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www.e-websmartsites.com/filestore/DirectedRetreat2018-20191.pdfChiara Center sponsors opportunities for spiritual enrichment and faith development. Retreats, days of quiet, Food and Faith series, and collaborative programs uplift and enlighten hundreds of guests each year. We invite you to look at the listing to learn more about the possibilities that await your spirit. Please click here for our 2018-19 brochure.

 

   
 
     
     

      
JANUARY

Companions on the Journey
January 6, 2020

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.
 

Ah Day of Quiet
January 13, 2020

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Food & Faith Dinner Series
January 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

     
FEBRUARY

Companions on the Journey
February 3, 2020

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a registration form.


Spirituality in Recovery Retreat: The Next Step                                                 
February 15-17, 2019


We are pleased to welcome back our recovery team that is eager to journey with those who are ready to face and deal with their addictions. We view the recovery from addictions as a spiritual process that restores one to a right-relationship with their higher power, themselves and others. Through the course of this weekend, participants come to realize that their disease is but a means to healing, restoration and wellness.

Cost for this event is $199 overnight and $110 commuter

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.

MARCH

Companions on the Journey
March 4, 1019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Death Café 
March 12, 2019
10:30 am or 7:00 pm

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. As strange as such a gathering might seem, our aim is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

You might be surprised to know that there are Death Cafe groups happening all over the world. These operate well because it is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is important to know that this will be a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Also, there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Helping to assurance that these discussions operate in a safe and positive manner.

Chiara Center Program Director Dan Frachey will serve as the daytime group moderator while Deaconess Jan Conrady will moderate the evening group.
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Food & Faith JOY! A Spirituality of Vocation
March 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm


Perhaps the greatest quote related to one’s vocation comes from the author Frederick Buechner who wrote, “The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger coincide.” When we are operating from such a space, we reach our greatest power and fragrance which allows us to know joy and inspire it in others. For this final evening of the series, we will welcome WUIS radio journalist Rachel Otwell who will serve as the curator of this final part of our series. Rachel will feature several stories about some remarkable yet seemingly ordinary people who have brought their deep gladness and the world’s hunger together.

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Ah Day of Quiet
March 19, 2019

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


APRIL

Companions on the Journey
April 1, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.

Spirituality in Health Care Conference
Intergenerational Collaboration Fostering Communities of Caring
Date: April 25, 2019

This annual conference, co-sponsored by Chiara Center and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), addresses where God may be found in health care, how to be faithful in the midst of suffering and tremendous change, and how to find transcendent meaning in the health care profession.

Reservations required. Please click here for a brochure and registration form.


Tai Chi Basics Classes
April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Tai Chi Flow Classes

April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.


Open to all, our Tai Chi Flow Class incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of Tai Chi and Qigong disciplines that are easy to learn and to practice. Mindful, gentle, and circular movements are performed with a relaxed, slow tempo. Learn how to access maximum vitality through this mindful attention to posture, movement, breath, and focused awareness. It can be performed sitting or standing. No experience necessary for the Tai Chi Basics class which is the introductory class for those who wish to learn the initial steps to developing a practice & understanding. Tai Chi Flow is the follow-up class for learning additional movements and  expanding one’s understanding of Tai Chi.

Instructor Cindy Cannamela, LMT, NCTMB brings together several of her professional disciplines as a seasoned health and wellness educator.

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. (classes are approximately 40 min.)

Please click here for a brochure and reservation form.
 
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

  MAY

Companions on the Journey
May 6, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Tai Chi Basics Classes
May 6, 13, 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
May 7, 14, 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Tai Chi Flow Classes
May 6, 13, 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
May 7, 14, 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.


Open to all, our Tai Chi Flow Class incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of Tai Chi and Qigong disciplines that are easy to learn and to practice. Mindful, gentle, and circular movements are performed with a relaxed, slow tempo. Learn how to access maximum vitality through this mindful attention to posture, movement, breath, and focused awareness. It can be performed sitting or standing. No experience necessary for the Tai Chi Basics class which is the introductory class for those who wish to learn the initial steps to developing a practice & understanding. Tai Chi Flow is the follow-up class for learning additional movements and  expanding one’s understanding of Tai Chi.

