Online Community Offerings and Programs

We are mindful of the close connection and comfort that the center provides to our community, and wish to reinforce that bond in these challenging times. Social distancing can be isolating and strange.

While in-person programming is temporarily suspended, we have found new ways to provide listening and discussion through technology platforms, like Zoom. Using Zoom allows a presenter to convene a meeting that you can join through a web link. You can choose to participate using a computer webcam/tablet or by simply calling in on the phone. We invite you to join us in this exciting new venture with your presence and your thoughts! Visit out Events Calendar to view all of our programs.

We offer these online sessions free to all, at present. We would be so grateful if  you could donate to help the center remain open and viable during this challenging year. We  want to continue to offer online programming to meet our community’s needs. Please use this safe, secure link to donate online.

Note: Please click on the green plus sign (+) at the far right of each title to see the program descriptions and sign up forms.

Healing Circle Online, Every month on the second Monday, July through November 2020, 10:30 to 11:30am

 The purpose of the Healing Circle is to hold everyone in a sacred space of nurturing ourselves as part of a healthier humanity. This increases compassion for oneself and others and supports a shift from surviving to thriving. Beryl will be offering some exercises to prepare for creating a sacred space for you and your breath. We will also learn how to use our mind and not be used by it. This Healing Circle Online format will be slightly different than when we meet in person.

Presenter: Beryl Hay has been facilitating The Healing Circle at Mariandale for the past three years sharing meditation and Reiki techniques.

Time/date: Monday, August 10, 2020 10:30 AM – 11:30am

This program is held at the same time on the second Monday of every month, through November 2020. Dates are August 10, September 14, October 12, and November 9, 2020.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

Reading Pema Chodron: An Encore Performance, with Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 1pm

An Encore Presentation of Reading Pema Chodron, with Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

This is an encore presentation of the original June 13 session, to be recorded with an audience.

Using the writings of American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, in particular, her book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, participants will explore: Intimacy with Fear, When Things Fall Apart, Curious About Existence, and The Practice of Tonglen. Come take time to expand your heart and nourish your mind with “new food for thought.” The schedule will include time for input, quiet personal reflection, and conversation.

Presenter Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, poet, photographer, and educator, is a Dominican Sister of Hope. She holds an MA in Theology from Fordham University. She is the author of Remember, Return, and Rejoice: Journeying from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, and the co-editor of Teilhard de Chardin: Pilgrim, Prophet, and Mystic by Sally Campbell Woodhall. She often lectures on art and spirituality in the Christian tradition.

This is a free program

How the Online Program Works

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

Directed Summer Retreat Online, with Fr. Francis Gargani, Janet Corso, Sr. Connie Koch, and Amy Sucich, Sunday, August 2 to Friday, August 7, 2020

Come and reflect on your life and hear God’s whispers and movements. This directed retreat is a rich opportunity for sacred silence with a daily opportunity for spiritual direction. Enjoy daily reflection and celebration of the Eucharist. Because of Covid precautions, this directed retreat will be held online on daily Zoom sessions with spiritual directors over the course of 5 days.

River Sunset CloudsSunday, August 2, 2020
7:30pm:  Opening Gathering
Meetings with spiritual directors

Monday – Thursday, August 3 – 6, 2020
Meetings with spiritual directors throughout the day
4pm: Liturgy
7:30pm: Evening Prayer
Thursday: Ritual of Letting Go

Friday, August 7, 2020
9:30am: Closing: Gathering of Graces

Fee: $375 (all inclusive)

About the Presenters

Francis Gargani, CSsR, is a Redemptorist priest and experienced spiritual director, retreat leader, and workshop leader. He has served in a variety of ministries in parishes, at college campuses, and retreat centers. Presently, Francis ministers in the area of peace and justice.

Janet Corso, MA, is a spiritual director, supervisor, and trainer of spiritual directors. Janet also leads retreats and workshops, and was formerly the director of the Mariandale Retreat Center. She is a member of Mariandale’s Contemplative Formation team.

