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Wish List

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FOP Staff “Wish List”

These are things we need.  A donation of all or part of the cost listed is most appreciated.  Where brand, size, and other details are indicated, this is what we actually can use, substitutions can cause some problems. Check with us first before dropping anything off.  Thank you for your generosity.

  1. 32 Chairs for Bede, stackable.  $26.15 each +250 shipping = $1086.80–Thank you Jim Mazzei!
  2. Windows.  Replace cloudy, double pane windows.  8 needed, bid: $900.
  3. 2 new refrigerators.  Kenmore Elite 78042 bottom-freezer refrigerator 24 cu in. White, ($1200-1700 ea)
  4. 2 new Stoves.   Kenmore 5.6 cu. ft. Gas Range 5 burners, w/ Convection Oven – Stainless Steel  ($1100-1400 ea)
  5. Dishes.  Add to current set to handle large groups: Corelle–$200–Thank you Reverie!
  6. Easel for presentations.   Best-Rite Oak Presentation Easel – Natural – 69 1/2″H x 30″W x 31 1/2″D (Best-Rite BES-745)   ($120 – 150)
  7. 3 new CD/tape players.    Jensen CD-540 Portable Stereo Compact Disc Cassette Recorder with AM/FM Radio  (Walmart $34 ea)
  8. Headphones   JVC HARX300 High-Quality Full-Size Headphone  (Walmart $16 ea)–Thank you Jon Hart!
  9. LCD projector.       Epson EX6220 WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550220)   (Amazon $500-600)

Your donations are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


October 9 -11, Your Body and Your Spiritual Life: Friends or Foes?

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Father Tom Ryan presents “Your Body and Your Spiritual Life:  Friends or Foes?”

What’s your understanding of your embodied being?  Is your body a gift or a task?  Or both?  Something precious knit together by God, or the prison house of the soul?  We will consider the place of the body in a truly incarnational, holistic spirituality by reflecting on the contribution to our spiritual lives made by exercise and rest, feasting and fasting, washing and dressing, touch and love-making.  And we will give special attention to the role of our bodies in prayer through posture and movement.  When body, mind and spirit are harmonized, the Divine Mystery residing in our deep being comes through more clearly and palpably.  If you’re looking for practical, this retreat is for you.

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Fr Thomas Ryan, CSP, has devoted his ministry to robust health in the Body of Christ by working for Christian unity, and to the well-being of individual Christians through retreats and writing.  He is the author of 15 books covering a wide range of topics in holistic spirituality.

Dates:  October 9-11

Time:  Friday, October 9, 7pm – Sunday, October 11, 12 Noon

Program Fee: $115

Commuter Fee:  $60 (includes Saturday and Sunday mid-day meals and breaks)

Single Cabin:  $85/night; Double Cabin: $110/night or $55 per person

Registration:  Call 918/245-2734 or email

November 6-8, SoulCollage® Workshop with Peg Lentz

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“A SoulCollage® deck is the story of you. It is a tangible way to know yourself in your diversity and depth, and also to show yourself to others. Showing your deck of SoulCollage® cards to another person is a holy experience. In like-spirited groups, you can share cards and work with them in many sacred ways. You can consult them intuitively and discover wisdom within yourself which will amaze you. Besides all this, creating them is just plain fun! You will love your deck—a multi-card mirror of yourself and your soul—whether it consists of three cards or a hundred.” – Seena Frost, Creator of SoulCollage®SoulCollage® is an expressive art process. Participants use collage to create, over time, a personal deck of unique, soul-tending cards — each representing an energy of one’s ongoing life story.


Dates: Friday, November 6, 7pm – 12 Noon, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Program Fee:  $100; Single Cabin:  $80/night; Double Cabin:  $110/night

Deposit:  $15 non-refundable program deposit requested.

peg lentz photoPeg Lentz returns to the Forest to facilitate this weekend retreat.

Peg is a Certified Spiritual Director and a Certified SoulCollage® Facilitator.

SoulCollage® is a process of creating, over time, a personal desk of unique collaged cards from found and personal images for the primary purpose of self-exploration, self-acceptance, and soul-tending. SoulCollage® is a fun, engaging, deep and illuminating process that is all at once a form of creative play, self-care, and personal reflection.

