Naomi Shihab Nye: Palestinian American Poet & Writer

An Evening of Poetry & Reflection
Friday, 3/18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Co-sponsored by St. Catherine University English, Theology, & Women’s Studies Departments

Come listen as Nye reads her poems, reflects on poetry as an act of spiritual devotion, and probes the ways that poetry and literature help open our hearts to one another.

A Morning for Writers: Craft Talk & Process with Naomi Shihab Nye
Sat.  3/19, 9:30 -12:00 pm
Co-sponsored by Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

This morning will focus on the craft and process of poetry as well as the public role of writers in building bridges across cultures and providing counter-frames to the lenses of fear and xenophobia around us.

Saturday morning program is now full. Please contact 651.696.2788 to be added to a waiting list.

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Spiritual Practices

Tuesdays, 1/5 - 6/7
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
Wednesdays  2/24, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25, & 6/22
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 2/12, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13 & 6/10
9:30 - 11:30 am

Green Card Voices Exhibit

February 1 - February 29

Launched in 2013, Green Card Voices' (GCV) mission is to share various stories of our nation's 40 million immigrants and put a human face to the current immigration debate.

Women of Faith in the Gospel of Luke and Acts

Tuesdays,2/9 & 2/16
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Luke’s gospel tells more stories about women than the other gospels, but women’s place in Luke and Acts warrants a suspicious feminist eye.

What place do women have in the early Christian communities?  What about the women who labor with Paul as coworkers, deacons, and apostles in his missionary world?  How do these sacred canonical texts contribute to claiming equal place for women in our churches today?

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Events in the Wider Community: Sister Simone Campbell

Two events with Sr. Simone Campbell

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community
Sunday, 2/21, 9:00 & 11:00 am
Follow-up discussion 1:30 pm

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Breaking the Impasse VII:
Calling to Bridge the Divides
Tuesday, 2/23, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
St. Catherine University

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Learn more about our Spiritual Development Program: Transforming Soul & Society

Winter/Spring Theme: Home


“In life's journey it seems home has gone from a place that is, to one I remember, to one I create.” – Kevin Kling

Browse our Winter/Spring 2016 catalog!

Conscious Living and Eating

Hedgerow Initiative

Mondays, 2/8 - 4/25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

What I (and we) eat matters. How will getting my hands dirty in the garden affect my grip on life, my stake in repairing our planet home?   How do spiritual insights from various faith traditions inform and inspire this work?  What practices will put me more in touch with the divine and anchor me more deeply in the Sacred Earth Community? 

Participants will engage these questions together and in collaboration with three local organizations (Hope Community, Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, Appetite for Change) committed to social and ecological justice and putting spiritual, ethical principles into practice.

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Ash Wednesday Ritual

Wednesday, 2/10, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

The ancient ritual of being marked with ashes that begins the season of Lent calls us back to ourselves, to our roots in Earth and in the stardust from which the universe expanded.  The ashes are a sign of our will to live anew, mending torn relationships, healing damaged commitments, and embracing Holy Mystery in our lives.  In the quiet of Ash Wednesday evening, we will gather to bless and receive our Lenten ashes and enter into a communal time of contemplative prayer.

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This event will be helpd in Our Lady of Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, 55105

Breathing Into the Whole of Life:

Meditations on Body & Earth

Thursdays, 2/25, 3/24, 4/21, & 5/26

10:00 - 11:30 am

Come learn an approach to fostering a deep sense of connectedness to yourself, to others, and to the cosmos as you sit to every meal, breathe at a stop light, or wash your hands. Each month we will use our bodies and the simple acts of breathing, drinking, eating, and lighting a candle as gateways to connecting with and praying through air, water, earth and fire.

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Red Roads and Blue Highways

Friday, 2/19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Join Kent Nerburn and Larry Long for an evening of songs, stories and music that expresses how their time with First Nations peoples has changed their hearts and transformed their lives. The experiences of the two men weave together to create an unexpected
synergy and chemistry—while shining a light
on the humanity behind our cultural differences.

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Writing the Sacred Journey Monthly Session: Epiphany

 Friday, 2/26, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew as we look at how the conversion narrative has traditionally shaped spiritual memoir and how contemporary memoirists use it today.  Working with the literary term “epiphany,” we’ll explore the spiritual dimensions of transformation.

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Join a Writing Group!

Looking Ahead

Tents of Witness: Genocide & Conflict Exhibit & Programs
Wednesday, February 24 - Friday, February 26

Dreams: Stories Delivered in the Night
Thursday, March 31, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Coming Home to Self: The Journey of a Lifetime Retreat
Friday, April 1, 6:30 - 8:30 pm & Saturday, April 2, 9:00  - 4:00 pm

Marking the Days in Life-Changing Times
Tuesdays, May 3, 10, & 17, 1:00 -3:30 pm

Boundless Compassion Retreat with Joyce Rupp
Sunday, June 19 - Thursday, June 23

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