Connie Koch, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Hope. She is a preacher, storyteller, spiritual director, and has led retreats, parish missions, adult faith formation, and youth groups. She is Promoter of Preaching for the Dominican Sisters of Hope and Chaplain for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.

Amy Sucich, LCSW-R has a long history of deep listening as a trained social worker.  She is currently a spiritual director and retreat facilitator and an active member of the Mariandale community. Amy also serves on the Mariandale Advisory Committee

How the Online Program Works

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please make sure you add info@mariandale.org to your email contact list, so that you receive the Confirmation email in your Inbox, and not Spam or Junk mail. Thank you.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

How to Use Meditation to Calm Your Mind, July 11 and 25; August 8 and 22, from 9 to 10am

Fear, uncertainty, a feeling of doom, depression, and anxiety are all natural and normal reactions to the events of the past two months with the coronavirus pandemic. We will try to teach you various meditations which might be of help during these stressful times. We hope that some,  if not all, of these meditative techniques will provide you with the spiritual strength to see that these times provide us with a great opportunity to care for and love one another.

Dates & Times: Saturdays, May 30, June 13,  and June 27,  from 9-10am, in the Center at Mariandale’s Zoom Meeting Room.

Presenter Fernando Camacho is an ordained lay Buddhist priest of the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across all religious traditions. Fernando is a practicing medical oncologist in the Bronx and is the Director of the Community Oncology Program of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.

Presenter Maeve Eng, LCSW, RYT is an ordained lay Buddhist priest in the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across religious traditions. Maeve is a psychotherapist in private practice in Garrison and Cold Spring, NY.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

So Moved with God: Life Changes, Tuesday, August 11, from 10:30am to 12pm

“In his mind man plans a course, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Is the life you are living your vocation? Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation, because He is trying to change your heart. We will share sacred techniques of hearing God’s daily whisper. This is a free online program.

Date & Time: August 11, 2020, from 10:30am to 12pm

Presenter Joan McGovern is a spiritual director and Contemplative Retreat leader and facilitator. After a 30-year career in the financial service industry she was moved by the Holy Spirit to follow the invitation toward a deeper faith journey. Joan is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Church in Garden City, NY, and hosts and facilitates on a variety of topics such as Meeting God through the Senses, Mind the Gap through Life’s Transitions, Meeting Christ in Prayer, and Contemplative Singles.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

Postcards from the Border, with Mary Barber, MD and Nicole Hanley, Wednesday, August 19, from 4 to 5:30pm

Postcards from the Border

Postcards from the BorderIn this presentation and discussion, the presenters will share photos and stories from their trip to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in January 2020, where they participated in a border immersion experience with Annunciation House, a Catholic organization that has been serving immigrants for forty years.

The presenters will give an introduction to the complex issues around immigration which play out at the US-Mexican border and throughout the country. There will be time for discussion and spiritual reflection, as well as singing. Attendees will get a better understanding of some of the realities behind the news headlines. They will also learn about how they could get involved in supporting immigrants, at home, or through making their own pilgrimage with Annunciation House.

Neither presenter is an expert on immigration or the border. This is not meant to be its own border immersion course, but a window into the complexities around these issues. If you have ever felt unsettled hearing rhetoric about “the wall,” hearing broad characterizations of immigrants, or seeing photos of children in detention, but didn’t know what to do or how to find out more, this workshop may be a good starting point.

Presenter Mary Barber, MD, is a third-year student in the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) at Union Theological Seminary, and a candidate for the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. She is an alumna of the Contemplative Formation program at Mariandale. Before entering seminary, Mary had a twenty-year career as a public sector psychiatrist. She is former clinical director of Rockland Psychiatric Center. She lives in Newburgh, NY.

Presenter Nicole Hanley is a second year student at EDS at Union and a postulant for the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Nicole is a provisional member of the Society of Catholic Priests. She continues to be a marketing manager of Engineering books at academic publisher Wiley, and has been in the publishing industry for 19 years.

