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.


With the end of the Christmas season,

we offer the following reflection for the New Year.

Small Changes for a Big Year: Choose Silence

Adapted from Shemaiah Gonzalez

(on Ignatianspirituality.com)

What if a new year wasn’t about more, but less?

We make our lists, our resolutions, our goals.

What if we stopped, simplified, slowed down?

What if we chose less noise?

This year, choose silence.

It is a small thing. A good thing. A healing thing.

Silence is clean, simple, tender.

It is a small choice you can make any time.

Silence is a gift to give yourself through the day.

Choose to drive without the endless banter of the radio. 

Choose to sit in a waiting room without a magazine. 

Choose to wait in a line without pulling out your phone. 

Choose to walk or run without music. 

Imagine looking for opportunities for silence throughout the day—as a treat, a way to nurture and reward yourself. Silence becomes a delight, a pleasure to enjoy.

In conversation, do not fill gaps with words -  in silence we can listen.

At work, pause to take five deep breaths in silence. 

How can we live without silence? Writer Brian Doyle said, “Sometimes you need to drink two or three glasses of silence before you can go on.” Once it is incorporated into our lives, we realize we were thirsty for it—longing for it.

How can we be ourselves without silence? We’ve been so busy becoming part of the noise. In silence we can hear our own voice and discover who we are.

Sometimes prayer is silence. It is not that we withdraw from the world and find God in a quiet place. It is that we, ourselves, become quiet. In our silence we hear that God is everywhere. Mother Teresa said, “In the silence of the heart God speaks.” 

When we invite silence into our lives, our heart becomes quiet, open. We can hear God’s still, small voice inviting us into his silent love.

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


Want to know more about Spiritual Direction?

Check out that page for information!

Spiritual Direction

Don't forget to check out our photo page 

to see past events! 


We hope you continue to enjoy the reflections and prayers linked below, as well as on our FaceBook page!

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!

Click here  for this month's 

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.

Click here to be brought 

to today's prayer.

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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Ignatian Spirituality resources.

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