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Upcoming Events from DCJR Sponsors:

Siena Retreat Center

Thea Bowman: Active Contemplative and Mystic (Mystics and Prophets series)

Sr. Thea Bowman was a transformative figure in United States church history. A member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and the only African American sister in her congregation, Sr. Thea worked tirelessly to promote the gifts of peoples of African American descent in the Catholic Church. Her charismatic personality, gift of song, and spiritual depth made her a popular speaker in various arenas. She has been given the title “Servant of God.”

Facilitator Dr. White was honored to have known Sr. Thea during her lifetime and will share with you   her own experience of knowing Sr. Thea through storytelling and music, so that you may be able to encounter the spirituality and the joy of Sr. Thea!

Facilitator C. Vanessa White, DMin is Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry and Director of the Certificate in Black Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. She is also a member of the faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies. She is a national leader among Black Catholic theologians and projects related to Black Catholic life and spirituality.

When: Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Session 1: 10:00am—11:15am
  • Session 2: 6:30pm—7:45pm

Cost: freewill offering

EnCompassing Culture: Reclaiming Indigenous Space through StoryMap


When: Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 6:30pm—8:30pm

Cost: Freewill offering

"Invisible." That's how many Native people describe their presence in mainstream communities. This presentation explores a unique learning approach to raising the visibility of Native people by using place in knowledge-keeping. Professor Patty Loew (Ojibwe) will share how she and her students created a virtual tour of Indigenous people, places, and historical events on the Northwestern University campus, a StoryMap. This is a project that combines research, teaching, and outreach in a way that connects the past to present and reminds visitors that this was and remains Indigenous land.

Facilitator Patty Loew, PhD, is Co-Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and a professor in the Medill School of Journalism. A citizen of Mashkiiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), Loew is a former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television and the author of four books. She works extensively with Native youth, teaching digital storytelling as a way to grow the next generation of Native storytellers and land stewards.

Heȟáka Sápa, commonly known as Black Elk, was a medicine man of the Oglala Lakota people who lived from c.1863 to 1950 on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. He was baptized as a Catholic, learned to read, and became a popular teacher who melded his indigenous traditions with those of Christianity. Today Black Elk is viewed around the world as a teacher of what was lost and an alternative and oppositional voice to the forces of industrialization and colonialism. His cause for Catholic sainthood was introduced in 2017.

Facilitator Mark G. Thiel is an Archivist at Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries Special Collections and Archives where he administers its Native Catholic collections containing images and documents by and about Black Elk. Mark is an advocate for Black Elk’s cause for sainthood.

Facilitator Rev. Edward J. Cook is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He has served the Congregation of the Great Spirit, a Catholic American Indian church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as pastor since its founding in 1989.

When: Monday, November 16, 2020,

Session 1: 10:00am—11:15am

Session 2: 6:30pm—7:45pm

Cost: freewill offering

Hosted by: Siena Retreat Center


Let’s Talk about Truth: Drawing on the Wisdom of Dominican Spirituality for Our Challenging Time

You must register for this program by 8:00am on Friday, October 9. It will be presented via Zoom.

Many questions today are related to truth: What can I believe? How can I know? Who can I trust? How can we better talk with one another when we sometimes disagree about what is really going on? In this morning of reflection, we will draw on wisdom from the Dominican tradition and the writings of Pope Francis to consider truth as a way of life that each of us is invited to embrace.

Facilitator Ann Garrido is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and the author of several books for pastoral ministers including Redeeming Administration (2013), Redeeming Conflict (2016), and her most recent publication, Let’s Talk About Truth (2020).  You can learn more about Ann at

When: Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Cost: Freewill offering

Hosted by: Siena Retreat Center



This is being offered via Zoom.  If you are registered, you will receive a link to join.  If you have never joined a Zoom meeting, there is a short webinar introduction: