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The Upper Zoom

Gather with the Saint Clare Center's virtual community for a series of monthly online mini-retreats throughout 2020-2021 that will help you reflect on your faith, refocus your vision, and renew your energy to serve others.

Here's what a few attendees of our pilot program during April and May had to say about the Upper Zoom:

"These retreats were my lifesaver during stay-at-home. I found solace and hope."

"They were great and they helped me in my ministry."

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The Call to Racial Justice: Discerning our Next Steps

September 16, 2:00 p.m. (Register HERE)

Cost: $10/person

Description: We are repeatedly confronted with the reality of systemic racial injustices, and called to faithful response – but discerning a personal response can be difficult, confusing, even spiritually overwhelming. This mini-retreat will provide time to reflect, tools to inspire, and a space to discern the next steps each one of us can take to promote equality and foster racial justice.

Led by Mary Gentile, Associate Director of the Saint Clare Center. Mary helps teachers and ministers deepen their understanding, appreciation, and application of the Catholic faith tradition in their lives and work.

Register now for The Call to Racial Justice.

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Metanoia: A Story about God

October 7, 7:00 p.m. (Register HERE)

Cost: $10/person

Description: Please join us to reflect on conversion and metanoia through a Franciscan lens. Br. Michael Joseph will offer his personal story of conversion and how he found kinship with Francis of Assisi as a model of allowing God to transform his life. This will be an opportunity for each of us to reflect on our own journeys of ongoing conversion and to give thanks to a God who constantly calls us back to Him.

Led by Br. Michael Joseph Groark, OFM Cap., Capuchin Franciscan friar stationed in Chicago, IL. He currently serves as the director of vocations for the Midwest Capuchin province.

Register now for Metanoia.

Michael Taylor

Inward, Upward, Outward: Reflecting on Calling

November 11, 2:00 p.m. (Register HERE)

Cost: $10/person

Description: Callings are not just about careers. God calls us in many ways throughout our lives. This mini- retreat will help us consider how we think about callings, and will help us reflect on living more authentically, faithfully, and generously.

Led by Michael Taylor, Director of the Saint Clare Center. Michael helps people learn and grow as disciples, ministers, and leaders.

Register now for Inward, Upward, Outward.

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Mary: Walking Humbly with God

December 2, 7:00 p.m. (Register HERE)

Cost: $10/person

Description: Mary is one of the most celebrated women in our tradition, and a key figure in Advent. She has much to teach us about humility and accepting ourselves as we are, regardless of where we come from or what our experiences have been. Come and see what Mary can teach you.

Led by Cathy Melesky-Dante, spiritual director, a residence hall minister at Marquette, and a Ph.D. student. Cathy helps people recognize God's love for them, regardless of their background, and respond.

Register now for Mary.