Jan
2
Thu
the seven allusions: the journeys within @ Carondelet Center
Jan 2 – Apr 30 all-day

memory by Bob Schmitt

Minnesota brush painter Bob Schmitt presents seven previous unexhibited graphic prints alluding to experiences in one’s own inner life:

  • ordinary radiance
  • memory
  • reckless abandon
  • grace
  • wonder
  • rapture
  • faith

Accompanying these images are seven separate pieces expressing each allusion in Chinese calligraphy.

Discover experience that often exists in places beyond words.

 

 

Conversations with artist Bob Schmitt:

 

grace by Bob Schmitt

Opening and Conversation with the Artist
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Artist Reflection: “Allusions or illusions?”
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

 

Artist:

Bob Schmitt is a Quaker and a student and teacher of Chinese calligraphy and painting who lives and paints a stone’s throw from Minnehaha Falls. He began brush painting as a 12-year-old watching public television and has studied weekly with a Chinese painting master for over 20 years.

 

 

 

Art exhibits can be viewed on the ground level of Carondelet Center, Monday-Friday and weekends. See below for specific hours.

Building Hours January 19 – February 2
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Sunday, January 19: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Monday, January 20: Building Closed

Tuesday, January 21: Close at 9:00 pm

Wednesday, January 22: Close at 9:00 pm

Thursday, January 23: Close at 4:30 pm

Friday, January 24: Close at 6:00 pm

Saturday, January 25: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, January 26: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Monday, January 27: Close at 8:30 pm

Tuesday, January 28: Close at 8:00 pm

Wednesday, January 29: Close at 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 30: Close at 4:30 pm

Friday, January 31: Close at 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 1: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 2: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Jan
28
Tue
Opening and Conversation with artist Bob Schmitt: the seven allusions @ Carondelet Center
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening and Conversation with artist Bob Schmitt: the seven allusions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Minnesota brush painter Bob Schmitt presents seven previous unexhibited graphic prints alluding to experiences in one’s own inner life:

  • ordinary radiance
  • memory
  • reckless abandon
  • grace
  • wonder
  • rapture
  • faith

Join Bob for an opening conversation on Tuesday, January 28.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Jan
31
Fri
Our Seeds: A Call to Action (Day 1) @ Carondelet Center
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Our Seeds: A Call to Action (Day 1) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In the Dreamtime that is Winter, our spirits are free to imagine the abundance of a new spring. Seeds are an essential partner in creating this abundance as they provide the gift of their lives so that we, as human beings, may live. Our ancestral memories and stories tell us that Seeds have collaborated with humans for thousands of years. Generations of families have saved and shared seeds to ensure the well-being of all. And yet, in the last century, we have allowed 94% of our Seed varieties to disappear.

This workshop will explore and deepen our relationship with Seeds, building on the learning begun in the Fall 2019 Soul Conference (Seeds and Roots: Growing Sacred Activism). The award-winning documentary “Seed: The Untold Story” will provide context for the work. Discussion and journaling exercises, story and a hands-on seed activity will help us rediscover our ancestral connections to Seed. We’ll also encounter practical information and resources for honoring our responsibility to protect our Seeds, including suggestions for planting seed gardens, sourcing non-GMO seeds, and more.

Facilitated by Carolyn Holbrook and Diane Wilson.

Feb
1
Sat
Our Seeds: A Call to Action (Day 2) @ Carondelet Center
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Our Seeds: A Call to Action (Day 2) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In the Dreamtime that is Winter, our spirits are free to imagine the abundance of a new spring. Seeds are an essential partner in creating this abundance as they provide the gift of their lives so that we, as human beings, may live. Our ancestral memories and stories tell us that Seeds have collaborated with humans for thousands of years. Generations of families have saved and shared seeds to ensure the well-being of all. And yet, in the last century, we have allowed 94% of our Seed varieties to disappear.

