Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Summer Scenics at Wisdom House

Images of John Marshall Drumming at the Labyrinth with Friends

Peace by Faith at Wisdom House in August: Seicho-No-Ie


Teens prepare an ecologically-minded skit titled: "How we can save the planet."

At the close of August, Wisdom House hosted the Seicho-No-Ie retreat, an interfaith, international Peace by Faith Movement, based on the truth that all religions emanate from one universal God. The founder, Dr. Masaharu Taniguchi (1893-1985) incorporated teachings from Christianity, Buddhism and Shintoism in Seicho-No-Ie's Truth of Life philosophy. "Seicho-No-Ie" is Japanese meaning "The home of Infinite Life, Wisdom and Abundance."

Over 100 adults and young adult members came from Brazil, Peru, Portugal, Japan and parts of the USA. In the philosophy and actions of this organization, there is a strong commitment to the environment, ecology and climate change. In fact, when they asked not to have any pork or beef served, it was for the same reasons that Wisdom House does not usually serve these meats, namely, that an excessive amount of grain and water are needed to feed these animals who then become food for us. The grain could serve greater numbers of people experiencing food shortage.
Both Wisdom House and Seicho-No-Ie value the learnings from interfaith and intercultural conversation as well as the connections between faith and ecology.

For further information about Seicho-No-Ie, visit www.snitruth.org .

Rosemarie Greco, DW

Below: Youth of all ages enjoy Wisdom House's pool.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Stone Soup and Bread: Perfect Pairings from Creation to Completion

On September 10 and 11, Wisdom House sponsored a unique program titled, "Stone Soup and Bread: Perfect Pairings from Creation to Completion." The programs were attended by more than 30 persons who met in the Farm House at Wisdom House for an evening of culinary delights which enlightened their minds and spirits! The program was presented by Michael Ackerman, chef and owner of The Pantry restaurant in Washington, CT and Mother Catarina Boyer, OSB, educator and baker who is a member of the community of Our Lady of the Rock Priory, Shaw Island, Washington.

The purpose of the program was to engage the participants in understanding how all of creation comes to completion in a unique way in the food we eat. The taste of the grapes which make wine are affected by the land from which they are grown. The vegetables and fruits we eat have their unique tastes because of the soil in which they are cultivated, etc. Their lives come to completion on our dining room tables, kitchen tables and, most especially, in our very selves!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Women on a Journey of Faith



Women from St. John's Lutheran Church in Meriden, CT came to Wisdom House September 19-21 for their annual women's retreat. The theme of the retreat weekend was "Women On A Journey of Faith." As one of the activities of the retreat, they designed individual walking sticks for "the journey."

Photos from Judy Stoltenberg

Monday, September 22, 2008

Chant Camp Slide Show

Chant Camp participants from left to right: Lunne Williamson,
Anne Plogsterth, Bonnie Odiorne, Susan
Hellauer,
Jim Papp, Marge Telfer, and Katie Chilton.


Click here to enjoy a slide show of the rehearsal of the medieval plain chanting during the Chant Camp at the Wisdom House in Litchfield Saturday night. Susan Hellauer of ChantVillage.com led the program. 24 hours of chanting culminated in a Vespers/Compline service.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Music To My Ears and Heart

What could be better? While sitting in my office today, medieval sacred tones wafted from the Sophia Room, which is directly across the hall from my office, into the hallway. A small group was chanting, "Salve Regina Mater Misericordiae." They were taking part in a "Chant Camp" weekend led by Susan Hellauer, singer, teacher and founding member of the renowned vocal ensemble, Anonymous 4.

As these sounds massaged my ears with memories of the daily chanting we used to do in our Dominican communities, my eyes were reading today’s online issue of the New York Times. To be more specific, I was reading a wonderful article about the Metropolitan Opera’s special performance on Thursday afternoon of Verdi’s "Requiem." It was performed in memory of Italian opera great, Luciano Pavarotti. He died of pancreatic cancer September 6, 2007.

The article told of the 3,000 seats which filled very quickly after 8,600 opera lovers submitted entry forms for this once in a life time free performance to honor "the Maestro." James Levine conducted the 80 minute score.

Reading of Pavarotti’s love for the Verdi Requiem and the opera greats who performed with the Met’s chorus was enough to make one’s heart sigh for not having been there in person.

For a brief time I was caught between two worlds – the one outside my office door and the one on my computer screen. ‘Tis a 21st Century phenomenon!

Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

'Making Sense of God: A Woman's Perspective' is Refreshing, Affirming

Catholic women on their journey to holiness through their daily lives in a complex world, will find the book, "Making Sense of God: A Woman's Perspective" by Elizabeth A. Dreyer refreshing and affirming. The book is for women who are rich and poor, married, single,of all colors and cultures, gay and straight, biological mothers and those who are mothers in other senses.

Please visit the website www.calledtoholiness.org for more information on the book and the book series, Called To Holiness, as well as for a link to free e-cards.

Elizabeth A Dreyer is a frequent retreat presenter at Wisdom House and we highly recommend her books and presentations. We're happy to say that Elizabeth will be offering a day retreat at Wisdom House on Saturday, March 28, 2009, based on her new book. Dr. Dreyer's website is here.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Imagine Incarnation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2008


CONTACT:

JO-ANN IANNOTTI, OP

860-567-3163


Imagine Incarnation
As preparation for the season of Christmas, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center will present “Imagine Incarnation” on Saturday December 13th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Leo J. O’Donovan, SJ, will use images of great art to help participants imagine the human as well as the divine becoming human. Special attention first will be given to the major figures of Advent and then to the fullness of Christmas. Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ as one mystery. Suggested texts and time for prayer will be given.

Father O’Donovan is president emeritus of Georgetown University. He has been Visiting Professor of Theology at Fordham University, BMW Distinguished Visitor at The American Academy in Berlin and Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

The fee is $35 including lunch.

For further information and to register call Wisdom House at 860.567.3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center presenting programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.


(Previous press releases are here.)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Advent Vespers

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September 12, 2008


CONTACT:
JO-ANN IANNOTTI, OP

860-567-3163


Advent Vespers


Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center will celebrate the time-honored prayer of Advent Vespers on Tuesday, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 5 to 5:45 pm.

Readings, psalms, and prayers will focus on waiting for the Light. Psalm tones, hymns, and chants will be an integral part of each ecumenical service.

Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP and Marguerite Mullee will lead the service. Sr. Iannotti is a poet, photographer, educator, and Art and Spirituality Cooordinator at Wisdom House. Ms. Mullee is a conductor and singer. She is director of music at St. Joseph Church in Brookfield, CT, artistic director of Naugatuck Community Choir, and music director at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in North Guilford, CT.

A donation will be accepted.

Vespers will be held in the Barn at Wisdom House. For further information and to register call Wisdom House at 860.567.3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center presenting programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.


(Previous press releases are here.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Women’s AA and AL-ANON Retreat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2008

CONTACT:
JO-ANN IANNOTTI, OP
860-567-3163

Women’s AA and AL-ANON Retreat
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center will sponsor a Women’s AA and AL-ANON Retreat for prayer, reflection, and sharing within a supportive community. It will begin with dinner at 6:00 pm Friday, November 21st and will end at 1 pm Sunday, November 23rd. Full weekend attendance is required.

The weekend retreat will be conducted by Sister Maurice Doody, OP, founder and director of the Office of New Directions, and a noted lecturer on spirituality and wellness. Her retreats reflect her own “living of the program.”

The fee, including meals, is $155 for a shared room, $195 for a private room, $225 for a private room with bath, and $195 for a shared room with bath. For further information and to register call Wisdom House at 860.567.3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center presenting programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.


(Previous press releases are here.)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Casagrande Interfaith Institute: Meeting Death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2008


CONTACT:
JO-ANN IANNOTTI, OP

860-567-3163


Meeting Death
The 9th Casagrande Interfaith Institute at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center will begin on Friday, October 31st at 6 pm (dinner) and will extend to Sunday, November 2nd at 1 pm.

Native American, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim conversations will center on the topic, “Meeting Death.” Presenters will include Terri Manyfeathers Delahanty, Rev. Carolyn Fleming-Sawyerr, Rabbi Stephen Steinberg, Aida Mansoor, Brian Vaugh and Rev. Jo Clare Wilson.

