Friday 20-Tues 24 September 2013
This FOUR DAY DIRECTED RETREAT (Wheelchair access) runs from 7:30pm Friday 20th to 4pm Tuesday 24th September.
A substantial part of each day will be in silence in order to listen more closely to God.
Venue: Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay, Wellington.
Facilitators: Spiritual Growth Ministries Team
Cost: To be confirmed - approx. $280 with a non-refundable $50 deposit on registration. (Maximum 12 Retreatants)
For further details please contact: Terry Alve 027 600 1926 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander Shaia with his pilgrimmage Compestela
Dr Alexander Shaia who was in New Zealand during 2011-12, is preparing to return to New Zealand from his home in the USA.
Alexander who is a spiritual director, psychotherapist and theologian blessed many in New Zealand during his earlier extended stay. His studies on the Gospels around the theme of Quadratos were at the Centre of his teaching earlier.
After further ministry in the USA this year, Alexander walked the Way of St James - a 600 mile walk from southern France through Spain from September to November. There is a comprehensive pictorial record of this on Alexanders Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/ashaia I am sure he would be happy to have you as a "friend" if you want to view and digest this - tell him Terry Alve sent you!
My understanding is that Alexander shortly will make another extended stay in NZ and Australia. He will be in Auckland during Easter 2013 conducting a 72 hour retreat. He also wrote in Facebook on Dec. 8th,
Final morning of mything and exploring the Great Tree within and amongst us but especially in our hands. And yes Josie and I are planning now how we may take this work literally around the world beginning with NZ and AU. Consider joining us.
Pray for this man of God as he returns to be among us and consider joining him as he ministers around New Zealand in the next few months. Contact Terry Alve (iCareResources) for more information.
The 2013 Calendar of Events has been printed recently by Spiritually Growth Ministries in New Zealand. This print version is accompanied by an online version (replacing the 2012 Calendar).
The events and information listed is organised in Regions (Northern, Central, Southern) and sub-regions within these. The Central Region is subdivided into:
In addition to events which include: retreats, weeks of prayer, training, Enneagram, Myers Briggs Type Inventory and other contemplative spirituality opportunities; There is a wealth info about other aspects of the work of SGM in New Zealand. This includes:
For more information (and to get a copy of the print version) please contact the SGM Administrator: Joanne Garton email@example.com or 09 267 5957
An Innovative Way of Doing Retreat
Jan Sampson, spiritual director and associate member of the Association of Spiritual Directors, is offering an innovative approach to retreat.
For three weeks during August (2012) she is offering to lead you/us through sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
In her promo Jan writes, "In the desert we are invited to a place of deep encounter with our self and with God...."
Read more here: http://www.sgmwellington.myurl.co.nz/uploads/8/9/0/2/8902434/desert_retreat.pdf
Perhaps we could journey together with Jan for three weeks. In the event you may like to reflect on your journey after it, using the Comments section on this Blog page...
P.S. Interested in other events like this?
As my last post suggests, I am very appreciative of the fine Catholic lay and religious whom I have had the privilege of knowing over the years.
Indeed, my introduction to Christianity as an adult was gained by regularly attending mass at Our Lady of Victories Church in Sockburn, Christchurch. The depth of community, scholarship and devotion that I have witnessed amongst Catholics is immense. My current spiritual director is a Catholic sister. The teaching of Alexander Shaia has greatly impacted me during the last year. We count amongst our closest friends a Catholic couple who have left the Church to join a protestant one; who are deeply disturbed by some of the hierarchical abuse issues they are witnessing in the Church.
I was prompted to make this post after one of this couple made a Facebook post referring to this article:
From the National Catholic Reporter, it begins:
Tui Motou - the Independent Catholic Magazine - interviewed Alexander Shaia in its June edition.
Interview: The Gospels are texts about individual and community transformation, not a ‘newspaper record’ of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. Michael Fitzsimons talks with author Alexander Shaia about how the Great Story is more about the Jesus in us than the Jesus of history.
Alexander Shaia comes to town in late autumn, keen to shed a fresh light on the Great Story of the Gospels that we are so familiar with, in a sense too familiar with. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, the third son of Lebanese immigrants and still retains a Semitic outlook.
“I grew up in a Lebanese village, living in the old ways, right in the middle of an industrial city in the American south. The gift of this was to grow up seeing the Christianity of my ancestors, the same as it has been for more than 900 years, brought from a mountain village in Lebanon, recreated in Birmingham. My father’s family is the family of Maronite priests in this village, and nine of our last 11 generations have included priests called Alexander...."
It is coming to that time of the year when people considering entering into Spiritual Director training need to make application if they want to join the SGM (NZ) two year programme.
Barbara McMillan of Auckland is the current Coordinator of the Programme. She advises that CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2013/2014 Programme is AUGUST 20th 2012, although late applications may be considered.
So who is the Programme for?
If you :
I did this Programme in 200-2001 and benefited greatly from both the more academic as well as the practical foci. I'd be very happy to talk with you about my experience both during the two year course and subsequently.
The SGM website has more information you need to make an informed decision about whether it is right and timely for you to consider applying. Check here: http://sgm.org.nz/sd_formation_prog.htm
Daffodils at Gladstone
Spiritual Growth Ministries Wellington's events calendar now has a link from iCare Resources so our visitors can access the wide range of contemplative spirituality events SGM facilitates.
We can assist you to promote your contemplative spirituality event by helping you place it on this calendar and to use its associated resources.
This is a place where we can discuss mentoring, ministry and what we have found helpful for sustaining our inner lives and good relationships.