This is a free program, held on August 19 at 4pm to 5:30pm

How the Online Program Works

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

Exploring our Creativity, Nurturing Our Spirits: Insights from Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, and Spirituality, with Anne Kertz Kernion, August 26, 2020

The question is not “Are you creative?” but “How are you creative?” We can use our creativity to nurture our spirits, helping us navigate the added challenges in our lives today. We will explore the various ways we can amplify our creativity, adding slices of joy and serenity to our days. Current neuroscience and positive psychology research will be included in our multimedia presentation, then we’ll dabble in a few creative exercises to nourish us on our journeys.

Schedule:

9:30 – Introduction and Opening Prayer
9:45 – Neuroscience of Creativity + How to Get Into the Creative State
Mindful Observing Practice
10:30 – Break
10:40 – Psychological Benefits/Five Pathways of Creativity + Guided Meditations. 
11:15 – Small Group Discussion and Questions 
11:45 – Chair Yoga
12:00 – Lunch break ( I’ll be available for questions/discussion)
12:30 – Creative Activites
1:15 – Final Ritual

Things to have on hand for the online program, at the request of the presenter:

  • Pen or pencil, paper for note-taking and letter-writing, if desired
  • Small rock gathered from your backyard, garden or nearby park
  • Candle (optional) and matches
  • Coloring pencils (preferred), or crayons/markers, paper
  • Optional – Yarn, glue, scalloped sissors, paint, cotton balls, stencils, and colorful paper. 

Presenter Anne Kertz Kernion is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality to groups around the US and Australia. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Penn State, an MA in Theology from Duquesne University, a Certificate in the Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley, and is currently a graduate student in Positive Psychology at the University of Missouri. Anne is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986 (cardsbyanne.com). For fourteen years, Anne taught “Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning” at Carlow University, and courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics at the community college level. Her book, A Year of Spiritual Companionship was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016. Her next book, Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul, will be published by Loyola Press in October 2020.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Christian Zen, Saturday, September 12, 2020

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Christian Zen

Using the ideas and spiritual teaching of the book, Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation by William Johnston as a starting point, we will explore why they are still pertinent to our time. Participants do not have to have read the book to attend. This program will be presented online, via Zoom.

Date: Saturday, September 12, at 10:00am to 12pm

Presenter Fernando Camachois an ordained lay Buddhist priest of the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across all religious traditions.

Presenter Maeve Eng-Wong, LCSW, RYT is also an ordained lay Buddhist priest in the Dharma Teacher Order. Maeve is a psychotherapist in private practice in Garrison and Cold Spring, NY.

Presenter Janet Reale is an ordained lay Buddhist priest in the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across religious traditions. She worked as a translator and is a life-long learner.

How the Online Program Works

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

A Retreat with Desert Mystics, with Fr. Peter Pearson, a Three-Part Weekly Series, Starts Monday, Sept. 14, 2 to 4pm

Desert mysticsIn this retreat, composed of three sessions, we will discuss the Early Christians who fled into the desert, why they went, and how they set the foundation for religious life in the Christian tradition. We will also examine some of the main themes that emerged in their lives of faith and how we can incorporate their insights into our lives. Our time together will include short presentations, conversations, and some experiential offerings. Please feel free to do some reading prior to the retreat and bring your questions. A suggested reading list will be shared.

Dates: Three Mondays, Sept. 14, 21, and 28, 2 to 4pm

Pricing: Pay $70 for series of three sessions by registering through the Sept. 14 session, or you may register for the individual sessions from our calendar for $25 per session. 

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Presenter Fr. Peter Pearson has lived in two Benedictine monasteries and founded an emergent, ecumenical Benedictine community. He’s long been a reader of all things Merton and a seeker of God too. Peter holds an M. Div. from Saint Vincent Seminary and a Th. D. from the Providence School of Theology. He’s also studied theology at Saint John’s School of Theology in Brighton, MA; Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and General Theological Seminary in New York City.

