At the Heart of Marriage – Level I @ Lowell Campus
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

marriageYou and your spouse are invited to a special day to reflect on and enrich your life as a married couple through conversation, couple time, and presentations.  The day will include lunch and will culminate in the Eucharistic celebration of Mass at 4:00 pm.

Cost:  $75

Click here to register.

Walking Side by Side: Living the Catholic Doctrines of Human Sexuality in the 21st Century @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 pm AND Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lowell Campus

Gather for a retreat experience that highlights the teachings of the Church around the issues of human sexuality on a practical level that will help you to live in relationship with others in today’s culture. Retreat includes a light supper on Friday evening, lunch and Mass on Saturday.

Cost: $125 per person; $150 per couple; $60 per college age student

Scholarships available.

Register here!


Seasons of Care, a Day for Caregivers with Mary Vaccaro @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Seasons of Care, a Day for Caregivers with Mary Vaccaro, spiritual care director, Kindred (formerly Gentiva)  Hospice
Saturday, April 29, 2017  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lowell Campus


Being a caregiver is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that life can offer.  It comes to us in seasons.  Join Mary Vaccaro, spiritual care director, Kindred (formerly Gentiva) Hospice,  for a time to explore and reflect on these seasons of caring.  This will be a time for caregivers to relax, reflect and regroup, through stories, silence, prayer, nature, music, art and humor.  Lunch is included.

mary-vaccaroMary Vaccaro has lived in Grand Rapids for most of her life, serving in a variety of ministries within the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids for nearly thirty years, most recently at Dominican Center at Marywood and the Catholic Information Center. Since 2013, she has been a Spiritual Care Coordinator for Kindred (formerly Gentiva) Hospice.  She holds a BA in Religious Studies from Aquinas College and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.  In June 2011, Mary’s mother moved into her home sharing life and “Seasons of Caring” with her until her death in May 2016.


Love Will Steer Me True: A Crash Course in Intergenerational Conversation on Faith @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Do you know a 20, 30, or 40-something person who is no longer attending church? Studies estimate that 83% of this age group are missing from the pews.

Do they even want to talk about it?

Jane Knuth and her daughter, Ellen Knuth, authors of Love Will Steer Me True: A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Life, Love, and God, (Loyola Press, 2014) talk about learning from young Catholics who are not in the pews. Topics include “How not to pray for a 20-something.” “Participant vs. Member” “If they aren’t in the pews—where are they?” “Worry and prayer are not the same thing.” “Intolerant of intolerance.” “In good standing vs. In good progress.” And “Taking faith to disaster zones.”


Jane Knuth

Jane writes a monthly column for The Good News, the newspaper of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, and co-writes a column for a local newspaper, (coincidentally named Good News) with her daughter Ellen. She and her husband, Dean, volunteer in local food distribution efforts. They live in Portage, Michigan.

In 2011, Jane’s first book, Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 Cents at a Time, was awarded first place from the Catholic Press Association for Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith. Thrift Store Graces, her second book was published in 2012. She and her daughter Ellen, released Love Will Steer Me True: A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Love, Life, and God from Loyola Press in November 2014.

Ellen Knuth

Ellen Knuth returned to the USA after 5 years in Japan. Having already been an English teacher, a singer in a rock band, a dairy princess, a MC, a newspaper columnist, and a university relations manager for a study- abroad company, she now works as a headhunter for a multinational firm in the Detroit area.  She travels extensively, writes occasionally, and sings constantly. Love Will Steer Me True is Ellen’s first book.