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August 16, 2022, New London, Connecticut – As volunteer and professional catechists prepare for another year of offering religious education to elementary and high school students, the latest book by Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, might give them the spiritual support they need.

Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP

Sister Janet’s book, Calming Meditations for Busy Catechists, was recently released by Twenty-Third Publications. The 32-page booklet offers prayers and meditations for catechists, whether they’re overwhelmed and feeling unqualified to teach or their students are responding well to their lessons. Each meditation also includes a suggested action to help bring peace and confidence to catechists.

The retail price is $3.95 for one copy, $34.90 for 10 copies, $147.50 for 50 copies, $249 for 100 copies, and $487.50 for 250 copies. The booklet can be ordered through the website of Twenty-Third Publications or by phone at 1-800-321-0411. 

Calming Meditations for Busy Catechists is also available at the Weber Center Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center. Copies can be picked up in person from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays. The shop is closed for lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m. Copies can also be ordered from the Weber Shop through email, webershop@adriandominicans.org or by calling 517-266-4035.  

A retreat leader and a consultant for catechists and adult faith formation leaders, Sister Janet also once served as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She is a recipient the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) Distinguished Service Award.

Sister Janet has written numerous books and resources for catechists, including Spirituality for Catechists and The Creed: A Catechist’s Guide. She also writes annual Advent reflection booklets.

August 12, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – The Autumn 2022 season of Lunch and Learn includes interesting new stories and experiences, as well as new options for lunch. Monthly sessions are from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Weber Retreat and Conference Center. 

New this season is the option to order lunch from Weber Center for $5 and choose egg salad, turkey salad, or chicken salad croissants with chips. Those who choose to bring their own lunch will have drinks and desserts provided by Weber Center. Registration is required for those who wish to order lunch.

Sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Adrian’s Rich History: Robert Wessel and Art Cantu of the Lenawee County Historical Museum share information about the three Carnegie library buildings in the county and, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, describe Adrian’s participation in the decade-long migrant farm workers’ boycott and strike.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022
    Cooking What you Catch: Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Maintenance Department share their collective experiences of fishing and hunting, along with cooking methods for their catches. Samples and recipes will be available.

  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
    Christmas at the Weber Center Shop: As the Weber Center Shop kicks off its Christmas Open House, Katherine Dusseau, Weber Center Shop Manager, shares specialty items, gift-giving ideas, and Sisters’ original artwork. Raffles and door prizes are included.

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022
    Kevin Hofmann’s Amazing Story: Kevin Hofmann, the new Director of the Office of Racial Equity and Cultural Inclusion for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, speaks of his life experiences, from surviving an abortion to being adopted by a family of another race and waking up to a burning cross in his front yard. Kevin’s story is chronicled in his book, Growing Up Black in White.

All guests will be screened for COVID-19 and are required to wear masks when not eating.

Registration is not needed if you bring your own lunch. To order lunch, register at www.webercenter.org and click on the Programs tab. Registrations may also be made by calling 517-266-4000 or emailing webercenter@adriandominicans.org

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.



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