon is
Over

13 – Lenten Series:
Jesus is Tempted in the Wilderness

18 – Twilight Retreat: The Prodigal Son
20 – Lenten Series: The Transfiguration of Jesus
20 – Sing to the Lord: Music in
Parishes Workshop

21 – Taizé Prayer
25 – Creating a Personal Prayer Space
27 – Lenten Series: The Woman at the Well

 

March

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

5 – Men for All Seasons:
A Men's Spirituality Conference

8 – Winter Day of Prayer and Reflection
9 – Coffee and Conversation with
Deacon Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem.

10 – Fostering Understanding:
Stories of Immigration

12 – Lenten Series:
The Woman Caught in Adultery

20 – Taizé Prayer
24-27 – Triduum Retreat with
Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA

31 – Pints with a Purpose Series:
Hops and the Holy Land

 
April

6 – Laudato Si (On Care for
Our Common Home): An Overview

12 – Spring Day of Prayer and Reflection
14 – Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem.
Abbey Lecture Series:
A Ministry of Mercy—
Blessing the World with the Liberating Power
of God

16 – Canon John O. Bruce Memorial
Organ Concert: Hector Olivera

17 – Taizé Prayer
20, 27 – Laudato Si (On Care for Our
Common Home): A Discussion Series

22-24 – Wisdom Figures: Fellow-Pilgrims
Who Point the Way: A Retreat with Most
Rev. Robert F. Morneau

24 – Schola d'Arezzo Concert:
Gregorian chant of the Easter Season

26 – Where Have All the Abbeys Gone?
Norbertine Footprints in Spain

 

May

3 – The Old Testament: The Book of Psalms
4, 11, 18 – Giggles, Wiggles, and God
4 – Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common
Home): A Discussion Series

10 – Spring Day of Prayer and Reflection
11 – Coffee and Conversation with
Fr. Bill Ribbens, O. Praem.

13-15 – Finding Balance:
A Mindfulness Retreat

15 – Taizé Prayer
14 – Who is "Grace" and What
Makes Her So "Amazing"?

18 – Art as Divine Creativity: Allowing
the Inner Artist to Come Out and Play

19 – The Abbey: A Book Discussion
with Abbot Gary Neville, O. Praem.

21– Canon John O. Bruce Memorial Organ
Concert: Gregory Hand

24 – Models for Living in the Land
of the Free

 

June

14 – Spring Day of Prayer and Reflection
16 – Sunset Labyrinth Walk
19 – Taizé Prayer
17-23 – Summer Directed Retreat
24-26 – Finding God in All Things:
A Silent Ignatian Retreat

 
September

23-25 – Wisdom Figures: Fellow-Pilgrims
Who Point the Way: A Retreat with Most
Rev. Robert F. Morneau

 

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
 
 

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 Morning Prayer at 8 a.m. and Mass 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 8, January 12, February 9, March 8

Winter Days of Prayer and Reflection

Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. A Winter Day of Prayer and Reflection offers 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.-3 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

 

 

December 9

Coffee and Conversation with Patricia De Groot

Patricia is a pilgrim, 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 three 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

 

 

December 10

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk


“The labyrinth is an archetype of wholeness, a sacred place that helps us rediscover the depths of our souls.”
—Lauren Artress, Walking a Sacred Path

As an ancient symbol of life’s journey and a path of prayer, the labyrinth can be experienced as a personal pilgrimage, helping one find new insights and inner peace. Walk the labyrinth at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, a labyrinth based on the design within the floor of Chartres Cathedral (AD 1220). For those new to the labyrinth, a brief introduction is offered.

Please note: the labyrinth walk will be held outdoors. Dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be held indoors on a large canvas labyrinth.

Thursday, 6:15 p.m. optional presentation in the Killeen Room; 6:30-7:30 p.m. labyrinth walk
Presenter: Kathie Tilot, Keith McGillivray (flutist)
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by December 7

 

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 Norbertine Center for Spirituality’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.
 
 
 

December 17

Las Posadas Celebration


Please note: this program is being held in the Parish Center at St. Willebrord, 209 S. Adams St., Green Bay.

