Winter Spirituality Series #2, Deep Listening: Being a Loving and Healing Presence
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us for part 2, of our Winter Spirituality Series where we will discuss Being a Loving and Healing Presence.

Complimentary Program; Freewill donations gratefully received.

Please register by Wednesday, February 22 2017, with Name and Phone number: Susan M. Pudelek, M.Div., at 312.421.3757.

Winter Spirituality Series 2017, Listening Beyond Our Own Cocoon
Mar 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Winter Spirituality Series 2017 

Listening Beyond Our Own Cocoon

Connecting with Wisdom and Heart

 Saturday, March 25 * 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Every person’s mind is a different universe.  How can we:

* Emerge from our own cultural cocoon to better understand someone’s life challenges?

* ‘See Christ in every person’

* Take effective action grounded in mindfulness and prayer?

Come and explore the sacred art of listening and how prayerful presence helps us make a real difference in our communities.

Discover the St. Vincent dePaul Society model of respectful deep listening, where volunteers learn to guide clients in how to address their own needs.


Pamela Matambanadzo

Chairperson, Voice of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paul Society Chicago (SVdP), has been a member of SVdP since 2003.  She is one of two board members responsible for the day-to-day running of The Pope Francis Center – a case management center helping people transition out poverty through Systemic Change. Pamela offers financial counseling, financial literacy classes and serves in volunteer positions with the SVdP NCR committee for the Multicultural Diversity, secretary of SMOL Conference and as VP of Chicago District IV.

Aarti Tejuja 

Director of Social Engagement, Shambhala International. Through the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, Aarti has been able to find her true calling which is to find a way to live out her spiritual path in action. She does this by creating safe spaces for young people in Chicago, and teaching people how to live mindfully and to give back to society.  Aarti has worked with constituent groups including boards, committees, volunteers, and external audiences.

Susan M. Pudelek

Director of Pilgrimage Ministry, The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, creates programs of spiritual support and is on the pastoral staff.  She is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union with an M.Div., Concentration in Word and Worship.  Susan is also a liturgical dancer, actor and singer, B.A. in Theatre, Loyola University Chicago.  She has led programs in movement prayer and danced in liturgies locally, nationally and internationally.  Susan is an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World’s Religions and is a Certified InterPlay © leader.


with Name and Phone number

at 312-421-3757 or via email.

Freewill donations gratefully received.

Lenten Day of Reflection and Reconciliation
Apr 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION AND RECONCILIATION in Preparation for Holy Week

Being Christ for One Another Learning the ‘Art of Accompaniment’

A Bus Pilgrimage Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. * 8:30 a.m. check-in, coffee

For I was a stranger and you welcomed me… Matt 25:35-36


Taller de José * St. Joseph’s Workshop

* How are we to accompany those who encounter difficulties due to illness, lack of food, shelter, schooling and more?

* How do we walk respectfully alongside them, listening, supporting and being present as compassionate friends?

Pope Francis invites us all to practice the “’art of accompaniment’ which teaches us to ‘remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other” (EG). We are to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. As we prepare for Holy Week, join us on a unique bus pilgrimage to deepen our understanding on how we may do this today. We’ll stop at places in Chicago where people find themselves in need of help such as hospitals, courthouses or social service agencies as we explore the art of accompaniment. Taller de José staff will lead us, inviting reflections and sharing stories of their ministry of accompaniment. Beyond the hours, training and experience, the most important thing staff members offer others is their ability to listen with their heart. Presenters: Taller de José (Staff) is a community resource center with more than 150 partnerships including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, connecting people to services and services to people. Together they work “welcoming the stranger” and giving clients the tools they need to overcome obstacles when seeking assistance. Located in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood they are a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Taller de José works so that “all may be one.”

Program Begins at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Morning Prayer / Bus Pilgrimage / Lunch / Reconciliation Service with individual Confession Registration: $40 per person.

Includes transportation and lunch. Limited Seating.

Reservations a must, due Wednesday, April 5.

Limited Seating. Reservations a must, due Wednesday, April 5.

