SAT Sabbatical Courses for a Typical Year:

Courses vary in length from two to ten hours of presentation. A unique aspect of the SAT Program is that participants can take all or as many of these short courses as desired. Similar content each session and repetition is kept to a minimum.

The program is composed of two sessions – one in the Fall (late August through early December) and Spring (late January through early May). Participants are encouraged to take the full program (both sessions), though some may choose to take just one of the two sessions. 

Introduction to Integration, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
During this session, participants will be introduced to and practice the process used in their small weekly integration groups.

Introduction to Spiritual Direction, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
This session will provide an understanding of the difference between spiritual direction and psychological counseling. The importance of spiritual direction in the life of seekers and their own experience will be explored.

Introduction to Spiritual Directors, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
Participants will be introduced to the spiritual directors available to SAT. There will be time for individual conversations as well as learning about each director.

Introduction to Spirituality and Liturgy, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
During these sessions, participants will be introduced to the various experiences available for deepening ones spirituality and the role of Liturgy in ‘being Church’ and building community during this sacred time of sabbatical.

Introduction to Tai Chi and Body Praise, Presented by Joann Heinritz, CSJ & Celeste Crine, OSF
This session introduces participants to the spiritual, physical, and mental benefits available through the regular practice of Tai Chi Chih® and Body Praise. Each of these modalities engage the body in gentle, focused movements anchored in one’s breath. The result over time is a growth in wholeness and holiness.

Living Contemplatively, Presented by Michael Fish, OSB Cam.
With an emphasis on finding one’s true, authentic self in God, this two-part course offering challenges one to uncover personal masks and look at life from a new perspective.  (Please bring a pillow and blanket with you.)

Praying Our Experiences, Presented by Bernard LoCoco, FSC
This course offering invites participants to consider that they pray more than they might realize because one prays one’s experiences almost naturally. We examine the theological and spiritual foundation for praying one’s experiences. The workshop also outlines a process for healing memories, plus offers a model of discerning an issue. After each presentation the participants are invited and guided to journal to help process and integrate the ideas and reflections. The journal is presented as a tool to help one pray one’s experiences. One of the goals of the workshop is to deepen one’s personal relationship with God.

Opening Doors to Interfaith Spirituality, Presented by Tom Bonacci, CP
This three-part course offering explores core interfaith documents as a way of understanding the essential elements of interfaith practice and spirituality, including guidelines for dialogue with people from different ecclesiastical traditions. The global ethic of compassion is introduced as a unifying foundation for interfaith understanding and cooperation.

Discerning the Sacred Images on the Canvas of Our Souls, Presented by Arthur Poulin, OSB Cam.
This course, part lecture and part experiential, will take you on a journey behind the scenes of a painting and into the creative process itself to see how God can be encountered there, in the hope that you will discover a pathway into your own unique gift of creativity.

Preparation for Day in Tenderloin, Presented by Mary Ann Finch
Mary Ann Finch will introduce her ministry of Care Through Touch in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The participants will also learn about the people they will encounter and the adjunct faculty that will be the guides during the day.

Healing Emotional Wounds, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
This course offering explores how we replay the past in our present-day relationships—and how we can free ourselves from this destructive pattern. We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives. This course will help us to identify and heal the emotional wounds we carry over from the past so that they won’t negatively impact ministerial effectiveness or sabotage present-day relationships.

Day in Tenderloin, Presented by Mary Ann Finch
Participants will be instructed on the population of the Tenderloin and the resources available to those who live there. They will visit St Boniface Church, St Anthony’s Soup Kitchen , and tour the area under the supervision of adjunct faculty.

What is Mine to Do?: The Soul’s Journey Through the Great Turning, Presented by Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher
If your heart is breaking in the face of "the Great Unraveling" of ecological, economic, political and social systems, come join us for a brave and beautiful journey as we dare to see we are not separate from the suffering of our world. 
     In the time of his own great unraveling, Francis of Assisi chose to turn toward gratitude, singing a song of praise known as the Canticle of Creation. Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects invites us also to choose gratitude and put our attention instead on "the Great Turning,"  the movement to a life sustaining society that she calls "the essential adventure of our time."  At the end of his life, Francis of Assisi told his followers: “I have done that which was mine to do, may Christ teach you yours.”
     Using a Franciscan perspective and the Work That Reconnects, we invite you to renew your connection to “that which is yours to do” and to discover how your unique and authentic gifts are in service to Earth in this time of planetary crisis.
     We will use experiential practices, poetry, ritual, prayer, song, and silence to guide our journey through the four stages of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects. We understand this Spiral to be archetypal and will explore it through the framework of the Christian liturgical calendar.  

Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe: Interweaving Faith and Science, Presented by Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam.
This course intends to explore and foster the connections between our spiritual journey and practice, and the contemporary vision of the Cosmos and the Big story. In this route a new relationship emerges among Divine, human, and Cosmic dimensions.

Conscience and Consciousness: Issues in Moral Theology, Presented by Gerald Coleman, SS
This three-part course offering introduces the development of a well-formed conscience from a psychological perspective as well as from Catholic tradition. It further explores how to make an informed judgment of conscience. Within this context, beginning of life and end of life issues are discussed, along with pastoral considerations related to these issues.

Life to the Full: Discerning What’s Next in My Life, Ministry, or Career, Presented by James Briggs
This course will help participants to discern their future direction.  It includes: identifying individual gifts, talents, and charisms; clarifying the purpose to which one feels called to put their giftedness and the work setting where one can be happiest and most productive;  learning the most effective ways of communicating one’s goals to those with responsibility for hiring or assignment decisions.

Coming Home to Who You Are, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
We already possess everything we need to have satisfying relationships and a happy, fulfilling life; all we need to do is learn how to bring forth our giftedness and natural wisdom—which includes our innate kindness, understanding, and courage.   This course focuses on appreciating our true self and nurturing the best in ourselves and our relationships. 

Shadow Work; Shadow Dance, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Our “shadow” is the collection of negative or undesirable traits we keep hidden—the things we don’t like about ourselves or are afraid to admit. But it also includes our positive, untapped potential—qualities we may admire in others but disavow in ourselves. Befriending the shadow makes fear an ally and enables us to live more authentically. This course makes the shadow concept not only easy to understand, but supremely practical for enhancing the quality of our lives.

Spirituality and the Arts: Devotional Bookmaking, Presented by Karen Sjoholm, MA, REACE
This course explores the book as a receptacle for personal and cultural sacred knowledge. A global perspective is emphasized and serves to introduce a wide variety of devotional book forms and materials that have conveyed spiritual expression throughout history. Included are examples of The Book of Hours by medieval illuminators, poetry by Rilke, and writings by Thomas Merton. Through creative exercises, meditation and writing, participants will translate their personal spiritual energy into the form and content of a devotional book

Reflections on Bodily Resurrection in John’s Gospel, Presented by Sandra Schneiders, IHM
How do Christians engage the most central mystery of their faith, the bodiliness of resurrection, in a postmodern era?  In this presentation, Sandra Schneiders, IHM, will help us engage John’s text on the Resurrection of Jesus, and the Church, as risen in our midst.

Human Evolution and the “Image and Likeness of God” presented by Joshua Moritz, Ph.D.
While the Scriptures of the Christian faith recognize the similarities between humans and other animals, the Bible also identifies human beings as unique in that they are designated “as the image and likeness of God” (Gen. 1:27). While some Christians have asserted that the “image and likeness of God” in humans is reflected in the unique biological and behavioral traits that distinguish humans from other creatures, others have seen the image of God in humans as a special type of relationship that humans share with God, or as a divine function the human species fulfills. Additional questions about the meaning of the image and likeness of God in humans are raised by the findings of evolutionary biology and paleoanthropology. If some non-human animals are rational or moral, does this mean that they share the image of God with humans? If non-human hominins such as Neanderthals exhibit the capacities for language and culture does this mean that they are likewise created in the Divine likeness? And if not, then why not? This presentation will explore such questions, and will make both a theological and scientific case for understanding the meaning of humans as the image and likeness of God in light of the theological framework of Biblical/historical election and the evolutionary framework of historical selection.

The Transformative Power of Surrender, Presented by Colette Lafia
Opening our heart to the path of surrender is foundational to the spiritual journey. How can the practice and grace of surrender transform us? Participants will learn to look intimately at their lives as the greatest teacher of this often misunderstood spiritual principle through engaging in prayer, art, and contemplative listening. Participants will leave this workshop with confidence that walking the path of surrender—living in acceptance and trust—will deepen their spiritual lives and bring more peace.

