Cleveland Museum of Art Lenten Retreat

Rev. Lydia Bailey

Saturday, March 18, 2023
10:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $55 (includes parking)

Cleveland Museum of Art

Back by popular demand! This retreat is semi-self-directed involving the participant’s reflection
on a single piece of art. Rev. Lydia Bailey will prepare participants for choosing a piece of art for
personal reflection. As retreat leader she describes, “The art one settles on can speak to us
spiritually without having a conventional religious subject. It can be an icon that serves as a
window into God.” The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. and the retreat will convene under the
bamboo trees in the Atrium shortly thereafter. We will break for lunch; participants are invited to
bring lunch or dine at the museum café.

The 4 S’s of Spirituality: Silence, Solitude, Simplicity and Sacrament

Alan Kolp, Ph.D.

Four Mondays February 6, 13, 20 and 27    

7:00-9:00pm. $80.00

Course will be offered on Zoom

Spirituality is an alternative approach to doctrine when thinking about religion.  Spirituality begins with our experience of life and then works toward meaning and purpose.  We know that our contemporary culture tempts us with experiences devoid of purpose and only superficially meaningful.  However, spirituality lacks an inherent structure to reflect on life.  The 4 S’s of spirituality provide a structure not only to think about life, but begin to live differently and more deeply.  Each one of the S’s—silence, solitude, simplicity and sacrament—offers a creative way to look at a dimension of our life that can become more spiritual, more meaningful and more purposeful. 

The Gospels and Caravaggio: A Dialogue of Text and Light

Fr. George Smiga, S.T.D.

Four Saturdays: January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 2023
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. $80
Zoom Format

This course will explore scriptural passages that support four great themes of the Christian tradition: the Call, the Witness, the Passion, and the Glory. The scriptural message will be compared to the vision of the seventeenth century Italian artist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The dialogue between the scriptural text and Caravaggio’s work will provide insights not only to the history of the bible and art, but also to the faith of the modern believer.

Walking in Wonder: Praying with the Celts

Wayne Simisic, M.A.
One Day Retreat Saturday March 25, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (please bring a bag lunch) $60.00
Church of the Gesu, McCauley Hall
2470 Mirimar Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

Any deep dive into Celtic spirituality will emerge with the following practices:
a sense of wonder and awe toward creation; solitude and silence; inner/outer pilgrimage; 
sacred landscapes; soul friendship; the depth dimension of each moment; thin places; and kinship with
Jesus.  These practices are not only avenues for prayer but an introduction into the rhythms 
of a prayerful life.  This retreat, then, is an invitation to step aside and immerse ourselves in the spiritual
practices of the Celts as a path of prayer that will nourish and bless our daily lives.