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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.




Yoga Mini-Retreat —
Finding Courage: Right Relationship With Self & Others


Facilitators: Katie Pfiffner & Michelle Watters, Certified Yoga Instructors


Saturday, January 13
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.

Offering: $30, Includes Lunch


Register & Prepay By Tuesday, January 9


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

Click HERE to register for this program via our online Registration form.


You may then pay with cash, check, money order, or debit/credit card. We accept card payments over the phone, in-person, or through our online payment form below. Please note: the registration form does not allow for payment, and the payment form does not allow for registration. Thank you!






Franciscan Way Of Life


Facilitators: Sr. Carol Ann Berte OSF & Sr. Marci Blum OSF


Meetings The 3rd Thursday Of Every Month, 6:00PM-7:30PM
Except: June, August, & December
First Session: January 18
Second Session: February 15


Are you interested in St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi? Are you looking for a way to deepen your own spirituality? You are invited to join others in exploring the values and charism of these beloved saints. In a world in need of Gospel values, St. Francis and St. Clare show us a way to be faithful. The Franciscan Way of Life is a two-year program available to men and women of all faiths who want to learn more about Franciscan Gospel values and how to incorporate those values into daily life.


In the first year, participants learn about the stories of Saints Francis and Clare, medieval Italy, as well as the Franciscan values of conversion, poverty, and contemplation.


In the second year, the focus of the program is on the integrity of creation, peacemaking, the development of the Franciscan community, and the history of the Dubuque Franciscans. Come and bring a friend.


All are welcome! If you are unable to join this group, we may be able to help find a group that fits your schedule.

No Required Offering


Register By Monday, January 15


Sr. Carol Ann & Sr. Marci

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Reading That Matters Book Discussion:
"Broken Brain, Fortified Faith"

By Virginia Pillars


Facilitator: Sr. Eileen Miller OSF


Tuesday, January 30, 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. Also check out our March book discussion!

Books are available for purchase at Riverlights Bookstore.

Synopsis: When her college-educated daughter began exhibiting unusual actions and symptoms, local author Virginia Pillars and her family were taken on a journey filled with pain and the eventual diagnosis of schizophrenia. In writing her book, Pillars is helping to take the stigma out of mental illness, showing that it is no different than physical illness except that it happens to affect the brain. She also shows that with faith and support from family and friends, someone with mental illness can live a happy, productive life.

Offering: $6


Register By Monday, January 29


Sr. Eileen

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Lenten Journey Reflection


Facilitators: Sr. Suzanne Rubenbauer FSPA, and Sr. Marci Blum OSF


Saturday, February 10, 8:30AM-11:30AM


Scripture is filled with many references to Lent. We will blend the Lenten Scriptures with the experience of mindful meditation. Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, focusing on the awareness with our feelings and thoughts. We will walk the labyrinth.

Sr. Suzanne completed the 3-year Spiritual Director Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, WI. She has personal experience and education in mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, mind-body-spirit awareness and integrative daily scripture spirituality.


Sr. Marci is the Director of Shalom and has a keen interest in the labyrinth as a way of walking meditation.

Offering: $10, Includes Snacks


Register & Prepay By Thursday, February 8

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Seasons Of Love:
Valentine Evening For Married Couples


Presenters: Norm & Marabeth Freund


Sunday, February 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM


Bring your Valentine to our annual event planned just for you! Enjoy a delicious candle-light dinner in our cozy dining room. After dinner Norm and Marabeth will share a heartfelt message on “Seasons of Love.”


For those who wish to attend, a 5:00PM Eucharistic liturgy in our chapel will include an opportunity to renew your loving commitment to one another.

Offering: $48/Couple


Register & Prepay By Tuesday, February 6

(NOTE: Please inform us at time of registration if you are part of a group who wishes to be seated together.)


Norm & Marabeth

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Days Of Quiet & Prayer:
A 4-Session Series


Facilitator: Sr. Eileen Miller OSF


Wednesdays, 9:30AM-2:45PM
February 14 (Ash Wednesday), March 7, April 18, May 16


Each session will begin with coffee and rolls at 9:30am. We will begin with prayer, and each participant will be given a booklet to aid personal reflection throughout the day. Faith-sharing and prayer will conclude each session.


Book Selection: Giving Up god . . . to Find God: Breaking Free of Idolatry by Kerry Walters


Synopsis: This easy-to-read 2014 Catholic Press Association Book Award winner explores the ways in which we worship false gods and what can happen when we let go of these idols we often mistake for God and open ourselves to finding authentic freedom in the Love and Wisdom of the God-Who-Is. A few of the idols (mistaken ideas of God) Walters addresses are the “big brother god,” “patriot god,” “by the book god,” and “designer god.” Although we don’t call ourselves idolaters, no doubt each of us can recognize in ourselves a tendency toward wanting to worship at least one of these.

Offering: $90 For Series
Includes: the book, program materials, coffee & rolls, lunch, a private room.


Register & Prepay By Friday, February 2 To Get Your Book In Time!


Sr. Eileen

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Intentionally Social:
Finding Our Way In The Digital Age


Presenter: Christine Darr, Asst. Professor of Ethics, University of Dubuque


Monday, February 19, 6:30PM-8:00PM


By now many of us are very aware of the dangers social media poses to our well-being, and yet so many of us also find pleasure in interacting in online spaces.


Christine Darr will help us understand more fully the serious challenges social media presents to our interior lives and the lives of our families. We will also discuss how we and the children we love might intentionally engage with social media so that it remains a tool we use to connect meaningfully with others, rather than a tool that controls us.



Offering: $10


Register & Prepay By Friday, February 16

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God Doesn’t Give Up On Us!:
Lenten Mini-Retreat For Men


Presenter: Rev. Alan Dietzenbach


Tuesday, February 27, 6:00PM-8:30PM


For millennia God has spoken to people through many means. Sometimes those spoken to have heeded God’s voice and sometimes they’ve disregarded it. In this mini-retreat, Fr. Alan will reflect on how God’s relationship with men way back in Old Testament times can teach men today how to live faithful and faith-filled lives — if they are open to hear God’s voice. The evening will begin with supper.


Rev. Alan Dietzenbach is an Associate Pastor at the Cathedral of St. Raphael and St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

Offering: $25


Register & Prepay By Friday, February 23

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David Haas In Concert


Friday, February 16, 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.

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


Facilitator: David Haas


Saturday, February 17, 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.


Register And Prepay By Tuesday, February 13

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