The beauty of summer surrounds us. Our gardens are lovely!
The Oldenburg Franciscan Center, located on Main Street (State Road 229) in Oldenburg, provides retreats and programs that nurture the spirit, mind and body. Come for a retreat or just time to be.
The center, which carries on the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis, fosters spirituality and learning.
Friday movie nights are hosted once a month. “RBG” about U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be shown Aug. 23, “Green Book” Oct. 11 and “Instant Family” Nov. 8.
Movies can be followed by our Saturday programs. On Aug. 24, Dr. Anita Joshi, pediatrician and Hindu Temple of Central Indiana community relations liaison, and Bruce Garrison, The Dwelling Place, Indianapolis, outreach pastor, will present “When East Meets West.” Participants will learn how Hinduism and Christianity actually enhance each other. Joshi will be offering a thorough introduction to the Hindu faith, and Garrison will discuss similarities between the two faiths and how Hinduism has enriched his own spirituality and understanding of Christian beliefs. Together they will discuss concepts of God and the nature of spirituality. This will be a great opportunity to be introduced to one of the oldest religions in the world and to gain a greater understanding of the depths of spirituality that can be experienced through interfaith interaction.
HealthRHYTHMS Empowerment Drumming will be presented by Tera DeMarco Sept. 14. Drumming is a fun way to empower your health – boost immune function, increase endorphins, relieve stress, improve memory function and have lots of fun! No musical experience is necessary. Drums will be provided. Space is limited so register early.
“Becoming the Mystics and Prophets we are Called to Be” is the topic for a retreat with Jan Phillips Sept. 28. Becoming a prophetic person starts with a spiritual practice. It moves from silence to thought to word and action. When our words and actions are rooted in our spiritual commitments, we become a light in the world and a force for good. This workshop is an entry point into our own deep wisdom. Using the tools of music, poetry, storytelling and imagery, we explore the landscape of our own experience, mining it for insight and ideas about the work ahead.
Tap into the creative flow of life by attending “Creative Pathways to God” Oct. 12. God is still creating and you are called to take part. Come and enjoy creative writing exercises led by Ken Cecil, art exercises led by John Metz and praise and worship led by Bill Tonnis. We will also experience Tonnis’ original inspirational music and Metz’s original paintings. Expand the possibilities for your life’s meaning, moving from darkness to light, discovering joy and peace! No artistic or writing experience required.
Sister Donna Steffen, SC, offers “The Enneagram: Working with Your Type” Nov. 9. This workshop will bring out significant aspects of each of the nine Enneagram types, particularly around the virtue and vice (the driving energy) of each type. Participants will be encouraged to explore how this operates in their own lives. Time will be given to breaking out into groups based on type. Through self-awareness, participants will be able to make choices in freedom as they live. Making conscious choices is an important dimension of the spiritual life. Prerequisites to the program: Have a basic understanding of the Enneagram and come knowing your type.
Sunday morning Coffee Talks at 10:45 a.m. are also held once a month. On Aug. 25 the topic is “Praying With Nature” presented by Sister Marty Dermody, SC, a Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati member. She loves spending time in creation and shares as much as she can of the loving gifts of creation offered to us every day. Dermody is an avid birder and reflects their songs and grace she receives from them. Using her camera, she tries to capture the beauty, mystery and joy of our loving God. May you come with an open heart and a special gift that you share through your love of nature. Sept. 29 will feature “Praying With the Power of Sound and Singing Bowls” with Sister Rosie Miller, OSF. The presentation will explore the use of sound to heal body, mind and soul from a variety of religious traditions and scientific studies. Singing bowls are widely used for meditation, restoring health and deepening one’s spirituality. The presentation will be interactive with the participants engaging in meditative practices.
Join Sister Olga Wittekind Oct. 13 for a screening of “Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe,” which captures amazing images of planets, comet crashes and birthing stars. Following the video, participants will discuss the vast and beautiful mystery of God’s creation in the universe and how it may enhance and challenge prayer life. Sister Jean Marie Cleveland, OSF, will enlighten us on the topic “Praying With St. John’s Bible” Nov. 17. This Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated one since the invention of the printing press. Master calligrapher Donald Jackson was officially commissioned in 1998 to begin the project, which was completed in 2011. Learn how this Bible was created and see the beautiful images.
Do you need a space to rent for your church retreat or business? The center offers day retreats for up to 60 people. Weekend retreats, directed or private, also are available throughout the year. The center offers counseling and spiritual direction as well.
Beverly Wilson is the Oldenburg Franciscan Center marketing manager.