Spiritual Life Center news, August 4, 2017

SLC's Theology Institute begins anew in September
The second cohort of the Spiritual Life Center Theology Institute begins in the fall. The institute is an adult religious studies program, offered by the center as part of its mission to serve the Diocese of Wichita in the area of adult faith formation.
Adult Education Director Dusty Gates has made a few slight changes to the format as the second two-year institute begins. Each semester still includes three Saturday sessions, but new this fall, it also offers optional evening "special sessions."
Each Saturday session consists of four, 75-minute classes from four different subject areas: Scripture, Morality, Prayer, and Church History. Each "special session" will be devoted to one subject area in particular, dealing with a topic that pertains to the main course content. The special sessions will be open to regular institute attendees as well as the public in general.
The center will welcome speakers Fr. Maximilan Biltz, Sr. Mary Ann Kirkland, IHM, Sr. Mary Agnes Wasinger, IHM, and Dick Landkamer as faculty for the Fall semester.
The Fall 2017 Institute begins on Saturday, Sept. 2 and continues on Oct. 21, and Dec. 9. The four special sessions are scheduled for Thursdays, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, and Nov. 30. Each Saturday session will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with Mass and lunch included in the day. Special sessions meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Registration for the entire semester is $95, which includes the three main Saturday sessions, lunch, and registration for the four special sessions. Attendance rate for the special sessions only will be available online.
Want more information about the institute?
Contact Dusty Gates at dgates@slcwichita.org or 316-744-0167. Registration and specific class topics are available at www.slcwichita.org or by phone.

‘Fruit of Silence is Prayer' retreat with Fr. Lanzrath returns to the SLC
For the first time in nearly five years, Father John Lanzrath will present the retreat weekend entitled "The Fruit of Silence is Prayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta's Way to Holiness." During the special silent retreat, set for Aug. 18-20, the Spiritual Life Center will be enveloped in silence to allow God to speak—and allow us to listen.
The inspiration for the retreat comes from Saint Mother Teresa herself, who spoke often of the need for silence and discernment in one's life. "Silence gives us a new outlook on everything," she said. "We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say but what God says to us and through us. Jesus is always waiting for us in silence. In that silence, he will listen to us; there he will speak to our soul, and there we will hear his voice."
Father Lanzrath will give a series of short conferences, each less than 30 minutes in length, during the weekend. Retreatants will then be free to pray and reflect in silence upon the themes offered. Two short movies on the life and times of Mother Teresa will be shown, but these offerings will be optional.
Those who come are asked to leave cell phones, iPods, and any other electronic devices at home. The silence of the retreat will end during the noon meal on Sunday that follows the Lord's Day Liturgy.
Registration for the retreat is now underway. A discounted early-bird rate is available through Monday, Aug. 7. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the Center's web site at www.slcwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events.

New apologetics class at the SLC Aug. 22
An apologetics course on the importance of tradition in the Catholic faith will be offered beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The "Apologia" sessions address tough topics within the church and teach the faithful how to defend the faith.
At the opening session, at 7 p.m. Aug. 22, Stephanie Mann, a local Catholic author, will present "The Merit of Tradition." Participants will explore Catholic tradition and look at how even Protestants have tradition in their communities' authority for being a Christian.
The program features a one-hour presentation, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of questions and answers and discussion of the month's topic, or any topic pertaining to apologetics.
Each session of Apologia addresses a different topic pertinent to 21st century Catholics, which we have the need and obligation to be able to defend and explain: firstly for ourselves, secondly to our families and religious brethren, and thirdly to the greater public who may inquire of us – either as seekers of the faith, or as its attackers
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. To register, visit SLCwichita.org or call 316-744-0167.

Father Hoisington presentation about St. Augustine Aug. 28
Father Tom Hoisington will deliver a presentation about Saint Augustine Monday, Aug. 28, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program, part of the center's "Dinner with the Doctors" series, includes a delicious 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 Fr. Hoisington on St. Augustine of Hippo in commemoration of his feast day.
Want to learn more about St. Augustine?
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, Aug. 28. Advance registration requested. To do so visit SLCwichita.org.

SLC's August Docentium to be presented by Fr. Orr
Fr. Sherman Orr, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita, will present the monthly Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The program includes dinner and the presentation. Fr. Orr's topic is "Culture and Christ Re-imagined."
Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the central point of all human history that gives meaning to all of creation. Do we truly appreciate the significance of the person of Jesus, and the importance of his Passion for every culture throughout history? Fr. Orr will discuss what the Resurrection means for our lives, our relationships with others, and the end times.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center. It is 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 is given on some topic related to religion and culture.
The cost is $15 per person. Visit SLCwichita.org to register or call 316-744-0167.