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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.


Dia De Los Muertos
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1pm - 5pm

A Workshop for individuals and Families to prepare for celebrating THE DAY OF THE DEAD in our homes


Join us as we learn about Dia de Los Muertos and make ofrendas (altars) and paper marigolds for our home celebrations to honor our ancestors and loved ones who have died.  There will be skulls to color and other decorations to make for our homes.  Bring your own box or buy a small one for $2; and bring pictures, mementos, ribbons, and other things to make your personal altar to a loved one.

Facilitator: Beverly Terlep enjoys working with people of all ages to explore what it means to be human, to be body and spirit, and how to give visual expression to our spiritual lives. For over twenty- five years, Beverly has worked with individuals and groups in hospitals, churches, senior centers, and the local community dealing with spirituality, as well as self-awareness and personal growth. Beverly has an M.A. in Applied Theology from the School of Applied Theology and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and a post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Praying in Advent: My Heart Keeps Vigil

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 9:00am


In the midst of the busyness of preparations for Christmas, you are invited to come —

  • to a place of quiet and stillness.
  • to explore the Advent themes of waiting and expectation, desire and watchfulness
  • to prepare your heart for the mystery of Emmanuel, God-with-us.

This day of reflection will also include presentations, rituals, sharing, music, art and suggestions for Advent and Christmas prayer at home.

S. Ingrid Clemmensen, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose. She is a skilled spiritual director and retreat facilitator who serves on the faculty of the Pierre Favre Program at El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. S. Ingrid is Co-Director of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Center for Education and Spirituality.

Join us on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 9AM-3PM in the Dominican Center. Register by December 10 at For more information call (510) 933-6360. 

New Year's Eve Retreat

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm


Join us for our annual New Year's Eve Retreat on December 31, 2019 from 7PM-10:30PM in our Chapel. 

This retreat is faciliated by Father Bartholomew Hutcherson, OP and will include a reflection, Eucharist, and festive dessert. 

RSVP by December 28 at or call (510) 933-6360.