Spirituality Programs

Current Programs

We are committed to offering diverse programs and teachings that connect body, mind and spirit for individuals who are seeking deeper meaning and expression in their lives.

Registration is preferred no later than one week prior to the date of program.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Double Gong Immersion

Become immersed in the rich tonal vibrations of two harmonious gongs as you detach from the pressure and content of the mind. Evoking physical, emotional, and spiritual responses, the vibrations of the gong stimulate and work on multiple levels to heal and transform.

Saturday, September 9, 9:30am-12:30pm (CDT)

Living Your Purpose

Well-being research indicates the value of having a clear purpose in life; when we have something to get up for in the morning, we live longer and more meaningfully. In this workshop, you’ll identify your life purpose, then create a plan to enliven and embody your purpose.

Facilitated by Rebecca Russell, MS

Monday, September 11, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Explorations in Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is an invitation to a deeper relationship with God. You may notice a desire for silence and an inner stillness in your prayer life. If you listen to this call, you will realize a call to prayer without words, a desire to simply sit with God in stillness.

Facilitated by Sr. Pat Irr, OSF, and Laura Demairis

Thursday, September 14, 9:30am-3:30pm (CDT)

Mindfulness: It's Not What You Think

The practice of mindfulness is a way of being more aware and alert to the flow of life – feeling more grounded in a quiet mind and open heart. The more we ‘wake up’, the more we live life from a deep place of innate wisdom.

Facilitated by Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT

Friday, September 15, 2017 - Service begins at 7:30 PM (CST)

Taizé Prayer Service

Meant to foster reconciliation and peace among people, Taizé is a Christian ecumenical meditative common prayer service that incorporates song and chant, scripture readings and silence. People of all faiths are welcome. Light refreshments following the service.

Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16, 9:30am-4:00pm (CDT)

Brush With Silence

The path to achieving deep and lasting harmony or balance in life can be manifested in many ways and through various forms of practice. In this session, we will look at the unique use of a ‘brush’ as a tool for meditation.

Facilitated by Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT

Monday, September 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is the continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment – to be truly present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.Join us twice a month for our open meditation sessions – a practice of mindful meditation in the general style of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thursdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, September 21, October 19 & November 16 (CDT)

Exploring Wisdom in Your Night Dreams

Our night dreams are symbolic gifts from Wisdom, the Breath of the Power of God. If you are interested in exploring your dreams and their gifts of wisdom in a circle of other dreamers, begin recording your dreams now.

Facilitated by Sr. Georgene L. Wilson, OSF, D.Min.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CST)

SoulCollage® Inspiration Circle

SoulCollage® is a powerful creative process that gently enables you to hear the deep wisdom of your own inner-knowing through the practice of collage art. This soul-tending practice honors one’s personal journey, while promoting personal growth and self-discovery.

Facilitated by Sharon Devo

Saturday, September 23, 9:15am-12:30pm (CDT)

Christian History Part I:  The Division of Christianity - 500 Years Since the Protestant Formation

In this two-part series, Matt Pozen will trace the history of the division of Christianity over the course of the past 500 years, and offer some hope for its future reunion.

Facilitated by Matt Pozen

Monday, September 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm (CDT)

Introduction to Essential Oils

The subtle energy of essential oils invokes in us a sense of wholeness and healing of our body, mind and spirit. Healing of ourselves raises the consciousness of our families, friends and culture. This workshop will introduce you to the use of essential oils as everyday companions.

Facilitated by Therese Yonikus

Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Drumming Circle

The sound of drumming has the ability to put us in touch with our own natural rhythms, the rhythms of the earth, and also of those around us. Its beat can represent our heart as we become grounded yet taken to a place deep inside where we are keenly aware of our mind and body, and the connection between the two.

Facilitated by Therese Yonikus

Saturday, September 30, 9:30am-Noon (CDT)

God's Promises: Keeping Faith During Life's Unexpected Changes

When life’s circumstances change in a moment or drastically in a season, you may find yourself feeling ‘in between’ – between the painful past and the hopeful future. Juggling expectations, limitations, abundance or lack thereof, you might be wondering how you’ll get through it gracefully, or whether you’ll receive a guided answer from God.

Facilitated by Jill Monaco

Monday, October 2, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is the continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment – to be truly present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.Join us twice a month for our open meditation sessions – a practice of mindful meditation in the general style of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Monday, October 9, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Explorations in Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is an invitation to a deeper relationship with God. You may notice a desire for silence and an inner stillness in your prayer life. If you listen to this call, you will realize a call to prayer without words, a desire to simply sit with God in stillness.

Facilitated by Sr. Pat Irr, OSF, and Laura Demairis

Begins Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life - Year 1

Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life is a two-year program open to people of all faiths who want to learn more about Franciscan spirituality and how to integrate Franciscan values into daily life. It is designed for individuals with no experience in Franciscan spirituality, as well as those with more knowledge seeking to bond with others to deepen one another's experience.

Saturday, October 14, 9:15am-12:30pm (CDT)

Christian History Part II:  The Reunion of Christianity

In this two-part series, Matt Pozen will trace the history of the division of Christianity over the course of the past 500 years, and offer some hope for its future reunion.

Facilitated by Matt Pozen

Monday, October 16, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is the continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment – to be truly present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.Join us twice a month for our open meditation sessions – a practice of mindful meditation in the general style of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CST)

SoulCollage® Inspiration Circle

SoulCollage® is a powerful creative process that gently enables you to hear the deep wisdom of your own inner-knowing through the practice of collage art. This soul-tending practice honors one’s personal journey, while promoting personal growth and self-discovery.

Facilitated by Sharon Devo

Saturday, October 21, 9:00am-4:00pm (CDT)

Single Women's Retreat: Healthy Relationships

Are you enjoying being a single woman but find yourself wanting healthier relationships with friends, family members or co-workers? Are you struggling with romantic relationships and your desire for a loving, committed individual to share your life with? Sometimes the wounds of our unhealed soul keep us from having healthy relationships. 

Facilitated by Jill Monaco

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Drumming Circle

The sound of drumming has the ability to put us in touch with our own natural rhythms, the rhythms of the earth, and also of those around us. Its beat can represent our heart as we become grounded yet taken to a place deep inside where we are keenly aware of our mind and body, and the connection between the two.

Facilitated by Therese Yonikus

Monday, November 13, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Explorations in Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is an invitation to a deeper relationship with God. You may notice a desire for silence and an inner stillness in your prayer life. If you listen to this call, you will realize a call to prayer without words, a desire to simply sit with God in stillness.

Facilitated by Sr. Pat Irr, OSF, and Laura Demairis

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CST)

SoulCollage® Inspiration Circle

SoulCollage® is a powerful creative process that gently enables you to hear the deep wisdom of your own inner-knowing through the practice of collage art. This soul-tending practice honors one’s personal journey, while promoting personal growth and self-discovery.

Facilitated by Sharon Devo

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Gong Sound Meditation

Throughout history in various cultures, gongs have been used as sacred instruments. The physical sound vibration of the gong provides a powerful vehicle for meditation and spiritual transformation.

Facilitated by Marian and Gabriela Kraus

Monday, November 20, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is the continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment – to be truly present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.Join us twice a month for our open meditation sessions – a practice of mindful meditation in the general style of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Monday, November 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm (CDT)

Meditation and Spiritual Partnership With Essential Oils

Botanical aromas in the form of essential oils have a direct and intimate relationship with our spirit. When we breathe during meditation, we connect our mind, body and spirit with every inhalation. When we partner our breath with essential oils, we are infusing the spirit of the plant into our body as well. 

Facilitated by Therese Yonikus

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Drumming Circle

The sound of drumming has the ability to put us in touch with our own natural rhythms, the rhythms of the earth, and also of those around us. Its beat can represent our heart as we become grounded yet taken to a place deep inside where we are keenly aware of our mind and body, and the connection between the two.

Facilitated by Therese Yonikus

Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30pm-8:30pm (CST)

Taizé Prayer Service

Meant to foster reconciliation and peace among people, Taizé is a Christian ecumenical meditative common prayer service that incorporates song and chant, scripture readings and silence. People of all faiths are welcome. Light refreshments following the service.

Saturday, December 2, 9:30am-12:00pm (CDT)

Reclaiming the Wonders of Advent and Christmas

During this Advent Morning of Reflection, we will engage in a quiet, contemplative process to recapture our own childhood memories of this season, and to connect with the Spirit of God that came long ago to dwell on Earth and now dwells deep within our own hearts. We will incorporate guided imagery, writing exercises, silence and music throughout the time together.

Facilitated by Sr. Glenna Czachor, OSF

Monday, December 4, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is the continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment – to be truly present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.Join us twice a month for our open meditation sessions – a practice of mindful meditation in the general style of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Saturday, December 7, 10:00am-Noon or 7:00pm-9:00pm (CDT)

Symbols of the Christmas Season

We use many symbols during the Advent and Christmas Season to enrich our hearts, our gatherings, and our relationships. Each day of these two sessions, you will be facilitated in choosing a symbol that is important to you. Using a spiritual practice of “Inquiring into Mystery”, you will be guided into its deeper and multifaceted meanings. 

Facilitated by Sr. Georgene L. Wilson, OSF, D.Min.

Saturday, December 9, 9:30am-12:00pm (CDT)

You Are Not Alone: A Prayer Shawl Retreat

Do you want to pray but words escape you? Does listening to God feel like an impossible task? If you find it difficult to stay focused in the stillness of prayer, creative spirituality practices offer an active approach to deep listening and discovery. 

Facilitated by Dessi Bushi

Monday, December 11, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Explorations in Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is an invitation to a deeper relationship with God. You may notice a desire for silence and an inner stillness in your prayer life. If you listen to this call, you will realize a call to prayer without words, a desire to simply sit with God in stillness.

Facilitated by Sr. Pat Irr, OSF, and Laura Demairis

Saturday, December 14, 10:00am-Noon or 7:00pm-9:00pm (CDT)

Symbols of the Christmas Season

We use many symbols during the Advent and Christmas Season to enrich our hearts, our gatherings, and our relationships. Each day of these two sessions, you will be facilitated in choosing a symbol that is important to you. Using a spiritual practice of “Inquiring into Mystery”, you will be guided into its deeper and multifaceted meanings. 

Facilitated by Sr. Georgene L. Wilson, OSF, D.Min.

Monday, December 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is the continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment – to be truly present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.Join us twice a month for our open meditation sessions – a practice of mindful meditation in the general style of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Susan Lincoln: An Evening of the Music of St. Hildegard of Bingen

Enjoy this special evening with Susan Lincoln, a Hildegard vocalist from Austin, TX, as she weaves together a wonder-filled celebration of the music of St. Hildegard of Bingen. All are invited to this unique evening that includes the beautiful solo voice of Susan as she sings Hildegard's powerful music received from the Living Light.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Singing in the Hildegarden: An All-Day Interactive Retreat for Women with Susan Lincoln, inspired by St. Hildegard of Bingen

Throughout this magical one-day retreat for women with the amazing teachings and music of Hildegard of Bingen as inspiration, we will sing together and participate in creative practices designed to deepen connection in the timeless place of heart and spirit. 

What a wonderful first-time experience at the Centering Prayer gathering this evening. I feel so calm and centered.Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Thank so you very much!!
– Tau Center Meetup Group participant

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