Virtual Zoom Retreats

Monastery Virtual Retreats
Summer and Fall 2020 Schedule

THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

In response to the (Covid-19) pandemic, the retreat house is closed indefinitely to the public. In place of 'in-person' retreats, we are offering virtual zoom retreat presentations. Members of our monastic community will give these conferences, as well as other selected presenters who will share their insights and knowledge.

Check out the scheduled virtual Zoom retreats listed below. If you see one or two that pique your interest, give our Registrar, Patti a call to reserve a spot.

Our Office is open Monday- Friday 8:00AM - 1:30PM  -  770-760-0959

We are asking for a donation of $45.00 to register.
 

Below are the Scheduled Virtual Zoom Retreats and their presenters.
 July   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec 


Saturday, July 11
Conversations with a Monk
(Fr. Francis Michael)
This is the first of a Zoom series titled “Conversations with a Monk.”  We will have different members of our community as presenters, and it will take place on a Saturday. Each conference will last about two hours, from 9 AM-11 AM.  Our first conference will be on the 11th of July, and the monk presenting will be our former Abbot, Fr., Francis Michael.  He is a wonderful speaker, insightful, and one of our most popular presenters. 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
One session on Saturday, July 11: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Saturday, July 18
Befriending Fear 
(Br. Mark Dohle)
In life, there are fears that have to be faced and even embraced if we are to grow and expand. Fear has a good purpose. It protects us from danger; however, it can also keep us from stepping over obstacles that keep us from maturing and living life fully. Once we give in to fears that are based on a lack of self-worth, it can become a habit that can back those afflicted into a very small corner. It is not an easy journey, but one well worth taking.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom.
Two sessions on Saturday, July 18:  9:00 AM and 1:00 PM


Sunday, July 26
Embrace Your Inner Martha!
(Martha Gross)
Too often, homilies on Luke’s story about two sisters in Bethany paint Martha as the villain and Mary as the hero.  This retreat explores Martha as representing each of us as we hear and respond to a personal invitation of Christ to greater transformation. 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Sunday, July 26: 10 AM and 2 PM


Sunday, August 2
Everyday Guide To Discernment
(Martha Gross)
Many think discernment is reserved for a major life decision, such as a vocation.  Ignatian Discernment involves noticing our innermost desires and anxieties, and then identifying which are from God and which are from the Enemy. Responding to the inner movements of God leads us daily into a more abundant and fulfilling life.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Sunday, August 2: 10 AM and 2 PM


Saturday, August 8
The Monk Within
(Br. Michael)
As we are all contemplatives, we all have a “monk within.” Come and discover "the monk within you." This virtual retreat will focus on ways to nourish the contemplative dimension in yourself through prayer, silence, solitude, work, and community.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, August 8:  9:30 AM and 2:30 PM


Saturday, August 15
SoulCollage® and Spiritual Direction Saturdays
(Alison Umminger)
No artistic skills needed - just an open heart.
You will need a stack of magazines or images to choose from, glue stick or glue, scissors, and some 5x8 inch pieces of paper or cardboard on which to collage!


Join us the third Saturday of the month to go deeper into your own story with skilled spiritual directors and SoulCollage®. In the morning, participants will make their own SoulCollage® cards, a fun, intuitive process that increases self-knowledge and honors each person's individual story.  Journal prompts will be provided to excavate the meaning of the cards for the participant, to honor their strengths and stories, and to deepen their prayer practices and spirituality.   The afternoon session will involve breaking into small groups lead by Spiritual Directors trained at Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Pastoral Studies to talk about individual insights and share stories.  This combination of monastic and Jesuit practice will allow participants to travel inward and then go forth into the next month with greater self-knowledge, and hopefully more ready to engage positively with themselves and the world around them.  Sessions will continue each month until the Monastery opens again, and possibly even after that.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, August 15: 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM

Two sessions on Saturday, September 19, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM
Two sessions on Saturday, October 17, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM
Two sessions on Saturday November 21, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM
Two sessions on Saturday, December 19, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM


Saturday, August 22
Anger, Resentment, and Forgiveness
(Br. Mark)
Forgiveness of all is a central challenge of Jesus' ministry. We can often get stuck in anger or resentment. History teaches us that this has led tribes and nations to marginalize, dehumanize, and kill other tribes, nations, and peoples. This retreat will help us own our anger and resentment. While we have no pat answers, Christ is with us to empower us to forgive, to live forgiveness, and thus be the leaven of love to our communities in our modern world.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, August 22:  9:00 AM and 1:00 PM


Saturday, August 29
Spirituality of Imperfection
(Fr. Francis Michael)
The spirituality of imperfection speaks to those who seek meaning in the absurd, peace within the chaos, light within the darkness, and joy within the suffering, without denying the reality and even the necessity of absurdity, chaos, darkness, and suffering. This is not spirituality for the saints or the gods, but for people who suffer from what the philosopher and psychologist William James called “torn-to-pieces-hood.” We have all known that experience. To be human is to feel, at times, divided, fractured, and pulled in a dozen directions ... and to yearn for serenity and some healing of our “torn-to-pieces-hood.”
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, August 29: 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM                 
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Saturday, September 5
Conversations with a Monk
(Br. Mark)
This will be the second of our Zoom series titled “Conversations with a Monk.” The presenter is Br. Mark. A different member of our community will present each time, and it will take place on a Saturday. Each conference will last about two hours, from 9 AM-11 AM.  The "first" conference of the series is on the 11th of July, presented by our former Abbot Fr. Francis Michael.  He is a wonderful speaker, insightful, and one of our most popular presenters.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
One session on Saturday, September 5: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Saturday, September 12 - 9:00 AM
and Sunday, September 13 - 10:30 AM
J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and George MacDonald:
The Wisdom of the Christian Imagination

(Carl McColman)
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia are masterpieces of fantasy literature. Since both authors were committed Christians, these writings also are filled with spiritual insights and mystical wisdom. On this retreat, we will reflect together on how Tolkien, Lewis, and their 19th-century predecessor, George MacDonald, offer timeless guidance that remains relevant to followers of Christ today.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions:
(1) Saturday, September 12, 9:00 AM
(2) Sunday, September 13 @ 10:30 AM.


Saturday, September 19
SoulCollage and Spiritual Direction Saturdays
(Alison Umminger)

No artistic skills needed - just an open heart.
You will need a stack of magazines or images to choose from, glue stick or glue, scissors, and some 5x8 inch pieces of paper or cardboard on which to collage!

(See complete description)

Join us on the third Saturday of the month to go deeper into your own story with skilled spiritual directors and SoulCollage. 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, September 19, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM


Saturday, September 26
Faith to Face Fear & Anxiety
(Martha Gross)
We can feel frozen in fear or overwhelmed with anxiety in these uncertain times. Unpacking anxiety with faith can provide clarity and vision, enabling us to overcome worry.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
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Saturday, October 3
Codependency
(Br. Michael)
On this retreat we will discuss denial patterns, low self-esteem patterns, compliance patterns, control patterns, and avoidance patterns that affect healthy relationships. We will talk about healthy ways to deal with these patterns. Our goal is to have healthy inter-dependent relationships with family, relatives, friends, co-workers, and even with God.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, October 3, 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM


Saturday, October 10
Unstuck-Finding Hope When Life Breaks Down
(Martha Gross)
What can you do when life doesn’t go according to plan?  Hope is a tool we can leverage to pull us through the obstacles that get us stuck and propel us into the future we desire.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM


Thursday, October 15
Conversations with a Monk
(Br. Michael)

We will have different members of our community as presenters for these conferences and they will take place on either a Saturday morning or Thursday evening, each conference will last about an hour and a half. It will be a time for sharing and answering questions. So be sure to have your questions ready! Virtual Retreat on
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
One session on Thursday, October 15:  6:00 to 7:30 PM


Saturday, October 17
SoulCollage and Spiritual Direction Saturdays
(Alison Umminger)

No artistic skills needed - just an open heart.
You will need a stack of magazines or images to choose from, glue stick or glue, scissors, and some 5x8 inch pieces of paper or cardboard on which to collage!