Las Posadas (translated to mean “The Inns”) is a nine-day novena which calls to mind Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in anticipation of Jesus’ birth. Celebrated in many Hispanic countries, Las Posadas brings the story to life with prayer and song. The evening includes a brief description and celebration of the custom of Las Posadas, followed by a bilingual rosary, music, cookies, and hot chocolate. Experience a well-loved tradition with the St. Willebrord Parish community on this, the second evening of the novena.

Thursday, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
Presenter: Veronica Sanchez
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by December 14

 

 

January 13

Giggles, Wiggles, and God

This lively, interactive series is designed for toddlers (ages 2-3) and their parents, grandparents, or caretakers. Action songs, movement, stories, and music are included within the sessions, with the wonder of God woven throughout. This developmental offering will delight little ones and entertain adults as well.

Wednesdays, 10-10:45 a.m.

Session 1         January 13, 20, 27
Session 2         February 10, 17, 24
Session 3         May 4, 11, 18

Facilitator: Jane Berkovitz
Cost: $25 per session
Registration and payment required one week prior to each session
Minimum 5 participants per session

 

 

January 13

Resolutions, Atonement, and the Myth of Willpower

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Are you still contemplating making one? Perhaps you would like to lose weight, develop an exercise routine, or attempt a more disciplined prayer life? Fifty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only eight percent keep them for six months or longer! This presentation explores ways to make your resolutions sustainable and meaningful while offering a fresh perspective on this annual ritual and its symbolism. A perfect way to begin 2016!

Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Judy Turba Roemer, LPC
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

January 14

A Secret No Longer: Pope Francis Rekindles Catholic Social Teaching

It has long been said that Catholic social teaching is the best-kept secret of the Catholic Church. This is no longer the case as Pope Francis and his prophetic statements and actions have reawakened people of all faith traditions (and those with none) regarding justice in the world today. This overview session, facilitated by Catherine Orr, Living Justice director of the Diocese of Green Bay, and Tony Pichler, co-director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, is based on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching as viewed through the lens of the 21st century, and serves as a backdrop for future justice presentations.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenters: Catherine Orr, Tony Pichler
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

UPCOMING SOCIAL JUSTICE PRESENTATIONS

January 28 – Emerging from the Shadows: The Issue of Human Sex Trafficking
March 10 – Fostering Understanding: Stories of Immigration
April 6 – Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home): An Overview
April 20, 27, May 4 – Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home): A Discussion Series

 
 
 
 

January 16

Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women

At this time we have reached our maximum number of participants. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please call 920.337.4315.

Inspirational, enlightening speakers fill the morning with insights, wisdom, and knowledge. Topics for the mind, body, and soul 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.

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 11
Maximum 150 participants

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January 20

Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Kenneth De Groot, O. Praem.

Twenty-five years ago, Hispanic immigrants to Green Bay had no permanent spiritual home. That changed, however, when the doors of St. Willebrord Parish were opened to them. Fr. Ken, beloved pastor, shares his story and invites us to open our hearts to the people, customs, and culture of our Hispanic sisters and brothers.

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

 

 

January 21

Pints with a Purpose Series
Making a Difference

Albert Schweitzer, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning philosopher, once said, “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Alexia Wood, executive director of St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, has found her destiny as a young adult serving the most poor and marginalized of our community. Come share a pint of Titletown beer, soft drinks, and snacks, as well as conversation with other young adults in their 20s and 30s for this inaugural offering of the Pints with a Purpose Series. Special thanks to Titletown Brewing Company for providing its award-winning beer.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Alexia Wood
Cost: $10 (includes presentation, beer, snacks, soft drinks)
Registration and payment required by January 18

 

 

January 28

Emerging from the Shadows: The Issue of Human Sex Trafficking


“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”
—Pope Francis

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which children and adults are controlled and exploited for profit through atrocities such as sexual exploitation and forced labor. It is a crime that is not only limited to third-world countries, but also happening in Northeast Wisconsin. Sr. Celine shares survivors’ stories as well as details about the prevalence of human sex trafficking. Learn to recognize the warning signs that can help identify dangerous situations in our own neighborhoods.