Absolutely no art experience is necessary. There is no wrong or right way. Anyone able to manage scissors and glue can create beautiful cards and enjoy sharing them with others!

To register, email: or call 918/245/2734.


July 25-26: Living Well, Dying Well: A Buddhist Perspective

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Tenzin Tsepal, a former Tulsa native joins us to lead a retreat on Living Well, Dying Well – a Buddhist Perspective. Whether we’re religious or not, whether we’re spiritual or not….death comes to all living beings. At the crucial time of transition, we may not know how to best help our loved ones or ourselves. Awareness of impermanence and death can actually help us to live more fully, resolve conflicts and develop the necessary skills to face death in a peaceful, relaxed manner.

Through skillful reflection on the meaning of death and what to expect at the death time, this course offers practical advice on preparing for that inevitable change. In this weekend course, we’ll investigate how to live in a way that prepares us for death, how to recognize and navigate the 8 stages of the dying process, and also how to support friends, family, even pets at the time of death.

Date: July 25-26

Time: Starts at 9am on Saturday and ends at 4pm on Sunday.

Cost: $120 for program (or $60 per day) Deposit:  $15 non-refundable deposit required.  To use Paypal, click the link on the left or scroll to the bottom of the home page; mail a check; or call with your credit card.

Shared Cabin:  $50 per person/per night (includes Saturday noon meal and supper; Sunday breakfast and noon meal)

Single Cabin:  $65 per night (includes Saturday mid-day meal and supper; Sunday breakfast and brunch)

Commuter:  $30/per day (includes Saturday and Sunday noon meals) Registration:  Call 918/245-2734 or email

Ven. Tenzin Tsepal was first introduced to Buddhist meditation in high school in 1975. She trained in clinical and administrative healthcare in the U.S. while continuing her practice and study of Buddhism. A life-changing 3-month retreat in 1998 propelled her to live and study in Dharmsala, India for 2 years where she was ordained as a Buddhist nun by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2001. She has completed 11 years of the intensive Buddhist Studies Programme at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia where she currently serves as the Western Teacher.


Attention: Bishop Kelley Alumni — Brother Norman Memorial Fund

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Please give in memory of Brother Norman McCarthy, FSC

        The Brother Norman Sustain The Forest Fund


To touch the hearts of students is the greatest miracle you can perform.”   -St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers (1651-1719)

Dear Bishop Kelley Alum:

Decades of Bishop Kelley High School alumni were deeply influenced by the life and teaching of Brother Norman McCarthy, FSC, who served at BK from 1992 until his death in 2008.  For many, Brother Norman’s Belief and Spirituality class opened their hearts and minds to explore the depths of their faith and understanding of discipleship.

Brother Norman touched the hearts of faculty, staff, students and parents. He was widely beloved, especially by the members of his Men’s Forum group (which became the model for the Women’s Forum group). He introduced many of his students and fellow faculty to the practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and also to a special place in his faith development and interfaith understanding: The Osage Forest of Peace in Sand Springs, OK.

The Forest of Peace was dear to Brother’s heart. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in 1979, it continues today as a nonprofit retreat center governed by an interfaith board of directors. The Forest offers hospitality, retreats, workshops and contemplative prayer opportunities to all who seek to deepen their spiritual practice. Mass is offered once a month in the main chapel, and Eucharistic Adoration is available 24 hours in the Sr. Pascaline Coff Chapel.

In memory of Brother Norman, would you be willing to donate to the Forest of Peace, so it can continue to serve those who seek spiritual growth and practice here? The needs of the Forest are relatively simple, but the work of the Forest—which Brother Norman delighted in sharing–cannot be sustained without contributions from friends.

Please check out our website, or call 918-245-2734 to schedule a visit to The Forest. You may donate with PayPal online. Or send your check, payable to Forest of Peace, to 141 Monastery Road, Sand Springs, OK 74063. Designate checks to the Brother Norman Fund. Please consider a $5000, $1000, $100, $50 or $25 donation. Or consider making a monthly donation. Whatever amount is right for you, your gift will be stewarded well.

Thank you for helping sustain the mission of The Forest in memory of Brother Norman.  Blessings to you from The Forest!



Sr. Jane Comerford, CSJ

Director of Spiritual Life

Osage Forest of Peace

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