Our Presenters

Deirdre Ni Chinneide

Deirdre Ni Chinneide

Rev. Joe Miller

Fr. Joe Miller, SVD

James Finley

Dr. James Finley, PhD

Herb Kaighan

Herb Kaighan,
Spiritual Direction

 

Pamela Davidson, PhD

Pamela DAvidson, PhD

Fr. Thomas Kelley

Fr. Thomas Kelley,
USAF Ret.

Peter Hlavin

Peter Halvin, Journeyman

Sue Ballotti

Sue Ballotti

Deborah Kolodji

Deborah P. Kolodji

Dennis Branconier

Dennis Branconier

Paulette Cerutti, MA

Diane Wood

Diane Wood, MA, CHC, FDN-P

John McAndrew

John McAndrew, MA, MDiv

Maggie Perrone

Maggie Perrone RN, MA

Day Retreats

A Celtic Christian Journey of the Heart
Deirdre Ni Chinneide
Sunday, March 1, 10am to 4pm

To journey through the Celtic world is to travel widely. The call to remember this ancient civilization, our ancestors, is to retrieve that which we have lost and longed for in these current times. Deirdre, visiting us from the Aran Islands, will guide and explore themes of soul loss, disconnection and the return home to the Spirit of God within. Celtic Christian Spirituality becomes our well-source, as we journey through life, death and renewal, our connection to nature, the redemption of love and the splendor of creation. Crossing the threshold through music, ritual, meditation and prayer, we are invited to the union of one note, the song of who we are and can be, singing and praising the gift and glory of creation. Deirdre Ni Chinneide is a trained psychotherapist, spiritual director and workshop facilitator. Deirdre has offered retreats, workshops and performances of spiritual music around the world. See www.celticpassage.com for more.
Cost: $50 Lunch included
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Beloved Lenten Journey
Fr. Joe Miller, SVD; Esther Delao
Saturday, March 7,  9am to 3pm

Looking for a pleasant, quiet, reflective “get-away”?  Come & treat yourself. Take “A Beloved Lenten Journey” to refresh mind, body and Spirit. Interactive presentations on Spirituality, Faith, Beatitudes and Spirit are enhanced by use of Religious Art and Symbols. Common prayer experiences include Stations of the Cross and Benediction. Enjoy! Our Life Blessings include: Father Joe Miller, SVD: Spiritual Formation, retreats, hospital chaplaincy and Mission Animation. Esther Delao: parent and grandparent, Spiritual Director, E.R. Nurse, Degreed Contemporary Religious Artist. Cost: $50 Lunch included
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The Spiritual Dimensions of Healing Trauma                                     
James Finley, PhD      
Live, remote, silent Zoom retreat
Saturday March 21,  10am to 4pm

On television and other forms of mass media we are exposed to vivid images and stories of men, women and children having to endure life threatening & otherwise traumatizing experiences. These global images and stories can become all the disturbing if we ourselves or our loved ones and family members have been traumatized. In our time together we will explore how our spirituality can help us not to be disheartened and overwhelmed by the traumas great and small that can and sometimes do occur in our lives together as human beings on this earth. The following themes will be explored: 1) Singling the qualities we can cultivate within ourselves as we learn from God how to sink the taproot of our heart in in God’s presence, inspiring us and empowering us to be a healing presence in an all too often traumatized and traumatizing world. 2) Learning to cultivate a sense of empathy and tender hearted concern for all who are traumatized. 3) Learning to recognize and cultivate moments of spiritual awakening that can occur in the midst of trauma, helping us to catch fleeting glimpses of being strangely free from the tyranny of suffering the in the midst of suffering, helping us to be strangely free from the tyranny of death in the midst of death. 4) Learning to follow this healing path that has been marked for us by saints and sages down through the ages as the life, death and resurrection of Jesus unfolding in our lives day by day. 
James began his journey at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. He earned degrees from St. John’s College and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Cost: $65 Lunch included  
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12 Steps to Personal Transformation = Spiritual Awakening
Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Direction 
Saturday, March 28, 1 to 5pm

