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.

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.

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

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, July 13, 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 July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, and November 9, 2020.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

The Neuroscience and Spirituality of Self-Compassion: Caring for Ourselves in Unsettling Times, Wednesday, July 15, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Our retreat day will draw upon recent findings in neuroscience and psychology, illuminating self-care and spiritual practices that nurture gentleness, kindness and patience towards ourselves. These practices help us manage the grief and uncertainty we are feeling during this pandemic. Far from being self-centered or selfish, we can generate deeper care for ourselves, thereby enhancing our relationships and our ability to attend to others. Helpful tips and exercises on how to practice Self-Compassion will be included throughout the day. You’ll also discover that being compassionate towards ourselves helps reduce stress and inflammation while slowing aging in our cells and our brains.

Schedule:

9:30 – Introduction, Opening Prayer, and Ice Breaker Activity
9:45 – Three Components of Self-Compassion
Mindful Breathing Exercise
10:20 – Break
10:30 – Five Pathways to Self-Compassion
Guided Meditations
11:00 – Questions and discussion, additional Meditation if time allows
11:45 – Chair Yoga
12:00 – Lunch
12:30 – Self-Compassion Letter + Creative Activity
1:15 –  Final Ritual

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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 online.

Writing Micro Memoirs, an Online Weekend Retreat, with Lorraine Ash, July 24-26, 2020

Does the idea of writing a memoir overwhelm you? You can still capture the essence and arc of your story by writing micro-memoirs. Learn to mine the themes and moments that have directed and defined your life. This spare but profound approach yields great personal insight and beautiful literature.

By the end of the workshop you will have crafted several micro-memoirs using numerous techniques. Bring paper and pen and/or a laptop.
Enjoy this weekend zoom retreat beginning Fri. evening July 24 from 7-8:30 pm – Sat. July 25 from 10 am – 12 noon and 2-4 pm and Sun. July 26 from 10 am – 12 noon.

Online Retreat Weekend Schedule: 

Friday, Jul 24, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, July 25,  10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm

Sunday, July 26, 10 am – 12 pm

Fee: $150 for the weekend

Presenter Lorraine Ash, MA, is a book editor, author, coach, and editorial director of Cape House Books. She has penned two memoirs: Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth, and Healing; and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life. Lorraine studied at Fordham University.

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 be sure to add info@mariandale.org to your list of email contacts, so you can receive our emails. Thank you.

Please visit our Events Calendar to register online.

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.

Postcards from the Border, with Mary Barber, MD and Nicole Hanley, Wednesday, August 18, 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

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

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.

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

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/

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/

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