3 Ways to Register:

Call: 312.421.3757 (V/MC) or

  Online: at Give Central or

Mail: Check to:

The Shrine of Our Lady of PompeiiAttn: Lenten Day

1224 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60607

Moving on With Grace
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

A Spiritual Journey for Men and Women Grieving the Death of a Spouse.

Speaker:  Amy Florian.

Amy Florian is a nationally recognized speaker, teacher, and retreat director who uses her personal experience of loss along with the best of current research for her engaging and dynamic presentations. A liturgy and bereavement consultant who holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies and a Fellow in Thanatology (the highest level of certification in the field of death and grief studies),  Amy worked in parish ministry for over 2 decades. She teaches professionals how to better serve people in times of transition and loss, and taught in the graduate ministry department of Loyola University in Chicago for almost 10 years. Amy has published over 100 articles, 4 books and has a passion for helping people heal and live fully.

Program includes: Liturgy of Lamentation, presentation & discussion with Amy Florian, Quiet Time, Reflection and Liturgy of Hope.

$25 paid registration, Walk Ins Welcome!

8:30 am – check in and coffee

9:00 am to 1:00 pm – program

1:00 pm – lunch served

What people who have attended say about this program:

  • Even after being widowed for 12 years, I learned so much – beautifully and thoroughly presented. Thank you! – Anna Marie Pettigrew
  • Everything was more wonderful than I ever expected. Amy was phenomenal. If possible, I’ll be back next year. I’m telling all my friends about this and want to bring them. – Carol Smith
  • The dance prayer was beautiful! It really reflected what I’m feeling. Thank you! – anonymous
  • Wonderful day! Love the integration of prayer and ritual with understanding grief and healing. – Christine Trausch
  • Thank you especially for the power of the liturgical prayer. It was very healing. – Judith Flanigan
Praying with St. Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles, a Morning Retreat
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, July 22 

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

10 a.m. – 12 noon

* When were you surprised by God?

* How is God calling you to witness to Jesus Christ?

* Discover what Mary Magdalene’s story means for us today.

A morning of prayer and reflection on Gospel witness in our time.

Led by

Julie Berggren, M.A., Spirituality

Director of Pastoral Care, Holy Name Cathedral

Julie Berggren is a spiritual director, Secular Franciscan, grief group facilitator and retreat leader. She enjoys weaving Franciscan and Ignatian spirituality both in life and work. Julie is Director of Pastoral Care at Holy Name Cathedral, MA in Spirituality, Loyola University Chicago.

 Please register with Name and Phone

by Monday, July 17.

or call 312.421.3757

Freewill donations gratefully received.

What people have said about this program:

“This was a beautiful Mary Magdalene morning.  Great mix of Scripture, history, myth, debunking, time for reflection and sharing and prayer. Thank you!”
“I very much appreciate the careful analysis of Scripture in discerning the true biblical Mary Magdalene.  Also the source information throughout our tradition that contributed to our images of M.M. that have come down to us.”
“Excellent presentation. Gave me a different insight into M of M.  I’d recommend the program to others.”
“Mind-opening material.  Inspiration to pursue Mary of Magdala.”


Prayer Walk with Mary
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am


in Arrigo “Peanut” Park, (across from the Shrine)

Saturday, August 19, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 

* In Case of Rain, Prayer Walk will take place in the Shrine. *

Connecting with the sacredness of all God’s creation,we’ll gather in Arrigo “Peanut” Park,

across from the Shrine, for a prayerful walk with Mary, Mother of God.

Join Us for a walk in nature with Mary, a sign of hope for humanity.

Led by Julie Berggren, M.A.

Director of Pastoral Care, Holy Name Cathedral

Julie Berggren is a spiritual director, Secular Franciscan, grief group facilitator and retreat leader. She enjoys weaving Franciscan and Ignatian spirituality both in life and work. Julie is Director of Pastoral Care at Holy Name Cathedral, MA in Spirituality, Loyola University Chicago.

 Please Register with Name, Phone and Email by WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16

Call: 312.421.3757 or

Please click here to Register Online.

Freewill donations gratefully received!

