Teresa of Avila:
Her Poetry as Window into Her Life
Live Presentation via Zoom
Monday, April 6th 9:30 - 11:30 am, PDT
St. Placid Priory in Lacey, WA has invited me to give a live 2-hour presentation on St. Teresa of Avila. I am delighted to partner with the Benedictine sisters to offer spiritual sustenance via the internet in this time when we cannot gather in the usual way.
You are invited to join us no matter where you live (adjust for your time zone) for this interactive session using the poetry of Teresa as a lively springboard for discussion and as insight into the life of this remarkable woman--saint, doctor of the Church, mystic, religious founder, and passionate lover of God. Yet she is also eminently human, living in a challenging time not unlike our own.
I will provide the poems and some reflection questions ahead of time and also enrich our time together with background, biographical material, and other of her writings. This session is a simple version of one first created as part of the larger series, Sisters in Tradition, a course taught at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Lynnwood, WA. Whatever your religious tradition, familiarity with Teresa, or with poetry, you are most welcome. Zoom guidelines will also be sent to you ahead of time so you are free to join from the comfort of your own home.
I will miss the hospitality of the Benedictine sisters of the Priory, their lovely facility and grounds, but am grateful for this opportunity to extend a wider welcome to all. The cost is $25 and you may register by clicking on Teresa of Avila at The Priory
What is Sisters in Scripture?
Sisters in Scripture began as a bible study for women and while it still is that today, the ministry has grown into much more. Bible Studies were followed by workshops and presentations which evolved into a full line of retreat offerings—some as short as a partial day, others over several days, on a rich variety of topics.
with Kathleen is also available via phone/Skype or in person at either of two locations: Lynnwood, WA (occasionally) and Bella Vista, AR (regularly).
Sisters in Scripture offers a variety of studies available for purchase from this site
. Each study seeks to prayerfully engage the scriptures to arrive at meaning for today and in our everyday lives. To do so, we enter the story through the lens of various biblical characters using both biblical scholarship and our own creative imagination.
Each chapter includes Background, Prayer, Reflection Questions, and a Closer Look at the Text. To see the full line of studies, go to the Bible Studies
page or the Purchase Books
page on this site.
Retreats and Presentation
As with the interactive focus in my studies, the retreats are also designed to help participants enter into and experience the theme through a variety of modalities: prayer, silence, presentation, discussion, music, art, poetry, etc.
In addition to leading retreats, for the past four years, I have been co-teaching a course on Spiritual Retreats in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, a sacred task that allows retreat ministry to expand through the future ministries of those I teach.
To View Photos of the latest Retreat, Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth click on the link.
A comment from Julie Joslund, Pastor of Edmonds Lutheran Church:
Kathleen and Betsey’s Advent Retreat Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth is fabulous! The story and the inspiration of young Mary becoming the mother of our Lord - with all the incumbent questions, joys and fears - comes to life with the images, colors, words, songs and dances from long ago Nazareth…. right up to today. Participants are involved and included in the retreat experience. It is hands on and fulfilling. Everyone goes away with a full heart, ready to engage the season of Advent and the coming once again of Christ into our days.
A partial list of retreat offerings would include:
- Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth,
- The Women Who Follow Jesus
- The First Supper
- Witnesses on the Way: an Interactive Stations of the Cross
- Encounters with the Risen Lord
- God’s Gift of Abundant Time
- Grandmother God: Loving as God Loves
- An Evening with Esther, and
- Wisdom from Tobit
A more apt name might be "spiritual companioning.” I often think of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus when doing Spiritual Direction. On life's road, Christ draws alongside, unseen but ever present, though we are often only partially aware. Spiritual Direction is intentional attentiveness to that Presence in the company of an other who walks that same journey. To read more about this gentle disciple, go to the Spiritual Direction
page on this website.