 

How the Online Programs Work

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

Write Your Spiritual Autobiography, with Rachele Grieco: A Four-Part Weekly Series, Starting September 17, 2020

A Spiritual Autobiography is a written account of the events, people and places that have influenced your relationship with God. It tells the story of how you have come to hold your beliefs, and from it, you may identify patterns or motifs by which you can recognize the flow of your life. The process of reflection and writing is itself a spiritual practice; many find that it’s a powerful time for encountering God, and adopt it as a lifelong tool for discernment.

Join us for this four-part weekly writing series, held Thurs. evenings from 7-9 pm, starting Sept. 17, 2020. There will be an opportunity for one-one sessions that participants may schedule with the presenter between sessions during the series.

Date & Time: Four-Part weekly series, held on: Sept. 17,  24, Oct. 1, and Oct. 8, from 7 to 9pm.

Fee: Each session is $25 to register for content and materials. You can also register for all four sessions in the series through the September 17 session, Part 1.

Presenter Rachele Grieco, MA, retreat facilitator and spiritual director, serves as a resource for adults who seek to explore and deepen their spiritual lives. She has been a lay leader in the Episcopal church for over 20 years, engaging small groupin Lectio Divina and Bible study, spiritual conversation and reflection. She also serves as a healing prayer minister, has lead workshops in prayer practices, and was commissioned to compose a healing circle liturgy. Rachele holds degrees in English Literature and Christian Spirituality.

How the Online Program Works

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

Contemplative Practices: Living in Hope, Four Sessions through 2020/2021, starts Sept. 19. with Br. Don Bisson, Janet Corso, Gaynell Cronin, and Fr. Jack Rathschmidt

Contemplative Practices: Living in Hope, Part 1: Hope as a Practice

Hope is trust that God will fulfill God’s promises to us in a way that leads to true freedom. – Henri Nouwen

In the midst of enormous change – a pandemic, as well as a global yearning for greater justice for all – many now understand that a contemplative response is a critical element of the way forward for our world. These 4 reflective Saturday mornings by Zoom are for those who yearn to live from a more centered, contemplative place; who desire to bring the fruits of contemplative practices into their daily lives, ministries and works of justice; or for those who wish to journey with others who are serious about awakening to deeper consciousness and a richer interior life. All are welcome to enroll.  (The presenters are all members of the Contemplative Formation Program team and hope to return to Mariandale to offer the full Contemplative Formation Program, in person, fall of 2021- spring 2022).

Topics, Presenters, and Dates/Times

In 2020

Saturday, September 19, Hope as a Practice, with Don Bisson, FMS, and Janet Corso

Saturday, November 14, 2020: Spiritual Friendship as a Practice, with Gaynell Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt, OFM, Cap.

In 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021: Spiritual Reading as a Practice, with Jack Rathschmidt, OFM, Cap. and Don Bisson, FMS

Saturday, April 10, 2021: Gratitude as a Practice: Gaynell Cronin and Janet Corso

Time and Fee: 9am to 12:30pm

Fee: $50 per gathering. You can register for these programs one at a time, from our calendar.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

Hildegard of Bingen: Master of Healing and Visionary Arts, with Kathleen Deignan, CND, Saturday, September 26, 2020

 

Hildegard of Bingen: Master Healing and Visionary Arts, with Kathleen Noone Deignan, CND, PhD

HildegardJoin us to explore the legacy of this “Teutonic Prophetess” who speaks with great timeliness in her courageous ability to discern the signs of the times, her love for creation, her feminine reading of sacred mysteries, her medicine and healing arts, her poetry, her visionary prophecy, her innovative and original reading of sacred scripture and teaching, her defense of the dignity of outliers and unbelievers, her reformation spirit, her leadership in founding a new community of creative women, and her coining a new, secret language – “lingua incognita” – to speak of the Unspeakable Mystery in a uniquely feminine way.

