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Surprised by God

I have been a Sister of the Cenacle since 1978. My vocation was a surprise to me, and has been an inexpressible gift. It has also presented me with challenges which I would never have believed I could handle, but the challenges have very often revealed the grace of God. Because of the mysterious ways of the Holy Spirit working in each person, our community life and our ministry never cease to be a wonder. I am currently part of the Cenacle community in Chicago.

Some of my Interests: 

Music is for me an essential element in the spiritual life. I find that it facilitates an openness to the presence of God and the beauty of God's creatures.

I experience the importance of ritual in human life, revel in the beauty of the liturgical year, and am nourished by the mystery of the Eucharist.

Christian Mysticism

Literature and other...

  • Poetry
  • Discovering contemporary ways of living a contemplative lifestyle
  • The role of women in the Church
  • The internet as a tool for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ



New Publication, 2020

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This is a program designed for those who feel called to a private practice in personal, one-on-one, or group supervision. 

Dates: Module 1: May 2-4, 2014 / Module 2: October 3-5, 2014

The Interfaith Supervision of Spiritual Directors’ Certificate Program is designed to inspire, educate, encourage, and support persons called to the ministry of supervision of spiritual directors. Our course weaves together one’s personal spiritual journey or story of transformation, theory and skill, practical experience and reflection in dialogue with significant elements from different faith traditions.

Our program teaches a holistic approach to supervision focusing on one’s inner wisdom, intuition, powers of self-reflection, the capacity for the Divine, and interior freedom. We demonstrate models of supervision that aim to integrate the whole person as well as the more traditional models. We encourage aspiring supervisors to strengthen and/or discover their unique gifts and to provide resources that will assist them in being effective supervisors.

Areas of Study
The Transformative Journey, Spiritual Direction Review, and Supervision

Dr. Pamela Falkowski, r.c., is an experienced spiritual director and supervisor, who uses her gifts as a musician, artist, Trager® practitioner, licensed massage therapist, and InterPlay®-er to inform her ministry. Pam is a Sister of the Cenacle on staff at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Ronkonkoma, NY. (See / .) She was a co-teacher with Rev. John Mabry, Ph.D., for the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program at its inception and taught an introductory class to Supervision for The Chaplaincy Institute.

Applicants must have 5 years or more of experience as an active certified spiritual director/companion with supervision to be eligible to apply.

Continuing Education Units Available

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. There is a maximum of 25 students accepted into the program. We strongly recommend getting your application in early for 2014. Apply here

Virtual Information Session
January 23, 2014 – 6 pm pst / 9 pm est

More Information
 or / 925-588-6189

About The Chaplaincy Institute
The Chaplaincy Institute’s mission is to educate and empower people for new models of Interfaith service and spiritual care to heal and transform the world. We are committed to fostering health in body, heart, mind and spirit; furthering interfaith awareness, dialogue and cooperation; fostering the evolution of consciousness, both individual and collective; honoring soul as source of revelation; embracing awareness of our connection with each other, our world, and the Divine and supporting sustainable practices for self-care, community-care, and global-care.

The Chaplaincy Institute, An Interfaith Seminary and Community Mailing Address: 1442-A Walnut Street, #285
Office & Classrooms: 2138 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 843-1422
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In my role as Vocation Director for the North American Province of the Cenacle Sisters, I have the privilege of meeting many wonderful women, and sharing a part of their spiritual journey. I find more and more people wondering if religious life, or affiliation with a religious congregation, is where God might be calling them -- inviting them "into their future." For all, no matter where the journey eventually leads them, investigating this possibility turns out to be a very important part of their discernment. Much of my dialogue with people is centered on their relationship with God, past and present; what makes them happy and gives them that deeper sense of wholeness; and the call to be part of a spiritual community.

Vocation directors of all congregations are first and foremost "companions on the journey" rather than "recruiters." While we obviously feel that our way of living out of the gospel call is wonderful and we want to invite others to join us -- our first commitment is to helping women and men deepen their own relationship with God -- however and wherever that leads them.

Since the primary expression of our Cenacle ministry is retreats and spiritual direction, I feel doubly blessed in bringing this background to my particular ministry as vocations director.

I welcome your calls, comments and questions. I can be reached at 773-528-6300 or e-mail

Originally from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Sr. Janice Bemowski received an undergraduate degree in interior design and went on to work in Chicago both in designing and banking. Living in a condo and being part of urban life, Sr. Janice found herself searching even though her work and life were good. She had begun a process of discernment by enrolling in the pastoral studies program at Loyola, and by looking at religious life when she happened upon a retreat weekend at the Chicago Cenacle in 1988. She felt God was indeed calling her to something else and needed to trust Him enough to quit her job which she did at the end of the summer. In 1989 she entered a pre-novitiate program and later a formal novitiate on Long Island after completing her MPS from Loyola. She has served at Cenacles in Houston, Chicago and Minneapolis. As vocations director, she is currently working on many projects that share information about the Cenacle Sisters, Auxiliaries, and Affiliates/Companions. 
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