NCS News

Spiritual Direction

As seen in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 14)

Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

“What is taking up space in your heart?” asks Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, a spiritual director at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS), at the beginning of her spiritual direction sessions. Responses, like individuals, vary significantly because people are in different places and spaces on their spiritual journey. The good news is that all are welcome to grow in their relationship with God, self, and others through this ancient practice with contemporary relevance.

Spiritual direction provides the opportunity to grow in an awareness of God’s movements within oneself, explore questions of meaning and purpose, and consider issues that interfere with spiritual growth, thus helping one lead a more authentic, spiritual life.

The term “spiritual direction” can be a bit misleading—which is why it is sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual companioning. Spiritual directors do not direct as much as they provide a safe space for individuals to share their stories and access their own inner wisdom. Likewise, spiritual directors do not give advice or solve problems, distinguishing spiritual direction from counseling or therapy.

Kathie Tilot, spiritual direction coordinator

Kathie Tilot, spiritual direction coordinator

At the NCS, spiritual direction is offered as a one-to-one experience in a private setting. Spiritual directors, men and women, both ordained and non-ordained, have received extensive training and have made a commitment to their own personal spiritual growth.

Throughout the years, the NCS has offered spiritual direction to hundreds of grateful people. While a donation is suggested, money is never meant to be an obstacle and financial assistance may be available. For many, the spiritual direction relationship has been a sacred, enriching experience.

“I am grateful beyond words for the opportunity,” shared one spiritual direction participant. “It brings alive my relationship with God and allows me to see God in all aspects of my life. What a difference this has made!”

Are you being led to something deeper? To learn more about spiritual direction contact Kathie Tilot, spiritual direction coordinator, at 920.337.4340 or

Celebrating the Sacred Season of Lent 2017

February 15, 2017

During this sacred time of the year, St. Norbert Abbey offers a number of opportunities to enter into the depth and meaning of Lent.

Liturgical Schedule

You are welcome to join the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey as we gather in prayer.

Lenten Lessons and Chants

Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 7 p.m.

Join us for this time of Word, silence, and song.

LentIn this season of Lent, the Church invites us all to prepare for the Easter Feast through a deepening life of prayer, fasting, and works of mercy.

On the fifth Sunday of Lent, the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey is offering Lenten Lessons and Chants.

The abbey church will be filled with praise of God’s Mercy through Word (Scripture and other Christian writings), rich silence, and sacred music sung by Norbertine cantors and the Abbey Singers of St. Norbert College.

Learn more about the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Abbey Magazine (pages 4-5).

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Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women 2017 at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey

January 24, 2017

Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women 2017

Keynote presenter Jo Giarrante, M. Div., CPCC, speaks to a sold-out audience at the 2017 “Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women.”

Morning of Spiritual Renewal for Women 2017Inspirational, enlightening speakers filled the morning with insights, wisdom, and knowledge at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey on January 21, 2017. The keynote address, offered by gifted speaker Jo Giarrante, concluded the event with a soulful, hope-filled presentation. Added to this was a delicious lunch in the abbey dining room and the company of wonderful women—an experience enjoyed by a sold-out crowd of 165.

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In the News

Spiritual renewal program for women
January 12, 2017
The Green Bay Press-Gazette

Russell: New Year’s a time for spiritual renewal
December 30, 2016
The Oshkosh Northwestern

Keynote presenter Jo Girrante, M. Div., CPCC

Keynote presenter Jo Girrante, M. Div., CPCC

About the Keynote Presenter

Jo Giarrante, M. Div., CPCC, is a gifted speaker, spiritual director, and life coach whose heart transplant in 2007 helped her discover that the heart is more than just an organ that keeps us alive. The heart provides a path to wisdom and grace, whispering insight that enriches the spiritual journey and enhances our connection to the Holy.

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