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

 

 

February 2

Walking into Lent with St. Paul

Lent takes on new meaning this year for Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem., who recently spent time in Greece, Turkey, and the Holy Land. Journey with him as he shares images, stories, and reflections from his travels. Visit Corinth, where St. Paul wove the lived experience of the Corinthians into the Gospel message of salvation through the crucified and Risen Christ. Consider how our own stories are woven into the Christian message of peace and grace in the world.

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

 

 

February 4

A Morning with St. Brigid of Ireland: Sacred Fire of Healing and Hope

St. Brigid is one of Ireland’s most beloved saints—and not without good reason! The words poet, metal-worker, healer, and teacher have all been associated with her. Join Julianne Stanz, a native of Ireland and director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, as she separates myth from legend and shares insights from the life of St. Brigid. Create your own St. Brigid cross while enjoying stories, refreshments, and the hospitality of the Emerald Isle.

Thursday, 9-11 a.m.
Presenter: Julianne Stanz
Cost: $15 (includes presentation, refreshments, materials)
Registration and payment required by January 28
Maximum 80 participants

 

 

February 4

An Irish Celebration: An Evening of St. Brigid, Music, and Mead
(along with a wee bit of ale and spirits)

Join us for a spiritual pilgrimage to the sacred spaces and places of St. Brigid of Ireland, where you can still hear the echoes of ancient voices through music, art, photography, and storytelling. Our guides are natives of Ireland: Julianne Stanz, who shares her insights on the life of St. Brigid, and musician Gerry Sloan, better known as Wild Irish Gerry, who plays a mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes. Add samplings of mead, ale, spirits, breads, and cheeses and you have the makings of a memorable night. Sláinte!

Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Presenters: Julianne Stanz, Wild Irish Gerry
Cost: $25 (includes presentation, samples, music)
Registration and payment required by January 28
Maximum 80 participants

 

 

February 11

An Evening Away for Mothers with Young Children Series
Expressing Love When the Honeymoon is Over


The Evenings Away for Mothers with Young Children Series includes a wine and cheese reception followed by a presentation and time to share with other moms.

During the early stages of being “in love” relationships are rather easy. Love notes are written, precious gifts are given, and compliments are shared frequently. But what happens when the honeymoon stage is over and the laundry is piling up, and the kids are driving you crazy? 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.”

Thursday, 6 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. presentation and sharing
Facilitator: Judy Turba
Cost: $20 (includes presentation, appetizers, wine, soft drinks)
Registration and payment required by February 8

 

 

February 13, 20, 27, March 12

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 Morning Prayer at 8 a.m. and Mass at 8:30 a.m.

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

 

February 13
Luke 4:1-3
Jesus is Tempted in the Wilderness
Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem.

 

February 20
Luke 9:28b-36
The Transfiguration of Jesus
Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem.
Dustin Katona | Youth Ministry Coordinator

 

February 27
John 4:5-42
The Woman at the Well
Fr. David Komatz, O. Praem.

 

March 12
John 8:1-11
The Woman Caught in Adultery
Sr. Marla Clercx, ANG | Pastoral leader

 

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

 

 

February 18

Twilight Retreat: The Prodigal Son

Msgr. Jim Feely is known for his compelling translations of Gospel stories, and the parable of the Prodigal Son is a perfect choice during this Lenten season. Have you ever wondered why Jesus tells the parable and to whom it is directed? Could it be that Jesus is speaking to us today? Hear the story of the Prodigal Son as perhaps you have never heard it before. Reflect on your own life journey and enter into the Lenten experience in the company of others.

