Conversations on Laudato Si'

Join in dialogue with Laudato Sí', Pope Francis’s new encyclical on care for Earth, our common home.  Pope Francis invites dialogue, calls us to change our lifestyles, and stirs us into action to preserve a sustainable Earth.

Thursdays, 9/3, 9/10, & 9/17

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Weekly discussion questions and registration

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Elizabeth Gilbert Reads from Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Tuesday, September 29
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Author of the acclaimed Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert knows a few things about living a creative life. Now she shares a manifesto for living a more creative, courageous and expansive life in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Come hear Gilbert draw on her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity.

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Darwin & The God of Love: Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ


Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm

O'Shaugnessy Auditorium, SCU

Come and engage with scholar and former science teacher Elizabeth Johnson, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Drawing from her book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, she probes the meaning of creation in order to invigorate ethical behavior that cares for plants and animals with a passion integral to faith’s passion for the living God.

This event is free; however, tickets are required to assure seating.

For more information and to get tickets: or  651-690-6700.

Spiritual Practices

Tuesdays, 9/8 - 12/22
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
Wednesdays, 9/23, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, & 1/20
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11, & 1/8
9:30 - 11:30 am

Walk Our New Labyrinth!


Thanks to the outdoor labyrinth planning committee and to the many volunteers who helped construct the new labyrinth on August 29; check out this video of their great work along with these photos!


The labyrinth is located behind Carondelet Center; parking in the Carondelet Center is free.

More about Wisdom Ways labyrinth resources.

Men's Spirituality: Bridges to Contemplative Living

Wednesdays,  9/2 and 10/7 and Mondays, 9/21 and 9/19

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Are you longing for a stronger connection to life’s quieter, contemplative dimensions? Along with Thomas Merton's writings, we will have contrasting written presentations by Dorothy Day, Mohandas Gandhi, Edith Stein and Eknath Easwaran.  We will examine non-violence as lived by contemplatives as well as the role of hospitality for those committed to contemplative living.   Come join this series of gatherings for men on a journey towards a more contemplative, compassionate, and integrated life.

More information and registration

Leaf Falling, Bud Forming

 A Circle of Trust Retreat®

September 17, 4:00 pm - Saturday, September 19, 12:00 pm

Autumn is a time of incredible activity in the natural world that helps frame important cycles and questions in our own lives.  As leaves fall away, leaving trees bare through the winter season, buds of new growth are often already formed. These and other autumn realities will shape our exploration of our own personal themes of transition, new growth, living in or preparing for dark times, and the powerful growth that occurs in seasons of our lives that seem more dead than alive.

This retreat combines the principles and practices of Circles of Trust and the power of music to help us understand and live into our lives. Developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, The Circle of Trust® approach creates a process of shared exploration where people can find safe space to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.

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Beauty & Tenacity: Reflections in Song with Sara Thomsen

Saturday, September 19 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

We stand in wonder and awe at the breathtaking beauty all around us. At the same time, we stand in disbelief, despair, heartbreak at all that is broken: environmental degradation, social injustice, greed, violence. Song and singing hews a home to hold both the wonder and the despair.  This evening of song will paint a path of persistence, dance us into daring, awaken us to wonder. You will depart with a strengthened tenacity as tender as it is tough. Beauty will follow you home.

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New Art Exhibit: The Red Sea Band

August 19 - October 23

Using image, fabric and handquilting, Janet Hagberg uses icons to tell the stories of women of the Bible, members of Hagberg’s imaginary “Red Sea Band.” Reflection questions will allow the viewer to make personal connections with each of the women.

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Janet will also be giving a presentation about her art:  "Our Story Belonging in God's Story"  on October 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  More information.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2015

Monthly Discussions of Readings on Contemplative Prayer (NEW)
Tuesday, September 15, 7:45 - 8:45 pm

Hedgerow Initiative|Abounding in Spirit: Forging Faith in Questing Times
Mondays, September 21 - December 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art & Practice of Spiritual Memoir (Introductory Session)
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Belonging: Meanings and Implications
Tuesdays, October 6, 20, and November 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Event Location:

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