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Lectures, Workshops, and Retreats

Group Spiritual Direction

Facilitator: Jan Sheridan, MA

Saturdays Sept. 20/ Oct. 18/ Nov. 15,  9:30-10:30 a.m.  |  Small Dining Room

The facilitator will guide class students in the understanding and process of group spiritual direction.  Each member takes turns being a directee and the others act as spiritual directors. The facilitator will provide spiritual issues for reflection in preparation for the meeting.  Fee is $10 per session, attend as many as you wish. Call Douglas George at (716) 655-7091 for further information.


Father Thomas Dailey Lecture

The Gift of Pope Francis – A Bishop’s Appreciation of Pope Francis’ Exercise of the Papal Ministry

Presented by Most Reverend Matthew Clark, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Rochester

Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.  |  Main Dining Room

Reservations are not required.  A free-will offering will be taken. Call Gayle Angelli at (716) 805-1438 for further information.



A Spiritual Retreat:  For Freedom Christ Set Us Free (Gal 5:1)

Presented by Rev. Paul Varuvel, STD, STL, PhL

October 3-4, 2014  |  St. Teresa Residence Hall

Called to live in the Spirit as children of God, we experience God’s love in the ordinary circumstances of life. Our grateful response to God through Jesus Christ is expressed in freedom and generosity of heart that opens up the path of understanding, compassion and selfless love.

What is your experience of freedom?  Does the Spirit move you toward greater self-awareness and love?  Reflect on these and other questions through Scripture, Eucharistic celebration, personal prayer, sharing of faith experiences and brief presentations.

Fr. Paul Varuvel teaches Moral Theology at Christ the King Seminary. Originally from the diocese of Kottar, India, he had his priestly formation and higher studies in Rome. Incardinated into the diocese of Buffalo since 2005, he serves on the Formation Team of Christ the King Seminary and visits parishes as part of the Missionary Co-operative Plan of the Propagation of the Faith.

Grad. Student: Covered by formation fee  |  Con Ed Student/Non-Student: Overnight: $80. Saturday only: $40  |  Print a registration form here.



Emotional Intelligence 

Presented by Sr. Shawn Czyzycki, CSSF, MA, MBTI Cert.

Saturday, November 1, 2014,  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Classroom Building

Emotional Intelligence is a term used to describe a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and persist and be resilient in the face of obstacles. Developing your emotional intelligence will help you enhance your leadership abilities, enrich your relationships, extend your influence and expand the personal resources you can call on to manage life’s challenges.

Upon completion of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the concept and components of the Emotional Intelligence Model.
  • Identify their strengths and limitations of their personalities, and how it affects emotional intelligence.
  • Create an environment of emotional intelligence in their lives and in their ministries.
  • Handle life issues more easily.
  • See how emotional intelligence can assist in making a dead parish more vibrant.

Sister Mary Shawn Czyzycki, CSSF is the Director of Human Resources for the Diocese of Buffalo. Prior to entering the Felician Sisters Community 15 years ago, Sister held various management positions in the financial industry for over 20 years. With experience in management, human resource management and corporate training and development, Sister Shawn has consulted with profit- and non-profit organizations and has presented seminars on a variety of management topics.  Sister Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree from the New School University in New York City, a master’s degree from Binghamton University in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management, and in 2012, became a certified practitioner of MBTI Step I and Step II instruments.

Grad. Student: Covered by formation fee  |  Con Ed Student/Non-Student:  $25  |  Print a registration form here.