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Faith Development!

Connecting one another and growing in faith.

Entering the Narrow Gate 2023:

Foundations of Christian Spirituality

School of Spiritual Formation

Year-long Program

Hosted at Grace Lutheran Church

312 Prospect St. Howell MI 48843        Staff Contact: Rev. Ken Greble (616)460-1122

Program Facilitator: Sister Nancy Brousseau, OP: (616) 560-4580 or


Open to anyone who would like to explore the classic elements of monastic, spiritual & contemplative life to discover how this ancient wisdom, learning and spiritual practice might be understood and lived in new settings & life today. The program offers a reflective personal & transformative process for all who desire a deeper life in Spirit and more intentional living of the Christian life. The rich and inspiring teaching is centered on the saints, mystics, and spiritual teachers of the Christian centuries, personal contemplative prayer practice, lively conversations, and living of a personal Rule of Life.

Ten Saturdays 9:30am - 4:30pm; February 2023 – June and August 2023- December 2023

  • (Please bring your lunch, coffee/hot water and Bottled water provided)

Ten Sessions:  9:30 am-4:30 pm; one Saturday per month

(separate registration form available) 

Tuition: $600 (Payment in full or 50% due with registration & 50% in August

to Dominican Sisters

Required Books:

 (may be purchased on at reduced cost) Required editions:

The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault;

The Rule of Benedict. Ed., Timothy Fry Liturgical Press, 1982;

The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser.,

The Cloud of Unknowing translated by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, 2009;

The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill; Joan of Arc by Mark Twain – with trial proceedings included Publisher: Ignatius Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1989)


The Deeper Journey by M. Robert Mulholland, jr

The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance at all sessions

  • Preparation for each session, required readings (short background and/or readings from the original writings of each spiritual teacher) and journal questions emailed to participants prior to each session. Participation in class discussions is expected.

  • Participation in a four-day silent directed retreat during the year is encouraged – Dates TBD

  • Participants are encouraged to have a spiritual director or companion during the year

Program Schedule:

February – through June      

2/25/2023 Gospel according to John

Paschal Mystery and Spiritual Journey

3/25 Mothers & Fathers of the Desert

Contemplative Prayer & Approaches to God

4/22 St. Benedict and St. Scholastica & St. Hildegard of Bingen

5/27 St. Francis & St. Clare & Meister Eckhart

6/24/ Beguine Women’s Movement St. Catherine of Siena

August through December

8/19 Julian of Norwich

Cloud of Unknowing

9/23 St. Teresa of Avila

St. John of the Cross

10/21 St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Oscar Romero

11/18 St. Joan of Arc

Evelyn Underhill

12/16Dorothy Day

Thomas Merton

Women's Bible/Book Study​


Join us at Grace on the third Monday of each month, September through May, at 7 p.m. for lively discussions and fellowship. Please contact the church office for additional information.

J.O.Y. Luncheon


Meets on the first Wednesday of each month, September through May. Worship service is held at 11:30 a.m. followed by a B.Y.O. Covid-19 friendly lunch. Anyone 50 years and older is welcome to join the fellowship. For additional information on location, please contact the church office.

Youth Programs


The High School Club is for high school students and have a variety of activities throughout the year that involve fun, fellowship, and serving. The High School Team plans mission trips in the summer to ministry sites throughout Michigan. The goal of this Team is to experience serving outside the walls of the church, witnessing the love of Christ in the world!

Middle school groups grow in their faith through confirmation classes two times per month at Grace and an additional time with other Lutheran churches from Livingston County.  Confirmation Camp is offered in the summer.


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