“Make it a practice to
judge persons and things
in the most favorable light
at all times and under
all circumstances.”

St. Vincent de Paul

Spirituality Center Retreats and Programs

Virtual Directed Retreats

JUNE 14-20, 2020

The Sisters of Charity had to cancel its on-campus summer retreats because of the current health crisis. Many people who would like to make a retreat must find other options. These directors, originally scheduled for June, have offered to facilitate online retreats.

In these online retreats Dr. Nicki Verploegen, Patmarie Bernard, SC, and Maureen Heverin, SC will meet with you for an hour each day via phone or computer, to help you to pray and to recognize how God is speaking. You should have a bible and journal available for your use. We will email you any additional materials needed as the retreat unfolds.

The cost of this 6-day retreat will be $200.

You must have the ability to communicate by a computer, phone or laptop equipped with audio and/or camera. Your home should be quiet enough to allow for prayer. You are also responsible for making sure that your sessions are in a place in your home where you will not be overheard if you do not wish to be. All information will be confidential. If you would like to make an online retreat, please email Micki Trentman at spirituality.center@srcharitycinti.org for additional information.


DR. NICKI VERPLOEGEN, Co-Founder of TATENDA International, served as Director of Spiritual and Ministerial Development and Visiting Professor at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA for eight years. Presently she teaches courses in spirituality in graduate schools around the US, including the Archdiocese of Boston’s Diaconate Program.

PATMARIE BERNARD, SC, RN has been a spiritual director and retreat director since 1990. She received formal preparation in spiritual direction at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. Patmarie has training in dream work, journaling, centering prayer, Lectio Divina, Native American spirituality and creative expression work. She served on the staff of the Sangre de Cristo Renewal Program in Santa Fe, NM. Her ministry experience includes healthcare outreach with management and nursing services among the poor.

MAUREEN HEVERIN, SC received formal training in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, OH in 1990. Her ministry experience includes elementary and adult education, social service work, spiritual formation, and leadership in the Sisters of Charity. Presently, Maureen’s ministry in the Spirituality Center includes spiritual direction, directing retreats and facilitating various spiritual programs.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer will not take place during COVID-19. We will let you know when it will resume!

If you feel called to a contemplative way of praying, and if you would like mutual, ongoing support and learning about it, a Centering Prayer group may be for you.

Leaders: Liz Maxwell & Joyce Richter, SC
Location: Prayer Room; SC Motherhouse
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Fee: free; no registration required

Leaders: Liz Maxwell & Joyce Richter, SC
Location: Prayer Room; SC Motherhouse
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Fee: free; no registration required


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Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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