introduction to centering prayer

Thursday evening, April 15, through Friday, April 16


This workshop may be taken for 1 credit or noncredit.

To take the workshop for credit, the cost is 1 hour of tuition. Course name is 40:860 - Introduction to Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer is designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive the gift of contemplation. Centering does not replace other kinds of prayer, but may cast a new depth of meaning on all kinds of prayer. Students will gain familiarity with the theory and practice of this form of prayer.

For credit, read Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating. Other recommended reading: Invitation to Love by Thomas Keating. Submit 5-7 pages by April 30, 2021, examining how Keating connects lectio divina, Centering Prayer, and contemplation, or examining Keating’s assessment of the role of thoughts in the spiritual life.

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Connecting with others: Emotional Intelligence

Friday, April 30, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 PM CT on campus

PRESENTER: Jason Winkle

Registration Fee: $100 (includes lunch and refreshments)

As Christians we are called to serve others. Imagine the impact we could have in our parishes, organizations, and world if we intentionally worked to grow our capacity to serve others while leading others to do the same. Strong, Christ-centric leaders do just that—they are force multipliers! Great leaders grow great leaders by modeling the desired behaviors of the organization while building authentic relationships with their colleagues and co-workers. The linchpin for connecting with others is a high emotional intelligence quotient (EQ). This workshop will examine leadership development through the lens of intentional EQ development of ourselves and others.

Dr. Jason Winkle is the owner of a Leadership Development consultancy that works with parishes, lay leaders and various Christian organizations to grow prayerful, Christ-centric leaders. In addition to his consulting work, Dr. Winkle is the CEO of the YMCA of Monroe County in Bloomington, IN. He spent over 20 years in higher education as a professor, Director of Corrections Education, Associate Dean and Interim Dean at Indiana State University (ISU). Prior to his tenure at ISU, he served, as a civilian, as the Director of Combatives and Instructor of Values Education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. His Ph.D. is in education leadership and he is currently pursuing his master's in theology at Saint Meinrad. 

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Making Decisions as a Catholic

Wednesday, may 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CT 

PRESENTER: Dr. Kevin Schemenauer

How do we make decisions that reflects Catholic values and principles? What resources can guide us? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the Catholic moral tradition by presenting moral life as a response to the invitation of God’s love, by examining human action, and by exploring the theological foundations of Catholic social, sexual, and medical ethics.

Dr. Schemenauer teaches the Catholic Social Ethics and Fundamental Moral Theology courses at Saint Meinrad. His current research focuses on two book projects. The first project looks at the relationships between social ethics and family ethics through the lens of the family as the basic social unit. The second project is a study guide for Dietrich von Hildebrand's Transformation in Christ. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Schemenauer has given a number of parish talks related to Catholic social ethics, family ethics, and medical ethics. He and his wife Frances have four children.

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Upcoming Programs 


Spirituality of Money (half-day workshop)
Catching Fireflies: A Metaphor for Spiritual Life (75-minute webinar)