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Shalom Spirituality Center Retreats



TO REGISTER, call Shalom at: (563)-582-3592
OR Click HERE to register for programs via our online form.


You may also visit the Center between 8AM and 4:30PM, Mondays through Fridays, to register & pay in-person.


Then, mail your deposit* (the amount is listed in each program description) to:

Shalom Spirituality Center
1001 Davis Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

*This will secure your reservation and be credited to the offering for the program.


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"The Jewels Of Yoga"

Yoga Mini-RetreatS

Facilitators: Katie Pfiffner & Michelle Watters, Certified Yoga Instructors



Saturdays In 2018:
August 18th
September 29th
November 17th
Time: 8:30AM-1:00PM.
Check-In Begins At: 8:00AM.


Aug. 18th — Be Real, Not Nice: Standing in Integrity
Sept 29th — The Posture of Mutuality: Shaping ourselves and Serving Our World
Nov. 17th — Walking with God: Honoring All That is Sacred

Join us for a yoga experience that will explore the physical postures as well as the philosophical teachings of yoga. Together we will examine the rare gems of wisdom that give direction to a well-lived and joyful life. Open to students of all levels. Register for as many sessions as you like! There will be two certified yoga instructors: Katie Pfiffner, and Michelle Watters, who have complementary teaching styles, but at the same time bring individual backgrounds and emphases to the experience.

Offering: $30, Includes Lunch


Register & Prepay By The Tuesday Before Each Session



Katie Pfiffner has taught yoga for three years, having discovered yoga as a healing art and a system of inner transformation. She teaches the importance of focusing on breath as the bridge connecting the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga.



Michelle Watters has been a Hatha Yoga Teacher for seven years. Her style of teaching has been described as calming, inviting, smooth flowing, intuitive and accepting at all levels. Her instructional approach invites self-reflection and personal learning.







Wisdom From St. Francis Of Assisi For The 21st Century


Director: Sr. Kathy Warren


Sunday, July 15, 5:30PM — Friday, July 20, 9:00AM


What might the wisdom of Francis, the 13th century follower of Christ, have to say to the questions we live with in the 21st century? What light might the writings of this “new fool for Christ” shed on the pressing issues of our lives today – as family members, community members and global citizens? How does this soldier-turned-peacemaker speak to the challenges confronting our world today? This retreat will consider some of the writings of Francis of Assisi to discover an ageless wisdom for our contemporary challenges. We will also reflect upon writings from Pope Francis, who is steeped in the wisdom of his mentor, the Poverello. We invite you to join us as we seek the timeless insights of St. Francis of Assisi and apply that wisdom to our daily lives here in this time and place in history.


Sr. Kathy Warren, OSF a member of the Rochester, MN Franciscans, is an enthusiastic follower of Francis and Clare of Assisi. She delights in offering retreats and enrichment opportunities regarding the Franciscan charism. This includes serving as a guide for the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program. She is the author of Daring to Cross the Threshold: Francis of Assisi Encounters Sultan Malek al-Kamil and co-producer of the two-part DVD, In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking. Kathy also currently serves as Director of the Offce for Women Religious for the Diocese of San Diego, CA.

Overnight: $455. Includes 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, & 5 dinners.
Commuter: $400. Includes 4 lunches & 5 dinners.


$25 early bird discount if registered by June 15.


Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 10.





Our Cosmic Heritage


Director: Sr. Meg Gemar


Sunday, July 29, 5:30PM — Friday, August 3, 9:00AM


How do we broaden and deepen our relationship with God “Holy Mystery”? How do we broaden and deepen our understanding of the universe story, our creation story of today? How do we see the connection and interrelation between God and the universe? This is an opportunity to connect stories of God, universe, earth, church, religion, place, people, and our personal story of hopes and dreams, struggles and accomplishments, fears and calmness, joys and sorrows. What are the threads that connect all these stories? You are invited to come and ponder all these stories as part of a bigger picture – our cosmic heritage. Wear comfortable clothing as there will be time to reflect in/with nature.


Sr. Meg taught high school biological sciences for 44 years. Besides teaching degrees in the sciences, Sr. also has an M.A. in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of the-Woods, IN. This degree integrated environmental sciences with art, economics, ethics, history, justice, and spirituality. Sr. Meg has led retreats and given several presentations on the universe story, creation, Laudato si', and the Canticle of the Creatures.

Overnight: $455. Includes 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, & 5 dinners.
Commuter: $400. Includes 4 lunches, & 5 dinners.

$25 early bird discount if registered by June 29.


Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 24.





Images of God in the Psalms


Director: Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA



Friday, October 5, 7:00PM— Sunday, October 7, 11:30AM


When we pray the psalms, how are we characterizing God? What does a variety of images from the psalms tell us about God and our relationship with God?


Dianne Bergant, CSA, is a Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-1) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past thirty years. For more than twenty-fve years she has been the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today, having been a member of the editorial board for twenty-fve years. Five of these years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She wrote the weekly column, The Word, for America Magazine from 2002-05. These refections have since been published by Paulist Press and she has also written many other books. Dianne is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly on issues of peace, ecology, and feminism.

Overnight: $200. Includes 2 breakfasts, 1lunch, 1 dinner.
Commuter: $140. Includes 1 lunch, 1 dinner.

$10 early bird discount if registered by September 5.


Registration deadline: Friday, September 29.






David Haas In Concert



Monday, November 19, 7:00PM-8:30PM


Enjoy a concert with David Haas in Shalom Spirituality Center’s beautiful, historic chapel. Haas is highly regarded as one of the most prolific composers in liturgical music today. His songs, including “You Are Mine,” “Blest Are They,” and “We Are Called,” are in the hymnals of many Christian denominations.



David resides in Minneapolis and serves as the Director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry and as Animator for the Cretin-Derham Hall Taizé Prayer Community in St. Paul. Highly regarded as one of the preeminent liturgical music composers, he has produced more than 50 collections of original music, much of it sung and prayed throughout the world.

Offering: $20 per person in advance. $25 at the door.
Family of up to four: $40 in advance. $45 at the door.





Retreat Day:
That You Might Have Life: Spiritual Practices For The Call To Holiness


Facilitator: David Haas



Tuesday, November 20, 9:00am-3:00pm


David Haas will present a day-long retreat based on his newly released book, That You Might Have Life: Spiritual Practices for the Call to Holiness. “There is a stereotype that we must be depressed at Lent,” says Haas. “Lent is the Church’s springtime. Jesus says this is the time of fulfillment. As his ambassadors, we must embrace joy.”



For more than 25 years, David has been active as a workshop and conference speaker, author, retreat leader, liturgical musician, concert performer, and recording artist and has performed and presented at various conventions, workshops and conferences throughout all 50 United States, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, the Bahamas, Israel, Greece, and Turkey. He has been a regular speaker at various national and international conferences for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the National Catholic Education Association, the Irish Church Music Association, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, the National Center for Pastoral Leadership, the National Association for Lay Ministry, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, the Great Lakes Pastoral Ministry Gathering, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Chicago Festival of Faith, and the Big Island Liturgy and Arts Conference in Hilo, Hawaii.

Offering: $50, Includes Lunch.








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