Winter Classes 2017
Catholic Spiritual Practices
This class explored practices in Catholic spirituality that offered ways to keep our hearts open to God’s presence, mercy, and grace, allowing ourselves to be transformed. Through scripture, artistic expression, the example of the saints, and tradition, we considered topics such as hospitality, forgiveness, gratitude, and humility.
Walking with Christ
This class provided an engaging six-week guided Ignatian prayer experience designed for a small group. Participants learned several ways of praying so that daily prayer was more possible. Participants were inspired once a week by the experience of others who were seeking to walk with Christ more closely. This group was hosted by facilitators from the Ignatian Spirituality Center.
Fall Classes 2016
At Table with Jesus
This class explored the meal stories in the Gospel of Luke and the invitations and challenges these stories hold for us today. Based on New Testament scholar Father Eugene LaVerdiere’s book Dining in the Kingdom of God, we studied the implications of being at table with Jesus in Luke’s Gospel, in the Eucharist, in our homes, and in our community. As part of this class, participants served a meal together where the poor were our honored guests.
“What Can a Woman Do?”
Stories of Women Religious in the U.S. and Midwest
Many of us have been influenced by women religious, whether we were taught by nuns or not. American Catholicism has been indelibly shaped by their work and prayer, and their stories serve as sources of inspiration for both men and women alike. Many of these women lived in times hostile to Catholics, women, and immigrants, facing sentiments such as one founder’s father said to her: “What can a woman do?”
We began this course learning about two great American saints, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Learn more about Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton by watching this video describing the National Shrine dedicated to her:
Learn more about Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini by watching this video hosted by Fr. James Martin, SJ: