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Non-Credit Programs

The following non-credit programs of January through May 2015 represent the ongoing mission of the Contemporary Woman Program at Brescia University: to work toward a future in which the equality of men and women will be realized and respected so that the gifts of all people will be utilized and integrated to create a just and peaceful society. All programs will be held in Room 221 of the Science Building unless noted otherwise.

Brescia students may participate in any of these classes by registering with Sister Rose Marita.
Phone: 270-686-4275
Email: [email protected]


(One Wednesday afternoon)

For ninety minutes we will dive deeply into the elements of air, earth, fire and water and encounter there the Mystery that hides in all things. We will approach with reverence and hopefully will be drawn more deeply into contemplation of the abiding presence of God in all things.

Both women and men are welcome.

Presenter: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU
Date:   March 25
Time:  1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00

(Three Monday mornings)

Inspired by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, participants will view and be invited to learn from this DVD series. It is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity.

Both men and women are welcome.

Presenter: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU
Dates: February 9, 16, 23
Time:  10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Cost: $40.00

(Four Friday mornings)

In Jewish scripture, Sophia (wisdom) is a feminine voice. Beginning with Mary of Nazareth, participants will explore the gifts of the feminine soul which are for men as well as women.

Both women and men are welcome.

Presenter: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU
Dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


(Four Thursday afternoons)

 Visionary, poet, composer, preacher and healer, Hildegard von Bingen, born in 1098, lived in Germany’s Rhineland during most of the twelfth century (1098-1179). Hildegard is a woman whose piety, strength and spiritual wisdom were renowned in her own time and can inspire us today. Pope Benedict XVI named her a doctor of the Church on October 7, 2012.

Both men and women are welcome.

Presenter: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU
Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

SOUL GARDENING with Teresa of Avila
(Four Tuesday afternoons in April)

On four Tuesday afternoons in April, comes a special opportunity for the care of our soul. Guided reflections on the life and writings of the 16th century Spanish mystic, Teresa of Avila, will be used to awaken, on a deeper level, the gift of life that is ours to live now.

Both women and men are welcome.

Presenter: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU
Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Cost:   $50.00                

(Second Wednesday of the month)

The Partnership Group, in its 26th year, is continuing to study and discuss Resurrecting Jesus by Adyashanti.

Both men and women are welcome

Facilitator: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU, and members of the partnership group
Dates: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13
Time:  7 – 9 p.m.            

Registration is closed

(Three Wednesday afternoons)

Based on the book, Ecology and Religion, by John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, participants in this program will be invited to examine the role that religions could play in resolving the complex environmental concerns of today.

Both men and women are welcome.

Presenter: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU
Dates: February 4, 18, 25
Time:  1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Cost:   $40.00

(Friday mornings – 6 sessions)

This study group gains pleasure, knowledge, and inspiration from sharing materials that develop issues of justice, peace and spirituality. During this session we are exploring the Enneagram as a possible tool for our spiritual journey. Teachings presented on DVD by Richard Rohr and Russ Hudson will be used to guide our study.

Both women and men are welcome.

Facilitator: Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU
Dates: March 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1
Time:  10 – 12 noon
Cost:   $30

(Tuesday evenings)

For thousands of years, Hatha Yoga has been a scientific way to bring the body, mind, and spirit into harmony. You will learn techniques to improve flexibility and strength in the body, to relax, and to reduce stress. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Bring a large beach towel or yoga pad.

Both women and men are welcome.

Presenter: Sue Gard Thayer, USWFA
Place: Administration Building, Rm. 128
Dates: Tuesdays (Continuous)
Time: 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:   $35.00 for eight weeks