We learned in late December that Xavier Center, a residence since 1975 for community formation and for additional programs in formative spirituality, retreats, and spiritual direction, will be closing at the end of June of the current year. This is a decision made by the Congregation based on the diminishing number of Brothers and emerging needs for the property located on the campus of St. John’s Prep. School. We are saddened by this change but acknowledge the inevitability of the decision.
In our last semester at Xavier Center we will offer two short programs in February, March, and April. Then, on the 5th of June, we will host a gathering of friends to mark officially the closing of the house and program. We shall provide more details about this reception at a later date. For now, we present the following topics and dates for the two upcoming programs.
Twentieth Century Journeys
Simone Weil once said that “We need a new kind of saint.” She may be one of them herself, a woman who exemplified faithfulness in extraordinary and prophetic ways. This series of presentations will delve into the circumstances and contributions of five outstanding women of the 20th century who gave witness to charismatic forms of religious expression, personal spirituality, scholarly pursuits, and social action. We hope you will be able to join us for these presentations on Edith Stein, Madeleine Delbrel, Simone Weil, Dorothy Day, and Elizabeth Behr-Siegel. The dates for this program are: February 6, 13, 20, and March 6, 13; 7:00-9:00 pm each Wednesday evening. The presenters will be: Rev. Brenda Bennett, Romeo J. Bonsaint, SC, Reginald D. Cruz, CFX, John D. Hamilton, CFX, and Rev. James Morris. Cost for the five sessions: $90.00.
Edith Stein – February 6
Madeleine Delbrel – February 13
Simone Weil – February 20
Dorothy Day – March 6
Elizabeth Behr-Sigel – March 13
Formative Accompaniment in Everyday Life
Starting on March 27 and the following two Wednesdays (April 3 and 10; 7:00-9:00 pm), we will address the topic of accompaniment in everyday life. Ordinary life often presents us with unexpected opportunities to “be with and for others.” What does this experience entail? What do we need to know to be a formative presence in the lives of those who may be in need of close friends, family members, or companions during times of illness, isolation, or incapacity. Input will be provided by Brothers Romeo J. Bonsaint and John D. Hamilton; and three guests will be invited to reflect on their experiences of accompanying others in a variety of circumstances ranging from autism, to terminal illness of one’s child, to serendipitous occasions for engaging in formative dialogue with people we encounter along life’s way. Readings will be provided for this program. Cost for the three sessions: $60.00.
March 27, April 3 and 10
(All of the sessions above will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
June 5: Gathering – Reception
Please join us on the evening of June 5. (Details forthcoming)
Mail: Resources in Spiritual Formation, 21 Spring St., Danvers, MA 01923