(See complete description)
Join us the third Saturday of the month to go deeper into your own story with skilled spiritual directors and SoulCollage.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, October 17, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM


Saturday, October 24
Contemplative Prayer in a Time of Pandemic
(Fr. Gerard)
Prayer is a loving exchange with God. When we learn to receive the gift of God’s presence through loving silence, we are able to develop our personal relationship with Him. One way to receive this gift is through contemplative prayer. This type of prayer enables us to rest in God, leading to a more intimate relationship with Him. As we walk through this time of the pandemic, we need the strength of this relationship even more than ever. Come join us.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, October 24, 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM


Saturday, October 31
Cistercian Spirituality
(Fr. Cassian)
This retreat will explore how the Charisms, such as patience, humility, Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, silence, and solitude, that define the life of the monastic community can be readily translated to the lay community. We will discuss how you can live the Charisms in your everyday life.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, October 31, 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM       
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Saturday, November 7
Navigate the Chaos with Spiritual GPS
(Martha Gross)
The Pandemic has upended life as we know it.  Anxiety, depression, loneliness, and racial tensions are more widespread than ever.  Political discourse is driving wedges between family members over the election.  Many wonder how to celebrate the holidays without their normal family gatherings, while others find frictions rising over so much time together at home.
Learn how to use Spiritual GPS to navigate the most turbulent situations and relationships.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM


Thursday, November 12
Conversations with a Monk
(Br. Mark)
We will have different members of our community as presenters for these conferences and they will take place on either a Saturday morning or Thursday evening, each conference will last about an hour and a half. It will be a time for sharing and answering questions. So be sure to have your questions ready! 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
One session on Thursday, November 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM


Saturday, November 14
Boundaries
(Br. Michael)
This retreat will focus on “boundary issues.”  Do you “invade” other people’s boundaries?  Do you allow others to “cross” your boundaries?  Boundaries are legitimate, healthy “fences” that we put between ourselves and others in order to maintain healthy relationships.  The purposes of having boundaries are to protect and care for ourselves, and respect others, thereby establishing healthy relationships.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, November 14:  9:30 AM and 2:30 PM


Saturday, November 21
SoulCollage and Spiritual Direction Saturdays
(Alison Umminger)

No artistic skills needed - just an open heart
You will need a stack of magazines or images to choose from, glue stick or glue, scissors, and some 5x8 inch pieces of paper or cardboard on which to collage!

(See complete description)
Join us the third Saturday of the month to go deeper into your own story with skilled spiritual directors and SoulCollage. 
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Two sessions on Saturday, November 21, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM


Saturday, December 5
12 Step Spirituality for Everyone
(Br. Michael)
This retreat will show how everyone can use the Twelve Steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) in their spiritual lives.  The retreat will provide practical ways to use the Twelve Steps as spiritual “tools” on your journey to God.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, December 5:  9:30 AM and 2:30 PM


Saturday, December 12
The Power of Silence
(Fr. Gerard)
Silence is more than a lack of noise, in silence we learn about ourselves, then our true journey begins. We move beneath our worries, anger, and illusions coming to experience our true feelings joys and pains. Our demons are unmasked. As we go deeper we hear God's gentle voice loving us boundlessly and making us sensitive to God in others, in each moment. We learn of grace, overflowing mercy, and yes we start to trust in the struggle that we are all called to, the long journey to become fully human as Christ Jesus was fully human. 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, December 12, 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM


Saturday, December 19
SoulCollage and Spiritual Direction Saturdays
(Alison Umminger)

No artistic skills needed - just an open heart.
You will need a stack of magazines or images to choose from, glue stick or glue, scissors, and some 5x8 inch pieces of paper or cardboard on which to collage!

(See complete description)
Join us the third Saturday of the month to go deeper into your own story with skilled spiritual directors and SoulCollage.
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Two sessions on Saturday, December 19, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM

Prayer Requests

At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, we are here to support you and we welcome your prayer request. Please submit your request online and the community will pray for your intentions. 

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