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Chiara Center Events

Chiara 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 2016-2017 brochure.

 

   
 
     
     

      
JANUARY

Ah Day of Quiet
January 16, 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. refrshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicous 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 18, 2018
- 6:00 PM

This year's series will be guided by a panel made up of religous leaders from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith communities. At each of the four evenings, the panel will delve into the important questions of the day before inviting those at each table, made up of people from each relgious group to enter into a fruitful dialogue. Seeking understandin and buiding up new relationships is goal for this series.

Thursday evenings starting with dinner at 6:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend one or all of the events.The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

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

September 7, 2017
November 2, 2017
January 18, 2018
March 15, 2018

     
FEBRUARY

Tai Chi Easy Classes
February 5, 12, 19, 26 & March 5 at 5:30 p.m.
February 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 6 at 10:30 a.m.


Open to all, our new T’ai Chi Easy program incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of T’ai 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. 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.

  

No More Perfect Marriages - Marriage Retreat
Jill & Mark Savage
February 9-10, 2018

Marriages grow through love but it is skill-building that provides the structure to maintain that love for the long haul. This seminar, developed out of the Savage’s marriage journey, will offer just that. Self-described as being married 33 years, 25 of them happily, the Savages learned many lessons while turning around their hurting relationship. After that experience, they committed to share what they learned in order to empower and encourage couples with the skills necessary to help them move forward with a renewed vibrancy. 

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who founded the Hearts at Home that encourages moms. Mark stepped away from pastoring churches to join his wife in order to further their marriage ministry. Together they wrote No More Perfect Marriages which was released through Moody Publishers in February 2017. You can read more about their seminar at www.NoMorePerfect.com.

 

Recovery Retreat

February 16-18, 2018  
Coordinated by: David and Janice Kerwin, Ann Collins, Chuck Kerwin, and Archie Ford

Recovery from alcohol and drugs is a journey that can be as unpredictable as the disease of alcoholism and addiction. During this weekend we will explore, in detail, what it means to be in recovery as well as look as some of the obstacles to achieving recovery. In a peaceful and private setting, this weekend will allow those who are in a recovery program for alcoholism and/or other drugs to find healing and hope.


MARCH

Tai Chi Easy Classes
March 5 at 5:30 p.m.
March 6 at 10:30 a.m.


Open to all, our new T’ai Chi Easy program incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of T’ai 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. 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.

Dream Works: Workshop and Retreat Weekend:
March 9-11, 2018

“Dreams not only introduce us to parts of ourselves we deny and repress but also give us glimpses of our soul’s deepest yearnings and needs…When a dream is received as a spiritual gift, any response is prayer.”
Tallulah Lyons in Dream Prayers: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Path

“A dream unexamined is like a letter unopened from God.” (Jewish Sage)
This unique weekend will offer an opportunity to examine and learn how to pray with our personal dream images. Based on C.G. Jung’s concept of the God within our deepest and truest self, we will have the opportunity to allow the unconscious to become conscious; nurturing spiritual growth by deepening our relationship with self. 
This workshop and retreat is designed for spiritual directors, counselors, pastors and all other spiritual caregivers who have the privilege of accompanying others on their spiritual journey. Before we can assist others in working with their dreams, it is imperative to be open to processing our own dreams. Over this weekend we you will be given various tools to help with this process, have quiet time as well as opportunities to interact with other participants.
Sister Joann Gehling, FSPA, is a member of the founding group of the Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA and has been on staff since it opened in 1996. She is available for spiritual direction, counseling, hosting retreats and healing touch spiritual ministry. Sr. Joann has a doctorate in ministry with a concentration in feminist theology and psychology.

  

Food & Faith Dinner Series
March 15, 2018 -6:00 PM

This year's series will be guided by a panel made up of religous leaders from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith communities. At each of the four evenings, the panel will delve into the important questions of the day before inviting those at each table, made up of people from each relgious group to enter into a fruitful dialogue. Seeking understandin and buiding up new relationships is goal for this series.

Thursday evenings starting with dinner at 6:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend one or all of the events.The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

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

September 7, 2017
November 2, 2017
January 18, 2018
March 15, 2018

 

Ah Day of Quiet
March 27, 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. refrshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicous 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

Challenging Conversations: Strategies for Working thru Ministerial Conflicts
A workshop for ministry teams with Ann Garrido
April 23rd, 2018  12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 
Conflict is a normal part of life in any faith community.  How we choose to manage our conflicts, however, either fragments congregations or matures them, enabling them to more fully live their mission in the world.  Speaking out of her own experience as an educator and conflict mediator, Ann Garrido will share a framework for analyzing the ordinary tensions of parish life and concrete practices to constructively engage the tough conversations that need to be had.

Ann M. Garrido, DMin is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, a conflict mediation and communications team based in Cambridge, MA.   She is the author of six books and numerous articles in the field of Church leadership and ministry.

