Spiritual Enrichment Programs

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

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.  Most programs will be held at the Morcone Conference  Center on Tuesday evenings, except where noted, starting at 7:00  p.m.  and ending at 8:30  p.m.  No registration required, except where noted.

Suggested Donation: $20 per Session

The Book of Revelation: A New Creation
Celia Sirois

September  5, 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 2017

The Book of Revelation, also known as The Apocalypse, while piquing peoples’ curiosity is seldom read, much lest studied. This course will be an introduction to this esoteric literature.

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 to the parishes of the South Region of the Archdiocese of Boston.

The Reformation: Ancient History or Contemporary Realit
Fr. Nicholas Morcone, OSB

October 10, 17, 24 and November 7, 2017

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we  will attempt to look at the Church of the middle ages, the causes and focus  of the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic response and the long term  effects of the religious, social economic and political upheaval.
Week I. The pre Reformation Church
Week II. Luther, Calvin and the Anabaptists
Week III. The Catholic Reformation
Week IV. The post - reformation world

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

Adult Christianity: Beyond the Catechism
Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB STL

Friday mornings  - 10:00 to 11:30  a.m.

October 13, 20, 27 and November  3, 2017

This four week course will discuss the nature of faith today as seen in:
- the historical development of our understanding of our Christian faith,  especially since the II Vatican Council;
- the importance of the Bible and the early Church;
- how modern science, the ecological movement and world events have  shaped our insights;
- the recovery of the mystical tradition of the church;
- how we might have a richer, more mature understanding of our Christian tradition.

Participants will be invited to grow as more reflective 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.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
John Sheff

November 14, 2017

This lecture will describe the “emotional brain,” how it functions, and specific mindfulness techniques useful for managing depression, anxiety and  substance abuse. Neuroplasticity is your friend. Learn to activate it.

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

Worry: Why Are You Wasting Your Time?
John Sheff

November 21, 2017

The goal of this lecture is to help you to become an efficient worrier, not  someone waiting for the other shoe to drop. This lecture will be your new  software package. Once installed and practiced, you will have more time in  your life for pleasure.

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

Meeting Christ in Prayer
Joe O ’ Brien. MBA, Obl. OSB

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and  February 6, 13, and 22, 2018

Donation is $40 for all (8) sessions, which includes the  Participant Guide  book. Pre-registration is required for this session so kindly call 781 - 749 - 2155 x300 to attend.

These sessions lead participants through a prayerful consideration of Jesus  Christ and our incorporation into his life and mission. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a compilation of prayers, meditations and contemplative practices developed to help people deepen their relationship  with God. Participants are asked to commit to eight weeks of daily prayer, eight weekly sessions and faith sharing.

An oblate at Glastonbury Abbey, Joe leads a nonprofit health organization  and is an educator, speaker, author and patient advocate.

The Easter Triduum 2018