As part of our adult formation efforts St. John of the Cross Parish sponsors a number of programs at The Well Spirituality Center located at 1515 West Ogden Avenue in LaGrange Park. Our sponsorship helps The Well bring many inspiring speakers to our area and allows for our parishioners to attend special programs free of charge. Mark your calendar to attend the next program sponsored by our parish. Register by calling the parish center office at 708-246-4404.
Overcoming Spiritual Myopia: Nurturing Healing & Hope through a Unitive Worldview
Margaret Placentra Johnston, D.O. and Patricia Bombard, BVM, D.Min.
Saturday, Oct 5 • 9-3:30 pm (includes lunch so advance registration is required)
Margaret Placentra Johnston spent years correcting physical myopia (nearsightedness) in her patients. Then a shocking new awareness compelled her to research a cure for our collective “spiritual myopia” in today’s global village. Dr. Patricia Bombard, BVM, discovered Margaret’s work in her own research into connections between human psychological and spiritual development and leadership development. Together, their personal stories and learnings will help us to explore how overcoming spiritual myopia offers hope for the human future through a unitive worldview.
Attendees will learn to diagnose and cure spiritual myopia in themselves and others, to heal their divisiveness by seeing what is common to the spiritual wisdom in all religious traditions, to cherish their own spiritual tradition while honoring the wisdom of others, to read “the signs of the times” as hopeful indicators of a better world to come.
What’s so Sacred about our Universe? Bridget Sperduto, Executive Director of The Well Spirituality Center
Saturday, Oct 19 • 9:30-2:30 pm (includes lunch and so advance registration is required)
What is the Universe Story and why is it important? This introductory class will awaken you to the awe and wonder of the unfolding story of creation and provide insights into the God within all. We will explore a new world view that ties science and spirituality together, and claim our essential role at this moment in time. The story of creation will come alive and bring new theological and ecological understanding and meaning to your life.
Helen Prejean • River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey
Wednesday, Oct. 30 • 7-9 pm
CSJ Sister Helen Prejean joins us again at The Well to speak about her latest book River of Fire. Sister Helen is well known as the nation’s foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty. Her book, Dead Man Walking (made into a movie, a stage play and an opera), has made Sr. Helen’s work of campaigning against the death penalty known to millions throughout the world. Her latest work speaks of her own spiritual journey from near cluelessness to activism. Come, share first-hand the spirt (and joy) of this remarkable woman!
Books will be available for purchase.
Mirabai Starr • Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics
Talk/Book Signing/Continue the conversation at Steak & Vine, 37 South La Grange Rd
Friday, Nov. 8 • 7-9 pm
After decades of teaching and writing, receiving critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich, Mirabai turns in a fresh, slightly subversive, lyrical voice to a growing circle of women and men thirsty for the life-giving essence of feminine wisdom. Her writing gives the reader permission and encouragement to find her/his own lyrical voice. You’ll leave with Mirabai’s words lodged in your memory, prompting your own mystical response.
Books will be available for purchase
Where is the House of God? And how do We Live when We Find It? Pat Bergen, CSJ
Monday, Dec. 2 • 7-8:30 pm
Repeated Tuesday, Dec. 3 • 10-11:30 am
Wouldn’t it be great to live in God’s House? Well, guess what, we do live in it! The question for Advent is “How do we Live, once we find it? Here Christians awaken to the realization that we are invited to come into the House of Love. There everything changes: what we see and hear, how we respond, what we are willing to do in our daily lives. Look around. There is no time to waste—the night is far spent! Join us!!