Events and Announcements

Coming September 2016: School of Spiritual Direction

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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 are due by June 17, 2016.  For more information, contact Rev. Don Chatfield at or Karen Chatfield at

School of Spiritual Direction

July 14th, Eucharistic Mass

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Eucharistic Mass is offered monthly in our chapel, typically the second Thursday of the month.

In July, Eucharistic Mass will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 11:00am.  All are welcome to attend.  There will be no mass in August.

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

Morning in the Forest™

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Morning in the Forest ®

Where the Whisper of God and the Desire of our Heart Meet

Our friend, Barbara Schneeberg, spiritual companion, Contemplative Outreach International commissioned presenter,

and the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School member,


will return in September when

with a series inspired by the works of Dr. James Finley

and the Wisdom Perennial Tradition:


“Following the Gossamer Thread in a Changing World –

A Journey of Grace and Growth”


More information will follow soon~


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