Make this Summer a time to refresh your spirit, reflect with God and renew your faith at Pallottine Renewal Center. Enjoy our excellent hospitality, delicious food and beautiful grounds while hearing informative and inspiring speakers.
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Monday, June 12th 9am – 3pm
Embraced by God: A Day of Reflection for Caregivers and Those with Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
Led by Steve Givens
$30.00 – Lunch Included
A day of prayer exploring the spirituality of living with cancer and other chronic diseases.
Those living with disease and those who care for them are invited to this quiet day of reflection to contemplate and embrace God’s movement in their lives. Led by spiritual director, writer and cancer survivor Steve Givens, the day will offer presentations, music and a variety of prayer experiences, as well as opportunities for solitude, contemplative walking, quiet prayer, journaling, and sharing with other participants.
Steve Givens is a spiritual director, speaker, musician and composer, and a widely published writer on issues of faith and spirituality. He has been a regular contributor to the daily devotional “Living Faith” for nearly 30 years and is the author of a series of booklets for Catholic children, families, parents and parishes published by a number of Catholic publishers, including Liguori Publications and Creative Communications for the Parish. Diagnosed in 2007 with a rare blood disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, he underwent chemotherapy treatment for more than three years, and that experience is the subject of his book, “Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith.” He writes a blog at: www.givenscreative.com.
Wednesday, June 21st 9 am – 12 pm
Finding Ourselves While Looking at Our Self
Led by Msgr. Telthorst of Mary Mother of the Church
$25.00- Lunch Included
Monday, June 26th – Tuesday, June 27th
9 am – 1:30 pm
Who is God? Who am I?
Led by Hsin-hsin Huang, PhD
Knowing God and knowing self are interconnected. To deepen one’s relationship with God, one must continually examine one’s image of God as well as one’s own self-image. The facilitator invites participants to explore how one’s God images and self-image are impacted by their family experience. The facilitator will discuss how psychological wounding and shame interfere with the ability to feel God’s love. Through the retreat, participants are invited to move from fear to faith and authenticity.
Dr. Hsin-hsin Huang is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling & Counselor Education from University of Missouri – St. Louis. Dr. Huang has been a practicing pastoral psychotherapist since 1999, with extensive theological education and pastoral counseling training. She trained in Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and has companioned many through the Exercises. Dr. Huang is also a certified trauma therapist and consultant. She speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to integration of theology, spirituality, and psychology.
Wednesday, June 28th 9 am – 12 pm
Spirituality in the Second Half of Life
Led by Carla Mae Streeter, OP
$25.00 – Lunch Included
We’ve lived a lot of life…we’ve met crisis after crisis…we’ve grieved, we’ve been overjoyed. How can we deepen our relationship with God now…after we’ve lived so much of life? Shall I pray differently? See life with a new perspective? Respond differently?
This time of reflection will explore these questions and more. How do I deepen my personal prayer? What about old wounds and forgiveness? Where do I find God, really, in this second half of my life? This is a time of wonder, often of physical challenge, of deep questions. Come explore some of them. You may find yourself renewed, and even more…you may find words to share with others.
Carla Mae Streeter, OP is a Dominican of the Congregation of Catherine of Siena in Racine, Wisconsin. She is presently a professor (emerita) of Systematic theology and Spirituality at Aquinas Institute of Theology, a graduate school of Theology and Ministry sponsored by the Dominicans of the Central Province adjoined to St. Louis University in St. Louis.
Using the resources of the Lonergan Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, she completed doctoral studies with the Canadian Jesuits at Regis College of the Toronto School of Theology in Toronto in 1986. She was co-recipient of the first Jean-Marc Laporte Scholarship Award for academic excellence, and the first woman to complete a theological doctorate at Regis College. Her specialty is the thought of the Canadian Aquinas scholar, Bernard Lonergan, as that thought provides a framework for the dialogue of theology with other disciplines, and with other religious traditions.
Her experience includes eleven years of lay leadership training on the parish level, spiritual direction, and social advocacy. Carla Mae has been active as a facilitator for several religious congregations, and has served her own community in the renewal of its own constitution and in its theological renewal. She lives in St. Louis where she is active in Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis and other ecumenical and interfaith efforts. Carla Mae serves on the boards of ITEST, the Institute for the Theological Encounter with Science and Technology, and the Workers Right Board of Jobs with Justice. She is active with the Living Insights Center, a gathering place for the religions of the world, and the Peace Economy Project, an advocacy group that urges the economic shift from excessive military spending to human and social needs
Wednesday, July 26th 7 pm
An Evening with Singer-Songwriter, Matt Faley
Matt recorded his debut, solo album, The Only Light, in Nashville just a few years ago and has been sharing his work around the country ever since. Matt’s shows are a great mix of story and song and ones that engage the audience in an honest and intimate way. To hear Matt’s music, visit mattfaley.com The event is free to attend but $10.00 Free Will Offering suggested
Wednesday, August 9th 9 am – 3 pm
AWE: Touching the Heart of Prayer
Led by Fr. Tom Santen of St. Joseph Church
$30.00 – Lunch Included
One of the most prominent words in our vocabulary today is awesome. We use that word as a descriptor in so many situations that the word has almost become trite.
The truth is that AWE plays a vital part in our prayer life. How does it play in our prayer life and how do we cultivate a sense of awe in our prayer life? That will be the focus of our time together.
Of all the things we describe as awesome, awesome applies most appropriately to only one: God. Join us as we spend time with our awesome God.
Talks, private prayer time, common prayer time
Fr. Santen has served as pastor of St. Joseph since June, 1999. He formerly served as pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, worked with priests in personnel work and continuing formation, served as a college campus minister and high school teacher. Fr. Santen enjoys giving retreats.
Fr. Santen has a B.A. in philosophy, and M.A. in Historical Theology, and completed his doctoral studies in Historical Theology. He has taught at St. Louis University, Aquinas Institute and Kenrick / Glennon Seminary. His “first love” in priesthood continues to be parish ministry.