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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.


St. Teresa of Calcutta: Example of Undemanding Love

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


St. Teresa continues to inspire people to a deeper love of God through simple acts of loving. She recognized the face of Christ in the "poorest of the poor," and brought hope to the abandoned and hopeless, despite her many years of darkness in her relationship with Jesus.

Photo-journalist Michael Collopy first encountered Mother Teresa in San Francisco and photographed her over several decades in India. He has produced a highly acclaimed photo book that captures much of her deep love of God.

Come Sunday September 8, 2019 from 2-4pm to the Dominican Center to hear this presentation. RSVP by Sept. 4 at or call (510) 933-6360.

T'ai Chi Chih: Joy Through Movement

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:30pm


T'ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation and spiritual practice, composed of 19 moves and one pose, which activates, balances and circulates wellness throughout our entire body, mind and spirit. T'ai Chi Chih can be done standing or sitting down, with the same awesome benefits of balance, flexibility, better sleep and peaceful mind. Come just as you are and wear comfortable shoes.

Join us for 6 Thursday sessions beginning September 19, 2019 at 12:30-1:30PM in the Dominican Center. RSVP by September 13, 2019 at or call us for more information at (510) 933-6360.

Sister Rebecca Shinas, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose, is an Accredited T’ai Chi Chih teacher, prayer leader, storyteller, singer-songwriter, painter and presenter of many varied spiritual topics. She is currently the RCIA coordinator and Pastoral Spiritual Companion at St. Simon Parish in Los Altos.