This workshop will explore and deepen our relationship with Seeds, building on the learning begun in the Fall 2019 Soul Conference (Seeds and Roots: Growing Sacred Activism). The award-winning documentary “Seed: The Untold Story” will provide context for the work. Discussion and journaling exercises, story and a hands-on seed activity will help us rediscover our ancestral connections to Seed. We’ll also encounter practical information and resources for honoring our responsibility to protect our Seeds, including suggestions for planting seed gardens, sourcing non-GMO seeds, and more.

Facilitated by Carolyn Holbrook and Diane Wilson.

Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.

 

Feb
2
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.

 

Feb
3
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

Feb
4
Tue
River of Fire: Book Discussion @ Carondelet Center
Feb 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
River of Fire: Book Discussion @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Described as “a book for anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and ‘catching on fire’ to purpose and passion,” River of Fire is Sister Helen Prejean’s story leading up to her acclaimed book Dead Man Walking.

What is your Fire? Have you found passion and purpose in your life? Have you landed on a spiritual journey that leads you through the ups and downs of life? Join Deborah Jiang-Stein, author and founder of the unPrison Project, in discussion, conversation, and writing to explore Sister Helen’s latest book and delve into your own journeys of purpose, passion, and spiritual journey.

Our book discussion prepares for Sister Helen’s presence on the St. Catherine campus February 27.  Her work as an activist nun campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty is known to millions worldwide.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Feb
5
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Feb 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Feb
10
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Feb 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

Feb
11
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Feb
14
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In the midst of daily challenges and conflicts within our greater communities, cultivating a spirit of harmony and peace is a gift for yourself and the world.

You are invited to walk the labyrinth indoors or outdoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief opening reflection, you are welcome to walk as often as you wish. There will be space for writing and artistic play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Feb 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.

Feb
17
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Feb 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

Feb
18
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Feb
19
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Feb
20
Thu
Writing: An Exercise in Compassion @ Carondelet Center
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing: An Exercise in Compassion @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Writing reconnects us with the energy of “love and all its manifestations.” Join Deborah Keenan, Swati Avasthi, Dr. Tamara Gray, and Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew for an evening conversation about how the writing practice invites us into ever-deepening compassion.

The authors will share how the creative life tests and strengthens our compassion, how consideration of an audience—or not—contributes to our ability to be compassionate, the role of self-compassion when learning to write, and the need for exercising compassion in our artistic communities.  We’ll do a few writing exercises, so bring paper and pen.

Feb
22
Sat
Introduction to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: the zen of brush painting @ Carondelet Center
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: the zen of brush painting @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In this creative time of sharing, laughter, and joy, you’ll learn the practice of grinding ink/loading brush, practice the immediacy of putting ink to paper, explore the discipline of brush painting, and create a complete Chinese couplet and simple landscape.  No experience necessary.

This class is taught by Bob Schmitt.

Feb
24
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

Feb
25
Tue
Artist Reflection with Bob Schmitt: the seven allusions @ Carondelet Center
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Reflection with Bob Schmitt: the seven allusions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Minnesota brush painter Bob Schmitt presents seven previous unexhibited graphic prints alluding to experiences in one’s own inner life:

  • ordinary radiance
  • memory
  • reckless abandon
  • grace
  • wonder
  • rapture
  • faith

Join Bob for a reflection on his work on February 25.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Feb
27
Thu
River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey: Lecture and Book Signing by Sister Helen Prejean @ Saint Catherine University; Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey: Lecture and Book Signing by Sister Helen Prejean @ Saint Catherine University; Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Sister Helen Prejean will discuss her life’s work and sign copies of her books, including her new memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

Known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions.

This event is sponsored by St Catherine University Theology Department, SCU Endowed Chair of the Sciences, Myser Initiative, and Sisters of St. Joseph Justice Commission and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.

