RETREATS & PRESENTATIONS
Expressing the interior life through embodied experience
Ideal for high school and college age groups; especially approachable for those who identity as spiritual but not relgious
TEXTURE OF THE HEART
Deepening the spiritual connection within parish groups, family systems, ministry teams, and volunteer communities
WOMEN'S PRAYER CIRCLE
Intergenerational space of story-sharing for those desiring a deeper sense of belonging through sharing lived experiences
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
LIVING WITH PURPOSE
June 2, 2022 - Chestnut Hill College
Questions of vocation stir in all of us - who am I? what brings me joy? what does the world need?
Faculty and staff at Chestnut Hill College gathered to break open these questions for themselves and contemplate vocation formation for our students.
REFLECTING ON MY LEARNING
November 2021 - Chestnut Hill College
Students gathered to digest their learning in the course Wrongful Convictions and reflect upon their future careers in criminal and restorative justice system.
JOURNEYING THROUGH GRIEF AND HEALING
July 22, 2020 - Saint Raphaela Center
There are many forms of loss that we experience and they are all significant - loss of a job, a relationship, a dream, a loved one - and all forms deserve loving attention and compassion. Join us for an evening of prayer, reflection, story-sharing and learning. Gain sacred perspective on grief as it can lead to internal transformation, and spend time with yourself in a guided space to promote gentleness and reverence, hope and resilience.
THE BEAUTY YOU LOVE: REFLECTING WITH IMAGES AND STORIES
July 11, 2020 - Zoom via Cranaleith Spiritual Center
The poet Rumi says, “Let the beauty you love be what you do.” On this mid-summer’s day, come let your spirit rest, heal, connect and be nourished. Prayerful experiences through narrative, imagery, movement, music and poetry will guide you in greater awareness of the heart and the invitation of the Divine. If you are looking for a space to reflect on the presence of the Holy in your life and learn how images can be tools for prayer, this day will bring creativity into your spiritual life.
Each participant is asked to bring one meaningful photograph (printed or on your phone) and one significant personal object to the retreat to reflect more deeply upon and use as a springboard for communal sharing. Due to the visual nature of the presentations and circles of small group sharing, participants need to enable video on their device during the retreat.
IMAGES OF THE HOLY
July 1, 2020 - St. Raphaela Center via ZOOM
Join us for an evening of praying with your eyes. Photography can be a profound way to expand prayer through the spiritual practice of visio divina (divine seeing). This evening will introduce participants to the practice of visio divina and guide them through the process three times, with three different images. Add color and creativity to your prayer life as we experience “eyesight and insight” (Margaret Miles).
CANDLELIGHT ADVENT PRAYER
December 4, 2019 - Old St. Joseph's, Philadelphia, PA
Advent is a holy season of movement within the waiting, the longing, the hoping. Join us for an experience of prayerful movement as we lean into the beautiful companionship of women as we begin Advent. Holy Darkness, Blessed Night. 1 hour presentation.
ENCOUNTERING BEAUTY RETREAT
October 19-20, 2019 - St. Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
A retreat into rest and creativity, focused on interior freedom and a spirituality of the heart. Retreatants will be led into prayerful experiences through music, movement, media, narrative and art-making.
September 14, 2019 - Saint Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
A retreat day for 7th grade parishioners from Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Phoenixville, PA preparing for the sacrament of confirmation. College students share reflections on identity, faith, faith and community guided by the questions: To whom do I belong? How can I live out the Gospel message of love? What does it mean to be confirmed, affirmed, and supported in the light of God?
SUSTAINABLE MINISTRY: PRACTICAL APPROACHES
August 5, 2019 - Jesuit Volunteer Corps Orientation at Saint Joseph's University
Ministry moves us through seasons of abundance and depletion. Self-Care practices are essential. This workshop will offer hands-on practical methods of sustaining our bodies, minds and hearts in the call to love deeply and walk humbly. 3 hour workshop
COMPANIONING MILLENNIALS IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
June 27-29, 2018 - Fordham University
Engaging the Spiritual Exercises: A Symposium for Ignatian Spiritual Directors
Co-hosted by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality and the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
What are Millennials seeking spiritually? What are the prayer prompts that invite and encourage?
PRAYER & FAMILY DURING LENT
April 5, 2019 - Saint Pius X Parish, Broomall, PA
How do we pause and pray in the business of daily life? Lent in a time of greater attention and intention. Discover greater attentiveness through the Ignatian Examen that can be used to reflect on daily interactions with partners, parents, children, neighbors, and loved ones. 1 hour presentation
SPIRITUALITY & THE ARTS RETREAT
March 23, 2019 - Georgian Court University
Through our senses we encounter the world. Retreat through color, sound, movement and texture. Encounter God as Creator and Ultimate Artist. Daylong retreat for student leaders centered around the themes of identity, creation, belonging and community.
LOOKING DEEPER: SELF AWARENESS AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
February 2, 2019 - Boston College Women's Summit
Self awareness is a necessary, daily practice that encourages us bring our best selves forward in personal and professional realms. This creative workshop will use photography as a tool for personal reflection. Participants will slow down, gather insight from images and name concrete ways to steer their life forward with intention and purpose. 1 hour workshop
GETTING REAL: SPIRITUAL DIRECTION, SOCIAL MEDIA AND GENERATION Z
July 30, 2018 - Saint Joseph's University
How do we slow down and pay attention in a culture of urgency and distraction? How do we meet the craving for deeper relationships and conversations of presence? What kind of accompaniment are college students yearning for? 1 hour presentation