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Center for Education & Spirituality

The Center for Education and Spirituality offers educational and spiritual enrichment for Bay Area residents interested in exploring the relationship between spirit and the modern world.

The center provides diverse symposiums, lectures, tutorials, workshops, series, retreats, panels, and round tables where we explore insight into our individual and collective spiritual lives.

The Dominican Sisters welcome you to a space where we may expand our understanding of our self and spirit.

We are always interested in hearing ideas about what topics you'd like to explore at the Center for Education and Spirituality. Please feel free to share your ideas at To browse future events not listed here, please visit our Events Calendar.


Clergy Sex Abuse — A Crisis in the Catholic Church

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm


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Join us Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9am-12 noon in the Dominican Center for a workshop by Reverend Gerald Coleman. This workshop will focus on the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church and review fundamental aspects of the question:

  • The context of gender assessment in terms of identity, orientation, and intention
  • The meaning of aberrant sexuality as expressed in sexual addiction, pedophilia, and ephebophilia.

Although childhood sexual abuse by priests is a centuries old problem, participants will consider recent investigations including the Pennsylvania Report (8/14/2018), the John Jay Study (2002) and the Vatican Conference (2003). Fr. Coleman’s presentation will define and differentiate homosexuality from the sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual abuse of children, outlining some of the consequences of the crisis including loss of trust, anger and shame and the ongoing need for pastoral care of gay and lesbian persons who often bear the unwanted burden of being labeled as child molesters.

Father Gerald D. Coleman is the former president/rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park. Currently, Fr. Coleman is Adjunct Professor, Graduate Department of Pastoral Ministries, Santa Clara University.

Register by 1/23/2019 at

Call us for more information at (510) 933-6360

Boundless Compassion — Creating a Way of Life

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 10:00am

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BOUNDLESS COMPASSION — Creating a Way of Life

This is a 7 week-long personal transformation process for developing and deepening compassion.

Using Boundless Compassion by Joyce Rupp, we will explore ways to deepen one’s understanding of compassion, the central quality of the life and teachings of Jesus. The book includes daily material, organized around a weekly theme, giving examples of how to enter into difficult situations, helping us respond to suffering in ourselves and others, and suggesting “ways to interact with the extensive differences that trouble our world.” 

Joyce Rupp, who describes herself as a “spiritual midwife,” is a Servite sister, inspiring retreat leader, and conference speaker. She has written over 14 books, including favorites The Cup of Our Lives and Praying Our Goodbyes. Joyce is co-director, with Sr. Margaret Stratman, of the Servite Center of Compassionate Presence, in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Facilitators are Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP and Debbie Nunes.

Join us for seven meetings on Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb 26, March 5, and March 12 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.

Boundless Compassion is needed for this workshop. Please purchase beforehand here and read the introduction.

NOTE:  Group size is limited. (A new group will be repeated in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)

Register by January 25, 2019 here.