Events and Announcements

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 dchatfield.forestofpeace@outlook.com or Karen Chatfield at kchatfield.forestofpeace@outlook.com.

School of Spiritual Direction

September 15th, Eucharistic Mass

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Eucharistic Mass is offered monthly in our chapel, typically the second Thursday of the month at 11:00am.

The next Eucharistic Mass will be September 15th at 11:00am.

October 21-23, Healing through the SoulCollage® Process 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.  This year’s workshop with Peg will focus on “Healing through the SoulCollage® Process.”

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Dates: Friday, October 21, 6pm – 12 Noon, Sunday, October 23, 2016

Program Fee:  $125; Single Cabin:  $85/night; Double Cabin:  $60 per person/night (includes one meal on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday)

Commuter:  $180 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday); Commuter Saturday Only:  $75

Deposit:  $65 non-refundable program deposit requested.

Registration: Pre-registration deadline is October 7, 2016.  Email:  osageforest@gmail.com or call 918/245/2734.

peg lentz photoPeg Lentz returns to the Forest to facilitate this weekend retreat on “Healing through the SoulCollage® Process.”

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!

 

 

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

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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!

Sincerely,

 

Sr. Jane Comerford, CSJ

Director of Spiritual Life

Osage Forest of Peace

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