Please note: Twilight retreats offer the opportunity to refresh and renew by offering participants an evening of prayer, reflection, and enrichment. While the retreat begins with an introduction at 5:15 p.m., you can extend your experience by joining the Norbertine community for Mass at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 5:15-8 p.m.
Presenter: Msgr. Jim Feely
Cost: $20 (includes dinner, presentations)
Registration and payment required by February 11
Minimum 12 participants

 

 

February 20

Sing to the Lord: Music in Parishes Workshop


This workshop is co-presented as a special project of the Diocese of Green Bay’s Office of Divine Worship, St. Norbert Abbey, and St. Norbert College.

This workshop provides an opportunity to gather with other area pastoral musicians and liturgists to “break open” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship and reflect upon its practical impact on music ministry within parish life. The event is open to the public and specifically designed for those engaged in or preparing for parish music ministry: leaders, members, pastors, and pastoral leaders, as well as students and anyone interested in learning about the integral role of music within Catholic liturgy. Details and registration can be found online at www.gbdioc.org/music2016. Contact Michael Poradek with questions (920.272.8342,mporadek@gbdioc.org).

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Presenters: Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem. | Director, Center for Norbertine Studies, St. Norbert College
Dr. Michael Frisch, O. Praem. | Director of Music, St. Norbert Abbey
Michael Poradek | Director, Divine Worship, Diocese of Green Bay
Dr. Jason McFarland | Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
Dcn. Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem. | St. Norbert Abbey
Devin Atteln | Organist and Assistant Director of Music, St. Norbert Abbey

 

Cost: $20; $10 for students (includes presentations, handouts, morning refreshments, lunch)
Registration and payment required by February 13
Maximum 100 participants

 

 

February 25

Creating a Personal Prayer Space

What is important to God is not where you pray, but that you pray. Judith prayed in her tent. The apostle Paul prayed in prison. Jesus prayed in a garden. We can pray almost anywhere but most of us need a special place to “get away from it all” so that we can focus on what is really important in our lives. Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem., offers suggestions for creating your own personal prayer space. See several of the prayer spaces he has created at St. Norbert Abbey, some rarely open to the public.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by February 22
Minimum 8 participants

 

 

March 1

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

Join us in praying the Stations of the Cross through a guided, visual meditation of the traditional 14 “halting places” that remind us of the posture and person of Christ in our midst. See resemblances, similarities, and overlapping truths between the signs and symbols of Christ’s passion, contemporary Christianity, and culture.

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

 

 

March 5

Men for All Seasons: A Men’s Spirituality Conference

Co-sponsored by St. Norbert Abbey, the Diocese of Green Bay, and Esto Vir
This year, St. Norbert Abbey’s annual Day for Men is a collaborative event being held at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Men of all ages gather together for a day of inspiration, education, challenge, community, and prayer. Program descriptions, schedule, and registration can be found online at
www.gbmensconference.com.

Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

 

Keynote speakers: Mike McCarthy | Head coach, Green Bay Packers
Antonio Soave | Former professional soccer player, international businessman
Rev. Peter Mitchell | Pastor, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Greenville, Wisconsin)
Jim VandeHey | Lay minister, outdoorsman

 

Emcee: Harry Sydney | Former player and coach, Green Bay Packers

 

Cost: $50 (includes presentations, refreshments, lunch)
$40 (friends of St. Norbert Abbey receive a $10 discount on tickets by using the code abbey10 at checkout)
$40 Young adults (20s and 30s)
$25 High school and college students
Online registration required by February 29 at www.gbmensconference.com

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March 9

Coffee and Conversation with
Deacon Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem.

During his time in formation at St. Norbert Abbey, Dcn. Brad has often served as cantor for Mass, Taizé Prayer, and the daily Liturgy of the Hours. Those experiences and his studies in theology and liturgy have helped him integrate his love of liturgy and music into his prayer life. In this program Dcn. Brad shares his passion for sacred ritual music and how sung prayer has helped him develop a relationship with God.

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

 

 

March 10

Fostering Understanding: Stories of Immigration


“Compassion grows with the inner recognition that your neighbor
shares your humanity with you.”
—Henri Nouwen

Immigrants (people without United States citizenship at birth) comprise approximately five percent of the total population of Wisconsin, the majority coming from Central America. But behind the numbers are people with stories to share—stories of risk, hardship, and hope. Fr. Andrew Cribben, O. Praem., pastor at St. Willebrord Parish, Green Bay, offers a Catholic perspective of welcoming our “neighbor,” while two residents share their experiences of immigrating to Northeast Wisconsin. Hear their stories, learn of their struggles, and gain understanding.

