Spiritual Life Center news, December 1, 2017

Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 5
An Advent Day of Reflection will be held at the Spiritual Life Center Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Presentations will be given by two newly ordained priests, Father Andrew Labenz and Father Jorge Lopez.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation begins at 9. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel at 11:15 a.m. with Father Paul Oborny as the main celebrant.
The cost of $10 includes lunch. To register call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.
The retreat is sponsored by the Senior Adult Ministry in the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

See The Canterbury Tales in a different light with the SLC book study Dec. 5
The Spiritual Life Center will host a book study of “The Canterbury Tales,” by Geoffrey Chaucer, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. It is part of the center’s Good Books Bookclub Series.
The curriculum is based on the ideas of John Senior, founding father and leading professor of the Integrated Humanities Program, which throve at the University of Kansas in the 1970s and ’80s and helped form and inspire the young minds of many notable students such as Archbishop Paul Coakley, Bishop James Conley, and several of the founding monks of the Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma.
Senior said the great books movement of the 20th century “went flat” like “good champagne in plastic bottles.”
“Western tradition has given us the thousand good books as a preparation for the great ones – and for all the studies in the arts and sciences. Without them, all studies are inhumane,” he wrote in The Death of Christian Culture.
The book study is held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Discussion, oral readings, opinions, critiques, commentaries, questions and answers are all on the agenda for the informal gatherings. There is no fee for attendance. The only cost will be for the optional purchase of textbooks and freewill donations for refreshments and hospitality.

Our Lady to be honored at SLC New Year’s Eve mini-retreat
Usher in 2018 at the Spiritual Life Center this year with Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke who will host a New Year’s Eve program centered on Our Lady. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with Mass starting at 11 p.m. Overnight rooms are available for those wishing to stay.
This annual New Year’s Marian program includes conferences, prayer, Eucharistic adoration, Mass, and a procession to an indoor Shrine of Our Lady. The cost is $20. Overnight rooms are available for a small donation.
You can register for this program by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Sheed topic of next SLC Decennium on Tuesday, Dec. 19
Dr. Malcolm Harris of Friends University will present the monthly Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The program includes dinner and Dr. Harris’ presentation about the influential Catholic author Frank Sheed.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person. More information can be found on the SLC website.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167. Advance registration is appreciated.

Learn about Saint John of Damascus over dinner on Dec. 4
Dr. Erin Doom of the Eighth Day Institute will deliver a presentation about Saint John of Damascus on Monday evening, Dec. 4, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program, part of the center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” series, includes a meal and pleasant conversation in the main assembly room surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church. After the meal, participants will hear a presentation by Dr. Doom about St. John in commemoration of his feast day.
The cost for the evening is $15 per person. Dinner with the Doctors will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center on Monday, Dec. 4. Advance registration requested. To register, visit www.SLCwichita.org.