Spiritual Enrichment Programs

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017


The Spiritual Enrichment Programs provide educational opportunities for people of all faiths and at different places in their lives to learn more about themselves, connect with others, and interact with the world around them.


All programs will be held at the Morcone Conference Center on Tuesday evenings, except where noted, starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. No registration required, except where noted. Suggested Donation: $20 per Session



The Good News of Salvation - St. Paul
Celia Sirois – September 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2016

The Gospels proclaim the Good News of salvation; Paul explains it. This four week course will delve into five of the seven uncontested letters of Paul—Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians—in the hope of uncovering the touchstone of his message. Please bring a Bible.


Celia Sirois teaches Sacred Scripture in the Master of Arts in Ministry Program at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton. She also directs the CHRISM (Christian Responsibility in Shared Ministry) program, an adult Scripture study program available (at no cost) to the parishes of the South Region of the Archdiocese of Boston. For the past 22 years, she has codirected New Directions in Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, an interfaith educational initiative, jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston and the AntiDefamation League.



The Benedictine Tradition – Three Moments in History
Fr. Nicholas Morcone, OSB - October 4, 11 and 18, 2016

October 4: Beginnings, The Rule and St. Benedict - A look at the origins of the Rule of St. Benedict and the life of St. Benedict.


October 11: The Medieval Experience – The “triumph” of Benedictine monasticism during the Middle Ages.


October 18: The 19th Century Revival – The rebirth of Benedictine monasticism in the 19th century.


Father Nicholas, OSB of Glastonbury Abbey has been a lifelong student of history since he majored in it in college. He has presented several programs on Church History here at the Abbey over the years.




Reflections On Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations
Br. Dan Walters, OSB, MA, M.Ed. and Annabelle Wallace, PhD, MSW – October 25 and November 1, 2016

The goal of these gatherings is to obtain spiritual inspiration and insight from the wisdom of Richard Rohr’s teachings. The classes will consist of reading, reflection and sharing of selected Richard Rohr’s ‘Action and Contemplation’ daily meditations.


Br. Dan Walters, OSB, is a monk at Glastonbury Abbey. For many years he has worked with people whose lives are marginal. For 18 years he served at St. Francis House in Boston’s Downtown. He was a counselor and resident manager at Haley House in the South End. He continues to volunteer at the soup kitchen at Haley House and has become involved with work at Father Bill’s in Quincy.


Annabelle Wallace, PhD has been a psychotherapist for over twenty-five years. Her clientele consisted of individuals, couples and families seeking counseling. She developed Wellness Programs for teachers and staff from various school systems on the South Shore. In 1996, she founded the Natural Health Group in Norwell, a group practice, which offered a variety of alternative therapies. One of her main interests is Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient approach for mind, body and spiritual healing. She also offers lectures on the philosophy of Ayurvedic medicine.



Celebrating the Real Halloween
Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB, and Mairead Doherty, Celtic Harpist Monday, October 31, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Call 781-749-2155 x300.
Donation of $25.00

This evening of reflection will draw on the Christian All Saints Day (“All Hallows Eve”) and the Celtic New Year (“Samhain”) to remember those who have gone before us, especially our own ancestors. It begins with a talk at 4:30 p.m. and includes Vespers of All Saints, Supper, and Compline, a Ritual of Remembrance. Participants are asked to bring photos of deceased family members, friends, and heroes in their lives.



John Sheff, PsyD – November 8 and 15, 2016

November 8: Native American Spirituality:

The Navajo The Navajo way contains no concept of religion as an activity separate from daily life. This lecture will explore the history, culture and customs of the Dine (Navajo) and suggest lessons to all those walking a spiritual journey.


November 15: Cultivating Happiness: The 40% Solution

Does happiness just happen? Scientific research suggests otherwise, that 40% of our happiness is within our control. This lecture will focus on changes in our thinking and behavior that can cultivate happiness.


A clinical psychologist practicing on the South Shore, John Sheff uses both Western and Eastern medicine thinking in the treatment of anxiety and worry.



Adult Christianity for Those in Renewal or Recovery
Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB, STL November 29, December 6 and 13, 2016

This course will discuss the nature of faith in our lives today, what we really believe, and how the Second Vatican Council, modern science and the signs of the times impact our faith. Participants will be invited to grow as mature disciples of Christ.


Father Timothy is a monk of Glastonbury Abbey. He holds an advanced degree in systematic theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He is a published author as well as preacher and retreat director.



Meeting Christ in Prayer
Joe O’Brien. MBA, Obl.SB – January 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2017

These four sessions lead participants through a prayerful consideration of the person of Jesus Christ and our incorporation into his life and mission. The sessions are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed to help people deepen their relationship with God.


Joe is an oblate at Glastonbury Abbey. He is the head of a nonprofit health organization living out his vocation as an educator, speaker, author, and compassionate patient advocate.



Music in the Pews. . . and You!
Br. David Coakley, OSB – February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2017

Since earliest human history, people have raised their voices to express a range of emotions. . . joy, fear, awe, praise and the voice is the first instrument. Join Br. David for an informative and fun-filled series as he presents how the development of music in the Christian church came to express an ancient tradition. These four sessions will cover earliest musical history, how music came to be written down, what those odd symbols mean and how to find your voice in this wondrous tradition. Don’t be afraid. You won’t be asked to solo.


Br. David has been a monk at Glastonbury Abbey for 49 years. His musical background began as a boy chorister at the age of 9 at St. Andrew Avellino in Flushing, NYC, under the tutelage of Charles Harmon, who had established the first boys choir at St. Andrew’s in 1941. Musicians trace their lineage back by who they studied under and Br. David can claim that, having learned his music under Charles Harmon, his lineage goes all the way back to J.S. Bach!



In Honor of Saint Patrick: A Celtic Celebration of Prayer, Poetry and Music
Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB, STL and Mairead Doherty, Celtic Harpist Sunday, March 12, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $25.00

This program will offer a reflection on the real Patrick. It will also be a mystical, musical journey through the centuries with a Celtic flavor. Relax with the gentle music of the Irish Harp woven through the poetry of the Gaels; stirring connections to your roots and ancestors in a universal and timeless way.


Father Timothy is recognized as an expert in Celtic studies. He has authored three books on Celtic Spirituality, conducted pilgrimages to Celtic lands, and has, in collaboration with Mairead Doherty, been giving workshops on Celtic themes for twenty-one years.


Mairead Doherty is a Celtic harpist and trained professional musician.



The Easter Triduum 2017




Tower with Station