Shalom Place was founded as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie. 

This ministry is about assisting those persons who are searching 

for more meaning and who yearn to grow in their life of faith and spirituality.


Lent is right around the corner! What will you do?

Discernment in Making Lenten Plans

by Vinita Hampton Wright

(on Ignatianspirituality.com)

What will you do during Lent this year?

Will you fast from certain food and drink? Build in more prayer than usual? Make more donations of money, time, or talent? Attend Mass more often? Use a special Lenten devotional book for your prayer time?

Although the basic activities of Lent stay constant in Church Tradition—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—our lives move and our interior landscapes shift from one year to the next. God knows that we experience change and that the “best” Lenten practice for us one year may not be what our soul most needs another year.

So, let’s do some discerning around this topic. How can we choose our activities or practices for this Lenten season? We can apply some Ignatian wisdom by asking questions such as the following.

What are my deep desires right now? Would Lent be a good season in which to pray those desires? Our truest desires are usually God’s desires speaking in us. But true desires can become hidden under layers of false desires or superficial wants. Lent can give us the opportunity to focus on desires and talk with God about them, to learn where our deep desire meets God’s purposes for our life and the world.

In what area of my life am I experiencing a lack of spiritual freedom? Where am I clinging to something or trying to force an outcome? In what area has fear or pride or simple ego compelled my thoughts, words, and actions? Dealing forthrightly with unfreedom can be quite an effective form of penance, because we are admitting where we have gone off course, we spend time in prayer identifying why we are not free, and we seek to renew our trust in God and thus loosen our grip on a specific area of life.

How am I participating in God’s kingdom? How am I working with Christ, following the direction of the Holy Spirit, and helping fulfill the Creator’s dream for this world? Lent can be the perfect time to “praydream,” as Jesuit Mark E. Thibodeaux puts it. Daydream prayerfully about how your circumstances, opportunities, interests, and gifts can better contribute to God’s kingdom on earth.

Welcome to a new year at

Shalom Place!​

We are embarking on a new year 

of spiritual growth opportunities!

Check out the programs and retreats for the 

2019-2020 year!

Small Group Programs


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Small Group Programs

Small group programs are offered throughout the year. There are a wide range of topics meeting the needs and interests of a variety of different people. 

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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction or Spiritual Guidance is help provided to people who want to deepen their connection with God and to enrich their prayer life. This involves “listening to one’s life” by becoming more aware of God’s loving presence and activity in their daily life.

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A variety of retreat experiences are available - from short reflection evenings, to full day, weekend and week-long retreats.

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Library offerings

We have a large selection of materials available for you to borrow, including a variety of spiritual reading, music and audio CDs, and DVD programs.

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Meet the Team

We are blessed to have a wonderful team of people with whom we serve.  

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Links to nurture your spiritual growth!

Daily Reflections from CU

Check out today's daily reflection from the Creighton University online ministries website!

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calendar of reflections!


Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. 

Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

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Ignatian Spirituality

IgnatianSpirituality.com is a service of Loyola Press, a ministry of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It offers information on and experiences of Ignatian spirituality from Jesuit and Ignatian sources around the world. It serves all audiences—the curious, the knowledgeable, and the expert.

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