FSPA Events

Ongoing:

Tuesdays and Saturdays
Mindful Meditation with Sister Shirley Morrissey
Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Every Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and every Saturday, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Join the group for 20 minutes of silence followed by five minutes of walking meditation and then 20 minutes of sitting. The sessions conclude with a short reading and time for sharing. Sister Shirley is happy to provide an introduction to meditation if it is new to you.

Global Awareness Through Experience programs: Visit GATE for more information.​
Community Living Experiences for discerning women: Visit Become a Sister for more information.

Monthly:

Mar. 16, 2020
A Dash of Celtic

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. OR 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Reverend Grant Van Lishout, FSPA affiliate

Over the centuries, the wisdom, blessings, and mystery of Celtic Spirituality has touched thousands of lives. This workshop will invite you deeper into the richness of Celtic spirituality through the eyes of John O’Donohue.

Mar. 19, 2020
Ethics Lecture Series: The Story of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Viterbo University's Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
7:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sister Mary Ann Gschwind
Sister Mary Ann Gschwind, archivist for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, will share FSPA history from their humble beginnings through their years of establishing institutions of education, health care, and spirituality to their present-day ministries that reach from local neighborhoods to communities around the world. Free and open to the public.

Mar. 24, 2020
Women's Group Spiritual Direction

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Sisters Rose Elsbernd and Sarah Hennessey
Participants are guided by a trained spiritual director who serves as a facilitator. Many people enjoy the support, encouragement and collective wisdom found within group spiritual direction.

Mar. 26, 2020
Clergy Group Spiritual Direction

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Sister Rose Elsbernd and Steve Spilde
Participants are guided by a trained spiritual director who serves as a facilitator. Many people enjoy the support, encouragement and collective wisdom found within group spiritual direction.

Mar. 26, 2020
Ready, Set, Gogh!
Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
This important fundraiser is a celebration of creativity, community and beauty. Please join us as we bring together local artists and patrons for a spirited evening of fun, food and fine art.

Mar. 30, 2020
Watercolor: Moving Beyond the Brush

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sister Karen Kappell

Now is the time to expand your choices and energize your art with great brush-free water-media techniques. Using brushless methods early in a painting frees the imagination and leaves refinement with the brush for a later phase in the painting.

Mar. 31, 2020
Mixed Media: Brusho Inks and Watercolors

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sister Karen Kappell
Brusho powders are fine crystals of dye based ink that can add a colorful flair to your art. Their use carries an element of surprise that frees the imagination. The Brusho powders will be available for class use. They work on all watercolor paper and Yupo.

Apr. 1, 2020
Watercolor: Focus of Light

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Karen Kappell

Working from a personal photo of winter trees with light of early morning or late afternoon coming through the branches, we will do a step-by-step painting process that allows us to catch that light in our expression of it.

Apr. 2, 2020
Spirituality and Science (IONS) - Introductory Observations of the Sky

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Sister Marla Lang

This will be about very introductory information of the sky with the naked eye as a way of deepening our sense of the sacred and of gift. How many times have we pondered the sky, wondered about it, received the fruits of it? Come join us!

Apr. 6, 2020
Prayer Traditions: Centering Prayer, Examen and Lectio Divina

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Reverend Grant Van Lishout, FSPA affiliate

Prayer involves speaking and listening. Prayer forms in the mind, comes from the heart, and is spoken with the lips. Be renewed by some of the age old prayer traditions and make them a part of your life.

Apr. 8, 2020
Supervision for Spiritual Directors

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Sister Rose Elsbernd
Supervision is key for ongoing development of the tools of compassionate listening. Spiritual directors who are guiding at least two people are invited to participate.

Apr. 21, 2020
Women's Group Spiritual Direction

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Sisters Rose Elsbernd and Sarah Hennessey
Participants are guided by a trained spiritual director who serves as a facilitator. Many people enjoy the support, encouragement and collective wisdom found within group spiritual direction.

Apr. 22, 2020
Hidden Life of Trees

​​​​​​​Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Sister Marla Lang

Trees share food and communicate with each other in astonishing ways. Actually, our Northwoods trees surround us with their hidden lives and seeming miracles. We will take time to ponder some of these mysteries.​​​​​​​

Apr. 23, 2020
Clergy Group Spiritual Direction

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Sister Rose Elsbernd and Steve Spilde
Participants are guided by a trained spiritual director who serves as a facilitator. Many people enjoy the support, encouragement and collective wisdom found within group spiritual direction.

