Professional Development Mornings and Workshops
2017 – 2018

The Shoeless  Storyteller

Hannah McGraw-Dzik

“If you are a dreamer, come .
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic beam buyer . . If you are a pretender, come sit by my fire. For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in! Come in!”

~ Shel Silverstein

In ancient India when a person came for an emotional sickness they were given a fairy tale to take home and reflect upon its meaning and within that meaning was the needed medicine.

Stories/fairy tales / parables serve us in many ways. They teach, heal, entertain and liberate just to name a few. I invite you to go on a pilgrimage with me through the world of story. Through our minds and hearts we will experience the rocks on the road, the quiet resting places, and other travelers we have met on our journey.

Jesus told stories and parables to teach, to teach great truths in a simple way. He invites us to listen and to find what in those parables was meant for me and my ‘walking’ a good and holy life.

I look forward to spending time with you ‘on the road’.

Hannah McGraw-Dzik, known as the ‘Shoeless Storyteller’ since she began telling stories professionally over 30 years ago, has delighted audiences with the gift of story from Minne- sota to Ireland, Maine to Oklahoma.  Born on a farm over 75 years ago, her love of the earth formed early and is often weaved throughout her storytelling and writing. Married to her husband, Tom, for 55 years—her earli- est stories were those told to their five children and, in turn, their grandchildren.

Hannah is a published author of the book, ‘Birth’, as well as a poet, musician and perpetual learner.

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When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave, St Paul
Fee:  $15 Sacred Ground Students
$25 Sacred Ground Members & Students from Other Institutions
$35 Non-Members

Contemplative Healing Service and Celebration of the Eucharist

Reverend Matt Linn SJ

Healing can be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. While healing does not always mean cure. God’s loving, powerful Spirit wants to come very near to those who are suffering.

Whether you desire healing for yourself or someone you love, you are invited to come and receive prayers of healing, anointing with oil, and consolation of being together in a loving community.

Matt Linn SJ was ordained in 1973, and has worked as a chaplain, therapist, and retreat leader. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists, and has advanced degrees in sociology, spirituality and theology. With Dennis and Sheila Linn, he has authored more than twenty books about physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Matt has taught Ignatian Spirituality as part of the Sacred Ground’s spiritual direction formation program for the past eighteen years.

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When: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave, St Paul
Fee: Donations accepted. No need to pre-register.

Building Restorative Community — Teachings from Restorative Justice

Michele Braley, MSW, LICSW,Program Director for Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership

Restorative justice and restorative practices, with their emphasis on deep lis- tening and being in right relationships, are a natural fit for spiritual directors and those seeking to live out a faith tradition.

Restorative justice is a philosophy that presents an alternative response to the criminal justice system. Traditional justice focuses on what laws were broken and what punishment is deserved. Restorative justice fo- cuses on what harm was caused and what needs to be done to repair the harm.

  • What would living in a restorative minded community look like?
  • How can we think in a restorative framework in all our relationships? Participants will learn about restorative justice through rea-life examples of the ways Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership brings together those who have been harmed with those who have done the harm to repair relationships and restore community.

In addition to being a restorative conference facilitator, Michele is trained as a facilitator in victim-offender dialogues in crimes of severe violence through the Department of Corrections. Michele has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Augsburg College and is on the Adjunct Faculty for the School of Social Work of St. Catherine University and
University of St. Thomas.

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When: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave, St Paul
Fee:  $15 Sacred Ground Students
$25 Sacred Ground Members & Students from Other Institutions
$35 Non-Members

December/January Off

Tentative: Creating Genuine Connections through Group Spiritual Direction

Diane Millis, Christine Luna Munger

When: February 20, 2018

Focusing: An Inner Journey to Healing and Wisdom

Sue Hahn and Bev O’Connor

When: March 20, 2018

Topic: TBD

Dick Rice

When: April 17, 2018