Upcoming Programs


Men & Our Shadows: A Weekend Retreat

Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015
Men & Our Shadows
Facilitated by Jim Taylor, Ph.D.
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Cost: $195 per man – double occupancy

Using the Enneagram, an ancient and proven tool of deepening spiritual awareness, we will explore the stronger instincts that shape our life experience and the many facets of our deeper selves.

Registration: Darlene Jindra, 630-969-4141 or retreats@CarmeliteSpiritualCenter.org.

Two Exciting Retreats by Dr. James Finley

The Spirituality of Healing

February 12, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Presented by James Finley, Ph.D.
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Cost: $75 per person (includes lunch)

A one-day retreat exploring a seven step, contemplative approach to the decisive role spirituality can play in healing trauma and all forms of suffering. The day is intended for clinicians, pastoral counselors, spiritual directions, trauma survivors, those in twelve-step recovery programs and for all who are interested in the spiritual dimensions of healing. The day will include short periods of silent meditation and discussion of the themes presented. CEU units pending.


Falling in Love with God: The Spiritual Teachings of St. John of the Cross

February 13-15, 2015
Presented by James Finley, Ph.D.,
Carmelite Center, 8501 Bailey Road, Darien, Il 60561
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Friday, Feb 13 -7 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, Feb 14: 9:00 – 12:00, 1:30 – 4:00; 7:00 – 9:30
Sunday, Feb. 15: 9:00 – 12:00, 1:30 – 3:00

Cost: $175. Overnight hotel accommodations and food options available nearby.

This weekend conference/retreat provides a gentle introduction to the spiritual teachings of the 16th century Spanish Carmelite mystic St. John of the Cross. An emphasis will be given to how St. John of Cross guides us through the dark night of the soul in which we come to a profound experience of God’s oneness with us in all things. This retreat is intended for sincere beginners as well as those more experienced in the practice of contemplative prayer. Time will be provided for periods of silent meditation, personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented.

Women's Weekend

2015 St. Thomas Women’s Weekend

February 20-22, 2015
God Comes To Us Disguised As Our Life 
with Guest Presenter Paula D’Arcy
At the Carmelite Spiritual Center, Darien IL
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This weekend, planned by the women of St. Thomas, will consist of Paula’s presentations, large and small group gatherings, plus time for reflection and quiet.
Come and discover the ways God is revealed in your life!

Cost is $220 per person, double occupancy (at a local hotel as the retreat rooms are limited and full) includes meals and program at the Carmelite Spiritual Center.
OR: Commuter fee: $135 – includes meals and program but no overnight.
For more information or to register contact Linda at: lzimscout@wowway.com