We’re pleased to announce that the Osage Forest of Peace will open an interfaith School of Spiritual Direction in September 2016. The two-year program will provide training in spiritual direction for persons feeling called to provide companionship, holy listening and guidance to other individuals on their spiritual journeys. The school is also open to persons who are yearning for answers to their spiritual questions and want to further explore their own spirituality. Both ordained and lay persons are welcome to apply.
Students will gather one day per month from September through June, and will also be expected to attend a weekend retreat each year of the program.
The curriculum will include study and discussion of the beliefs and values associated with Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and other spiritual traditions of the world. The program results in certification as a spiritual director for those who successfully complete the coursework.
Application forms for the Class of 2018 will become available on our website in January 2016. For more information, contact Rev. Don Chatfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Chatfield at email@example.com.
Eucharistic Mass is offered monthly in our chapel, typically the second Thursday of the month.
In February, Eucharistic Mass will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.
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
This yoga series will help to kindle trust for the body’s intelligence, encouraging a practice rooted in self-awareness and self-care. It will consist of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit.
Please join Sheila Lazier as she offers this moving meditation to create a heart-centered yoga practice for beginners or anyone wishing to revitalize their practice. Modifications are offered throughout, making these classes accessible to every body.
Sheila has been practicing yoga for 15 years and has her 200-hour yoga-teacher certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a registered Yoga Alliance teacher, and has a M.S. in Adult Education.
If you’d like to stay and walk the labyrinth, hike the trails or join us for a meal afterwards, please let us know. We serve dinner at 12:30pm.
Wednesdays, March 2 – April 6, 9:30-10:30am and Saturdays, March 5 – April 9, 10-11:15am.
$8 per class (drop-in)
Wednesday or Saturday, 6-class package: $42
Wednesday and Saturday 12-class package: $75
Registration: Please call 918/245-2734 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register. If you sign up for the package, payment is due at the first class.
What to bring: Yourself and a friend. We provide yoga mats, blocks and straps, or feel free to bring your own.