 

Spirituality in Health Care Conference
Conflict as Catalyst for Understanding
April 24, 2018

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. It will help participants recognize conflict as an opportunity to gain insight and understanding and to apply skills to resolve conflicts while displaying respect for others and preserving relationships. Presenter Ann Garrido will provide a framework for analyzing the cause of conflict and will share tools and techniques to resolve conflict effectively. 

Ann M. Garrido, DMin is associate professor at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, a conflict mediation and communications team based in Cambridge, MA.  She is the author of six books and numerous articles in the field of Church leadership and ministry.

CE for nursing will be awarded for this program.  Applications have been submitted for CME.


JUNE

Tai Chi Easy Classes
June 19 & 26 at 5:30 p.m.
June 20 & 27 at 10:30 a.m.


Open to all, our new T’ai Chi Easy program incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of T’ai 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. 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.

 

Silent Directed Retreat
June 25, 2017 - June 30, 2017

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

Tai Chi Easy Classes
July 10, 17 & 24 at 5:30 p.m.
July 11, 18 & 25 at 10:30 a.m.


Open to all, our new T’ai Chi Easy program incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of T’ai 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. 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.

 

Neighbor and Citizen: Spiritual Perspectives on Language, Listening, and Witness in Our Times 
July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 2017
$30 for 4 sessions

This series of Thursday 7 pm sessions will allow participants to embrace the spiritual values of paradox, listening, dialogue, and witness. The goal is to explore how we can make citizenship more effective, keeping our balance, and finding opportunity for dialogue with our neighbors.

Facilitated by Janet Conrady, a Lutheran deaconess at Historic Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield who also serves as a spiritual director.

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

 

Ah Day of Quiet
July 17, 2017

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. refrshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicous 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

Unfolding Colors Mysteries: A Reflective Day
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Could being “color blind” actually cause people to miss out on the great gift of diversity in our world? In response to that question and to unpack this counterintuitive reality, Jeff Garland, a local artist and Associate Professor of the Art Department at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois will share the some wisdom gained from his sabbatical year when he made a pilgrimage of sorts into the complexities of the color wheel. As part of this one-day program, Jeff will help participants recognize how delving into the world of color is a potent spiritual metaphor for recognizing the “other” as gift.

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

$49 per person includes meals. $20 Student pricing with proof of current enrollment

 

Finding Our Anchor in the Storm Conference Retreat
Fr. Paul Chetcuti, SJ
August 6-10, 2017


Whether related to the tumult of world events, on-going political disarray or one’s own personal adversities, the threat of losing our spiritual moorings in the midst of such times as these can consume our energies. Deep in the hearts of those who long to see themselves as travelling together is the desire to respond to the events of the day with hope, compassion and steadfast love. At Chiara Center, we believe we have found an imaginative and faith-filled way of doing just that. As part of this 4-day conference retreat where participants can enjoy ample time to head out to deeper waters, we will also involve members from the community who are only able to come out for evening sessions to take an active approach to experiencing a compassionate community.

Author and speaker, Fr. Paul Chetcuti served the Jesuit Community in Malta as Superior. Previously he had the privilege of serving as Spiritual Director for the co-workers for the Missionaries of Charity and preached retreats for Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Fr. Paul brings a fresh and unique perspective along with his affable personality and engaging style of interacting with his listeners.

Please click here for a brochure and reservation form.

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

$500 for overnight guests and $300 for commuters.


SEPTEMBER

Ah Day of Quiet
September 5, 2017

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. refrshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicous 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.

 


OCTOBER

Tai Chi Easy Classes
October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 5:30 p.m.
October 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 at 10:30 a.m.


Open to all, our new T’ai Chi Easy program incorporates many of the prevalent and beneficial forms of T’ai 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. 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.

 

The Beautiful Struggles of Daily Life
Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB
October 13-15, 2017

Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB is a spiritual guide and Benedictine monastic of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. An author of eight books, she is known for her creative spiritual writing and retreat ministry.

This retreat is an invitation to honor your soul’s need for reflection and replenishing of your spirit;  learning to pause for the medicine of deep listening. The sacredness of both being and doing will be explored,  emphasizing the practice of living mindfully. Themes for this retreat will be drawn from Sister Macrina’s  latest book, Abide: Keep Vigil with the Word of God. 

Click here for brochure and registration form.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
October 30, 2017

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. refrshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicous 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.

 

Silent Directed Retreat
October 22, 2017 - October 27, 2017

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.


DECEMBER

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 1  2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
December 2  12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
December 3  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.

 

Food & Faith: Ebenezer Scrooge - The Spirits of Christmas and Political Conversion
Tuesday, December 5th @ 6:00 p.m.

During this evening Fr. Richard Chiola will unpack Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in a manner that allows this great story to speak to our times. Given that E. Scrooge is a business man concerned only with his personal profit, meeting the three Spirits of Christmas is the perfect theme for honoring Advent as a season of justice and hope.  A Dicken’s themed dinner will make for a festive and inspiring evening!

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

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


 

 

 


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