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Weber Center Programs

To register for a program or for more information, please call (517) 266-4000. A non-refundable deposit in the amount indicated for each event must accompany registration.

Please make checks payable to:

Weber Retreat and Conference Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793


Come and Paint
October 27-29, 2006
Friday, 7:30 p.m. - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Presenter: Mary Southard, CSJ

This program is limited to 25 participants.

This weekend retreat is designed to awaken your creative energies through painting, a way of prayer and a form of spiritual expression. Mary encourages participants to listen to their deeper selves as they paint, and to trust what emerges. Both beginners and novices will benefit from this gentle environment that offers freedom to engage in the creative process without expectation, comparison or competition. While painters are invited to bring their favorite brushes, all supplies will be provided.

Single-occupancy: $225
Deposit: $50
Balance: $175

Double-occupancy: $175 per person
Deposit: $50
Balance: $125

Commuter: $125
Deposit: $50
Balance: $75

Mary Southard, a Sister of Saint Joseph of LaGrange, Illinois, is an artist in love with life and with the Creator. She believes that the wisdom and creativity at the heart of all beings are alive and stirring in each of us. Mary is an experienced educator, spiritual companion, retreat director and workshop leader/facilitator. She delights in being with others in their process of discovery.


In Conversation: The Universe Story and Gospel
December 1-2, 2006
Friday, 7:30 p.m. - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Presenter: Patricia Walter, OP

In recent years increasing attention has been given to "the new cosmology" or "the new universe story." How does this "new" cosmology interface with our Christian tradition? How does it impact our faith? What do we retrieve, what do we discard, what do we re-imagine? The purpose of this workshop is to explore some of these challenges.

Single-occupancy: $150
Deposit: $50
Balance: $100

Double-occupancy: $100 per person
Deposit: $50

Balance: $50

Commuter: $75
Deposit: $50
Balance: $25

Patricia Walter, an Adrian Dominican Sister, teaches systematic theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Among the courses she offers are Eco-theology and Spirituality, Christology, and Theological Anthropology. Pat has a longstanding interest in cosmology, metaphysics and theology.

Directed Retreats
December 3-9, 2006
Sunday, 7:30 p.m. - Saturday, 1 p.m.

Please register by November 12, 2006.

Single-occupancy: $425
Deposit: $100
Balance: $325

Commuter: $225
Deposit: $100
Balance: $125

Mary Pat Dewey, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister, has a master's degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her ministerial experiences include education, pastoral ministry, justice and peace advocacy, and retreat ministry in parishes and retreat centers throughout the country.

Teresa Disch, OP, is an Adrian Dominican Sister who has been a retreat and spiritual director for 25 years. She has experience in teaching, adult leadership development, parish ministry, deacon formation and pastoral counseling. Teresa has served the Catholic faith communities of the dioceses of Detroit, Lansing, Chicago and Pueblo, Colorado.

Charlotte Hoefer, OP, is an Adrian Dominican Sister and a staff member at the Dominican Center for Religious Development. She has ministered for over 30 years as a retreat and spiritual director, instructor and supervisor in the Internship Program for Spiritual Directors, and has facilitated adult faith-formation experiences.

Carol Johannes, OP, served on the staff of the Dominican Center for Religious Development for 16 years. An Adrian Dominican Sister, she has conducted retreats throughout the U.S. and overseas, ministered as a spiritual director, and taught and provided supervision in the Internship Program for Spiritual Directors.

Rosemarie Kieffer, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister, is the director of the Dominican Center for Religious Development. She spent many years in the ministry of religious education and served as a pastoral associate for 19 years in a city parish without a full-time priest. Rosemarie is also a member of the weekend retreat team for the laity at St. Paul's Retreat Center in Detroit.

A Preview of Some Coming Events in 2007

February 1, "Preaching the Gospel of Luke in Lent," with Barbara Reid, OP, PhD

February 15-18, "The Gift of Recovery Retreat for Women," with Tommie Dayton and Rose Celeste O'Connell, OP

March 3, "Praying with Body, Mind and Spirit: Moving Through Lent" with Janene Ternes

April 1-5, "Paschal Mystery: Wisdom for Life," a Holy Week Retreat with Maria Beesing, OP, and Ann Walters, OP

April 20-22, "Living Mindfully Throughout the Day," with Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

June 1-3, "'The Living Flame of Love' of John of the Cross," with Mary Meegan, OP

October 5-7, "Piece Work ~ Soul Work," with Barbara Harvey and Ann Hughes