Instructor Cindy Cannamela, LMT, NCTMB brings together several of her professional disciplines as a seasoned health and wellness educator.

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. (classes are approximately 40 min.)

Please click here for a brochure and reservation form.
 
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Ah Day of Quiet
May 13, 2019

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

JUNE

Companions on the Journey
June 3, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.
 

Hearing Anew-Speaking Anew
A Retreat About Men-For Men
June 7-9, 2019

This retreat begins with hearing Jesus with new clarity and ends with men being able to speak to others so as to be understood,   integrating their head and heart. Along the way, Father Richard Chiola will consider various men in our Christian history like Moses who wanted to see the beauty of God and the prophet Elijah who walked 40 days and nights just to hear God’s voice and was stunned by its gentle simplicity. Men on this retreat will meet Francis of Assisi who found in a leper freedom to embrace his own inner darkness and Pope Francis who asks men to join him in accompanying each other along the way to God. Join us on a retreat about men—for men and discover anew how to  listen so as to understand, hold others in your heart with love and respect, and speak so that others may understand

Father Richard Chiola is a retired priest of the diocese of Springfield, IL who has directed many retreats for men. He has a  private practice in spiritual direction and is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified sexual addiction therapist. He holds a M.A.  in counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Fr. Chiola has taught graduate courses in pastoral theology and psychological counseling. He was a contributor to “Renewing the Priestly Heart,” audio recordings published by Renew International, 2010. His publications include “Sexual Addiction, Trauma, and Healing,” Seminary Journal, 15(1), Spring 2009.            .

Please click here for a bochure and registration form.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Death Café 
June 11, 2019
10:30 am or 7:00 pm

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. As strange as such a gathering might seem, our aim is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

You might be surprised to know that there are Death Cafe groups happening all over the world. These operate well because it is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is important to know that this will be a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Also, there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Helping to assurance that these discussions operate in a safe and positive manner.

Chiara Center Program Director Dan Frachey will serve as the daytime group moderator while Deaconess Jan Conrady will moderate the evening group.
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Silent Directed Retreat
June 16-21, 2019

This Directed Retreat includes solitude and  prayer and  one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You will be wrapped in the quiet, healing, and harmony of God's presence at Chiara Center. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

JULY

Companions on the Journey
July 1, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
J
uly 9, 2018

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.




AUGUST

Encountering Clare of Assisi: Inspiring Wisdom for Today's Challenges
Conference Retreat featuring Sr. Kathleen Warren, OSF 
August 4-9, 2019

As our culture considers the necessity, value and blessing of the feminine in our world, many are beginning to look anew at Chiara of Assisi with an exciting clarity that befits her name. Even though she humbly referred to herself as the little plant of Francis, new scholarship is revealing an imaginative, committed and powerful woman who worked alongside Saint Francis in the 13th century. Along with Francis, Clare’s words and lived-examples of leadership served to animate a new way of understanding the gospels and how the church might take them to heart with renewed fervor and love. During this conference retreat, we will explore the remarkable life of cofounder of the Franciscan movement, particularly through her own writings and consider her profound relationship with God and Agnes of Prague.  Retreatants will leave with a sense of how Clare’s life resulted in a most poignant spirituality that speaks well in our time.

Cost for this retreat is $600.00 for overnight guests and $380.00 for commuters.

Please click here for a brochure and registration form.

217-523-0901 or email.
 

Companions on the Journey
August 5, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.

 

Companions on the Journey
September 9, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.

