The 21st Century Need for Mystics and Prophets
Saturday, November 12, Series Keynote ‒ at Avila University 9 am – Noon
Sister Audrey Doetzel, a Sister of Our Lady of Sion (NDS),is a retreat and spiritual director having received her training in the Exercises of St. Ignatius at Loyola House in Ontario, Canada. She was Provincial Superior of the Sisters of Sion in North America, and then served as Director of their Christian-Jewish and Interfaith ministries. Having received a Master of Divinity and Doctorate in Ministry from the Toronto School of Theology (University of Toronto), she was on the Pastoral faculty at the Jesuit theologate in Toronto, and later Associate Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning in the Theology department at the University of Boston College. She now lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she is writing about how the spirituality of Sion’s founder, Theodore Ratisbonne, speaks to the 21st Century.
Impact of Personal Spirituality on the Parish Community
Tuesday, December 6 ‒ at Avila University 7 pm- 9 pm
Fr. Farnan, ordained in 1987, is pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. After graduating from Rockhurst College, he received a Master of Divinity from University of St. Mary of the Lake, Chicago, and a Master in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University. He has served as pastor of several parishes, most recently St. Thomas More. Diocesan positions in which he served are Director of Vocations, Director of Priest Personnel, and the College of Consultors. He established the Upper Room, an inner city literacy program for youth and their families. He is author of Crossroads of Hope:A Priest’s Inner (City) Journey; This Bold Prayer: A Collection of Spiritual Essays, and A Parish for all Seasons: A Year in the Life of Saint Thomas More School.
Doubts and Hard Questions Pave the Road to Faith
Saturday, January 14, 2017 ‒ Second Presbyterian Church 9 am – 11 am
Bill Tammeus, an elder at Second Presbyterian Church, is past president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. A former columnist of the Kansas City Star, he contributed to its editorial page and weekly faith section. He writes a daily “Faith Matters” blog for the Star, and columns for The Presbyterian Outlook, The National Catholic Reporter, and Flatland, KCPT-TV’s digital magazine. Bill has received numerous columnist and writer awards. Among the several books he authored or co-authored are: A Gift of Meaning (2001); They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust (2009); Jesus, Pope Francis and a Protestant Walk into a Bar (2015); and Value of Doubt: Why Unanswered Questions, Not Unquestioned Answers Build Faith (2016).
A Crisis of Contemplation A Call for Depth in a World Stuck in the Shallows
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – at Avila University 9 am – Noon
Loretta is an Honorably Retired Presbyterian minister and Executive Director of The Sanctuary Foundation for Prayer. Loretta earned her Master of Divinity from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, holds a Master of Arts degree in Theater, and is a graduate of The Shalem Institute Program for Spiritual Direction. She is the author of Letters from the Holy Ground – Seeing God Where You Are (2000) and Holy Ground, a Quarterly Reflection on the Contemplative. She has written liturgical dramas and her writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Theology Today, Horizons, Reformed Liturgy and Music, Weavings, Christianity and the Arts, Presbyterian Survey, Presence, and other places.
For more information or to register, visit https://contemporaryspirituality.eventbrite.com or contact Mike Matteuzzi at 913-253-2510 or Sister Audrey Doetzel at 816-868-3226.