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November 27, 2023, Adrian, Michigan – As we mark the shortest, darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we remember that light rises from darkness. All are invited to celebrate the first day of winter at the Winter Solstice Ritual, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 17, 2023, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center.

Gather with us in song and dance, and bring a story, a poem, a prayer, or a treat to share. The celebration is free and open to all. Children are welcome. 

Adrian Dominican Sister Esther Kennedy, OP, facilitates this gathering. A retreat leader and spiritual director, she conducts a monthly Day of Mindfulness at Weber Center.

Weber Center is located on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, Adrian, Michigan. Traveling east on Siena Heights Drive, pass the Adrian Rea Literacy Center and turn left just before the solar panel-covered parking lot. Follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.

October 20, 2023, Detroit – In the coming weeks, many of us will see signs that the Christmas Season is approaching, from items for sale to secular Christmas music on the radio and decorations in homes and the public square. 

Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, in her latest Advent booklet, invites Christians to approach the weeks before Christmas as a “time for holy listening” as we await the coming of Jesus in our lives and our world. “Advent is our introverted season,” she wrote in the book’s introduction. “The world around us does a lot of chatting, chattering, and contesting. Advent gives us a space for holy listening.”

In A Time for Holy Listening, Sister Janet lists the Scripture readings for each day, along with a reflection, a suggested daily practice, and a short Advent prayer – all tied to the day’s readings. 

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

A Time for Holy Listening is available from the Weber Center Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse Campus. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The shop is closed for lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m. Copies can be ordered from the Weber Shop through email, webershop@adriandominicans.org, or by calling 517-266-4035. 

The Advent booklet is also available in English and Spanish from Twenty-Third Publications.  



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