Spirituality Programs

Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé

Known for its beauty, peace and quiet power, Taizé Prayer is practiced throughout the world. Using chants, simple songs, inspirational readings, Scripture, silence and prayer, it offers an opportunity of ever-deepening rest in God's presence.  Come, and find rest for your soul.

Dates and Times: The second Monday of the month (Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13 & June 10) at 7:00pm    

Location: Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel, 3115 Lexington Road

Cost: Free will offering              



Sabbath Moments: Life Lessons from the Life of Jesus

Sabbath is an ancient tradition of resting from your labor so that you might remember the gifts of God and reconnect with the Ground of your being. The theme for this year is Life Lessons from the Life of Jesus. Each month we will look to the life of Jesus for lessons on how to live our lives to their fullest.

Themes and Facilitators

March 9 - Jesus and Suffering facilitated by Sister Rosella McCormick, OSU

April 6 - Living Compassionately facilitated by Sister Cabrini Hatley, OSU

May 11 - Living with Purpose facilitated by Sister Rita Ann Wigginton, OSU

June 8 - Jesus and Prayer facilitated by Pat Turner, OSU-A

Times: 10am to 12pm (Bring your lunch and join us for a time of fellowship following the program)

Location: Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road. Please enter at the Handicap Access entrance at the rear of the building

Cost: $10


Contemplative Day of Prayer: Awakening to God

We're already in the presence of God. What's absent is awareness.

                                                            -Father Richard Rohr

Jesus instructions to his first disciples ring true for us today. We are all in need of time to get away and rest, to be renewed and restored. During this day-long retreat you will be offered opportunities to enter into quiet through periods of silence, personal reflection and prayer as well as reflections on the theme, Awakening to God, communal prayer and group sharing. Get away for awhile and reconnect with the One who loves you more than you can imagine.

Dates & Times: Saturday, February 23, from 9:30am - 3:30pm

Facilitators: Joe Grant & Ginny Schaeffer

Location: Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road. Please enter at the Handicap Access entrance at the rear of the building

Cost: $40, lunch is included

Registration: Please call 502-896-3945 or email at [email protected]



Circle of Healing Retreat for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence

Our sense of worthiness - that critically important piece that gives us access to love and belonging - lives inside our story.

                                                                                                                                                -Brene Brown

There is an ancient story of a person who finds an invaluable gem buried in a field and then goes and sells everything she owns and buys the field and claim the gem as her own. Healing from the trauma of sexual abuse and violence allows you to discover the treasures buried deep within your story and claim them as your own. During this retreat, you will be offered opportunities to mine the depths of your story through ritual, prayer, meditation, poetry, nonverbal reflection and group sharing all within an atmosphere of loving acceptance and affirmation.

Dates & Times: Friday night, March 15, at 7pm to Sunday, March 17, at 1pm

Facilitators: Joan Zehnder and Ginny Schaeffer

Location: Mount St. Francis Spirituality Center, 101 St. Anthony Drive, Mount St. Francis, IN, 47146

Cost: $200 - Scholarships are available

Registration: Please call 502-896-3945 or email at [email protected]



Caring for the Caregiver

No greater love has anyone than to lay down their life for a friend


If you are a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness you know what it means to "lay down your life." Daily, you offer your time, energy and abilities to meet the needs of a loved one, often without recognition.  Whether the care you provide is hands on or not, during this retreat of reflection and affirmation you will be invited to reflect upon your experiences, share your story and participate in prayer and meditation. Topics for the afternoon may include self-care, compassion, burn-out and others. The afternoon will begin with lunch.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 30, from 12pm-4pm

Facilitator: Ginny Schaeffer

Location: Ursuline MOtherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road. Please enter at the Handicapp Access entrance at the rear of the building.

Cost: $25 (includes lunch). Scholarships available.

Registration: Please call 502-896-3945 or email at [email protected]



Connecting Soul to Role

Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

                                                                            -Mary Oliver

Throughout our lives there are two vital questions that bubble to the surface of our awareness, especially during times of hope, change, chaos or distress.  They are: "Who am I?" and "What is my purpose?"  You might be a young adult just starting out, a middle aged empty-nester or a freshly minted retiree, it doesn't matter. We each seek our own answers.  Using poetry, input, quiet reflection and group sharing you will be invited to explore what is your fundamental identity, primary purpose and how you, specifically can best live your life from these truths.

Date & Time: Wednesdays in June (June 5, 12,19 and 26) from 7pm-8:30pm

Facilitator: Ginny Schaeffer

Location: Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road. Please enter at the Handicapp Access entrance at the rear of the building.

Cost: $50

Registration: Please call 896-3945 or email at 502-896-3945



Angela's Room: A Hermitage in the City

Do you yearn for a place where you can sink into solitude and enter into silence, the first language of God?

Are you looking for a space where you can get away to reflect and pray?

The good news is that you don't have to travel miles and miles to find a place of quiet where you can relax, step out of the hectic pace of your life and allow yourself the luxury of stillness and prayer. The Ursuline Sisters offer a self-contained apartment (living room, kitchen, bath, bedroom) that is attached to the rear of the Ursuline Motherhouse and has its own entrance as a hermitage in the city.  You will find a CD player, relaxing CD's, art material and several books in this sacred space.

The spacious grounds of the Ursuline Campus are also available for a place to walk, reflect and appreciate nature. They only ask that you visit with a desire for retreat and prayer, and that the space be treated with reverence and respect.

Reservations are accepted on a first come/first served basis. Please contact Janet Sauer at (502) 544-8993 or [email protected] for more information and reservations.

Free-will offering accepted for your stay at Angela's Room

All locations will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, Louisville, KY, 40206, unless otherwise noted.
Programs may be cancelled due to lack of registrants, weather and other unforseen circustances.
*No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.


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