The fee schedule and registration form are included in a separate brochure available by calling 860.567.3163 or visiting www.wisdomhouse.org

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center presenting programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.


(Previous press releases are here.)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Making Peace with Money

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2008

CONTACT:
JO-ANN IANNOTTI, OP
860-567-3163

Making Peace with Money
A workshop entitled “Making Peace with Money” will be held at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center on Saturday, November 8th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The workshop will center on money management skills, how to achieve short and long-term goals, how to get out of credit card debt and have a peaceful relationship with money.
The presenter will be Susan Lovallo, professional organizer, CPA and founder of Clutter Solutions. She helps individuals organize and simplify their time, living spaces and finances.

The fee is $35 including lunch.

For further information and to register, call Wisdom House at 860-567-3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center presenting programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.


(Previous press releases are here.)

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Week of Action to Fight Poverty with Faith

Network and the Interfaith Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) are working with The Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Catholic Charities USA, which are co-chairs of a national project to elevate the issue of poverty in the 2008 elections. The centerpiece of the initiative is to take place September 10-16, 2008.

The goal is to persuade candidates to commit to cut poverty in half by 2010.

See: Fighting Poverty with Faith for:
1. ideas for things you might do, organize, or join in your community
2. resources you can use (reflections, tool kit, talking points, etc.)
3. activities around the country, as they are planned
4. posting an activity (prayer vigil, letter campaign…) in your area.
Act now: Keep up the momentum of the Convention for the Common Good, act on the Platform for the Common Good by engaging in this week of action to raise awareness of the ills of poverty.

A few ideas:
1. develop a bulletin announcement for your church,
2. write a letter to the editor of your local paper about the plight of families in your area who have the least economic power, asking readers to engage candidates in the work of eliminating poverty,
3. contact media to join you and others as you process, with signs, to the office of your elected official – telling them to commit to the elimination of poverty.
4. plan a prayer vigil focused on the meaning of scripture passages such as Matt. 5: 1-12, or Matt.25: 31-46.
5. Watch for, and join, nation-wide conference calls for discussion of poverty issues and what can be done. A nation-wide conference call, planned for September 9, at 1:00 pm Eastern time, will kick off the events. More information is at http://www.fightingpovertywithfaith.com/
6. Watch for, and join – or plan and advertise - local area activities

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Soul Fire: Accessing Your Creativity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2008


CONTACT:

JO-ANN IANNOTTI, OP

860-567-3163


Soul Fire: Accessing Your Creativity

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center presents “Soul Fire: Accessing Your Creativity” from 7 pm Friday, October 17th to 1 pm Sunday, October 19th.

Participants will recognize that there is a fire in the human soul that causes a heat and an energy —a creative energy. They will employ reflection, journaling, and a variety of exercises to help identify their creative yearnings and open new pathways for the development and expression of their soul fire.

The program will be led by Thomas Ryan, CSP. Father Ryan directs the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, D.C.. He is author of DVD Yoga Prayer and 12 books, most recently Interreligious Prayer: A Christian Guide and Soul Fire. His website is www.tomryancsp.org.

The fee, including meals, is $150 for a shared room, $190 for a private room, and $110 for commuters.

For further information and to register call Wisdom House at 860.567.3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center presenting programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.


(Previous press releases are here.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

From Dreams to Art: Creating Theatre and Performance Art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2008

CONTACT:
JO-ANN IANNOTTI, OP
860-567-3163


From Dreams to Art: Creating Theatre and Performance Art
A workshop entitled “From Dreams to Art: Creating Theatre and Performance Art” will be held at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center on Saturday, October 4th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Participants will join a collaborative experience of acting and saying “Yes” to the creative process. They will use guided imagery, journaling, and basic theatrical structure to create stories of their experiences. All will be part of a staged reading at the end of the workshop.

Leading the workshop will be Cady McClain, actress, singer, songwriter, painter and poet. She is a two-time Emmy Award winner for her acting on All My Children and As the World Turns. She recently appeared in two independent films and released her debut CD, BlueGlitterFish. Her website is www.cadymcclain.com.

The fee is $35 including lunch. Participants are asked to bring a journal or writing pad for their use.

For further information and to register call Wisdom House at 860.567.3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center presenting programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

(Previous press releases are here.)