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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: July 29, 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: First Friday Women's Group
Event Date: October 03, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Offering: $25.00
Details: A spiritual renewal group designed by and for women of all ages, faiths and professions. This series is from October through May. This year's theme is "The Heart's Journey for Our Time: Finding God Right Where We Are." Topics are presented by one of the Cenacle Sisters trained in Spirituality, Prayer and Retreats, vary each month and are directed to women and women's spiritual growth. The perfect opportunity to give yourself some self-care and meet other interesting women. Prayer, fellowship, sharing and reflecting is part of the morning. 11:15am Eucharist followed by lunch completes the group’s time together. Reservations are requested along with a $25 offering for each program attended. Participants are welcome to be part of this group on any First Friday. Come to one or come to all! To make reservations or for more information, please call 773-528-6300, ext. 188. Registration is also available on-line at www.cenaclesisters.org/chicago/retreats-programs .
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