Formation for Adults


Dean's Forum

10:15–11:10 a.m.
Dagwell Hall

Led by Father Charles LaFond

Our theme this fall is “story by story” and thisformation piece will round out an exciting experience of reflecting on story in a season in the life of our Cathedral in which we are telling our story to the world as we search for a Dean—and hearing story from applicants who seek to be our Dean.  We know from Storycorps and other similar initiatives including our own Eucharist, that telling our story and hearing the story of others is important - even vital - to being community. 



Centering Prayer

5:00–5:45 p.m.
Room 200

"Be still and know that I am God." –Psalm 46:10

Join us in Centering Prayer sessions as we sit still together to know God and one another through this method of ancient silent prayer in the Christian contemplative tradition. The simple format includes a 20 minute silent sit, followed by selected contemplative readings and brief conversation. Centering prayer is meant to enrich and complement other forms of prayer, not exclude or replace them. We invite you to join us to explore and learn more about Centering Prayer, to experience in community this contemplative practice.



The Catechumenate

The Catechumenate
7:00 – 8:20 p.m.
Dagwell Hall

This is a time to learn and engage with others to explore your faith in a comfortable setting. This year, Canon Greg Robbins will lead these sessions. The format will include a teaching time by Dr. Robbins, followed by table conversations and time to report back with insights and wonderings to the larger group.


The Catechumenate meets from September 21 through May.

For more information, please contact Mike Koechner/Kim McPherson.


Cathedral Night

Of Beauty, Earth and Hearth: An Overview of Celtic Spirituality
Leader:  Father Charles LaFond

St. Francis Chapel, 7:00 – 8:20 pm

 These sessions will each consist of two teaching times followed by discussions.  We willconsider the fundamentals of Celtic spirituality and its development from the third century through to modern luminaries such as John Philip Newell, John O’Donohue and many of the female mystics such as Hilda, the Abbess of Whitby Bridget, the patron saint of bakers.  We will also explore the fairy tradition, the spirituality of land, midwives and wells of the Celtic tradition.  Rich in lore and deep in faith, the Celtic tradition is the most ancient root of the Anglican Church and offers a humble, earthy and occasionally monastic view of a way of life in which faith and life had no divisions one to the other, as seen so beautifully in the entwined knots of the Celtic church’s iconography.

Wednesday, September 21 - Beauty
Wednesday, September 28 - Land
Wednesday, October 5 - Holy
Wednesday, October 12 - Friendship