In this Christian era of “Laudato si,’ we will enter into an urgent dialogue with the “Sybil of the Rhine” celebrated as the female patron of the environment and the natural world while we explore her wisdom, sing her songs, and discuss some of her wholesome recipes (!) You are invited to this session of contemplative inquiry, dialogue and playful engagement with one of the most interesting and potent women of history.

Presenter Kathleen Deignan, CND is a Congregation of Notre Dame Sister and Professor of Religious and Environmental Studies at Iona College, where she directs the Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit. A GreenFaith Fellow, she studied under Father Thomas Berry at Fordham University, where she earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees. She is composer in residence with Scholar Ministries, a sacred arts initiative that has produced a dozen collections of her original sacred songs. Her books include Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours and Thomas Merton: Writings on Nature. She is one of the Founding Conveners of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue.

How the Online Program Works

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register

Forgotten Yourself While Taking Care of Another? A Six-Part Weekly Series, Starts Wednesday, Sept. 30, 10am to 12pm

Forgotten Yourself While Taking Care of Another?

Matthew 25:40 “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.”

Carols Headshot BIn this Care for the Caregiver six-week, twelve-hour course, you will gain awareness, consolation, encouragement, in addition to nourishment, restoration, enrichment, and insight. This course Includes prayer, scripture, interactive group exercises, faith sharing, and handouts that will inspire questions to ponder while growing in perspective each week.

Attend one or all of the six weekly topics. Certificates awarded for attending at least four of the six topics.

Wednesday, September 30: Week 1, Resistance/Acceptance:  Some of us become caretakers by choice, some by default. Exploring our feelings of possible guilt, unease and resentment, resounding will be validation that God will love me regardless of my reluctance Valuable to Acceptance is providing ourselves with self-compassion.

Wednesday, October 7: Week 2,  Illness Issues:  Effects of illness and healthy habits introduced, plus consideration of specific illnesses, i.e. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc. Discussion will include facets of aging and addiction.

Wednesday, October 14: Week 3, Communication with Awareness: Words matter and all about us speaks. To listen effectively is an art and requires conscious attention to our awareness and focus. We will expound on different levels of listening depending on the situation or personality – Non-listening, Marginal, Judgmental or Empathic/Active listening. Including discussion of the layers of anger.

Wednesday, October 21: Week 4, Caretaking with Spirituality: Remaining a dedicated caretaker will take nourishing your spirit with prayer, Scripture, meditation and more. Are my expectations and perfectionism unrealistic and out of balance, causing me to become disappointed? Being down on ourselves, only takes us deeper into chaos. We are called to trust in God’s love to carry us.

Wednesday, October 28: Week 5, Suffering & Grief: Two heavy topics, without any satisfying answers. Much of our lives are lived in darkness, uncertainty, estrangement, illness, pain and more. Our hope comes from God’s steadfast love and seeking His continual presence. Persistence is the antidote to powerlessness. We will look at what has brought us to where we are now and trust we can see the guiding hand of a loving God. It is about being present to our loved ones, not trying to fix the situation.

Wednesday, November 4, Week 6Caring for the Caregiver: Are we convinced on the need for self-care? If we are not, we may be looking at compassion fatigue. Good self-care and support, connection with one’s spiritual self and effective stress management are vital and necessary, for one cannot give from an empty place. Finding the healthy balance between self-care and caring for others will be our focus.

Presenter Caroline Cella has a master’s degree in Theology, plus background in Clinical Pastoral Education, and more than 40 years of ministry experience. In 2016, she formed Embrace Caretaking, developing and presenting a comprehensive eight-week seminar for pastoral care volunteers. (Additionally, she wrote and complied a Spiritual Care Visitor How-To-Training Manual available for purchase.) In 2019, she created a one-on-one seminar, Care for the Caregiver program.  A monthly blog for caretakers can be found at www.embracecaretaking.com.