Feb
29
Sat
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop @ Carondelet Center
Feb 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to our life experiences through the creation of artful, true stories.  We come more alive when we accept how our experiences have formed us and when we form something of what we’ve experienced.  By writing memories with intention, we can find holiness in the details, patterns that unify our sense of self, and deep personal healing.  By crafting our stories to engage the inner life of readers, we can participate in transforming our world.

This class is taught by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew.

Mar
2
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading is the slow, repetitive reading of a sacred text that leads one to the ultimate step of resting in God. It is not Scripture study, nor is it spiritual reading. It is an invitation to take a “long, loving look at Scripture,” says spiritual director Teresa Blythe. “It is a time for falling in love with the Word and experiencing the goodness of God.”

This four-step process for being with Scripture in a prayerful manner includes: Reading (Lectio); Meditating (Meditatio); Praying (Oratio); and Contemplating (Contemplatio). Using texts for Lent, you will experience this ancient prayer form in a group setting, though it is easily adapted to individual practice and can be incorporated into your prayer life.

Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

Mar
3
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Mar
4
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Male Masks and Male Identity: A Film Exploration @ Carondelet Center
Mar 4 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men's Spirituality: Male Masks and Male Identity: A Film Exploration @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

When men don’t examine their beliefs about what it means to be a man, they may unwittingly give themselves over to a social contract and rules of manhood which lead to unhealthy expressions of masculinity. The result: too many men feeling disconnected from the deeper dimensions of healthy masculinity.

These two sessions will explore what healthy and integrated masculinity looks like and how we can develop ways to model these qualities in our lives. In session one, come watch “The Mask You Live In”, a powerful documentary that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definitions of Masculinity.  Session two probes the various Myths of Manhood as we discuss the movie, share experiences of our own manhood, and reflect on healthy, integrated masculinity.

Facilitated by Jack Odom.

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Mar
7
Sat
Meditation: Morning Meditation Retreat @ Carondelet Center
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meditation: Morning Meditation Retreat @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This Lenten morning retreat provides a more extended and focused time to deepen our existing practice of meditation.  Our morning in silence will include a pattern of sitting and walking meditations, mindful movements, and chanting.

Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.

 

Mar
8
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.

 

Mar
9
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading is the slow, repetitive reading of a sacred text that leads one to the ultimate step of resting in God. It is not Scripture study, nor is it spiritual reading. It is an invitation to take a “long, loving look at Scripture,” says spiritual director Teresa Blythe. “It is a time for falling in love with the Word and experiencing the goodness of God.”

This four-step process for being with Scripture in a prayerful manner includes: Reading (Lectio); Meditating (Meditatio); Praying (Oratio); and Contemplating (Contemplatio). Using texts for Lent, you will experience this ancient prayer form in a group setting, though it is easily adapted to individual practice and can be incorporated into your prayer life.

Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

Mar
10
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Mar
11
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Male Masks and Male Identity: A Film Exploration @ Carondelet Center
Mar 11 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men's Spirituality: Male Masks and Male Identity: A Film Exploration @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

When men don’t examine their beliefs about what it means to be a man, they may unwittingly give themselves over to a social contract and rules of manhood which lead to unhealthy expressions of masculinity. The result: too many men feeling disconnected from the deeper dimensions of healthy masculinity.

These two sessions will explore what healthy and integrated masculinity looks like and how we can develop ways to model these qualities in our lives. In session one, come watch “The Mask You Live In”, a powerful documentary that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definitions of Masculinity.  Session two probes the various Myths of Manhood as we discuss the movie, share experiences of our own manhood, and reflect on healthy, integrated masculinity.

Facilitated by Jack Odom.

Mar
13
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Mar 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In the midst of daily challenges and conflicts within our greater communities, cultivating a spirit of harmony and peace is a gift for yourself and the world.

You are invited to walk the labyrinth indoors or outdoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief opening reflection, you are welcome to walk as often as you wish. There will be space for writing and artistic play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.