Upcoming Events

To register for a program, please call 614.416.1910, email martindeporres@oppeace.org, or register online with a credit card.

Thursday,
August 13

9:00AM-3:00PM

 


 


Spiritual Practices for Elders to Consider

Presented by John Holliger

What one thing have you always wanted to do? What have you been doing that has run its course? What are you doing now that you would like to do differently? What are your concerns and hopes for this time of your life? This workshop provides the opportunity to slow down and consider these questions and others in the context of simple spiritual practices like gathering memories or sauntering in nature. Give yourself the gift of a contemplative day devoted to learning more about yourself.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

Suggested donation is $20. Bring a bag lunch. Desserts and drinks provided. Please register by August 7.

Monday,
August 17

7:00-8:30PM

 


 


The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton

Presented by filmmaker Morgan Atkinson

The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton is a film study of the last year of the life of Thomas Merton. In 1968, seeking a fuller union with God, Merton set out to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. This film celebrates all that was gained by his journey and considers why Merton's life and work challenge us even today. Filmmaker Morgan Atkinson will join us for a short presentation on Merton following the film.

This event connects us with the worldwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of Merton's birth. Come and see how his legacy lives on.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

Suggested donation is $15. Please register by August 13.

Saturday,
September 19

2:00-4:00PM

 


 


Tea and Company: Tea in Literature

It's time for the third annual High Tea Fundraser benefiting the Martin de Porres Center - and you don't want to miss it! Last year's fundraiser was hardly over before guests were asking to have Dr. Ann Hall join us again this year as our featured speaker. After providing a brief history of tea, Dr. Hall will look at the importance of tea in the works of writers such as Henry James, George Orwell, Jane Austin, and Oscar Wilde. Special guest will join her in reading various passages.

The High Tea menu will once again include traditional sandwiches, scones, and sweets. And of course, you'll want to take your chances on the raffle, finding just the right item for yourself or a gift.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

$35 prepaid, non-refundable registration is due by September 14. Print a registration form and mail/drop-off with payment or register online.

Saturday,
October 10

10:00-11:45AM

or

12:30-2:00PM

 


 


Splitting the Adam: Recovering the Story of Human Origins (AM)

Evolution and the Bible: Is Science Compatible with Christian Faith? (PM)

Presented by Sr. Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, PhD

If you enjoy exploring the meaning of Scripture and how it relates to our lives today this is the program for you! Ursuline Sister Lisa Marie Belz was one of our most popular speakers when she spoke on the writings of Sr. Paul earlier this year. This time, she will focus on the meaning of the creation story from the Book of Genesis and how it changed when Hebrew text was translated into Greek and Latin.

In the afternoon session, we will look at what modern biblical scholarship teaches us about the different stories of creation. From there, we will look at Teilhard de Chardin's "Cosmic Christ" as the origin and goal of evolution.

Participants may sign up for either session or both. If you plan to attend both sessions, please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

Suggested donation is $15 per program or $25 for both. Please register by October 5.

Tuesday,
October 13

1:00-2:30PM

 


 


A Tour of Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling

In keeping with our commitment to understanding different faith traditions, we at the Martin de Porres Center invite you to join us for a visit to Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling, a Buddhist meditation center in the Tibetan Kama Kagyu tradition. It is located at 231 S. Grubb St., Columbus. Plan to arrive in the rear parking lot of KTC at 1:00. (Please do not park on Grubb St.) Inside, we will join Darrell Peters for a tour, followed by an informative talk about Buddhism.

In the Tibetan tradition, it is customary to remove one's shows while in the Main Shrine Room. Chairs are provided for those who prefer not to sit on the floor. Comfortable clothing is appropriate. Please note that the center is not handicap accessible.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

This event is free and open to the public, but please register by October 8.

Saturday,
October 24

10:30AM-12:00PM

or

1:00-2:30PM

 


 


Pope Francis: The Man & Spiritual Leader (AM)

Pope Francis the Teacher: The People Wish
to See Jesus (PM)

Presented by Sister Diane Zerfas, OP

You may have seen the popular bumper sticker that says, "This pope gives me hope!" What is it about Pope Francis that touches so many people of many faith tradiitions? And why is his message a source of hope especially for so many Catholics? This two-part workshop is particularly timely, following on the pope's visit to the U.S. in September.

The morning session will explore the questions: Where did Pope Francis come from, and where might he lead us? The afternoon session will use the homilies of Francis to catechists to explore personal encounters with Jesus that form all believers.

Participants may sign up for either session or both. If you plan to attend both sessions, please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

Suggested donation is $10 per program or $20 for both. Please register by October 19.

Saturday,
October 31

9:00AM-3:00PM

 


 


Falling in Love with the Earth Again

Presented by the Dominican Alliance Eco-Justic Committee

Join the Dominican Alliance Eco-Justice Committee for a reflective day considering our deeply embedded relationship with Earth, our home. The day will present us with different avenues that can remind us of who we are as a part of this living earth and renew our embodied human selves. Spend time with others pondering, celebrating, and creating your loving connection with Earth.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

Free will offering will be collected, with a boxed lunch included. Please register by October 25.

Sunday,
November 1

2:00-3:30 PM

 


 


St. Martin de Porres Feast Day

The annual celebration of the feast day of Martin de Porres, patron of the Martin de Porres Center, is always a highlight of the year. This year, our guest speaker will be Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia Dual, speaking on Martin de Porres: a Saint with a Message for Our Time. She will reflect with us on Martin's timeless message of love and peace. In addition, we will again be graced by the Bakhita Dancers and the Catholic Community Choir.

This year, our main program will take place in the chapel of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, after which we will move to the Martin de Porres Center for refreshments and enjoyment of an art exhibit by Women of Color. Free and open to the public!

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

Tuesday,
November 17

7:00-9:00PM

 


 


Nostra Aetate: The 50th Anniversary 

Presented in partnership with the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio

The transformation of Catholic-Jewish relations over the past 50 years has been so successful that few today know much about the Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church's relations with other faiths and whose 50th anniversary we mark this year. Nostra Aetate opened the door for Catholics to that which is "holy and true" in other religions, extending a hand to Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, as well as to Judaism. This anniversary year offers the opportunity for people of all faiths to explore the historical context for the document, become acquainted with its proponents, and assess its impact on interfaith dialogue today.

Exploring these issues will be a panel of Central Ohio's interfaith leaders, facilitated by Christina Butler, president of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO). The topic reflects IACO's mission to encourage an interreligious community based on understanding, friendship and trust.

View a PDF flyer for more information on the program.

Suggested donation is $15. Please register by November 12.

Sunday,
December 13

2:30PM

 

Sounds of the Season: Annual Christmas Concert 

Our annual Christmas concert this year will feature the members of the St. Margaret of Cortona Choir, conducted by Chris Walsh. Get in the Christmas spirit by enjoying the music of the season!

Free and open to the public, but please register by December 9.

Ongoing Programs

Second Wednesdays - Turning Leaves and Tea Leaves (book club), 2:00-3:30 pm, This monthly book club is facilitated by Marialein Anzenberger, OP, and Colleen Gallagher, OP. Join us for lively conversation with others who share your love of reading!

Third Mondays - Thomas Merton Study Group, 6:00-8:00 pm, Vespers in Motherhouse chapel are followed by discussion of Merton readings, led by Merton scholar David Belcastro, PhD.

Every Tuesday - Blue Heron Sangha, 7:15-9:00 pm, A mindfulness community in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. For information, contact Sandy at scoen@columbus.rr.com.