Attendees will experience the process for radical personal change in the way they think, feel and behave. You will identify sources of serial suffering and chronic unhappiness. Learn about resources and tools for healing and a life that flourishes.  Practice the skills and actions which establish and foster a sense of well-being and joy. This 12 Step process promises enlightenment for all who embrace and incorporate this Way of Life. Herb’s journey includes: 7 years in Claretian seminary, a graduate education in psychology, 40 years in human resources consulting, certification as a Spiritual Director, 36 years of active participation in a 12 Step Fellowship and the publication of three books on spiritual awakening. He facilitates the bi-weekly practice of Centering Prayer at Mary & Joseph on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month from 7:30-9:00pm. Find more information at www.herbk.com.
Cost: $45         
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Healing the Wounded Soul
Pamela Davidson, PhD & Father Thomas Kelly (USAF Ret.)
Saturday, April 4, 9am to 4pm

The storms of life batter us, leaving physical, psychological, financial, social, and spiritual impact. These stressful life events cause trauma as a result of death and dying, personal illness, family and marital breakup, workplace conflict, and life’s other challenges. Participants in this 1-day retreat will find the courage and strength to bring light and integration into the storms of life through imagery, reflection, prayer, and the healing sacraments. The day will end with Mass in the Chapel. Dr. Davidson’s expertise is in teaching, research, and program and organizational development in mission-driven organizations. Fr. Thomas Kelly is a US Air Force Chaplain (Retired), who served the military for more than 30 years, counseling those with post-traumatic stress disorders.
Cost: $50 Lunch included
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Journeyman Presents: Art of the Camino
Peter Hlavin, Journeyman ~ Songwriter, Visual Artist, Producer
Opening Sunday, April 19, 2-6pm ~ Free Art Exhibit, April 19-24

Peter Hlavin (a.k.a. Journeyman) is a songwriter and visual artist. Inspired by his 500-mile Camino de Santiago journey, Europe's most important pilgrimage, he produced an album of Camino-themed songs titled "Along The Way" based on his personal 500-mile Camino de Santiago journey, shaped by Camino lore and the experiences of other Camino travelers. Artwork & songs complement his journey from the beginning of “The Way,” the Camino’s most popular route, to its destination, the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Join Journeyman for a Camino artwork showing, including paintings, storytelling, and song. Visualize and immerse yourself on your own personal journey and let the spirit of the art and songs touch your soul and carry you "Along The Way”.
Peter walked the El Camino de Santiago in Spain, the oldest and most important pilgrimage in Europe. Most unexpectedly, Peter’s Camino walk revealed a calling to create songs and artwork, based on life journeys... physical, spiritual, or otherwise. Cost of Opening Event April 19: $25 includes refreshments
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The Way: The Art of the Pilgrimage
Sue Ballotti, Labyrinth Facilitator
Friday, April 24, 6 to 9pm

Pilgrimage as a metaphor refers to any journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveler. Enjoy a light evening of tapas (small dishes), the popular movie The Way, and group discussion about themes brought up in the film. Leave your hiking boots at home, but come prepared to journey in a different way as pilgrims and travelers on our own sacred journeys. Sue is a Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader and a pilgrim. After walking on the Camino de Compostela in Spain in 2015, she continues to explore the themes of meaningful travel for all seekers. She advocates “intentional travel” and is the coordinator for the annual pilgrim walk: ”Along the Way” ~ Save the date! June 6, 2020!
Cost: $25 includes refreshments
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Spring Moon: A Haiku Workshop
Deborah P. Kolodji
Saturday, April 25, 9am to Noon

Retreatants will study classical and contemporary haiku in preparation for writing their own and will learn how haiku writing can encourage meditative observance and appreciation of even the little things in daily life. Deborah is moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group and has published more than 900 haiku. Her first full-length book Highway of Sleeping Towns was awarded a Touchstone Award by the Haiku Foundation. Cost: $25
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For The Good of the Family Legacy:
A Workshop for Couples and Singles
Dennis J. Branconier, MA
Saturday, April 25, 9am to 3pm

What are your hopes for your family after your own lifetime? Does your inheritance to loved ones speak of faith, hope and love? What do your children value? In what ways will you most effectively communicate your legacy intentions to them? Participants will gain a spiritual perspective leading to practical action while being guided to address these questions privately. There is no technical, legal or financial material involved.
Dennis Branconier, MA, has drawn from 30 years’ experience in financial and estate planning to address family legacy issues that typically go untouched by technical professional advisors.
Cost: $50 Lunch included
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A Day of Ignatian Prayer: Lingering with the Risen Jesus
Paulette Cerutti, MA
Saturday, May 2, 9am to 4pm

