Spirituality Center●Studium Offerings: February 2021

Among the Ashes: An Ash Wednesday Morning of Reflection

Jessie Bazan will set the theme for the Ash Wednesday reflection, leading participants into off-screen reflection time. The retreat ends with a final time of sharing and prayer.

Date: Ash Wednesday, February 17, 9–11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Jessie Bazan
Fee: $40

Sacred Pause Lenten Prayer

Gather to share common prayer of lectio divina (prayerful reading) using the Gospels of the Sundays of Lent. This program includes an optional 30-minute meeting with a sister companion via Zoom each week during Lent.

Dates: Thursdays, February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Facilitators: Mary Catherine Holicky, OSB, and Eunice Antony, OSB
Limit: 8 participants.
Fee: $50 for all six sessions

Prayer in Troubled Times: Lent—Again, or Still With Us?

How might we understand the pandemic in light of the meaning of Lent and Easter? How might Lent and Easter take on new meaning this year as a result of the pandemic? You are invited to join us for this 20-minute online worship service that will include spoken and sung prayers, scripture, poetry, and intercessions. There is no fee and no limit on number of participants. Ever since mid-Lent of 2020, people around the world have been unintentionally united in a Lenten experience precipitated by the coronavirus. We have abstained from coming together for worship services, movies, sports events, concerts, and family gatherings—even weddings and funerals. If Lent is a time of self-denial, what more could we possibly give up? This year, God may be inviting us to a different kind of Lent: to go deeper rather than wider. Our call may be to accept a reality we did not choose, to do so not in a spirit of grim determination or self-pity, but in a spirit of trust and exploration, asking the Big Questions. This worship service will be posted on our YouTube channel on Sunday, February 21, at 7 p.m.

Facilitator: Delores Dufner, OSB

Brothers and Sisters All: Pope Francis’ Vision for the World

In this online discussion group of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, we’ll explore together his suggestions for creating a culture of peace and justice through dialogue. Participants are required to read a copy of the encyclical online or buy a printed copy.

Dates: Thursdays, February 25, March 4, 11
Time: 3–4:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Christian Morris, OSB, Katherine Howard, OSB, and Mara Faulkner, OSB
Limit: 10 participants
Fee: $15

All offerings through the Spirituality Center●Studium will be held virtually as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to participate in these virtual offerings, participants will need access to a device such as a computer with a webcam, iPad, or other tablet. You can register online or call (320) 363-7112.