Spiritual Life Center news

Rosary series at the SLC begins Thursday, Sept. 24
Marcelline Arnold explores ancient Catholic devotional
The rosary is a uniquely Catholic prayer that is just as relevant and meaningful after Vatican II as it was before. It is a beautiful prayer full of comfort and tradition and spirituality. We pray it as we mourn the loss of a loved one. We should pray it more often than that. In many Catholic households it has become something of a lost treasure, one certainly worth rediscovery!
On Thursday, Sept. 24, Marcelline Arnold begins a two-part series entitled simply “The Rosary” hosted at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita. The first session will be something of a re-introduction to the rosary that will also serve to reenergize anyone and everyone who has maintained this devotion. This session will also include the historical background of the rosary, its development and the church’s promotion of it.
In part two the following week, Marcelline explores the Mysteries of the Rosary, including the new Luminous Mysteries, and their significance. Even though the Dominican Rosary is the one most Catholics may be familiar with, she will examine and explain several other Rosaries and how to pray them.
Registration is now underway and can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 7440167. The cost of the series is $18. Don’t forget to bring your Rosary!

New Evening of Reflection offering for laity at SLC begins on Sept. 10
Father Kent Hemberger to speak after dinner
For many years, consecrated religious from throughout the diocese have gathered once a month at the Spiritual Life Center for a special evening of reflection. It is a time for the sisters to share a meal, listen to a spiritual talk, rest and pray.
Now this popular offering is being made available for the laity, beginning Thursday, Sept. 10, with the chosen theme: “Gratitude and the Spiritual Life.”
“If the response from the good sisters is any indication, I do believe people will find this evening of reflection spiritually enriching as well as relaxing,” says Father Kent Hemberger, director at the Center. “We look forward to welcoming those who may be seeking an opportunity like this.”
The evening begins with check-in and a nice dinner at 5:30 p.m. served in the center’s dining room. Following dinner, Father Kent will present a talk on Gratitude. Eucharistic Adoration will then be available as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The evening concludes with mass at 8 p.m.
The cost for the Evening of Reflection is $15 per person. Registration can be made online at www.slcwichita.org, click on Calendar of Events. The deadline for registration and payment is noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8. For reservations call (316) 744-0167.

Facilitators for the “Twelve Steps – a Spiritual Journey Program” include, from left, Bob Tarman, Rachel Hughey, Dorothy Gillette Suchan, Mary Mertes and John Mertes. The new season of sessions begins Oct. 1 at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.

12-Step Journey begins anew at Spiritual Life Center Oct. 1
“Adult Children” from dysfunctional families encouraged to attend recovery program
A nationally-recognized program designed to help heal and renew adults who grew up in emotionally repressive or dysfunctional families, sometimes known as “adult children,” is being offered starting Oct. 1 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The Twelve Steps – A Spiritual Journey, is a seven-month program where participants meet for two hours each week with a team of trained facilitators. The ultimate goal of this Christ-centered, Scripture-based program is to restore the fruits of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, including joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith.
“As someone who has been both a participant and a facilitator in the Twelve Step Program, I want to extend an invitation for interested people to join us,” says
John Mertes, one of five facilitators for the program. “The Twelve Steps has been widely praised for its effectiveness and is based on the lessons of Scripture while emphasizing self-understanding and the unchanging love that God has for each of us.”
The opening Twelve Step session is set for Thursday, Oct. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N. in Wichita. A total of 30 sessions will be offered over the next seven months at the Center.
The Twelve Steps is open to anyone who has experienced an incident or situation during his or her formative years resulting in emotional wounds that are not yet healed. This could include growing up in a household where there was physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse or some other dysfunction.
Characteristics of so-called “adult children” of a dysfunctional family include: feelings of low self-esteem that cause harsh self-judgment, a tendency to isolate one’s self and feeling of uneasiness around other people — especially authority figures.
Interested in the program?
Anyone interested in learning more about the Twelve Steps - A Spiritual Journey can call the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 and ask for a brochure or talk with someone about the program. There is no cost for the program, but a freewill offering is taken and a helpful workbook is available for $20.

Special ‘Theology of the Body’ weekend at SLC set for Oct. 2-4
Intense, life-changing program explores Pope John Paul II’s teaching
It’s difficult to understate the impact and importance of the late, great Pope John Paul II’s collection of teaching known as “The Theology of the Body.” Catholic scholars believe “unpacking” all the incredible insights on this profound meaning and mystery of the human body, the nature of sexuality, the authentic nature and purpose of marriage-and much more-will take decades, if not longer.
Sharon Gagnon wants to do her best to at least help offer an introduction over the course of one weekend, serving as facilitator for “Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan For Your Life,” which is being hosted at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita the weekend of Oct. 2-4.
“This is going to be an intense, fun and I dare say life-changing experience,” says Sharon. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for anyone who’s heard about the Theology of the Body to really delve into it in a unique way, in an ideal setting at the Spiritual Life Center.”
“Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan For Your Life” includes a series of eight 30-minute video presentations by Christopher West, widely acclaimed as the most effective communicator of this teaching in the United States today. Each video presentation is followed by discussion time with Sharon serving as facilitator.
The weekend is identical in content to the eight-part series offered this past winter at the center, but with the option of staying at the Center as a guest or participating as a commuter with all meals included. Mass will also be offered. Sharon is a long-time professional educator who studied under Christopher West at the Theology of the Body Institute and Black Rock Retreat Center in Southern Lancaster County, Pa. She earned certification for completion of the “Theology of the Body I - Head and Heart Immersion” course.
“I don’t present myself as an expert by any means,” says Sharon, “and every time I see a video or engage in a discussion, I learn something new myself. I just have a real belief and passion that this is a ‘must see’ for living in our culture today. I hope people come, because I know that I will also learn from and be inspired by others.”
Because the series held last winter was so enthusiastically embraced, Sharon asked that a weekend be devoted to the Introduction. It is an ideal program for parents of all ages, teens, educators, priests and Consecrated Religious and others who will have an extraordinary opportunity to sample this incredible intellectual feast during one, condensed weekend.
Register before Sept. 18
Registration for the weekend is now underway and a discounted rate is available through Sept. 18 for those who stay at the Center. A special commuter rate of $100, which includes all meals is also being made available. All who come are asked to purchase a workbook for $13.
Registration can be made online at www.slcwichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167. Financial aid based on need is also available.