Come deepen Easter blessings and graces by spending a day with the Risen Jesus. Guided contemplations will invite you to be present as the Risen Jesus reunites with his mother and friends. There will be time for reflection, review of prayer, sharing with the community, and time to walk in silence with Jesus in beauty, on the holy grounds of Mary and Joseph Retreat Center. We will conclude by gathering the graces and invitations of the day with the Examen prayer. “Grace: I will pray for the grace of being able to enter into the joy and consolation of Jesus as he savors the victory of his risen life.” [Sp Ex 221] Paulette Cerutti is currently a spiritual director and a member of the spiritual direction team at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena where she also helps to companion people in week long Ignatian retreats in daily life, yearlong 19th Annotated Retreats, and assists in facilitating evenings of prayer. Paulette has a Masters degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University where she received her training in Ignatian Spirituality to give the Spiritual Exercises, spiritual direction, and directed silent 8 day retreats. Cost: $50 Lunch included
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Praying with Beads: A Wearable Memory for You & Your Mom
Diane Wood, MA, CHC, FDN-P
Saturday, May 9, 9am to 12pm

Combine the practice of making fine jewelry with a prayerful spiritual experience. Participants will create their own prayer bracelet with Swarovski crystals, adding each bead with thoughtful reflection and sharing on scripture and prayer. Offered the day before Mother’s Day, the class can be a thoughtful gift, and the bracelet is a wearable memory of this blessed experience for you and your Mother. Price includes the cost of Swarovski crystal beads. Limited to 10 participants so please sign up early. Diane Wood has extensive experience as a teacher and speaker. She has taught everyone from teenagers to seniors and has been hailed as a master teacher, able to explain complex topics and make them more understandable. She currently leads a Bible study, teaches healthy living classes and coaches individual clients. Cost: $45
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Finding Peace within the Storm
John McAndrew, MA, MDiv
Saturday, May 9, 9am to 4pm

Why are we always so surprised and upset by the storms of life? Join us as we pause to reflect on the spiritual tools at hand that can help us "make the connection" —daily— to provide shelter, peace, meaning, and hope in circumstances beyond our control. Utilizing presentations, music and song, sharing, quiet time, and other traditional spiritual practices, participants will be invited to take a thoughtful look at their daily prayer life and discover simple, effective tools for spiritual self-assessment and recommitment. John McAndrew is a theologian, teacher, counselor, musician, hospice chaplain and poet. He currently resides in Arroyo Grande, CA where he provides Spiritual Counseling and Coaching for individual clients as well as Spiritual Care for hospice patients and their families. Cost: $50 Lunch included
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Along the Way: A Pilgrim Walk
Sue Ballotti
Saturday, June 6, 7am to 1pm

Join Mary and Joseph Retreat center for the fourth annual re-creation of the famous Camino Walk in Spain, on a 4.8 mile walk through the streets and trails of Palos Verdes to the sacred grounds of the retreat center. As pilgrims, all walkers will be blessed, walk to various stations for reflection and to have passports stamped. If you have ever wanted to try the Camino but are unable to spare the time or expense, this walk is for you. Experience some of the highlights of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, on a one day walk adapted to our own countryside, neighborhood and faith traditions. All ages and faiths welcome.
Sue is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator and a docent for labyrinth walks at MJRC. She is an active pilgrim walker and walked the Camino in Spain in 2015. Wear walking shoes (closed toe), sunscreen and a smile!
Cost: $20 per person (picnic lunch included), Family of 4 for $50.
For those coming from a distance, stay overnight and walk with us in the morning ~ Call for costs & availability.
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Walking with Kindness through the Labyrinth: Journey to Self Care
Maggie Perrone RN, MA
Saturday, June 27, 9am to 4pm

Join us for a day of reflection, renewal and rejuvenation. Our world is in desperate need of kindness and it starts with ourselves. Using the labyrinth as a contemplative prayer tool, we will explore ways in which to be kind to ourselves, for compassion starts within in order to begin to share it with the world around us. Using prayer, journaling, art and meditation we will have time to discover ways in which kindness can be expressed and become present to its effect on our own lives. Join us for a day of reflection, renewal and rejuvenation.
Maggie is executive director of GenuineJourneys, a company dedicated to enriching spiritual life. She is also an emergency room nurse, mother, retreat leader and advanced labyrinth facilitator.
Cost: $50 Lunch included
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