OCTOBER
 

Tai Chi Basics Classes (Cancelled)
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018  at 5:30 pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018  at 10:30 am


Tai Chi Flow Classes (Cancelled)
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018  at 6:30 pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018  at 11:30 am


Open to all, our Tai Chi Flow Class incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of Tai Chi and Qigong disciplines that are easy to learn and to practice. Mindful, gentle, and circular movements are performed with a relaxed, slow tempo. Learn how to access maximum vitality through this mindful attention to posture, movement, breath, and focused awareness. It can be performed sitting or standing. No experience necessary for the Tai Chi Basics class which is the introductory class for those who wish to learn the initial steps to developing a practice & understanding. Tai Chi Flow is the follow-up class for learning additional movements and  expanding one’s understanding of Tai Chi.

Instructor Cindy Cannamela, LMT, NCTMB brings together several of her professional disciplines as a seasoned health and wellness educator.

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. (classes are approximately 40 min.)

Please click here for a brochure and reservation form.
 
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

 

Companions on the Journey
October 7, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Silent Directed Retreat
October 27 - November 1, 2019

This Directed Retreat includes solitude and  prayer and  one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You will be wrapped in the quiet, healing, and harmony of God's presence at Chiara Center. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.


Death Café
October 29, 2019
10:30 am or 7:00 pm

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. As strange as such a gathering might seem, our aim is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

You might be surprised to know that there are Death Cafe groups happening all over the world. These operate well because it is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is important to know that this will be a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Also, there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Helping to assurance that these discussions operate in a safe and positive manner.

Chiara Center Program Director Dan Frachey will serve as the daytime group moderator while Deaconess Jan Conrady will moderate the evening group.
Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
October 29, 2019

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 

NOVEMBER

Beneath Scandals, Beyond Policies: Men and Women at Work Together                               
November 1, 2018

Beyond the call for changes in policies and rules that at best can only guide one’s external conduct in the workplace, there is an important question arising: how can men and women honor the fullness of their contributions with mutual respect and value at work? Building upon sound clinical practices, and inspired by deeper realities embedded in our humanity, such as the example of Francis and Clare, this seminar will bring enduring psychological and spiritual principles to bear on this important topic for today’s business and Non-Profit Administrators, Supervisors, Managers, H. R. Professionals and those in leadership roles who craft policies or influence workplace environments. Presenting this seminar will be Bill & Lori McKenzie, two Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in Springfield whose emerging work on successful marriage relationships will offer participants the opportunity to bring a hopeful and positive response into their workplace.

Cost for this event is $75.00

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.
 

Companions on the Journey
November 4, 2019

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.

 


Food & Faith Dinner 
JOY! A Spirituality of Community Theater
November 8, 2018 - 6:00 PM


If you have ever attended a local theater production, you might be surprised to know all that goes into creating a show. To experience it from the performing side of the stage is a great wonder. It is with the same joy that Francis had when staging the first “live nativity” play that we will usher participants behind the curtain to celebrate all that goes into imagining, creating and then bringing a story alive in order to engage an audience at  heart-level. Taking us backstage will be Craig Williams II, one of Springfield’s most sought after Impresarios whose ability to weave dozens of individuals into one vibrant musical offering is magical!

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

 


DECEMBER

Franciscan Nativity Festival
November 30, 2018 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
December 1, 2018  12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
December 2, 2018  12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for our Annual Franciscan Nativity Festival and experience the deeper meaning of the Incarnation. More than 100 Nativity sets, each with unique history and signficance, are displayed. Free and open the public. The Festival includes a tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Companions on the Journey
December 3, 2018

Companions on the Journey is the name of a new  lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center. Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participant are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Please click here for a brochure.


Death Café
December 3, 2019
10:30 am or 7:00 pm

At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. As strange as such a gathering might seem, our aim is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

You might be surprised to know that there are Death Cafe groups happening all over the world. These operate well because it is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is important to know that this will be a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Also, there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Helping to assurance that these discussions operate in a safe and positive manner.

Chiara Center Program Director Dan Frachey will serve as the daytime group moderator while Deaconess Jan Conrady will moderate the evening group.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.


Ah Day of Quiet
December 15, 2018

Throught the year, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages and appointments with spiritual directors are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

If you unable to attend on these dates, you may arrange your own day of quiet. Please contact us.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 


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