You need to register individually for each of the six topics in this series, or however many you wish to attend.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

Thomas Merton: New Seeds of Contemplation, with Fr. Peter Pearson, a Three-Part Weekly Series, Starts Monday, Oct. 19, 2 to 4pm

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Thomas Merton introduced generations to monastic life in the 20th century. After Seven Story Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation is his best known work, written from the perspective of a more mature seeker of God in the monastic tradition. We will begin with a bit of background about Merton’s life and writings and then begin to unpack the main themes of our text.

Dates: Oct. 19, 26. and Nov. 2, 2020, from 2pm to 4pm

Pricing: Pay $70 for the series of three sessions, from the Oct. 19 (Part 1 event), or $25 per session if you register for the three sessions from our calendar.

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Presenter Fr. Peter Pearson has lived in two Benedictine monasteries and founded an emergent, ecumenical Benedictine community. He’s long been a reader of all things Merton and a seeker of God too. Peter holds an M. Div. from Saint Vincent Seminary and a Th. D. from the Providence School of Theology. He’s also studied theology at Saint John’s School of Theology in Brighton, MA; Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and General Theological Seminary in New York City.

How the Online Program works

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions.You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

New Seeds of Contemplation is available on Amazon.com in hardcopy, for Kindle and in audio formats. Purchasing and reading the book is recommended.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

Online Contemplative Prayer Service with Gaynell Cronin, Thursdays at 11:30am

Contemplative Prayer Service Online, with Gaynell Cronin

Each Thursday, from 11:30am to noon, we gather as spiritual companions seeking God’s guidance. Come join us in prayer for peace, for yourself, for others, and for the world. These sessions are held online, in the Center at Mariandale’s Zoom meeting room. All are welcome! You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please get started by signing up with your name and email address, with this free registration link. Then, you will receive an email with the Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions.

Sign up for Contemplative Prayer Online here

This meeting is held at the same Zoom link each week, so you only need to register once. Please plan to log in at 11:25am, so we can get started on time. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you as a part of our online community.

Reading Sunday Scriptures with a Contemplative Spirit, with Gaynell Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt, Fridays at 11:30am

Reading the Sunday Scriptures with a Contemplative Spirit, with Gaynell Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt

Join us each Friday from 11:30 am to noon.

Contemplation, according to Walter Burghardt, S.J., means taking a long, loving look at the real. Utilizing the cultures out of which the bible emerges, we will take a long loving contemplative look at the Sunday scriptures in order both to understand them, and discern how we are called to live them

These sessions are held online, in the Center at Mariandale’s Zoom meeting room. All are welcome! You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please get started by signing up, with this free registration link. Then, you will receive an email with the Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions

Please visit our Events Calendar to register for the dates you wish.

Saturday Group Listening Sessions: Every Saturday, 4pm

You’re invited to a public listening session this Saturday at 4pm (EST) via Zoom. (Participants may join via phone or video.) These are challenging, uncertain times. We invite you to join in a community and bring your fears, your hopes, your gratitude, your restlessness, or whatever you’ve got while we process together. We’re here to hold each other.

First step is to visit this Dominican Sisters of Hope page, where you can fill out and submit a form to sign up for this listening session. You will be emailed simple instructions to phone in, or log in to a Zoom session:

https://ophope.org/public-listening-session

Become an Online Community Co-Creator!

Are you interested in helping pioneer an online community for listening, discussion, and programming? Please visit this link, and let us know what you think on the form:  https://ophope.org/online-community/

Listening Calls with Sisters and Associates

During these uncharted times, we’re offering 30-minute listening calls with anyone who needs to talk (U.S. only). A listening call is not spiritual direction or counseling, but simple fellowship in a time of physical isolation. These calls could happen via video, email, or phone, as you prefer. This is a new idea, and we’ll have to co-create, but our sisters, associates, and co-creators are here to listen. Please visit this page to fill out an Interest form:  https://ophope.org/listening-sessions/

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