May 13, 2020
Supervision for Spiritual Directors

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Sister Rose Elsbernd
Supervision is key for ongoing development of the tools of compassionate listening. Spiritual directors who are guiding at least two people are invited to participate.

May 24-29, 2020
Vacation With A Purpose: Water Media Workshop

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
5:00 p.m. Sunday - 3:00 p.m. Friday
Instructor: Sister Karen Kappell
Participants will review watercolor principles and general techniques that keep surfacing no matter how advanced one becomes, learning both control and how to be free.

May 26, 2020
Women's Group Spiritual Direction

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Sisters Rose Elsbernd and Sarah Hennessey
Participants are guided by a trained spiritual director who serves as a facilitator. Many people enjoy the support, encouragement and collective wisdom found within group spiritual direction.

May 28, 2020
Clergy Group Spiritual Direction

Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Sister Rose Elsbernd and Steve Spilde
Participants are guided by a trained spiritual director who serves as a facilitator. Many people enjoy the support, encouragement and collective wisdom found within group spiritual direction.

June 7-13, 2020
June Silent Directed Retreat
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa
5:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. Saturday
Facilitators: Reverend Rose Blank; Ann Jackson, PBVM; Kim Seward; & Sister Lucille Winnike
We invite you to a week of sacred space, silence, solitude, rest and prayer. Let’s steep in the love of all of creation on 70 acres of prairie and woodland at Prairiewoods for a week-long retreat.

June 12-14, 2020
Couples Retreat: What's Your Love Language?

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
5:00 p.m. Friday - 12:00 p.m. Sunday
Facilitator
Reverend Grant Van Lishout, FSPA affiliate
Love is the greatest gift we can share with each other, as well as the most challenging and difficult to understand. Based on the research by Dr. Gary Chapman this retreat is an opportunity to discover and mutually share your love language with your partner.

July 5-10, 2020
Watercolor II: Continued Learnings
Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
9:00 a.m. Monday - 3:00 p.m. Friday
Presenter: Sister Karen Kappell
This workshop will focus on continuing to learn watercolor painting and offer exercises in the basics techniques like brush handling, watercolor control of light and darks, freeing up painting, working with new materials in watercolor, etc.

July 12-18, 2020
July Silent Directed Retreat

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa
5:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. Saturday
Facilitators: Reverend Rose Blank; Kim Seward, BSN, RN; & Sister Lucille Winnike
We invite you to a week of sacred space, silence, solitude, rest and prayer. Let’s steep in the love of all of creation on 70 acres of prairie and woodland at Prairiewoods for a week-long retreat.

July 19-25, 2020
Contemplation and Creativity: A Writers Retreat

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
4:30 p.m. Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Saturday
Facilitator: Sister Julia Walsh
Connect to the Great Creator among a community of creative contemplatives and see what wonders will unfold. This retreat is a chance for you to write away from your daily distractions and in a supportive environment.

Aug. 30 - Sep. 5, 2020
Silent Retreat: A Starter (second chance)

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
5:00 p.m. Sunday - 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Facilitator: Reverend Grant Van Lishout, FSPA affiliate
If you could not make our silent retreat in February, this is your second chance. Whether a beginner or a lifetime silent retreat, you will be blessed by this time.

Sep. 12, 2020
Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (S.E.E.L.) 13 Retreat (Opening Session)

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Ann Jackson, PBVM, & Sister Lucille Winnike
Join facilitators Ann Jackson, PBVM, and Sister Lucille Winnike at Prairiewoods for this nine-month retreat. We will learn about St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Community, who offered the Spiritual Exercises to help seekers who longed to develop a disposition of the heart and the words to articulate the movement of God in daily life.

Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13 & Apr. 10, 2020
Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (S.E.E.L.) 13 Retreat (Monthly Sessions)
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Ann Jackson, PBVM, & Sister Lucille Winnike
We will learn about St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Community, who offered the Spiritual Exercises to help seekers who longed to develop a disposition of the heart and the words to articulate the movement of God in daily life. During these nine months, we will gather monthly at Prairiewoods to enter into the Exercises in prayer and reflection.

May 15, 2020
Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (S.E.E.L.) 13 Retreat (Closing Session)
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Ann Jackson, PBVM, & Sister Lucille Winnike

 


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