• Advent: Welcoming Jesus, the refugee

    By The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach The story we tell at Christmastime of the Holy Family is not so different from the story of families today. There was no welcome in Bethlehem for the Holy Family after their long journey, so they were forced to sleep in a barn (Lk 2:7). Violence and […]

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    Fostering a Contemplative Stance: The Spirituality of the Labyrinth — May 2

    A labyrinth is a metaphor for a journey to the center of our deepest self – the sacred place within each of us where the Spirit dwells. Walking the labyrinth facilitates embracement of the “sacrament of the present moment.” In the words of Jean-Pierre De Caussade, “The Sacrament (of the present moment) and the reason […]

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    Learning to Communicate with Compassion — Feb. 1

    A workshop on how to facilitate circles Tools for compassionate communication Presented by Kathy Keary, spiritual director Circles are an effective communication tool that can be used for many purposes: team building, staff renewal, developing mission statements, strategic planning, community building, healing, managing interpersonal conflicts and disagreements, and bonding among diverse participants. This workshop will […]

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    Choice Wine: 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage — Jan. 27

    During the Wedding Feast at Cana, Jesus gave the newlywed couple not just the wine they needed to satisfy the immediate thirst of their guests, but the very best wine – a wine to be proud of, a wine the guests remembered and talked about long after the wedding. “Choice Wine: 7 Steps to a […]

  • A Taste of Advent Resources

    We would, of course, like to see you at our Advent Day of Prayer on Dec. 14, when we’ll be guided through Matthew’s infancy narrative by Fr. Ron Will, C.PP.S., but we also recognize there are many resources available for doing deeper into Advent, this most spiritual of seasons. Here’s a short list of some […]

  • You live on stolen land: a true Thanksgiving story

    By Dennis Coday A teacher who was a guest on a  National Public Radio show Nov. 24 described a scene I could remember from my childhood and my children’s elementary days too. Michelle Portera, an 18-year veteran teacher described how she used to celebrate Thanksgiving in her first grade classrooms: You make the Native American […]

  • Renewal Center Hosts RCIA retreats

    By Dennis Coday This year the Renewal Center offered two days of reflection for RCIA sponsors and inquirers from parishes in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. About 65 people attended the November 2 event, which was presented by Precious Blood Fr. Ron Will, Director of Spirituality for […]