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February 5, 2024, Adrian, Michigan – For many, winter is a time to be drawn inside and inwards and to rest and rejuvenate. Weber Retreat and Conference Center offers two writing workshops in the winter months to help new and experienced writers enjoy this time of regeneration as they work on their craft. Adrian Dominican Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, MSW, an Amherst Writers and Artist-certified workshop leader, facilitates both workshops.

  • A white woman with short gray hair and glasses and wearing a blue and pink patterned shirt smilesWinter Draws Us Inside, a workshop on Zoom, is offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 22, 2024. This virtual gathering allows writers to express on paper the ideas swirling inside them and to find support in their efforts from other group members.
  • At Work Underground: A Hybrid Workshop is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST Saturday, March 9, 2024. Participants may attend in person at Weber Retreat and Conference Center or on Zoom. You are invited to join other writers for an afternoon to pay attention to writing you’re working on or to create something new. 

The cost for each workshop is $35, and registration is required. Zoom links will be sent a few days before the workshops to those choosing this option. To register, visit www.webercenter.org and click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by calling 517-266-4000 or emailing webercenter@adriandominicans.org. Limited scholarships are available.

Weber Center is 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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