“Be prepared to meet
your grace in every
circumstance of life.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


Spirituality Center Retreats and Programs

Praying with Nature

Nature is one of the most fulfilling gifts we have in our lives. Praying and sharing nature experiences with others is so gratifying. This year we will be celebrating the turning of the seasons with the gifts of nature that Marty has captured with her camera. We are graced by the creatures of our planet, our brothers and sisters, as we enjoy our world, day by day.

Presenter: Marty Dermody, SC
Dates: Wednesdays, May 1 & June 19
Time: 1:30- 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.


S. Marty Dermody, SC is the current Director of the Spirituality Center and loves sharing her photography in her prayer.

That Unique Creation of God is “YOU”

We all are created uniquely in the image of our loving God. Have you ever taken the time to dwell deep within to see the unique gifts that you hold? As we use the gifts we have been given we discover that we have many behaviors and talents in common. However, we also learn that within each one of us is the unique “Me.”

Come and share some time to appreciate the qualities and gifts you hold within yourself. Our God gives all and no one is just like you. This workshop will be held on two consecutive Thursdays—you must be able to attend both sessions.

DATES: Thursdays, April 25 & May 2
TIME: 1:30-3 p.m.
FEE: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity


Betty Finn, SC, is currently engaged in spiritual direction and retreat work. She has a background in counseling and a private practice of spiritual direction. Betty has previously been involved in community leadership, formation work, working with adult students at Mount St. Joseph University, and elementary education. She has been giving retreats, both directed and conference, for over 20 years.

Sundays of Reflection

Venture Deeper Into the Divine Mystery

Sunday of Reflection: S. Blandina, A Woman for Our Times (Feb. 3, S. Victoria Marie Forde)

S. Blandina Segale, Servant of God, provides us a strong model of the ways to risk a caring response in our time. Whenever she saw a need, she found a way to respond, many times quite creatively. These point ways for us to respond like her, no matter what our age, wherever Providence places us.

Going Deeper Within (Mar. 10, Mary Ann Flannery, SC)
What does “Going Deeper Into the Divine Mystery” mean for us as individuals and as a congregation? We’ll explore how God is drawing us into an adventure.

DATES: March 10 – Cedars
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – Mass in Chapel
10:45 a.m. – Presentation;
11:30 a.m. – Large group questions/comments
FEE: Free will donation


Those who do not live at the Motherhouse are requested to call 347-5300 (daytime) or 347-5346 (evening) and leave a message if you plan to stay for dinner.

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Melannie Svoboda, SND
August 4-10, 2019

If we are in touch with God’s great love for us, our hearts will be filled with song. This retreat will focus on some of the ways we can nourish our song and our Christian discipleship: through love of nature, prayer, friendship, compassion, service, playfulness, gratitude, letting go, laughter, art, courage during pain and sorrow, and hope.

Using scripture, music, stories, poetry, and short videos we will hopefully deepen our relationship with a God who loves us more than we can imagine.

Sr. Melannie’s bio – I have two wonderful ministries: I write for publication and I give talks and retreats all over the country. These two ministries are a perfect balance for me. The writing nourishes the “hermit” in me, that is, the Melannie who is naturally drawn to silence, solitude, and reflection. The giving of talks and retreats feeds the outgoing Melannie, the one who enjoys being with people and entering their lives on a deeper level.

When I’m not writing or giving retreats, I can be found walking in a park or in our neighborhood, making tapioca or apple strudel, conversing with friends, listening to music, cheering for one of Cleveland’s sports teams, or strug-gling with a crossword puzzle: What is a seven letter word for lucky or fortunate? The answer is blessed! And that’s just how I feel!

Retreats open at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4 and end with the noon meal on Saturday, August 10.

* No fee required for Sisters living in the Motherhouse or Mother Margaret Hall. Donations welcome.


Directed Retreats

August 4-10, 2019

CAROL BRENNER, SC is a spiritual director and retreat minister. She completed her Internship in Spiritual Direc-tion in Milford, Ohio in 1987 and has been companioning others on their spiritual journey since then. Her past ministry experience includes teaching, religious education, parish ministry, eleven years in St. Lucia and 16 years on the staff of the Spirituality Center.

JUDITH BONINI, IHM has been involved in retreat/spiritual direction for over 20 years. Presently she is pastoral
services director at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse in Monroe, MI. Her deep love is spiritual direction and retreat ministry. Judith invites the person to name God’s invitation, to reverence and to respond to this mystery as it unfolds in one’s life experiences.

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.

FR. JACK CONLEY, CP was born in Chicago, IL in 1949. He grew up in the Passionist Parish of the Immaculate Conception on the city’s northwest side. In 1976 Fr. Jack completed his theological studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where he received a Master of Divinity Degree. He was ordained a priest after graduation. At the present time, besides continuing as an itinerant preacher, Fr. Jack serves as a member of the Provincial Council for Holy Cross Province. In that capacity he has conducted the formal, annual visitation to the Passionist Mission in India.

Retreats open at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4 and end with the noon meal on Saturday, August 10.

* No fee required for Sisters living in the Motherhouse or Mother Margaret Hall. Donations welcome.


Centering Prayer

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