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

 

 

March 24-27

Triduum Retreat with Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA
These Sacred Days: Scriptural Reflections on the Triduum

Join noted Scripture scholar, author, and educator, Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, for an in-depth experience of the richness of the Triduum readings. From the washing of the feet to the rising of the Lord, Sr. Dianne offers five compelling and engaging presentations throughout this retreat.

Retreatants are also invited to participate in the inspirational St. Norbert Abbey liturgies with the Norbertine community during their stay. As a 2015 participant offered, “There is no better place to enter into this sacred season.” A renowned retreat facilitator, St. Norbert Abbey, and the Norbertine community...a perfect way to experience the power and message of the Triduum and Easter.

Thursday, 4 p.m.-Easter Sunday liturgy, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA
Cost: $275 (includes presentations, room, meals)
Commuters: $120 (includes presentations, abbey amenities)

 

Please note: for commuters, meals at the abbey are available for an additional fee. Meal reservations
required by March 17.

 

Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by March 17
Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

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March 31

Pints with a Purpose Series
Hops and the Holy Land

Just as craft beer has enabled many of us to discover the previously unknown nuances of barley and hops, Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem., looks forward to sharing how his trip to Turkey, Greece, and the Holy Land has enabled him to discover previously unknown nuances of the history of sacred Scripture. Special thanks to Titletown Brewing Company for providing its award-winning beer.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Frater Michael Brennan, O. Praem.
Cost: $10 (includes presentation, beer, snacks, soft drinks)
Registration and payment required by March 24

 

 

April 6

Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home): An Overview


“What kind of world do we want to leave those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
—Pope Francis, Laudato Si

In his recent encyclical, Pope Francis appeals to all humankind to consider the future of our planet. Compelling, eloquent, and challenging yet optimistic, Pope Francis calls for a new path—one that considers the common good and reverence for the earth. The evening’s free will offering will be donated to Catholic Climate Covenant, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping educate U.S. Catholics on the connection between Catholic social teaching and care for our earth and climate.

Please note: a more in-depth consideration of Laudato Si is planned for later this month. See Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home): A Discussion Series.

Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presenters: Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., Marge Mattice
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

April 12, May 10, June 14

Spring Days of Prayer and Reflection


“Just having several undisturbed hours of quiet, without responsibilities, was rejuvenating for me. It was exactly what I was hoping for and needed.”
—a recent retreatant

Imagine a day filled with many ways to pray. Or imagine a day of nothing but quiet and solitude. A Spring Day of Prayer and Reflection offers 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.-3 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

 

 

April 14

Conrad J. Kratz, O. Praem. Abbey Lecture Series
A Ministry of Mercy—Blessing the World with the
Liberating Power of God

Pope Francis has declared 2016 “A Year of Mercy.” This should come as no surprise as mercy is not only a central biblical theme, but also the starting point for best understanding God. We know God most truly through God’s merciful love, through God’s compassionate care, and through God’s extravagant forgiveness. But mercy is also the starting point for recognizing what it means to be Christian, because Christians are called to follow in the way of Jesus who brought God’s merciful love to life in the world.

This presentation will consider both what it means to claim that God is best understood as merciful love and how Christians are called to be ministers of God’s mercy—living sacraments of God’s compassionate love in the world. Indeed, a Church that commits itself to embodying and witnessing God’s mercy brings hope to all who encounter it because mercy is a power that liberates, heals, restores, and gives life. As Pope Francis reminds us, “A little bit of mercy can change the world.”

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Dr. Paul Wadell, professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College, lectures internationally. He is the author of several books including Happiness and the Christian Moral Life and Friendship and the Moral Life. Dr. Wadell received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame. He remains one of the most popular lecturers at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality.

Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. with reception to follow
Presenter: Dr. Paul Wadell
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by April 10
Maximum 80 participants

 

 

April 16

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.
Facilitators: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA, Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ
Cost: $50 (includes presentations, handouts, morning refreshments, lunch)
Registration and payment required by April 8
Minimum 10 participants

 

 

April 20, 27, May 4

Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home): A Discussion Series

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 explores each of the six chapters of Laudato Si. Discover new and better ways to be stewards of God’s creation. Participants will need to download or purchase Laudato Si and read two chapters in preparation for each session.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenters: Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., Marge Mattice
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration required by April 13
Minimum 6 participants

 

 

April 22-24 or September 23-25

Wisdom Figures: Fellow-Pilgrims Who Point the Way
A Retreat with Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

The pilgrim journey is a journey in which we do not travel alone. God sends us companions to be agents of light, life, and love. Five wisdom figures—Evelyn Underhill, Douglas Steere, Dag Hammarskjöld, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux—have experienced and written about their encounter with God. Their vision, insights, and wisdom will be part of this retreat and help us to journey well.

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 one week prior to retreat
Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

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April 26

Where Have All the Abbeys Gone?
Norbertine Footprints in Spain

For seven centuries the Norbertines had a significant presence in Spain. Today only remnants of that presence remain. Join Br. Terrence Lauerman, O. Praem., whose academic and cultural work regularly takes him to Spain, as he offers an overview of many former Norbertine abbeys, the challenges faced by religious houses, and the status of those abbeys today. A rapid snapshot of abbeys of yesteryear is followed by virtual visits to the abbeys of Retuerta, San Leonardo, and la Caridad. A presentation on the Norbertine city par excellence, Ciudad Rodrigo, will feature art history and significant paintings. Immerse yourself in the music and art of Spain while sampling prized Spanish Retuerta wines and appetizers.

Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Br. Terrence Lauerman, O. Praem., art exhibit by Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.
Cost: $25 (includes presentation, wine samples, appetizers)
Registration and payment required by April 19
Maximum 80 participants

 

 

May 3

The Old Testament: The Book of Psalms


“More than any other book of the Bible, the Book of Psalms lets us glimpse the ‘soul’ of God’s people.”

—Mark Link, SJ

The Book of Psalms expresses in prayer the history, beliefs, and feelings of the people of Israel. The Psalms capture the range of human emotions and conditions: from longing to fulfilment and from suffering to joy. Dr. John Craghan, professor emeritus of Religious Studies, offers a context and exploration of the imagery and symbol of these poetic prayers.

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

 

 

May 11

Coffee and Conversation with Fr. Bill Ribbens, O. Praem.

Teacher, drug and alcohol abuse counselor, pastor to the Hispanic community—even house “mother” at Our Lady of Charity! Fr. Bill has spent a lifetime reaching out to others, including those who lack legal representation in civil court because of their inability to afford an attorney. Get to know this Norbertine who has made advocacy his vocation.

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

 

 

May 13-15

Finding Balance: A Mindfulness Retreat

Mindfulness is the practice of moment to moment, non-judgmental awareness of the full spectrum of one’s experience—emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational. Set in the context of daily prayer with the Norbertine community, this three-day immersion in mindfulness practice provides participants with the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness skills which can lead to greater balance, resilience, creativity, and ease of living.

Friday, 7 p.m.-Sunday, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Pr. Lee Goodwin, ELCA
Cost: $195 (includes presentations, room, meals)
Commuters: $125 (includes presentations, meals)
Registration and $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by May 6
Minimum 12 participants

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May 14

Who Is "Grace" and What Makes Her So “Amazing”?

Inspired by one of Christianity’s most beloved hymns, “Amazing Grace,” this women’s retreat celebrates our giftedness—those graces that help us become the best possible version of ourselves. Through story and Scripture, retreat leader Betty Manion invites us to reimagine our concept of grace: to see that by nurturing and using our gifts, we can be amazing and become grace to others.

