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Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: A Multipart Series

Tuesday, February 28
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Session Six
Hildegard and Healing

Join Dr. Wighard Strehlow, director of the Hildegard Center in Allensbach, Germany, to learn more about Hildegard’s concept of health and well-being and its application to contemporary life. Her holistic approach and her influence on premodern medicine is being rediscovered, with a focus on the unity of mind, body and soul.

Brother Mickey McGrath

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

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Hedgerow Initiative: Women and Christianity

Next Session: February 27
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Were Women Ordained or Just Blessed? 
Queens and Abbesses

In every generation women find their voices, claim authority, act creatively, confront heedless power, and participate in the upheavals of their times.

Join creative and resilient women in wrestling with the gospel message today, pondering what the Reformation asks of us in its 500th anniversary year, seeking the holy in a world many label secular, reimagining women’s leadership in our churches.

Syllabus Weeks 1-6

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The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

Session Four: Tuesday, 3/14
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Body-Based Knowing
We will bring new consciousness to the practice of making the sign of the cross, a simple prayer that affirms the power to bless oneself, honors the body, and helps reclaim our spiritual identity. Ultimately practice leads us to a place of vulnerability where the ego identity can fall away. Surrendering to love, we allow it to break us out of dualistic impasses.
Read pages 90-117.

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Spiritual Practices

Tuesdays, 1/3 - 6/6
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/31, & 6/28
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 3/10, 4/14,
5/12, & 6/9
9:30 - 11:30 am

Upcoming Art Exhibit

Solomon's Tent
February 24 - April 7
Osama Esid

Syrian photographer Osama Esid’s moving works explore notions of his own personal identity and the communities he is a part of.

Osama Esid

With his Polaroid camera, Esid met and photographed Syrian families living in the Adana refugee camp in Turkey.  Come meet the residents of Solomon’s Tent and share their dignity amid duress.

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Ash Wednesday Meditation Ritual

Wednesday, March 1
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 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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No RSVP needed

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

Winter/Spring 2017 Catalog

Winter/Spring 2017




“We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.”

Hildegard of Bingen

Dr. Wighard Strehlow will be joining our next session of the Experiencing Hildegard Series on
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

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Events with Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye Returns to Wisdom Ways!
March 26 - March 31
The Poetic Conversation of Being Human: A Week with Naomi Shihab Nye

Kabeya MediaWisdom Ways brings Palestinian-American Poet Naomi Shihab Nye back for a week in residence, opening a rich and daily conversation between the particular and universal, between the world that we live in and the world we want to create.

She will lead five public programs you can attend individually or as a series in a weeklong self-guided writing retreat with ample time for your own work on the page. Attend one or all of these programs. Discover the poetry of your own life waiting to be spoken to and waiting to reply.

Self-Guided (DIY) Writing Retreat with Naomi Shihab Nye
Sunday, March 26 - Saturday, April 1

When Silence Speaks: A Contemplative Evening of Poetry and Song with Naomi Shihab Nye and Sara Thomsen
Sunday, March 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

The Work of Words in Troubled Times
Monday, March 27, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Let Writing Be the First Conversation of Your Day
Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 -9:30 am

The Writer’s Path toward Beloved Community: A Day of Inspiration, Conversation, Embodied Reflection and Writing
Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Poetry as a Conversation with Something Better: A Reading by Naomi Shihab Nye and Ibtisam Barakat
Friday, March 31, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Paradox and Songs

A Springtime Circle of Trust® Retreat
March 17, 4:00 pm -  March 19, 12:00 pm
Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
(Register through Wisdom Ways)

Early spring in the Midwest offers a time of in-between. Join us in the paradox of spring. Through song, poetry and community, we will explore the seasons we are leaving and entering in our own lives.  The retreat will utilize the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal and will be led by Courage & Renewal® facilitators Winton Boyd and Paula Pedersen and musician Sara Thomsen.

Our time together will be structured and spacious. By intention, you will have ample opportunity for personal reflection and relaxation, time alone but in community, time interacting and engaging with others in the group.

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Residential spaces for this retreat have filled, commuter registration still open!

Writing the Sacred Journey: Upcoming Opportunities

Monthly Writing Sessions with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
Second Fridays: 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, and 6/9
1:30 - 3:30 pm

March Session:
Holy Resistance
Sometimes resistance—to creativity, to spiritual practice—is a sign that our small, limited self feels threatened by the True Self.  When we resist the process of writing or the material that arises, how can we open our hearts to transformation?

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"Seed Writing" Sessions
Third Fridays: 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, & 6/16
1:30 - 3:00 pm

March Session:
Holy Resistance
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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Transforming Soul and Society: Spiritual Development Program

September 2017 - May 2019
Accepting applications!

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality, broaden your sense of contribution to community and, if desired, certify you as a professional spiritual guide!

Want to learn more? Attend an information session!

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

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Bio-Spiritual Focusing: A Practical Tool for Men

Wednesdays, March 15 and 29
7:30 - 9:00 am

Bio-Spiritual Focusing is a simple, practical process that re-awakens your ability to allow the gift of your body's wisdom to guide you into greater wholeness.

Facilitated by Carol Burling, MA, DMin, this two-part workshop is for any man who has struggled to be in touch with his feelings.  Much psychological and spiritual suffering is carried in our bodies, often leaving us stuck in repetitive patterns that confuse the expression of feelings. By learning and applying this simple yet profound process, we will more readily access our more noble qualities.

To learn more: www.biospiritual.org

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Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet Statement on Refugees and More

The CSJ Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation group wrote a congregational statement on the Executive Orders regarding refugees and immigrants.

View the statement here.

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Statement of Solidarity with the Native Peoples of Standing Rock

View the statement here.

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Looking Ahead

Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent
Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, & 27 and April 3 &10
10:00 - 11:00 am

Morning Meditation Retreat
Thursday, March 16 9:00 am - 12:00 pm OR
Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lenten Awakenings
Fridays, March 24 and 31, and April 7, 5:30 - 6:15 pm

From the Heart As It Is: A Spring Harvest of Poems and Songs
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

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