Comments from Last Year’s Program:

“I appreciated the thoughtful, contemplative atmosphere that truly felt welcoming to all.”
“It spoke to my heart and renewed my spirit.  Thank you.”
“Thank you for a lovely morning and opportunity to pray.”
“Love the walk and prayers and sharing of ideas.”
Lost Child Pilgrimage
Oct 28 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Are you, or someone you love, grieving the death of a child?


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii invites Men and Women to join us for this very special day of reflection, healing and hope.


We welcome you or someone you know in the peace of Christ Jesus.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. * 8:30 a.m. Check-In, Coffee

17th Annual Lost Child Pilgrimage

Explore the Sacred Journey of Loss, Healing and Hope

Feast of St. Jude Thaddeus

Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible Causes

Speaker:  Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.

There are so many things about life that cannot be explained. The unbelievable, inconsolable loss of a child is one of life’s most difficult experiences.  The absence of such a precious life, no matter the age or under what circumstances, wounds deeply. Grief mixed with anger and confusion rises. We cry out for answers. How do we cope with losses of new life, of promising futures? How do we move through our grief, our vanished hopes and dreams? How do we make the painful journey back to full life as we remember and honor our lost child?

On the Feast of St. Jude, Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible Causes, Fr. Fragomeni will offer a reflection and discussion on how St. Jude encourages hope and perseverance for those who are experiencing the impossible cause of grieving the loss of a child.

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This Pilgrimage to Mary’s House is a pilgrimage of solidarity.

For Mary, too, has lost a child, but nevertheless, continues to hope in the promise of God.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii stands with and for those who carry the burden of the Lost Child. We of Mary’s House open our doors and our hearts to you, standing with you, for Mary’s Bethlehem joy was Mary’s Calvary vigil of sorrow as well.  We have faith in the power of prayer to heal the soul and faith in the comfort and support of a community coming together in solidarity.

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Speaker: Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.  Nationally acclaimed speaker, author, retreat master and teacher. Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Adjunct faculty, Department of Religious Studies, DePaul University.

Central to Fr. Richard‘s ministry is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart. He is author of Come to the Feast and co-author with Br. Michael McGrath, O.C.F.S., of both Blessed Art Thou Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen and At the Name of Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Light. He has published In Shining Splendor: Fifty Eastertime Meditations, and The Eucharist: 50 Questions from the Pews.

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Registration: $25 per person, due Wednesday, October 25

Includes Lunch

2 Easy Ways to Register: 

Click here to register online,  or

CALL: 312.421.3757 with your V/MC

Please include your Name, Email and Phone, as well as # of Attendee(s) and any additional names for each

Breakout Session.

No one will be turned away.  Please contact the Shrine for details if you are in need of financial assistance for this program.

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Schedule: Saturday, October 28

8:30 a.m.  Check-In, Coffee

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductory Remarks

9:15 a.m. Liturgy of Lamentation

9:45 a.m. Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.

11:00 a.m. Facilitated Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m Liturgy of Hope

1:00 p.m. Light lunch

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Facilitated Breakout Sessions

ONE: Precious Babies, Regaining Life and Hope – Julie Berggren, M.A.

TWO: Milestones Celebrated and Mourned: The Death of a Child or Adolescent – Mary Ellen O’Donnell, M.A.

THREE: When Your Adult Child Predeceases You – Julie Federici, M.Div., M.Ed., GC-C

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Wall of Remembrance

We invite you to bring a photo of your loved one for a special display on Saturday, October 28.

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Please Share this information with support groups, bereavement counselors

and anyone in need. Additional brochures available by calling 312.421.3757

Advent Day of Reflection
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Birthing God, Franciscan and Dominican Insights on Creation and the Incarnation

How do we bring forth Christ in our world today?

How is God’s solidarity with all of creation expressed through Sts. Francis, Dominic, and the mystical insights of Bonaventure and Meister Eckhart?

A morning retreat on how our image of God affects how we live and relate to others as we prepare a place for the Lord this Advent.