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As a master storyteller, an engaging speaker, and a motivational presenter, Betty Manion continues to delight and inspire audiences after more than 25 years. She is currently director of religious education at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Her first book, Prayers Before the Bell–Inviting Christ Into the Classroom, was published in 2012.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Presenter: Betty Manion
Cost: $35 (includes presentation, lunch, refreshments)
Registration and payment required by May 6
Minimum 12 participants

 

 

May 18

Art as Divine Creativity: Allowing the Inner Artist to Come Out and Play


“[Theirs is] a messy God covered with paint, a laughing God delighting in creating, an artist, a dreamer.”
—Sr. Caroljean Willie, SC

For those who are creative, God can be found in studios, sewing rooms, and beautiful settings. Artists draw inspiration in color, bring ideas to life by using their imaginations, and possess a vision that sees beyond what appears real. God can be found in and through the act of creating. Join Rev. Tricia Matthew for a delightful morning of exploring art as prayer through painting, guided imagery, and reflection. No previous art experience is necessary. Coloring outside the lines is encouraged!

Wednesday, 9 a.m.-Noon
Presenter: Rev. Tricia Matthew
Cost: $25 (includes presentation, art materials)
Registration and payment required by May 13
Minimum 8 participants | Maximum 15 participants

 

 

May 19

The Abbey: A Book Discussion with Abbot Gary Neville, O. Praem.

In his debut novel, Fr. James Martin, SJ, offers a glimpse into the spiritual journeys of three people: a divorced single mom trying to make sense of the death of her son, a former architect whose life has taken an unexpected turn, and the abbot of the fictional Abbey of Saints Philip and James who questions how to best live a life that separates him from much of the world. The Abbey offers wisdom and insight into a journey toward wholeness. Who better to lead this book discussion than the abbot of our own St. Norbert Abbey! Please come prepared to discuss the book.

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

 

 

May 24

Models for Living in the Land of the Free

In his address to Congress, Pope Francis highlighted the contributions of four Americans who changed the course of history: Abraham Lincoln, Dorothy Day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fr. Thomas Merton. Seeing injustice, they took action...and did so despite great personal sacrifice. Spend an evening with Fr. Willie Van De Loo as he recounts the contributions of these great Americans and gain insight into what they can teach us today.

Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. Willie Van De Loo
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

June 16

Sunset Labyrinth Walk
Accompanied by the sound of wood flutes from around the world

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol of life’s journey—a path of prayer. As a tool of integration between mind and body, it can be experienced as a personal pilgrimage, helping one find new insights and inner peace. Walk the labyrinth at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality—a labyrinth based on the design within the floor of Chartres Cathedral (AD 1220). For those new to the labyrinth, a brief presentation is offered at 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, 6:15 p.m. optional presentation in the Killeen Room; 6:30-7:30 p.m. labyrinth walk
Presenter: Kathie Tilot, Keith McGillivray (flutist)
Cost: Free will offering (suggested donation $5)
Registration appreciated

 

 

June 17-23

Summer Directed Retreat

This retreat offers time for 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

Friday, 4 p.m.-Thursday, 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 $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by June 10

 

 

June 24-26

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 the Lord. Seven presentations are offered throughout the weekend followed by time for rich silence. We hope you will come and walk with us.

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 $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required by June 17
Maximum 50 overnight guests | Maximum 20 commuters

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EDWINA GATELEY RETURNS! October 21-23, 2016

Mark your calendar! Edwina Gateley, international retreat facilitator, lecturer, prolific author, and award-winning humanitarian, is joining us again. Her weekend retreat, Mystics, Rebels, and Prophets: Women Who Went Before Us and Walk with Us Today, will explore the lives of some amazing and valiant women: Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, and those brave and largely unknown women—the Beguines of the Middle Ages.

Retreat details and schedule will be posted online at www.norbertines.org and included in the Norbertine Center for Spirituality’s Summer/Fall 2016 program guide.
 
 
 

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             January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9
Session 2             February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15
Session 3             March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19
Session 4             April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

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: 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: Tim Mayer – 920.915.5595 | George Kamps – 920.265.5273

 

 
 
 
 
 
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