“We must love our neighbor
as being made in the image
of God and as an object of
His love.”

St. Vincent de Paul


Spirituality Center Retreats and Programs

Most people who desire to make a retreat want to step aside from the busy life they lead and spend some time looking within, looking at their relationship with God, and what is happening in their lives. All adults are welcome to participate in our retreats regardless of religious affiliation, vocation or gender. Call the Spirituality Center director, S. Marty Dermody, SC, at 513-347-5453 for assistance.

There are other Sisters of Charity spiritual directors available for directed retreats at the scheduled retreat times. Both the conference and directed retreats can be made for a shorter number of days if so desired. If choosing a director for a directed retreat other than those listed in this brochure, contact the Sister to make sure she is available during your requested days before sending in your registration. If you would like assistance in identifying other directors, call 513-347-5453 for information or email us at spirituality.center@srcharitycinti.org.

The Silence You Are

So often we are invited to be silent, but our time together we will move toward the truth that “We Are Silence.” The inner journey of this retreat touches the stillness of your own depths, the place where you meet the Silence You Are.

Presenter: Jan Novotka and Marie Larkin
Dates: Sunday, June 9, 6 p.m.-Saturday, June 15, 12 p.m.
Location: Cedars; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $525; $400 commuter; $125 deposit applied to total fee; No fee for Sisters of Charity
Register here.

Jan Novotka is an internationally known retreat facilitator and song writer sought out for her gift of creating a more contemplative approach for assemblies, congregational chapters, and other spiritual and/or Earth-focused gatherings.

Marie Larkin is certified as a spiritual director and has taught “Art & Spirituality” for The Institute for Contemporary Spirituality in Scranton, PA. Until recently she served as the director of the Catherine McAuley House, a shelter for homeless women and children in Plymouth, PA.

Embracing the Sacred Pauses

We live in a frenetic world. There are so many concerns… personally, communally, ecclesiastically, and politically. It some-times feels overwhelming. Retreat is an opportunity to stop, breathe and embrace the sacred pause. As we embrace the sacred, we can experience the sacred embracing us.

Facilitator: Joye Gros, OP
Dates: Sunday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m.-Saturday, Aug. 24, 12 p.m.
Location: Cedars; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $525; $400 commuter; $125 deposit applied to total fee; No fee for Sisters of Charity
Register here.

Joye Gros, OP is a Dominican Sister of Peace. She has ministered as a teacher, DRE, Pastoral Associate, Congregational Leader and Novice Director. Currently she serves as a facilitator, consultant, and mentor for future formators and persons in leadership. Her ministry focuses on adult formation, leadership development and spirituality.

Directed Retreats

Directed Retreats create a sacred container of shared and supported silence. This encourages one to listen deeply to God’s invitation in day to day life. Retreats create a time of intentional introspection which offers deep spiritual, emotional and physical relaxation, rest and rejuvenation.

During the retreat you can expect:

  • a private bedroom with a desk and half bath
  • shared meals with the option of silence or conversation
  • personal time to peruse a deeper connection to your higher power
  • daily sessions with a spiritual director who will listen deeply and offer gentle support as you discern Divine invitation
  • optional morning and evening prayer/ritual/meditation
  • opportunity for creative expression through numerous art materials
  • access to beautiful grounds where you can experience a walking labyrinth, quiet time in nature and numerous sacred sights

June Retreat

Dates and times: Sunday, June 9, 6 p.m. until Saturday, June 15, noon
Directors: S. Maureen Heverin, Mary Ann Hegner, Jen Straw
Fee: $575 overnight; $450 commuter; $125 non-refundable registration fee due at time of registration (applied to total fee); Sisters of Charity are free.
Register here.

Maureen Heverin, SC, received formal training in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio, in 1992. Her ministry experience includes elementary education and adult education, social service work, spiritual formation and leadership in the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Congregation. Presently S. Maureen’s ministry in the Spirituality Center includes spiritual direction (individual and group), directing retreats and facilitating various spiritual programs.

Mary Ann Hegner currently serves as a spiritual director in the Cincinnati area. Mary Ann feels strongly called to meet people where they are as they discern God’s movement in their lives. Deep listening and compassion are some of the gifts she offers. Mary Ann received her master’s degree in religious studies from the College of Mt. St. Joseph. She is a board-certified Catholic chaplain. Her most cherished roles are as a mother and grandmother.

Jen Straw has her origins in interfaith retreat work and spiritual direction. She has furthered her studies to include Massage and Energy therapy, Sacred Astrology, Soul Collage and Enneagram. Jen is passionate about providing opportunities to those who seek the sacred in their lives. As a born seeker with the lived experience of facilitating over 100 retreats, Jenny brings wisdom, compassion and variety to each personal and group direction experience she offers. Jen has witnessed that much personal and spiritual growth has bloomed from ones willingness to gently explore areas of great surprise ~ ultimately to honor the sacred in each moment.

August Retreat

Dates and times: Sunday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 24, noon
Directors: S. Maureen Heverin, SC, Nicki Verploegen, Ph.D. and S. Nancy Sheridan, SASV
Fee: $575 overnight; $450 commuter; $125 non-refundable registration fee due at time of registration (applied to total fee); Sisters of Charity are free.
Register here.

Nicki Verploegen, PhD has provided support to religious communities like the Jesuits, the Franciscans, the Redemptorists, Maryknoll Missionaries and the Christian Brothers de la Salle, where she worked with laity and brothers on spiritual companionship. For over 40 years she has provided retreat leadership and spiritual direction, as well as being involved in liturgical ministries as a dancer, cantor, and planner in her parish. Nicki has written four books.

S. Nancy Sheridan, SASV is a member of the Congregation Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, an international group of women religious. She is spiritual director and supervisor of spiritual directors having spent eight years on the staff of the Center of Religious Development in Cambridge, MA. (VIRTUAL ONLY)

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


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