Consider yourself invited if…
you are a young adult 21-39 (only), home from college for the summer, single, engaged, married, divorced,
or married with children!
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July 16, 2014
Presenter: Dr. Kate DeVries
God of our Everyday Lives
Catholics believe that every day of our lives is charged with the power and presence of God. Yes, we are not always mindful of the ways God is at work in our lives. And what does our faith have to say about those times when it feels like God is not listening or incredibly far away? Join us as we take a deeper look at our God of Life and Love, and explore who we are called to be.
Dr. Kate DeVries is the Director of Pastoral Ministries at Saint Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange, IL. Previously, she co-directed the Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
July 23, 2014
Presenter: Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM
The Spiritual Journey: Reflections from The Wizard of Oz
Friar Johnpaul will lead us in reflections on the classic spiritual journey by examining the characters in one of the world’s most beloved tale: The Wizard of Oz. See how Dorothy’s journey can give us an insight into the steps and curves of the true spiritual journey home. What message do the wicked witches, flying monkeys and Toto, too, have to unfold for us? Come along, click your heels and enjoy this journey down the Yellow Brick Road of life.
Friar Johnpaul Cafiero is a Franciscan Priest of the Sacred Heart Province of Chicago/Saint Louis. He is a former police officer who has worker as a counselor and chaplain at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. His work included counseling with gang members and their families while working closely with the police gang unit of Chicago Police Dept… Currently he is…………………
July 30, 2014
Presenter: Rev. Britto Berchmans
Men and Women in Conversation
Often men complain that they cannot figure out women and in turn, women are mystified by men's behavior. This lack of understanding is particularly in the area of communication. Men and women are so different in their communication style that John Gray claimed that "men are from Mars and women are from Venus." Fr Britto will address these differences which can lead to conflicts in interpersonal relationships, especially in romance and marriage.
Fr. Britto Berchmans is a Chicago diocesan priest. He has Master’s degrees in physics, journalism, and theology, and a Doctorate in mass communications. Father directed the Saint Mary’s Marriage Retreat in 2012 and was well received by 25 couples of all ages! He is currently the pastor of St Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, IL Britto is the host of "Built on the Rock" a Catholic radio show meant to help couples build their relationship on the Rock, that is Christ.
August 6, 2014
Presenter: Terry Nelson- Johnson
Oh Come On! - Come Out and Play! (Spirituality of Play!)
WE tend to relegate play to the realms of childhood or those with too much time on their hands. Nothing could be further from the truth. To play is to explore, tease and challenge our perceived limits. To play is to remember that laughter is healing, courageous and liberating. To play is to enter in to Holy Communion with Jesus—Player Par Excellence. So with respect to your marriage; your health, body, sexuality, your job, vocation or lack of employment; with respect to your divorce; your retirement; your parents, siblings, children; your soul, your church, your world, your God…Oh, Come On!!—Come Out and Play!
Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson designs and conducts formation programs that encourage, affirm, and inspire. The author and leader of the acclaimed Beloved retreat, he is the Founder as well as Creative & Animating Partner of Soul Play LLC, which can be found at soulplayonline.com. Dr. Nelson-Johnson is also Resident Theologian and Animator of Faith at Old St. Patrick's Church in downtown Chicago.
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