Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ (center), offers spiritual direction and programs, as well as facilitates retreats and days of reflection at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey.Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ (center), offers spiritual direction and programs, as well as facilitates retreats and days of reflection at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey.

On the Road

Norbertine Center for Spirituality staff offer programs for your parish, school, or organization, either at St. Norbert Abbey or at your place of work or worship. A complete list of on-the-road programs and retreats currently being offered can be found below. Contact the Norbertine Center for Spirituality if you would like to receive more information about a particular offering or schedule an on-the-road event.

A Ministry of Strengths

Presenter: Tony Pichler

Do we minister from a basis of strengths or weaknesses? Whereas our world often impresses upon us a weakness mentality, it is when we live our strengths that we are truly in our ministry zone! This retreat is based on the Strengthsfinder tool found in Living Your Strengths and other resources published by Gallop.

The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer: Deepening Freedom

Presenter: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

“I never knew such a common prayer could be so powerful. It has taken on a whole new meaning in my life,” shared a recent participant. The Lord’s Prayer, as taught by Jesus, is a powerful tool for releasing fear and coming to authentic freedom. This prayer is relearned using the Aramaic language in which it was first spoken and experienced in order to discover its strength.

Authentic Freedom

Presenter: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

Many of us are prisoners of the perceptions we hold, which cause us to live a life that is not free. Within this presentation, fears that hold us captive are explored within the world and ourselves, including, “I am not loved,” “I am alone,” and “I am not free to express my truth.” It is the truths behind these fears that can lead us to live a life of “authentic freedom.”

The Book of Ruth

Facilitators: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, Judy Turba

A Half-Day or Day-Long Retreat for Women

“In the final analysis, the biblical women Ruth and Naomi are simply metaphors, models of all the women of the world who push and prod and guide and give support to the rest of us through all the trying moments of life, however momentous, however mundane.”

—Joan Chittister

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

A Compassionate Heart

Presenter: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”

—The Dalai Lama

What does compassion look like in God, in ourselves, and in our everyday ministry? A reflection on compassion offers a way of navigating our turbulent world.

I Was Hungry: An Examination of Catholic Social Teaching

Presenter: Tony Pichler

While poverty in Northeast Wisconsin is often a more hidden reality than in other larger communities, the reality is that many children, adults, and families are suffering from poverty in our area. Catholic Social Teaching (CST) provides a lens through which to view poverty and strive to seek solutions to this crisis. This workshop examines poverty in all of its many faces through CST with stories shared from local shelters, programs, and the streets.

Is Your God Too Small?

Presenter: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

As our faith develops, our image of God expands. The Christian heritage has many images and stories of God and Jesus. Explore lesser-known stories to broaden and deepen the reality of God in our lives.

Many Ways to Pray

Presenter: Kathie Tilot

St. Paul tells us to “pray always” (1 Thes 5:17). Fortunately, there are many ways to do so! In this interactive presentation you will learn the history behind some traditional prayers and get a chance to experience familiar (and perhaps not-so-familiar) ways to pray. Choose from a variety of vocal, meditative, and contemplative prayers: Centering Prayer, the Jesus Prayer, Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, Ignation Examen and Contemplation, intercessory prayer, Taizé-style Prayer, and more. Experience prayer as art, song, and movement.

Nourishing the Spirit

Presenter: Judy Turba

The human spirit needs to be nourished regularly, yet often people spend much of their time and energy on other obligations. With humor, love, personal insight, and the wisdom of others, this presentation addresses the critical importance of caring for ourselves, as well as ways in which to renew our spirits.

Return to Zambia: A Woman’s Journey

Presenter: Judy Turba

In 2008, Judy and her husband Jerry spent time in Zambia’s schools for the poorest of the poor. In 2010 they returned to this country and its people who have captured their hearts. Join Judy as she shares her adventures through heartwarming stories and stunning photography involving the precious Zambian children and the life and faith insights she has gained.

Spirituality of Change

Presenter: Judy Turba

There are few “absolutes” in life and change is one of them. If one truly enters into the change experience, whether it is change we choose or change that is thrust upon us, the opportunity for personal and spiritual growth is possible. Through the use of faith, spiritual writings, humor, and psychology, this presentation offers insights and understanding about the change process and how it pertains to our own lives.

Ordinary Moments: Finding the Sacred in Our Everyday Lives

Presenter: Judy Turba

Busy lives, busy days. How do we find time with the Lord when there is barely enough time for ourselves? Perhaps one of the answers is simply becoming conscious of the many sacred moments which occur within our daily lives. This “mindful living” means paying close attention to the “here and now” and becoming aware of God’s grace and gifts that fill our days.

The Power of Love and the Love of Power

Presenter: Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

Power is central to spirituality. To be alive is to have power. This session will examine the questions, “How do I exercise my power and how does it influence my spirituality?”

Unplugged: Reconnecting with the Rhythms of Life

Presenter: Kathie Tilot

A Day-Long Retreat

Life today offers us opportunities to be more connected than ever. So why do we so often feel exhausted and unfulfilled? Perhaps we have become disconnected with the natural rhythms of life; the balance between work and rest, of activity, and simply be-ing. Spend a day at St. Norbert Abbey and learn simple ways to help bring balance to your life.

Parish Team and School Staff Development Retreats

Presenters: Tony Pichler, Kathie Tilot, Judy Turba

Retreats can be tailored to any particular needs of the parish or school staff.

Parish Missions

Parish Missions are developed in collaboration with parish personnel. The needs of the congregation determine the length and focus of the mission.

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