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“Making All Things New!”

As seen in the Winter/Spring 2018 Norbertine Center for Spirituality program guide

Dear Friends,

Winter/Spring 2018The Norbertines have a motto by which they have lived for almost 900 years: “Making all things new!” There is a motto by which Wisconsin residents have lived since the invention of the automobile: “There are two seasons—winter and road construction!” And there is a sign found in many buildings that are under construction: “Pardon our dust!”

What do these things have to do with the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS)? If you have been in this sacred place recently, you might have noticed a few changes: the former entrance to the NCS no longer exists; the abbey pool and sundeck have been gutted; a chain-link fence cordons of f the area; a new sidewalk has been poured in order to maneuver around the construction area; and, the heavy machinery and construction workers are busy creating a beautiful new space for the NCS.

What will this new space look like?

  • There will be a new entrance with a receptionist desk and gathering area.
  • Two large rooms capable of hosting gatherings of 150 to 200 people will occupy the majority of the space.
  • A kitchenette, coatroom, and handicap-accessible restrooms will round out the space.
  • The installation of an elevator is the highlight of the project. Knowing that it has been a challenge for some people to climb the six steps to the Killeen Room or the numerous steps to a second-floor bedroom. The entire complex will be accessible to all. The ability to host groups who can move between these spaces now will be possible.

The construction will take more than a year, so much patience is necessary! The longer walk from the abbey church parking lot in order to attend programs and retreats at the center will be one sacrifice that we are all asked to make. However, the payoff will be a beautiful new space with the amenities necessary to grow the center, as well as the programs and retreats offered here.

So, until the construction process is completed, please “pardon our dust!” Know that the season of construction will take a while. Most of all, the project will help the Norbertine community in “making all things new”—including a new space for the NCS!

Peace,
Tony Pichler
Director

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Meet the NCS Staff

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 18)

Exciting times, reorganization, at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS)


Tony Pichler

Tony Pichler

Tony Pichler

Director

“I first served on the NCS Advisory Board. After a meeting one day, Judy Turba and I discussed the possibility of a co-directorship for the center. I felt if this was God’s plan for me, it would all fall into place. The process was as smooth as glass, and two years later, I could not be happier. I absolutely love the variety of what we offer at the center. From book discussions, to Bible studies, to more involved retreats—I love it all.”

More About Tony:

He has co-authored eight books: a service manual for youth ministry leaders, three Advent journals for teens, three Lenten journals for teens, and a series of binders on discipline in a religious education curriculum. Another book, a confirmation journal for teens, is currently at the publisher. He also loves to watch and play sports, from golfing and kayaking to biking and tennis.

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Kathie Tilot

Kathie Tilot

Kathie Tilot

Spiritual Direction and Public Relations Coordinator

“The first time I visited the NCS, I was overcome by the peacefulness and the rhythm of life here; by the classes that stretched me and helped me grow; and by the natural setting—right in the heart of town. I graduated from St. Norbert College and the Norbertine community played an important role in my life. As my ministry evolved to include retreats and spiritual direction, the NCS seemed to be a perfect fit.”

More About Kathie:

She loves watching people be empowered, whether it is sharing their sacred stories, learning a new spiritual practice, or finding rest under the shade of the trees. “Every day, as I drive up the long driveway, I thank God for the opportunity to serve here.”

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Ann Herlache

Ann Herlache

Ann Herlache

Program Coordinator

“My biggest joy in being a part of the NCS is all the good that we aim to bring into people’s lives. The center truly strives to be an oasis for everyone who enters its doors.”

More About Ann:

Ann worked in a manufacturing plant for seven years before she began her work at the NCS. She loves to garden and see the results of her planning and cultivating, ultimately using her herbs and vegetables when she cooks for her family.

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Sr. Lisa Alexander, TSOF-SSJ

Sr. Lisa Alexander, TSOF-SSJ

Sr. Lisa Alexander, SSJ-TOSF

Administrative Assistant

“I came to several programs at the NCS and then was honored to be asked to join the team. I really enjoy administrative work, so this ministry is a really good fit for me. Positive attitudes and a genuine sense of teamwork make being here a pleasure. This sacred place has a special feeling all its own—there is a peace that is hard to put into words.”

More About Sr. Lisa:

Sr. Lisa was a member of the first group of trained advocates for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Brown County. CASA is a national organization that trains volunteers to work with children who are in need of protective services. She is also currently enrolled in coursework to complete her business management degree at Northcentral Technical College.

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Lori McKeough

Lori McKeough

Lori McKeough

Weekend Assistant

“I came to the center for spiritual growth and development, and the opportunity to work here was divine intervention. I love to witness the gratitude as guests reluctantly leave this beautiful place after a weekend retreat.”

More About Lori:

Lori was a Stephen Minister for two years and a leader of the program for four years. Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one Christian caregiving program that helps people journey through life crises, such as grieving or a cancer diagnosis.

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