Micro-retreat for women at St. Thomas considers similarities of wisdom, spirituality among cultures

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Women of all ages are invited to experience “The Wisdom and Spirituality of Native Peoples” from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the Lighthouse room in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville. Dr. Jill Bates, a spiritual director and retreat leader on staff at Mayslake Ministries in Lombard, will lead this interactive micro-retreat. 

During the presentation, participants will gain insight into similarities among various cultures that serve to unify people. “In ritual and story, we will reflect on the wisdom and spirituality of indigenous peoples, including Native Americans, Celts and the Maori, as they intertwined with Christian spirituality,” explained Dr. Bates.

Dr. Bates, who holds a Certificate in Spiritual Companioning from the Diocese of Joliet, is experienced in presenting programs in the areas of women’s spirituality and lay ministry. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in Ecumenical Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation and her Master of Pastoral Studies degree in Spirituality from Loyola University.

As a spiritual director, Dr. Bates companions others on their journey towards a life lived peacefully and abundantly in body, mind, soul and spirit. She believes that people can connect with the Divine Presence when they are open and receptive … an opportunity provided by spiritual direction.

The evening will begin with wine and light refreshments. Reservations, at $10 each payable at the door, are encouraged as soon as possible because space is limited to 75 participants.

“The Wisdom and Spirituality of Native Peoples” is being sponsored by the Sophia’s Circle of St. Thomas the Apostle. This ministry offers three micro-retreats yearly for women to explore topics related to spiritual re-connections of faith in a three-hour evening format. 

Reservations and more information about “The Wisdom and Spirituality of Native Peoples” are available by contacting Anne Schultz, adult faith formation assistant at St. Thomas, at (630) 355-8980, ext. 113, or at aschultz@stapostle.org

St. Thomas the Apostle, a parish of the Diocese of Joliet, strives to bear the Good News of God’s unconditional love to all generations through worship, faith formation, witness and service. Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas faith community numbers more than 3,300 households of more than 11,000 people. Complete news and information on parish events, guest speakers and special programs is available at www.stapostle.org. For general parish information please call (630) 355-8980.





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