Br. MJ Groark, Capuchin Franciscan friar of the Province of St. Joseph, entered the order in 2008 and made his perpetual vows in 2014. Serving in numerous capacities within the order, he has ministered in Milwaukee, Detroit, on Native American reservations in Montana and is currently stationed on Chicago’s Southside. A graduate of St. Xavier University he has degrees in philosophy and anthropology. Br. MJ is currently in the Master of Divinity program at Catholic Theological Union preparing for the priesthood.


Br. Nicholas Reynolds, O.P. is a Dominican friar and member of the Province of St. Martin de Porres. He holds a BS degree in Physics from Furman University and is currently a 5th year student studying theology and philosophy at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Bro. Nicholas enjoys topics on spirituality and likes to take walks for contemplation. He is a lover of food and cultural cuisines.



Mid-Morning Prayer


Silence or Small Group Reflection

Examination of Conscience

Reconciliation Service with individual confession

3 Easy Ways to Register:

$25 Paid Registration is due by Wednesday, December 6.

Lunch included.

Walk-Ins are Welcome!

Online:  Click here to register online via Give Central.

Call:  312.421.3757 with V/MC information

Mail: Click here for registration Form.  Please print, complete and mail in with Check or V/MC information payable to: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Attn: Advent Day

1224 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607



Winter Spirituality 2018
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Winter Spirituality 2018 – Deep Listening: Being a Loving and Healing Presence

Saturday, February 24, 2018

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8:30 a.m. check-in, coffee

“Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.” (D. Augsburger)

Listening is an art.  Deep listening happens in the heart.  Beyond our logical minds there is a ground of knowing where we encounter Divine grace and compassion that heals and transforms us.  Come and learn practices in deep listening where our inner and outer landscapes meet. We’ll experience Centering Prayer (Christian tradition) and the secular aspects of Mindfulness Meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

Cultivating silence, noticing and not judging our thoughts opens our hearts to receiving God’s abundant grace and mercyas we know our basic goodness.


Aarti Lentz Tejuja 

Director of Social Engagement, Shambhala International, creates safe spaces for young people in Chicago teaching how to live mindfully and give back to society.

Susan M. Pudelek, M.Div.

Coordinator of Interreligious Relations, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Archdiocese of Chicago, builds relationships with people of many religious traditions. Susan was the Shrine’s Director of Pilgrimage Ministry for more than 12 years.

Susan and Aarti were delegates with the Buddhist Catholic Vatican Dialogue and met Pope Francis in June 2015.

$25.00 Paid Registration is due by

Wednesday, February 21.

Lunch included.

3 Ways to Register:

  1. Call:312.421.3757 (V/MC) or
  2. Online: Please click here.
  3. Mail Check or Credit Card information to:

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Attn: Deep Listening

1224 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Lenten Day of Reflection and Reconciliation
Mar 24 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm


Three Doorways into Holy Week: Stories that can Change our Lives Glorying in the Cross
Saturday, March 24 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check-in, coffee 8:30 a.m

“We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”: these are the first words, the entrance antiphon, of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the beginning of the Triduum. The Scriptures of Lent, especially the Gospels of the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays in year B – this year – prepare us to enter into the three most solemn days of Holy Week and focus on the mystery of our salvation: the death and Resurrection of the Lord.

We will spend our time together reflecting on these Gospels to prepare ourselves to Glory in Christ’s Cross.

Speaker: Victoria M. Tufano, Senior Editor & Liturgical Consultant at Liturgy Training Publications.  She has served as a parish director of liturgy and Christian initiation, and as a diocesan director of worship. She was as a team member for institutes of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and served on Forum’s board of directors. She is a frequent writer and speaker on liturgy and Christian initiation and was the editor of Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation and of several books on initiation. She holds a Master of Arts in liturgical studies and a Master of Divinity, both from the University of Notre Dame.

Mid-Morning Prayer
Silence or Small Group Reflection
Examination of Conscience
Reconciliation Service with individual confession

$25 Paid Registration: due Wednesday, March 21. Includes lunch.
3 Ways to Register:
* Call: 312.421.3757 (V/MC) or
* Online: Please click here.

* Mail Check or Credit Card information to:

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Attn: Lenten Day

1224 W. Lexington Street Chicago, IL 60607