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Men’s Institute

Men’s Institute: Healing the Souls of Men

Thursday, 7 April 2015
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Men’s Institute provides a safe space for men to meet with other men to explore the unique issues of masculine spirituality and how best to provide spiritual care to men. It is designed as a time for men to meet separately from women, to deepen their own self-understanding and ways of relating and healing.

Men experience a variety of wounds and failures in life and often need healing of one sort or another. Facing and naming one’s real pain is a courageous first step to reclaim inner health and well-being. During the Men’s Institute, we will explore the unique ways that men are healed through creation, rituals, embodied movement, dream work, artistic expressions, and communal presence.

The Men’s Institute will offer substantial content as well as an experiential component. Using a small group format and journaling techniques within the larger framework, we will explore together the healing properties of being wounded healers—giving to and receiving from each other.


Men's Institute USD$175

Tuition includes a midday meal. Register now!

2016 Presenter

Fr. Jim Clarke currently serves as director of spiritual formation and assistant professor of spiritual theology at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, USA. Clarke has an extensive academic background in the fields of spirituality, adult education, counseling, ritual, and depth psychology. He serves as the chair of the spirituality commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California. Father Clarke’s experience includes ten years of parish ministry followed by ten years coordinating the adult religious education and evangelization program for the Archdiocese. He has been involved in men’s work since 1995.

His CD/DVD series entitled, “Spirituality for a Modern Individual” and “A Man’s Way to God,” as well as his published books, Creating Rituals: A New way of Healing for Everyday Life and Soulcentered: Spirituality for People on the Go, enhance his public ministry and service of retreats, workshops, and conferences throughout the United States for priests, women religious, seminarians, parish and school staffs, and parishes at large.

2016 Planning Team

Bruce C. Calvin, MDiv, spiritual director, volunteer chaplain at Capital Caring, and SDI coordinating council member from Washington, DC, USA.
Richard J. Bonacci, MA, spiritual director and workshop and retreat leader from San Diego, California, USA.
Michael McCabe, spiritual director and writer from Gilbert, Arizona, USA.
Joseph Roy, PhD, ThM, institute chair, pastoral counselor, anam cara (soul care), and hospice and Red Cross volunteer from Wenatchee, Washington, USA.
Don Stone, MA, EdS, retired special education director, spiritual director, and intern supervisor at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House from Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Lester White, MDiv, transitional pastor, spiritual director, and workshop leader from Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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