Incarnation in Scripture, Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
A biblical investigation of the doctrine and idea of the Incarnation implies the Scripture has something to say about this most fundamental dogma of Christianity. The texts are disputed. Our exploration of Incarnation will probe the first four-hundred years of Christian development during which the Creed and the central idea of Incarnation emerged. Our study will uncover the richness of the biblical traditions that influenced this development. Finally, we will consider the relevancy of such a discussion for our time. Indeed, Incarnation has the whole world in his hands. 

Dreams, Presented by Bernard LoCoCo, FSC
This session suggests that the psyche calls one to wholeness and holiness through the use of dreams. Topics discussed will be “Assumptions about Dreams”, “Ways of Remembering Dreams”, “How to Conceptualize Dreams,” and “A Method of Dream Analysis.”  Participants will have the opportunity to analyze dreams in large and small groups.

Self-Compassion; Self Care, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
The demands of work, ministry, and life can be daunting and exhausting.  Sometimes our giving of ourselves to others begins to take its toll.  In order to maintain the energy and effectiveness of our work and ministry, we need to pay more attention to how we care for ourselves so that we can maintain our resilience and avoid possible burnout.  This two-part course will explore self-care strategies including spirituality, exercise, nutrition, and spending time with friends and family.

Culture-Sensitive Ministries, Presented by Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J., STD, STL
Providing tools to aid the contemporary minister in intercultural sensitivity, this  interactive workshop  is based  on the premise that being aware of our own culture as well as that of another’s will ultimately bring greater understanding and cooperation among people.  Both individuals and groups can appropriate this model into their church work and ministry in a productive way that attempts to overcome cultural misunderstandings and misconceptions.

Matthew’s Passion, Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
The Passion motif in the Gospel of Matthew extends throughout the Gospel narrative itself.  We will explore three crucial texts to underscore this insight: Matthew 2: 16-18 – the slaughter of the Innocents, Matthew 8: 14-17 – the Cure of Simon Peter’s Mother-in-Law, and Matthew 27: 19 – the distress of Pilate’s wife.  The Passion of Jesus is, at one and the same time, solidarity with the afflicted and the call for that justice by which the Kingdom of God is realized on Earth in the here and now of our lives.

Holiness and Time, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Time is blessed and yet, for so many of us, time seems to be a curse, always in short supply.  In the face of insatiable demands, we often feel defeated and depleted. In kairos or holy time we claim time as a gift.  A series of unusual events or a combination of similar happenings may not be mere coincidence.  Synchronicity is the meaningful coincidence or connection of events that can set the course of our life and reveal our present calling. Such events are the fulcrum of psychological change and spiritual awakening.  Then awkward jolts can become graceful transitions, stops can become steps.  We face our destiny rather than fall into fate. 

Moral Explorations of Human Sexuality, Presented by Gerald Coleman, SS, Ph.D
In this course offering we will explore critical concerns in the area of sexuality (e.g., gender assessment, sexual addiction, etc.) in light of anthropological, theological, and pastoral concerns. 

The Power of Grace, Gratitude, and Generosity, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Grace is a God-given resource any of us can access.   Moments of grace usually come to us unexpectedly, not based on merit or effort.  This course will open up ways to recognize the grace that surrounds us: in nature, in our spirituality, in relationships, in ourselves. When we confirm for each other our giftedness and the many ways we have been blessed by God, we are thankful. That gratitude can become a prayerful attitude. When that happens our thanks blossoms into an apostolic intent. It leads to generosity – giving back to others in a variety of ways what we have generously received from God. This course explores the inter-relatedness of these three terms and provides guidance on how to give meaning and purpose to the coming seasons of our lives.  

Journeying Toward an Ecological Spirituality, Presented by Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam. 
This course offering will help translate scientific, cosmological data into a theological and spiritual framework and explore the ramifications of the new cosmology for our spiritual journey.

Spirituality and the Arts, Presented by Karen Sjoholm, MA, REACE
The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop…These words from Pope Francis, who is deeply concerned over our loss of a spiritual relationship with nature, lay the foundation for an inquiry into the numinous life of the world we live in. Practices in silence, sensing, writing, movement and art-making will be the tools used to map our awareness of internal and external landscapes. This course will take place both indoors and in nature.

Emerging Global Consciousness: An Introduction to World Religions, Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
This course offering provides an introduction to world religious traditions including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. It introduces the key beliefs and principles of each major religion and compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among them. It also opens discussion of the historical and spiritual relationships between these religions and the Christian tradition and Catholic Church.