Monday, July 29, 2013

Franciscan Volunteers On Retreat

Members of the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry were at Wisdom House recently for a time of retreat and community building.

They are a group of lay men and women, living in community, who dedicate themselves to ministry in the Church in collaboration with the Franciscans of Holy Name Province.

To learn more about them, visit their website

Thursday, July 25, 2013

We Need the Bees

Dear Friends,

Recently at Wisdom House, we held an Ecology and Spirituality forum discussing the problem of bee colony collapse disorder where thousands of bees in our country are dying. With their death comes the catastrophic situation which will have a drastic effect on our food supply. As the pollinators of so much of our food supply die, so does the reality of having those foods available to us to nourish us in the future.

 We ask you to consider signing the petition mentioned below to ask our congressional representatives to vote for the Save America’s Pollinators Act and suspend the use of bee-killing pesticides.

Please click the box below and be part of the solution to an urgent ecological crisis.

We currently have a special installation art piece in our Marie Louise Trichet Gallery which is dedicated to awareness of this issue. The gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am – 4 pm. The show will be in the gallery until September 7.

Thank you.
Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Success and Surrender

"I caught one!"  A participant in the retreat "Casting for Recovery" pulls in a 6 lb. bass and releases it back to the pond.

She surrenders what was caught... a spiritual practice for all of us. Learn more at

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Meditation In Action

 "The rhythmic casting of the fly rod can be a meditative practice."

~Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer and Rev. Michael Attas, MD,  Fly-Fishing, the Sacred ArtSkylight Paths Publishers, 2012, available at Wisdom House.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Community Matters

"It takes an Ensemble to build a dancer."

(from the Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble 32nd year anniversary book, p.24)
Learn more at

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Casting for Recovery

"Casting for Recovery" was founded in 1969 in VT by a breast cancer reconstructionist surgeon and a professional fly fisher, Dr. Benita Walton and Gwenn Bogart. The program provides an opportunity for women affected by the illness to gather in a natural setting to learn the sport of fly fishing. The June retreat was held at Wisdom House. Women practiced "casting" on the front lawn and later went to a nearby pond to cast their lines.                

Learn more at

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Democratic Union


"To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect and their oneness."

 ~Mahatma Ghandi


Art work: Ashley Engle