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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, Sr. Marie Therese Kalb OSF, & Guest Musicians



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

November 2nd - All Saints & All Souls (theme: For Our Beloved Deceased)
December 7th - No Taizé Prayer

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:


November 20th
No December 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.




Sisters – The Gift Of A Lifetime:
An Overnight Retreat For Women


Facilitators: Sr. Ginny Heldorfer OSF, and Sr. Eileen Miller OSF


Friday, November 3, 7:00pm – Saturday, November 4, 3:30pm

Our siblings, especially our sisters, make us who we are. In each other, we are grounded, we unfold, and we bloom. Take this opportunity to explore the many phases of “our lives together” and celebrate its mystery. Recall the memories, acknowledge the struggles and gifts while moving forward on the blessed journey of sisterhood. This is a trip you’ll never regret!

Offering: $90/Person


Register & Prepay No Later Than THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2



Sr. Eileen



Sr. Ginny

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




'Reading That Matters' Book Discussion Group


November Book Selection:

"A Long Way Home" By Saroo Brierly


Facilitator: Sr. Eileen Miller OSF


Tuesday, November 7, 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 River Lights Bookstore.


As a little boy in a poor village in India, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train. Soon after he was adopted by a couple from Tasmania. Twenty-five years later he found his way back. This is what happened in between. It is a true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, celebrating the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.


This is the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...


First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller “A Long Way Home”. Last year it became “Lion”, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!

Offering: $6


Register By Monday, November 6

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Grieving Through The Holidays:
Managing Grief In Times Of Celebration


Presenter: Mary Potter Kenyon, Certified Grief Counselor


Thursday, November 16, 6:30pm-8:00pm


It's normal for grief to intensify during a holiday season that is typically associated with joyful times and family gatherings. Managing grief in times of celebration can feel overwhelming.


In this presentation, Mary Potter Kenyon, certified grief counselor and author of the award-winning book "Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace", discusses what to expect as the holidays approach, along with specific ideas and useful hints to make the holidays a little easier.

Offering: $10


Register And Prepay By Wednesday, November 15

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Journeying Within Advent


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


Saturday, December 2, 8:30am-11:30am


Scripture is filled with many references to Advent. We will blend the Advent 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 And Prepay By Thursday, November 30

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Shalom’s Annual Advent Evening For Women


Presenters: The Music Group Lydia


Monday, December 4, 6:00pm-9:00pm


Continuing a 20-year Shalom tradition, the wonderful women of Lydia will lead us in a prayerful and inspirational celebration of the season. As always, the chapel program will be preceded by a scrumptious dinner in our dining room. Come for an evening of good food, conversation, friendship and prayer. Invite your friends to join you in celebrating the spirit of Advent!

Offering: $24


Register And Prepay No Later Than Wednesday, November 29

(To Facilitate Table Assignments, Please Indicate Who Will Be In Your Group)

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Shalom'S Winter Breakfast:
Meeting Our Lady Of Guadalupe


Presenter: Sr. Carol Ann Berte OSF


Thursday, December 7, 7:30am-8:30am


An early December morning may be cold and dark outside, but it’s warm and bright inside Shalom’s dining room, so come and enjoy our usual array of delectable breakfast goodies.


Then Sr. Carol Ann, who lived in Mexico for a time, will share about a feast dear to the hearts of the Mexican people, but which non-Mexican folks often know little about: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, celebrated on December 12 annually.


Come chit-chat with friends old and new, while learning a bit of the culture and values of our southern neighbors.

Offering: $10


Register And Prepay By Tuesday, December 5

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The Reason For The Season:
A Christmas Craft Event For Families With Children


Instructor / Leader: Sr. Mary Peter OSF


Saturday, December 9, 9:30am-11:30am


Amidst the busy-ness of this time of year, save this morning to spend with your children to remind all of you that the Advent/Christmas season is about more than presents and glitter.


Sr. Mary, a very creative elementary school teacher, will lead the group in making decorative paper wreaths which participants can take home with them. The completed wreaths will show “the reason for the season” — the incarnation of Jesus.


The session will also include prayer and a seasonal snack for everyone. All materials will be provided.

Offering: $15/Family


Register & Prepay By Wednesday, December 6

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