Fall 2016 Theme: Illumine
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Fall 2016 Hedgerow Series

Next session: Monday, 12/5
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fresh Takes on the Body of Christ
Presenter: Mary Kaye Medinger

Women’s resilient faith sustains and enlivens the Christian community.  It’s time to hear what women have to say and teach.

Join in exploring and transforming the Christian doctrine too often used to oppress women.

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Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: A Multipart Series

Tuesday, December 20
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Session Four
Hildegard’s Feminine Divine, and Mater Ecclesia (Mother Church): an Advent exploration.

 Facilitators Mary Kaye Medinger and Edward Sellner will explore Hildegard's Feminine Divine and Mater Ecclesia (Mother Church)

Brother Mickey McGrath

Required book, reading list, monthly topics, and series dates

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Advent Evening Prayer

O Come

The Sisters of St. Joseph invite you to join in Advent evening prayer. We will pray- singing HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER- the four Sundays of Advent (November 27, December 4, December 11, and December 18) at 4:30 PM in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel.

Partners in CSJ mission will help us reflect on how the coming of neighbors (and how God has come in their coming) has changed us, our community, and our world.

Spiritual Practices

Tuesdays, 9/6 - 12/20
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
11/23 & 12/28
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 12/9
9:30 - 11:30 am

Transforming Soul and Society

Learn more about our Spiritual Development Program
Transforming Soul & Society

Our next session of Transforming Soul and Society will be held September 2017 - May 2019.

Want to learn more? Attend an information session!

Saturday, 1/28/17:
9:30 - 11:00 am

Tuesday, 3/21/17:
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, 4/27/17:
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to RSVP for any of these sessions.

Program Brochure
Program Application

Coloring Meditation

Try one of Bro. Mickey McGrath's coloring meditations as featured in the Fall 2016 catalog. 

Black Madonna

Bro. Mickey says: "Start your coloring time with a prayer and offer it to God as gift. If something is weighing on your mind, don’t dwell on it. Just think about the colors."

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Buy Bro. Mickey's coloring book



And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
"This is the way; walk in it."
Isaiah 30:21

Praying the Advent Names of God

Join artist Ansgar Holmberg and prayer poet Joan Mitchell to reflect and meditate on the Advent names of God.  A blend of words and images will invite us to transform the traditional O Antiphons from the Advent Liturgy of the Hours into the context of evolutionary cosmology, opening new space for us to anticipate Jesus’ birth in our busy lives and our planet in peril.  

WHEN: Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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O Antiphons cards created by Sr. Ansgar and Sr. Joan will be available for purchase at the event. They can also be purchased at Good Ground Press as well as in the Wisdom Ways office.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Upcoming Opportunities

Monthly Writing Sessions
Second Fridays:  12/9
1:30 - 3:30 pm

December 9: Symbols and Metaphor
In this season of encroaching darkness, we’ll search for the images that act as guiding lights within our stories, transcending the ordinary and bringing us hope. Our memories are rich with symbolism; writing memories can ignite the symbols, for ourselves and our readers.

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"Seed Writing" Sessions
Third Fridays: 11/18 & 12/16
1:30 - 3:00 pm

November Session
Develop your writing as a spiritual practice with these drop-in sessions. We will write spiritual memoir “seeds” from prompts based on a monthly theme, which participants can then develop if they choose.

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Tuesday Noonday Meditation

During Advent, noonday meditation will be offered in addition to the regular Tuesday evening meditation.  The weekly meditation session will include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation.

WHEN: Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, 13, & 20, 12:00 - 12:40 pm

No cost; registration not required.

More information on our Advent meditation offerings can be found here.

Winter Solstice: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Singer/Songwriter Sara Thomsen will be our guide as we illumine the darkness by lighting candles, singing songs, celebrating, mourning, embracing.  Deep in the dark and cold, we’ll wander inward, find a spark, and kindle hope for the season.

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Seeking God in the Stillness: A Winter Silence Retreat


This residential retreat in the Christian contemplative tradition is intended for those who wish to awaken more fully to the Divine presence. The days, which will be spent in silence, will be highly structured, with a pattern of 25-minute sitting meditations, teachings, and other contemplative practices.

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Fall Soul Conference: A Festival of Women's Voices on Jesus

The Strength of Her Witness: Theology in Women's Voices
Photos from Fall Soul Conference October 28-29

These two days brought us in to deep, edgy, and rich conversation led by Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, and seven visiting female theologian contributors to The Strength of Her Witness.  

You can learn more about this event here and see more photos here.

Photo credit: Kabeya Media

Looking Ahead

Seeking God in the Stillness: A Winter Silence Retreat
Thursday, January 19 - Saturday, January 21

Solitude and Song: A Springtime Circle of Trust Retreat
Friday March 17 - Sunday March 19

Event Location:

Unless otherwise noted, events are held at:
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet