Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, LA


Taize - Upcoming Events

October 5, 2015 7pm

Rosaryville invites you to join us in an evening of Contemplative Prayer in the style of Taize'. The services start at 7:00 PM This is a simple and meditative Taize' worship which promotes serenity in all who take part in it. The prayer consists of music, scripture readings, and reflection . The candlelight service, beginning and ending in silence, fosters the participation of all present by focusing and deepening faith through the power of prayer. All are Welcome.

October 5, 2015

November 2, 2015

December 7, 2015

January 4, 2016

February 1, 2016

March 7, 2016

Spiritual Book Sharing

Spiritual Book Sharing  - Upcoming Events

October 6, 2015 10AM

In Praying the Truth, William A. Barry, SJ, helps us deepen our friendship with God by examining how to approach God, at any time and with any problem, in complete honesty. Fr. Barry reflects on how secrecy can hurt families, the Church, and ourselves, and how what we are keeping secret can get in the way of our connection with God. He acknowledges that we may fear God's reaction when revealing our most intimate truth; but just like with friendships, we risk not developing our relationship with God if we are dishonest about who we are and how we feel.

Praying the Truth helps us realize that if we do not approach God in complete honesty, we may be holding back a part of ourselves that needs to be healed. By learning how to communicate honestly with God, our friendship with God and our faith in God's promise to love us unconditionally will be strengthened.

Meeting Dates: Alternate Tuesday mornings at 10 AM

October 6, 20

November 3, 17

December 1

Fee: $50.00 (includes book and material)

Spiritual Book Sharing Fall 2015

Scripture 101

Scripture 101 - Upcoming Events

October 7, 2015

Are you interested in studying more about the old and new testaments of the Bible? Rosaryville invites you to an eight-session Scripture series to be lead by Sister Joel Gubler, O.P. The first four sessions will consist of a survey of the Old Testament and the second four sessions will cover the New Testament.

A native of New Orleans, Sr. Joel Gubler, O.P. is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and has been involved in various parochial school and parish ministries. Driven by a keen interest in ecological spirituality, she writes a weekly newspaper column on nature. She attributes her love of nature and concern for the planet's resources to her work as a camp director, a missionary in Mexico, and an organic farmer. She is a gardener and the sacristan here at Rosaryville and the DRE at Our Lady of Pompeii. Sr. Joel has taught for most of her life and is so excited to share some of her wisdom.

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 10-11:30am.

Please Call to RSVP 225-294-5039

October 7, 2015

October 14, 2015

October 21, 2015

October 28, 2015

Write from the Source

Write from the Source - Upcoming Events

October 10, 2015

Join us Saturday October 10, 2015 for a taste of the elements of calligraphy, an ancient art using writing and letterforms as artistic expression. We will explore different alphabets and the tools to make them.

No experience is necessary. All tools and materials will be provided.

There will be an introduction to illumination with hands on gilding using gold leaf with examples from medieval manuscripts to the contemporary work in the St. John's Bible. Learn to let your pen be the vehicle to journey into your creative Source.

LaVerne Parfait, a staff member of Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, has over 30 years’ experience as a calligrapher and lover of the written word. Countless workshops, studying, learning and teaching, keep the passion for hand lettering burning. LaVerne is a member of the Association for the Calligraphic Arts, IAMPETH (International Association for Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) and the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association.

Check in at 8:30 AM. Sessions 9 AM to departure at 4 PM.

Cost for the day-- $50, includes lunch

Supply Fee-- $10

Calligraphy Retreat October 10

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Peace and Prayers

Peace and Prayers - Upcoming Events

October 20, 2015

Join us for an uplifting night of prayer for peace in our lives, our community and our world. Each night will focus simply on a holy hour of prayer in Adoration followed by light snacks and social. We will gather at 7:00 PM. We invite all the young adults who have experienced Rosaryville's holy grounds to return and "retreat" for a short period with us to remind yourself how God moved in you. Too, we invite any new comers who are looking for a place of peace for prayer. The dates follow:

October 20
November 10

If you have any questions please email us at or call at 225-294-5039.

Healing the Greatest Hurt

 Healing the Greatest Hurt - Upcoming Events

Father Matt Linn

October 30- November 1, 2015

Open to both men and women.

Surveys have found that the loss of a loved one through death is the greatest hurt. If we love, we continue to grieve whether a loved one was miscarried with the briefest of lives or lived to be 90. Yet when healed, it can be among the greatest gifts as we find an even deeper love that continues forever in the communion of the saints. This All Saints weekend will focus on how to minister to ourselves and to others when in the process of grieving the loss of a loved one so that it becomes a relationship again giving us new life. These healing processes can also heal the other hurts we suffer in life.

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. Ordained in 1973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Matt, along with his partners Dennis and Sheila have written 22 books translated in over 20 languages and with over a million copies in English.

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Advent Prayer Service

Advent Prayer Service - Upcoming Events

December 14, 2015 7PM

A night of prayer, singing, and waiting...

Narrated by Patti Clement

Music by Taize Musicians

Join us for a night of prayer, singing and waiting on December 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM in our Holy Rosary Chapel at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center. The prayer service will be followed with a light reception and hot chocolate.

Patti Clement is a parishioner of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA. She is a single woman who recently completed a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Creighton University in their Theology Department. She directs retreats wherever she is called, journeys with others as a Spiritual Director on an ongoing basis, and works professionally on an as needed basis as a business consultant. Patti has directed retreats in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; St. Louis, Missouri; and Grand Coteau, Louisiana; for the Office of Spiritual Formation of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and in numerous church parishes in Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas. In October 2011, she completed an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome under the direction of Fr. Joseph Tetlow, S. J., renowned author of “Choosing Christ in the World” and several other books on Ignatian Spirituality. You can learn more about Patti

Men's Retreat: Emmaus

Men's Retreat: Emmaus - Upcoming Events

Men’s Emmaus Retreat

January 29-31, 2016

Open to All Men

Put aside the “hustle and bustle” of daily life and attend the upcoming men’s Emmaus retreat the weekend of January 29-31, 2016. The retreat is held at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center and retreat house in beautiful, peaceful Ponchatoula, Louisiana. This retreat is based on the scripture passage “The Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24: 13-35) and is an uplifting experience that has a profound effect on men’s lives. The retreat begins at 5:00 PM Friday and ends after the 5:30 PM mass on Sunday. Please don’t ignore this opportunity but pray on it instead. Something special definitely awaits you at Rosaryville!

Questions or Concerns? For additional information, please contact Norm Madere at (504) 481-0411 or Rick Valadie (504) 267-4944

Fourth Cup

Fourth Cup  - Upcoming Events

March 1, 2016

Are you looking for a Lenten prayer evening? Please join Mike Fulmer on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Rosaryville and explore the Fourth Cup.

The Fourth Cup offers you an “easy to understand” and beautifully presented perspective on the events of the Last Supper and the Paschal Sacrifice. The presentation explores the history of the Eucharist and the beautiful language of God through Scripture. Come enjoy Mr. Fulmer's testimony of discovery as he explains how he came to see the beauty of the Divine as revealed through the scripture and traditions of the Catholic Faith.

Women's Retreat for All Denominations

Women's Retreat for All Denominations - Upcoming Events

March 11-13, 2016

What to wear? Don't all women address this question at times? This question applies to more than the clothes that we put on, though. In Ephesians, Paul says to be purposeful when we dress our spiritual selves and to be sure to include peace, faith, and truth. Join Dr. JoAnn Forbes and various women as they discuss dressing for spiritual success. This event is open to women of all denominations and is focused on strengthening your relationship with Jesus. JoAnn is a true worship leader, called by God, whose gifts of music, singing, and speaking bridge the gaps between ages, genders, cultures and economic and social differences. The cost is $100 for commuter, double shared room $200, or single private room $230. Please join us for this event which will be held March 11-13, 2016 at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center.

Dr. Forbes, a dynamic worship leader and Bible teacher, shares her faith with women across the US in conferences and retreats. She and husband Rick live in Hessmer, LA. They have 2 grown children and 4 granddaughters.

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A Day of Prayer with Fr. Albert Haase, OFM

A Day of Prayer with Fr. Albert Haase, OFM - Upcoming Events

Knowing God's Will: The Practice of Discernment

March 19, 2016

The cost of this event is $50 and includes lunch. We invite all those that attend to enjoy Vigil Mass at 4:00 pm as well.

KNOWING GOD'S WILL: The Practice of Discernment
On Saturday, March 19 , Fr. Albert Haase OFM returns to Rosaryville for the second year in a row to present another workshop on the spiritual life. This year he will focus on the thorny, challenging, and often-misunderstood topic of discerning God’s will in our lives. How can we hear the voice of God in our lives? How do we know if this is really coming from God and not from ourselves—or the evil one? Are there attitudes and practices that help us become more deeply aware of God’s call in our lives? Based upon his latest book and DVD by Paraclete Press, this day promises to offer stimulating presentations and discussions.

Ordained a Franciscan priest in 1983, Albert Haase, OFM, is a popular preacher, teacher, spiritual director and radio personality. A former missionary to mainland China for over eleven years, he is the author of nine books on popular spirituality and the presenter on four bestselling DVDs. He trains spiritual directors in the Catholic diocese of Springfield, IL. Visit his web site at

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Dominican Laity 2016 Retreat

Dominican Laity 2016 Retreat - Upcoming Events

April 29- May1, 2016

The 2016 Sister Veronica Dominican Laity Annual Retreat held April 29-May1 at Rosaryville Spirit Life will be facilitated by Father David Seid, O.P.

The theme of the retreat is ""The New Evangelization and the Luminous Mysteries."

"If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31)

Costs for the two night stay with meals:
$190 Per Person Single Occupancy
$150 Per Person Double Occupancy
$85 Per Person Meals Only (Commuter)

In addition, donations will be solicited for the Retreat Master stipend and other expenses.

Contact: COL Jo Ann Cotterman, O.P., USA, Ret., 504.975.7703 or Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, or 225.294.5039

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Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat - Upcoming Events

July 29- August 3, 2016

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans


Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is pleased to offer a very special retreat, providing an opportunity to deepen the practice of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of quiet and community support.

Centering Prayer helps us let go of over-conceptualization, hyperactivity, and over-dependence on self. This means that when we experience Lectio Divina we are more open to take in the Scripture at a different level, and rely more on God. Lectio Divina reminds us that our Centering Prayer is relational, and we are entering into a deeper relation with our God, who is already deeply in love with us.

—Fr. Carl Arico

This retreat is geared to participants who have an established daily Centering Prayer or other meditative practice. Beginners are welcome with the knowledge that the retreat atmosphere will be one of profound silence and community support, in order to allow participants to deepen their reservoir of interior silence and stillness.

Join us in this beautiful countryside setting to renew your body, mind and spirit.


The retreat fee is $495, inclusive of accommodations and meals. A $200 deposit is required by June 26, 2016.

$250 commuter fee.

This retreat will begin the afternoon of Friday, July 29, 2016, with check-in from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m., and the opening presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. The retreat will conclude Wednesday, August 3 , 2016, after breakfast.

If you have any special requirements, please let us know by June 26, 2016.

For further information, please contact Vivien Michals at ( 504 ) 944 - 4000, or

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide organization founded and headed by Fr. Thomas Keating. Part of the mission of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., is to bring the ancient Christian practice of contemplative prayer to the modern community. It attempts to accomplish this goal primarily through the teaching of the practice of Centering Prayer.

Paula D'Arcy Silent Retreat

Paula D'Arcy Silent Retreat - Upcoming Events

September 22-25, 2016

We invite you join us on September 22-25, 2016 for a silent weekend retreat with Paula D'Arcy. Come spend the weekend taking a deeper look at the way we live our lives.

Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman’s voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and When People Grieve.

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