Father Van Haverbeke to lead monthly program on Nouwen
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a monthly reading club on the writings of internationally renowned priest, professor, and author Father Henri Nouwen beginning Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The course will meet once a month through August to discuss a different book written by Nouwen.
Father Henri Nouwen speaks a language which touches the hearts of many. His thoughts, reflected in his writing, help a person draw closer to the heart of Jesus as the beloved Son of the Father.
Nouwen’s books are easily accessible to every Christian, and the reading group will offer the opportunity for community, hospitality, reflection, and spiritual nourishment. The club will meet on evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 23, June 20, July 18, and August 22.
The first meeting will be to review the life of Henri Nouwen and to discuss the impact of his writings. The following months the group will discuss Reaching Out, Can you drink the cup?, and Adam: God’s Beloved.
Participants may attend one or all of the sessions. The cost for the entire summer group is $25. Register at www.SLCWichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Reading group soon meeting at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will hold its first Good Books meeting of the summer Thursday, June 7, about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. The course meets monthly throughout the summer to learn more about the novel and how it relates to Christians.
Kapaun Mt. Carmel teacher Angie Etheredge leads the summer sessions which will take place on June 7, July 12, and Aug. 2. The study meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each of these evenings. The cost for the summer course is $30 and the book will be available in the Center’s bookstore.
Please go to www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

May 25-27 a weekend of silence at the Spiritual Life Center
The Spiritual Life Center will offer a truly silent retreat on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.
There are few weekends in the year when our Diocesan Retreat Center is not bustling with many retreats and programs, but that particular weekend is one of those rare times of quiet. The center invites all who are interested to enjoy a truly silent retreat.
Beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday evening and concluding Sunday Morning with 10:30 a.m. Mass, that weekend participants will be enveloped in silence. There will be no conferences, but participants will have the opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration, individual spiritual direction with Father Ken Van Haverbeke, and confession.
With very few staff scheduled that weekend, retreatants are asked to bring their own food, or plan to eat locally. Pricing reflects bedroom rates and programming only; no meals are included.
Want to attend?
Register online at www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167. Single occupancy room rates are $120 for the entire weekend; double occupancy, $100.

Christendom Academy begins June 9 at SLC
Dusty Gates, Howard Clark, and Matthew Umbarger will team teach a new program the Spiritual Life Center this summer called “The Christendom Academy.” The academy will meet once a week for eight weeks from June 19 through Aug. 7, focusing on one cultural epoch each week.
The program highlights the unique contributions Western Civilization has made to our understanding of philosophy, theology, spirituality, morality, and citizenship.
Students will be invited to learn new ways to answer perennial questions like who am I? Where have I come from and where am I going? What contribution am I called to make for my own salvation, for the good of my family, and the good of the world?
Course content will be drawn from a handful of writings essential to the development of Christian culture. The modules are The Greeks, The Romans, The Hebrews, The Evangelists, The Fathers, The Early Medievals, The Late Medievals, and The Moderns.
The class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday, and will include lunch. Tuition is $165, which does not include the optional textbooks. For more information or to register visit www.SLCWichita.org.

A few spaces remain in iconography workshop this summer at SLC
The Byzantine Iconography Workshop scheduled for June 25 to June 30 at the Spiritual Life Center is nearly full. Master iconographer Theodore Papadopoulos from Larissa, Greece, will lead the intensive six-day course during which he will guide participants through the ancient techniques of Byzantine iconography.
As part of the course, students will “write” the icon of Christ Pantokrator, which is inspired by one of the most admired artworks of Byzantine iconography.
Beginners and professionals are welcome. The workshop offers an opportunity to learn and refine techniques in the sacred art. The goal is to provide to students a complete training in the sacred art of Byzantine iconography through clear concise teaching. The course will be taught daily, Monday through Saturday, June 25 to June 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pricing includes expert instruction, course materials, daily lunch, and lodging.
Space is extremely limited for this course, so all those interested are encouraged to sign up soon. Pricing and registration are available at www.SLCWichita.org.

Culture conference at SLC in June
The Spiritual Life Center will host the Fourth Annual Catholic Culture Conference June 1-3. The theme of this year’s event is “Catholic Thought in an Age of Confusion.”
Three national speakers, Dale Ahlquist, Bradley Birzer, and Joseph Pearce, will attend. Ahlquist is one of the most respected G.K. Chesterton scholars in the world, is the creator and host of the popular EWTN series “The Apostle of Common Sense,” and is the author of three books on Chesterton.
Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and is Professor of History at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is author of books about St. Augustine, J.R.R. Tolkien, and others. Pearce, who presented at the Center last November, is an internationally acclaimed author of many books including bestsellers such as “Tolkien: Man and Myth” and “C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church.”
It begins Friday evening, June 1, with an opening lecture by Joseph Pearce at 7 p.m. followed by a reception. Saturday features talks by Joseph Pearce and Dale Ahlquist and a banquet dinner. On Sunday, Bradley Birzer will join for the closing session.
Want to attend the conference?
Space is limited, so sign up early by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visiting us online at slcwichita.org. Overnight full weekend rate (includes bedroom Friday and Saturday, and all meals, socials, and lectures): Early bird, $145 per person (single) or $120 per person (double).
Commuter full weekend rate, includes all lectures, meals, and socials: $100. Partial weekend attendance options: Friday night only, $20; Full Saturday, $65; Saturday, daytime only, $45 (includes breakfast, morning and afternoon talks, and lunch); half day: $25; banquet only $25; Sunday only: $20 (lunch and lecture).

Marriage getaway June 16 at the SLC
Married couples are invited to a Marriage Enrichment Day Saturday, June 16, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
This day is designed to draw couples closer to God and closer to each other so that their marriages thrive. Couples will spend the day looking at ways in which they can be more united in love by uniting their marriage to Christ.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The event begins at 9 and ends with Mass at 5 p.m.
The cost is $60 per couple and includes materials, lunch, breakfast items, snacks, coffee, and water. For more information contact Jake Samour at 316-685-5240. Register by visiting slc.retreatportal.com/events.