Spiritual direction with a dowsing rod

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 13, 2005

If you live near Regina, Saskatchewan, you might be interested in the unique offerings of the John Paul II Center, "the adult education and renewal facility for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina."

On September 17, for a mere $35, you can hear Sr. Theresa Feist, OSU, talk on "Making the Best of Life: Body, Mind, Spirit." By way of introduction, Sister tells us about herself:

Born in 1942 – Ursuline Sister of Prelate - committed to teaching in 1964 – struck by illness in l970 – resurrected in 1972 – left classroom teaching in 1980 – and opened Holistic Teaching Course in 1981 – Reconstructed My Life: Body, Mind Spirit - Chose Happiness Ever After!

Then on September 21, there's a Face Reading Workshop with Felicity Butler, who

has practiced Alternative therapies for 20 years. Felicity has just completed her Diploma in Body Mind Analysis and Psychosomatic Therapy and has synergised her knowledge into a treatment called Soul Energetics.

But best of all, there's the September 27 session on "What Prayer Is & What It Is Not," with Judy Pellerin.

Judy Pellerin is an educator, having taught for 16 years at the elementary school level, and worked for thirteen (13) years as a parish assistant. She then trained in “Massage: The Art of Anointing” at Berkeley, California, completed her training as a Reiki Master, and was trained for the Archdiocese of Regina as a spiritual director.

No room here to tell you about the programs on Holistic Therapies, Stress Reduction, and Floral Arrangement. But you will want to know that the John Paul II Center annually hosts the Catholic teachers of the Regina archdiocese for an "Understanding our Faith" series. So you have some idea what the Regina Catholic schools are teaching, too.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 05, 2008 7:02 PM ET USA

    Heads up! This place has closed this summer.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Sep. 18, 2005 10:58 PM ET USA

    Come to our Diocese in "almost Heaven, West Virginia" where the calendar of "spiritual events" includes reflections on "Women Who Run With The Wolves," a Jungian New Age “classic” encouraging women to return to their ``feral' roots. Or, maybe enjoy a retreat meditating on "EVOLUTIONARY FAITH" by Fr. Diramuid O'Murcha and, don't forget, the "Labyrinth Walk for All Souls Day," --- to name just a few!There is also have sacred massage offered...by a Nun! And you thought we were backwards! ha!

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 15, 2005 12:46 AM ET USA

    "Sister" Theresa and her friends Felicity & Judy are also available for a condensed version of their courses, available in what they call a one-day GPS roadmapping workshop titled: "Paving a personal road to hell in a hand-painted floral handbasket after a holisitic-psychosomatic-Reiki-anointing."

  • Posted by: - Sep. 14, 2005 7:01 PM ET USA

    No need for Meg to go so far. Right next to Edmonton the Diocese of St Paul offers Creation-Centered spirituality & Bio-Spiritual Focusing – not to forget Enneagrams. Bio-Spiritual Focusing . . . is "the radical acceptance of everything." “In the slumber of the ‘I’ is the root of all suffering.” And it's right in Alberta . . .

  • Posted by: Venerable Aussie - Sep. 14, 2005 12:37 AM ET USA

    Apparently you do the Face Reading workshop first, and then take the one with the Reiki Master so you can effortlessly spot when someone develops a 3rd eye. And the name "John Paul II Center"? Perhaps the presenter reads from JP2's Pontifical Council for Culture's JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE: A Christian reflection on the “New Age” as participants observe closely for symptoms such as flared nostrils, clenched teeth, burning ears, and raised eyebrows. SA(L)VE REGINA!

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Sep. 13, 2005 8:21 PM ET USA

    Wow, I guess Sr. Theresa is only the second human being (and first mortal) to have experienced "resurrection" - I do not think even Our Lady is yet resurrected, merely "assumed". I must hie myself over there from Edmonton. Thanks for the tip, Uncle Di. (P.S. If Ms. Pellerin is a "spiritual director", does that mean she can give me a massage while hearing my confession? Just wondering - I do love multitasking!)

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2005 12:17 PM ET USA

    Laughter dies in the throat.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2005 9:03 AM ET USA

    I sense a note of disappointment in Uncle Di's voice. Of course, if I could actually see Diogenes, I could read his face and discern his pain.

  • Posted by: shrink - Sep. 13, 2005 7:45 AM ET USA

    Uncle Di, why to mock the dowsers?