Zoom Retreats

Monastery Virtual Retreats – 2020
Summer Schedule

THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

In response to the (Covid-19) pandemic, the retreat house is closed to the public for an indefinite period. In place of 'in-person' retreats, we have developed virtual Zoom retreat presentations. Members of the community will give these conferences, as well as other selected presenters who will share their insights and knowledge.  

Check out the scheduled Zoom listing below. If you see one or two that peak your interest give our Registrar, Patti a call at 770-760-0959 to reserve a spot. Our Office is open Monday-Thursday 8:00-1:00 PM.

We are asking for a donation of 30-45 dollars to register.

Below are the Scheduled Zoom Retreats and their presenters.


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.
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


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


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 one on Saturday, Sept. 12: 9:00 AM and Sunday, Sept 13 @ 10:30 AM.


 

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