Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation
A Three-year Certificate Program
Do you wonder how to survive spiritually in a world of unprecedented change and hectic, high-speed living?
Do you want to thrive not just survive? Do you want to make a difference?
Then, come discover how to create an authentic inner life, access a deeper you that will provide a solid, sacred ground of meaning and support.
Here’s What We Can Do for You:
Offer a thoughtful blend of study, contemplation, dialogue and community.
Provide guidance and support for the questions that draw you towards a rich interior life.
Help you experience a oneness with all creation, from where you’ll gain the inner strength and confidence to make a difference in the 21st century global community.
Encourage you to meet life’s challenges with a depth of understanding and compassion so that you may accept all aspects of life as gift.
Invite you to experience Divine Presence in daily life inspired by spiritual teachings both East and West.
Offer opportunities to transform, heal and create a life of spiritual depth and grace for your own sake and for the sake of the world.
Twelve Weekends Open Doors to Inner Stillness, Compassion and Unity
Our program is built upon four weekend retreats each year that support your spiritual practice and daily life at home. Weekends begin with Friday evening dinner followed by the opening session and continue through Sunday’s brunch.
Grounded in the Franciscan tradition and their own in-depth experience and training in spiritual guidance, our Christine Center staff, and from time to time, other expert guides will gently accompany you on an inward journey of transformation rooted in personal prayer, contemplative dialogue and spiritual practice both East and West.
The beauty of the spiritual sanctuary at the Christine Center, the stillness and restorative nature as well as fabulous meals contribute to an uplifting and nurturing experience
Year One: The Art of Contemplative Living
In tune with the mystical spirituality of Francis of Assisi, a troubadour awake to intimacy with the Divine and whose life impacts our world across eight centuries, this first year draws from the Christian contemplative tradition, but also from the rich wisdom of Eastern masters.
Weekend One, August 23-25, 2013
Beginning with Life: Learning from Experience
Explore the age-old story of our relationship with self, others, God and the cosmos. What is my story? How does what I believe about myself inform my search for meaning, authentic relationships, humility before the Divine and commitment to my life’s work? What wisdom is mine from the spiritual path of contemplatives both East and West? How shall I begin or begin again more deeply the art of contemplative living?
Weekend Two, December 6-8, 2013
Growing into Myself: Becoming Who I Am
The art of contemplative living is experienced moment by moment. Learn ways to grow into your true self by listening with the heart, breathing with the spirit, practicing loving kindness and cultivating a disarming hospitality.
Weekend Three, February 7-9, 2014
Living our Heart’s Desire: Longing for the Holy
Learn to awaken to the spiritual dimension. Sit, chant, read, walk, listen, breathe: simple practices that reveal an interconnectedness of all life. Out of the quiet grows the truth that the longing of the heart is for deep peace. When you sit in meditation, you contribute to the wholeness of the world.
Weekend Four, May 23-25, 2014
Loving Deeply: Finding the Compassionate Center
In silence, you are invited to practice mindfulness, concentration, walking, and loving kindness meditations drawn from the Buddhist Tradition as well as from the contemplative practices of the Christian mystics. Experience how the contemplative life reveals Spirit in our hearts and in and through all beings. Daily life then becomes a journey of compassion in tune with the universe.
Year Two: Awakening the Spiritual/Earth Body
Gain deep insight into the wisdom of holistic health and the work of cosmologists to ground you in the sacredness of all creation, and become aware that matter “matters.” Develop the power of intuition and the energy of creativity. Commit to self-acceptance and the integration of body, mind, and spirit.
Year Three: Spirit Leadership for Global Transformation
Refine your personal vision and hone your skills of transformative participation. Become more aware of your gifts for compassionate service and imagine your capacity to make a real difference in the world. Learn to say with confidence of Soul: I matter, I can make a difference, I can change the world in very surprising ways.
To receive a booklet with complete details, including dates and descriptions for years two and three, plus an application form, please contact Cecy Corcoran at the Christine Center by email to email@example.com, or by phone to 715-267-7507.
Sister Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA has a Ph.D. in Women’s Religious Studies and has particular skill in integrating outward experience with inward deepening.
Sister Henrita Frost, SSND has been seeking spiritual deepening for personal and global transformation for many decades. She is a gifted spiritual guide and a member of the Christine Center Core Team. She delights in the experience of teaching meditation and being inspired by those with whom she meditates.
Sister Johanna Seubert, FSPA has a Doctorate in music, with additional studies in theology, spiritual direction, and liturgy. She has given numerous spiritual growth programs at the Christine Center and at other locations. Johanna is a certified teacher of the Diamond Approach and a member of the Ridhwan Spiritual School.
Sister Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD. is an evocative facilitator and artist. Known for her refreshingly practical spiritual perspectives, with emphasis on intuition and creativity, she offers learning opportunities grounded in the wisdom of the Christian mystics as well as contemporary spiritual thought both East and West.
Sister Marge Zulaski, OSF is a depth psychologist and Jungian analyst with a special interest in dreams. She teaches dream seminars and offers an understanding of Jung’s map of the soul as a way to wholeness.
For more information, or to apply, contact the Christine Center firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-267-7507.
“Thank you Cecy, Johanna, Gabe, Henrita, and Marge for your courage and truth and loving kindness. It gives us all permission to be who we are.”
“I have always wanted to stretch my soul, to think more deeply about the divine. Now I see the holy in the everyday, and God in every activity.”
“What a rich opportunity to be with others who want to grow, become centered, and to learn how to make a difference in the world …. I am so happy the Christine Center is offering this program!”
“Finally, I was able to bring my whole self to the work of transformation and growth!”