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Spiritual Direction, Directed and Private Retreats

Personal Retreats

Directed Retreat A Cenacle Sister, as your retreat director, will companion you during your journey of the heart.. According to your needs and desires, she may suggest certain ways of praying as well as passages from Scripture for your reflection. She will also reflect with you upon your experience in prayer and the way God seems to be leading you.

Private Retreat A time in which you may enjoy quiet and solitude, as well as the opportunity for personal prayer, meditation and reflection.

19th Annotation or Retreat in Everyday Life For more information, contact the Ministry Coordinator

Thirty Day Ignatian Directed Retreat For more information, contact the Ministry Coordinator

Individuals are welcome to come to the Cenacle for a day of prayer, as well as a directed or private retreat of longer duration. You may request a Cenacle Sister for spiritual direction during your retreat.

Spiritual Direction

Cenacle Sisters are available to walk with you on your journey toward God. Trained and experienced as a spiritual companion, a Sister will support you in:

  • Exploring the "desires of your heart" by talking about your life and your relationship with God
  • Encouraging you in your prayer
  • Becoming aware of God's action in the events of your life and your inner journey
  • Reverencing and savoring your experience of God
  • Listening to the deepest desires of your heart
  • Trusting in the Holy Spirit to help you find within yourself the answers to your deep questions
  • Discerning a direction for your life that is in harmony with God's dream for you

If you would like more information about spiritual direction, a directed or private retreat at the Chicago Cenacle, please call the Ministry Coordinator at 773-528-6300 or e-mail your inquiry to csisters@cenaclechicago.org. You can also print out brochures for Spiritual Direction and Individual Retreats.


Title: Christian Meditation at the Chicago Cenacle
Event Date: August 26, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Presenter: Sr. Anelie Arao, r.c.
The facilitator, Sr. Anelie Arao, r.c. has been a Cenacle Sister for 47 years and has served in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Ghana, West Africa and many parts of the United States. She has many years of experience in meditation, in spiritual direction and in the giving of retreats and personally practices meditation. She is well versed in meditation and the spiritual life from varied spiritual traditions.
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Offering: $5.00
Details: Meditation Silence Mantra The weekly Christian Meditation Group is a significant phenomenon in the church today. It is part of the great movement of the Holy Spirit that is deepening the spiritual life of lay Christians all over the world. Groups now meet in 35 countries, in parishes, homes, offices, schools, prisons, hospitals and communities. Practicing the meditation form taught by Christian meditation pioneer, Fr. John Main, OSB, (1926-1982), an English Benedictine monk, the format of the group is simple and open to people of all faiths. It consists of three essential elements: * Time for the teaching (a tape or talk) * Half-hour of meditation in silence * Time for questions or sharing. This group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00pm.
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Title: Dreams: Messengers of the Soul
Event Date: August 28, 2014
Time: 6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sr. Anelie Arao
Sr. Anelie Arao, r.c., a Cenacle Sister for 48 years, has many years of experience as a spiritual dream facilitator. She is interested in the relationship between dreams and the spiritual journey.
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Offering: $5.00
Details: This Spiritual Dreamgroup Workshop will help us towards living a guided life from within with the support of a group and help us relearn the symbolic language of the soul. Please note that this is an ongoing program held twice a month on the second and fourth Thursday evenings.
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Title: Ignatian Small Group Retreat
Event Date: September 14, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Presenter: Sr. Gloria Haagensen, r.c.
Offering: $100.00
Details: This 10 week program has been given by Cenacle Sisters throughout North America. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, it requires a commitment to attend the 2-hour weekly meeting, to pray the suggested materials for at least 15 minutes each day, and to keep a simple prayer journal. For information or registration, please contact Sr. Gloria Haagensen at 773-528-6300 or gloriahrc@hotmail.com
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Title: First Friday Women's Group
Event Date: October 03, 2014
Time: 10:00am
Presenter: Sr. Marguerite Gautreau, r.c.
Offering: $27.00
Details: Women of all ages, faiths and professions are invited to join this monthly group to explore and deepen a spirituality that connects us to God, to one another and to our world. Presentations on the year's theme, "The Heart's Journey for Our Time: Finding God Right Where We Are," are given by Cenacle Sisters trained in spirituality, prayer and retreats. Sister Marguerite Gautreau,r.c. will present the October program entitled, "The Heart and the power of the Word." Arrival is from 9-10am, with coffee and...being served. The program begins at 10am. For reservations, or more information, contact the Ministry office at 773-528-6300 or csisters@cenaclechicago.org.
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Title: Effective Christian Living
Event Date: October 04, 2014 - October 05, 2014
Time: 9:00am
Presenter: Sr. Gloria Haagensen, r.c.
Offering: $130.00
Details: This week-end program is designed to help you live a fuller, happier life by becoming more deeply aware of your essential goodness and giftedness. This program is open to men, women and young adults (16 and over.) Day program only also available and $80 offering includes lunch Saturday and Sunday. For more information contact Sr. Judith Zonsius at 773-528-6300 or csisters@cenaclechicago.org
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Title: Calligraphy as Prayerful Meditation
Event Date: January 24, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 12 noon
Presenter: Ellie Sassana
Calligrapher and artist
Offering: $30.00
Details: In this workshop, participants are invited to partake in an environment that encourages the realization of the artistic self. While learning to utilize a broad-edged pen to create beautiful italic letter forms, participants will also connect calligraphy as an art form to meditation, the cultivation of inner peace, and an appreciation of the stillness of mind. The class will take place in a tranquil environment, encouraging the student to consciously slow down. In addition to developing a basis for acquiring calligraphic technique, the class encourages the realization of personal expression and creativity. Cost includes materials.
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