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Shalom Spirituality Center Programs



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.


You may also call us to pay over the phone with a credit/debit card or pay in-person at the Center with your card.




NOTE: Please include your email address at the time of your registration or with your mailed deposit. You will receive a confirmation email of received payment within two days.

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TaizÉ Prayer Gathering
In The Historic Shalom Chapel


Monthly Musicians:
Jim Brimeyer, Sr. Carol Hemesath OSF, and Sr. Marie Therese Kalb OSF, with Guest Musicians.



1st Thursday Of Every Month,
7:00PM — 8:00PM:

January — NO TAIZÉ

February 1 — “The Joy the Lord Gives Me”
March 1 — “Lenten Hour of Prayer”
April 5 — “Christ Is Risen, Alleluia”

May 3 — “From Brokenness to Healing”
June 7 — “Themes of Praise”
July 5 — “Prayer for Peace”
August — NO TAIZÉ

A characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer is the use of repetitive prayers set to simple musical lines. Repetition is not a new phenomenon nor unique to Taizé. The use of repetitive prayer has a long history in Christian spirituality and liturgy (think: the Rosary). What is unique to Taizé Prayer is the adaptation of the repetitive form to simple musical lines and core Biblical texts that can be sung by a whole assembly. The assembly is to immerse itself in the simple but profound harmonies and let itself be carried by this sung repetition prayer.


The other characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer worship is its use of silence. Shared silence is a very important dimension of Taizé Prayer worship. The use of silence in Taizé reminds us to incorporate more silence into our daily worship rather than filling every moment with words or music.


People of all faith traditions are invited.


Offering: Freewill


Registration Not Required


Jim & Sr. Carol


Centering Prayer Group


Facilitator: Marilyn Dansart



3rd Monday Of Every Month,
7:00PM — 8:00PM:


January 15 / February 19 / March 19 / April 16 / May 21 / June 18 / July 16
No August Meeting


Monthly Centering Prayer gatherings at Shalom begin with 20 minutes of quiet, wordless prayer together.


We then read together a short piece related to contemplative prayer, contemplative worship, or other topics on contemplative living, which is followed with time to share our thoughts and reflections regarding the reading.


Centering Prayer is much more about what God can do in us than what we can do for God.

Centering Prayer calls us to a spirit of openness and receptivity to God.


Newcomers to the Shalom Centering Prayer Group are always welcome.


Offering: Freewill


Registration Not Required


Marilyn completed a 3-year Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI in 2002.




"The Jewels Of Yoga"

Yoga Mini-RetreatS

Facilitators: Katie Pfiffner & Michelle Watters, Certified Yoga Instructors


Saturdays In 2018:
January 13 — "Finding Courage: Right Relationship With Self & Others"
April 21 — "Be Real, Not Nice: Standing In Integrity"
August 18 — "The Posture Of Mutuality: Shaping Ourselves & Serving Our World"
Time: 8:30AM-1:00PM.
Check-In Begins At: 8:00AM.

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 one, two, or all three sessions! 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






Reading That Matters
Book Discussion Group


Book Selection: "Evicted"
By: Matthew Desmond


Tuesday, March 6, 7:00PM-8:30PM


All are welcome to join in discussions of books that can impact how we look at our world and the people in it.

Books are available for purchase at Riverlights Bookstore.

Book Synopsis: Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, Evicted follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. The book transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of America’s currently most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home in all of our lives.

Facilitator: Sr. Eileen Miller OSF

Offering: $6


Register By Monday, March 5



Sr. Eileen





Expressive Writing For Healing


Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon


Thursday, March 8, 6:30PM-8:00PM


Expressive writing is an effective form of therapy when utilized correctly. This slideshow presentation touches on the science behind the health benefits of journaling, and how it can help those who have experienced loss, divorce, or other trauma, for writers and non-writers alike.


This workshop incorporates exercises to open up the writing mind. It includes concrete examples of the presenter’s own journal entries and blog posts that were later incorporated into published books, as well as sections from other writer’s books.

Whether you want to journal your way through a difficult time, blog, or seek publication, this workshop is a step-by-step guide to utilizing expressive writing as an effective means of healing.


Mary Potter Kenyon is an author and public speaker on the topics of writing, finding hope in grief, caregiving, letter-writing and utilizing your talents in everyday life. She will have some of her recently published writing journals on hand for sale.

Offering: $10


Register & Prepay By Tuesday, March 6


Mary graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology, and is a certified grief counselor. She works at the James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville as the Senior Services librarian. She is widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including five "Chicken Soup" books. She lives in Manchester, Iowa, with two of her eight children.





Spring Breakfast:
“Be Praised, My Lord, For Sister Water”


Presenter: Nancy Knipper, Franciscan Associate


Tuesday, March 20, 7:30AM-8:30AM


March 20th is the official first day of spring!


Plan to celebrate and welcome the beginning of this season by meeting with friends old and new while socializing over a hearty, delicious breakfast!


Then sit back, listen, and reflect as Nancy shares about the importance of the gift of water during this season of new growth and throughout all of the seasons. She will remind us that we are blessed by the water we have available to us that so many in this world do not.


“I know how blessed we are to have safe drinking water here, and I have an understanding of water being the very precious resource it is,” Nancy says.


Nancy is a member of the Sister Water Project Committee and has been a lay associate of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque for over 25 years. She is a member of St. Anthony Parish in Dubuque where she has volunteered for such projects as a used book sale to raise money for the Take Away Hunger Program. She is on a subcommittee for the City of Dubuque's Intercultural Competency Initiative, providing tips on Water & Resource Recovery.

Offering: $10


Register & Prepay By Friday, March 16





Native American Spirituality:
Teachings Of The Native American Medicine Wheel


Presenter: Nancy Thompson, 24-Year Student Of Native American Spirituality


Tuesday, March 20, 9:00AM-12:00PM


The Medicine Wheel represents the Native view of the Sacred Web of Life, including respect for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. It offers a vision of harmony and balance within ourselves, our environment, and all those sharing our planet. Walking the Wheel is a way of doing, being, and becoming that can help us see ourselves as part of the greater Whole. Please join us in this interactive workshop where we’ll explore the path of this spiritual vision through song, movement, meditation and simple ceremony.


Nancy has been a student of Native American philosophy for many years and is a member of the Miniss Kitigan Drum, a non-profit organization supporting the preservation and evolution of Great Lakes Native American traditions. Since retiring, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, volunteering, drumming, storytelling, acting in community theater, and taking care of her companion animals. She is a yoga instructor, and teaches yoga weekly at Shalom.

Offering: $20


Register & Prepay By Friday, March 16





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.





Lenten 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.
Add a Friday, February 16th overnight stay with a Saturday breakfast for $43 more.








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