Enjoy two days of silence at the Spiritual Life Center on July 6-8
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited July 6-8 to experience God as they might never have before – in two days of silence, solitude in community, and prayer.
The Spiritual Life Center is again offering a silent retreat “The Carthusian Experience,” designed to be a time of deep renewal for participants. It begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and ends Sunday, July 8, with Mass.
Participants will follow the manner of life of the Carthusians, an order founded by Saint Bruno in 1084 and is currently composed of about 450 monks and nuns who live a solitary life at the heart of the church.
Participants will consecrate their days entirely to prayer and to seeking God in the secret of their hearts. They will also intercede for the church and for the salvation of the whole world. The time in retreat will balance between silence and solitude found in one’s room or in chapel, prayer in common and in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and common celebration of the Mass in a more contemplative manner.
The weekend is a silent retreat allowing space for God to speak to us individually. Individual spiritual direction, as well as opportunity for the Sacrament of Confession, the Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration, will be provided.
Registration is limited and early registration is encouraged. More information and pre-registration is available by visiting www.slcwichita.org and clicking on Calendar of Events, or by calling the center at (316) 744-0167.

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. Register by visiting slc.retreatportal.com/events.

Retreat for healing and reconciliation at the SLC
The Return of the Prodigal Son retreat July 13-15 at the Spiritual Life Center will reassure and challenge participants in the fatherhood of our God and in being his son or daughter. The retreat is set for the weekend, but there is an option to attend Saturday’s portion only.
“[The retreat] is a combination of art, scripture, Catholic theology, and self-reflection,” Father Ken Van Haverbeke said. “Henri Nouwen’s book ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’ is a personal favorite of mine and what this retreat is based on.”
The retreat will include reflections on how we are all called to be in the role of spiritual fatherhood for others. Ultimately the weekend is about healing: healing of memories, healing of emotions, healing of lives.
Fr. Van Haverbeke said, “The retreat is designed to help a person to respond to a merciful Father: a Father who waits for us, and runs to meet us where we are at, not where we are ‘supposed’ to be.”
Participants who cannot make the entire weekend retreat are invited to attend a day-long workshop Saturday, July 14, called “Jesus, Saint Luke, Rembrandt, Henri Nouwen, and a Painting.” The workshop participants will join in with the weekend retreatants for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Want to participate?
Regular retreat pricing applies for the weekend. Register and pay by July 2 to receive an early bird discount. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. The Saturday only program cost is $20 and includes lunch.
Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167. Please register in advance to ensure space and food quantities.

Christendom Academy begins June 9 at Spiritual Life Center
Dusty Gates, Howard Clark, and Matthew Umbarger will team teach “The Christendom Academy” on Tuesdays from June 19 through Aug. 7 at the Spiritual Life Center. The academy will meet for eight weeks, 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 such as: 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, in succession, will be: 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. To register, or more information, visit www.SLCWichita.org.

Evening series about reading the Bible begins on July 5
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a course “How to Read the Bible” on three Thursdays in July at the Spiritual Life Center.
The course meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 5, 12, and 19. During the three-evening series participants will learn how God speaks to us through scripture and why the text is so important to our spiritual lives today.
The cost is $25 per person. Advance registration is requested. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Monthly Mass with children at the SLC Thursday, June 28
Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center on Thursday, June 28.
The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. Fr. Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the littlest among us at the Mass. This program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in the dining room or courtyard afterwards. No registration is necessary.

Father Sherman Orr class on defending the faith June 21 at SLC
An apologetics course, “Theology vs. Apologetics,” will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The “apologia” sessions take tough topics within the church and teach the faithful how to defend our faith.
This month Rev. Sherman Orr, pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita, will talk about the difference between theology and apologetics, and where the Catechism of the Catholic Church fits in. His talk will have a special emphasis on the “Four Last Things,” and will discuss some ideas that theology offers about the subjects that might not be found in the catechism.
Each session of Apologia addresses a different topic pertinent to 21st century Catholics to aid in their obligation to defend and explain the faith.
The program features a one-hour presentation, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of Q and A, and discussion of the month’s topic or any topic pertaining to apologetics.
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.