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Join the Celebration with Ron Rolheiser on December 2

In a spirit of gratitude to Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI for his years of service to retreat ministry and education in the Edmonton area, and in honor of his 50th Anniversary year of priesthood, we will celebrate his time with us:

Friday,  December 2nd, 2022 at 7:00 pm (MT) at St. Albert Parish Hall
Ron Rolheiser Public Lecture & Celebration
Quiet Prophecy: Another Kind of Protest for Social & Religious Transformation

The lecture will be followed by cake and light desserts with tea, coffee and beverages. Please make plans to join us!

Lecture Only: Online $25 / In-Person $30 (no tax receipt issued)
Lecture & Celebration: $50 (charitable tax receipt issued for donations of $50 or more)

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All proceeds to support the ministry of Star of the North Retreat House

About Quiet Prophecy Public Lecture (Dec. 2)

Scripture tells us that, as he grew, John the Baptist “grew strong in spirit”. What if you are the type of person who is “accommodating in spirit”? What if you are not the type of person who can openly protest things and openly challenge others? What are your prophetic gifts? How can your quiet gifts challenge the world and the church to be more just, more loving, and more faith-filled? Is there another kind of “protest” that is powerfully prophetic? 

 About Prayer: Our Deepest Hunger Retreat (Dec. 2-4)

Is prayer a hunger? Then why do we have to a make an effort to pray? How does the Spirit pray through us “in groans that are too deep for words”? How do we “pray always”? How do we pray when we are simply too distracted, tired, dissipated, and too disinterested to pray? What are the major formal types of prayer? How is liturgical prayer different from private prayer? What are solitude and contemplation? What is “Sabbath Time” and how is this prayer?  This retreat will focus on answering those questions in a way that, hopefully, leads us into deeper prayer within our lives. Registration ends November 30. Cost: Online $165 | Commuter $255 | Live-In $395 

Advent Retreat with Sr. Mary Clare Stack

Shines the Light of Hope is a one-day Advent retreat on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Star of the North. Join Sr. Mary Clare Stack on a journey through scripture, the wisdom of Pope Francis, contemporary authors and artists, keeping ourselves open to a future filled with hope. Cost: Online $100 / In-Person $150 

More High Praise for Aurora Living

"Thank you all. You are a great team and this module was a rich opportunity for me to move into my teaching year. I am constantly trying to "dip into the well" and move both myself and my students into meaningfulness vs. mindlessness. You are a deep and refreshing well." - Aurora Living Psalm Module Participant

The essence of our Aurora Living formation program is equipping people to grow personally and spiritually, and be more effectively involved in today’s Church and world. 

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to be part of an Aurora Living module, either online or in-person, we want to extend an invitation to get involved in this community at the intersection of faith and contemporary issues such as creation care, social justice & reconciliation. Our Winter 2023 module, which starts with an opening retreat January 20-22, is entitled Wisdom: The Wells We Drink From and will feature presenters Sr. Priscilla Solomon, Ron Rolheiser, Gisele Bauche and others.

We know of no other immersive process providing rituals, spiritual and practical teachings from a variety of respected Christian and interfaith leaders.  We provide grounding and growing in the Word of God, “Laudato Si” Care for Creation, community building, contemplative prayer, and justice as right relationship. Aurora Living is informative, formative, and transformative, with a focus on spiritual exploration more than doctrinal orientation. The inter-faith dimension provides a rich exchange and learning experience about current faith and justice issues, most significantly the TRC Calls to Action, within a spirit of respectful dialogue. The monthly wisdom circles are proving to be an effective way of teaching communal skills of listening, speaking and discerning through personal and intellectual sharing to integrate the rich content of the process.

The early-bird deadline for our Aurora Living Winter Module entitled Wisdom: The Wells We Drink From is December 15th, so be sure to register before the Christmas break: online $550 / commuter $700 / live-in $875. Find out more at 

Thank you to all of you who have helped circulate this information within you parish community and those you have connection with. We have brochures and other forms of promotion available as well; let us know how we can help you spread the word.

New Year Programs — Save Up To 20% Off

Star of the North continues to roll out details on our winter 2023 programs, and there’s something for everyone! Give yourself or someone you love the gift of rest and renewal for Christmas this year. Register before December 15 to save up to 20% off.




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