Divine Word College to Host Benefit Golf Outing

Divine Word College Seminary in Epworth, Iowa is hosting its Annual Benefit Golf Outing Friday, July 22 at Timberline Golf Course south of Peosta, Iowa.

The outing begins with a shotgun start at 1 pm for the four-person, 18-hole best-shot format. New this year is a $25,000 hole-in-one prize! Social and dinner will begin around 6 pm. A silent auction and raffle will also be part of the evening program. Cost per golfer is $80 and includes, golf, cart, prizes and steak dinner. For anyone wishing to enjoy just the steak dinner, the cost is $25.

Anyone interested in playing in or sponsoring the outing may contact Mark Singsank at 563-876-0097 or

Proceeds from the golf outing will assist Divine Word students with their educational expenses as they prepare for life as Catholic missionaries. Last year’s event raised more than $11,000. All students receive scholarship support and most receive full scholarships. Last year Divine Word students received more than $1.2 million in scholarship assistance.

Divine Word College Seminary, operated by Divine Word Missionaries, is the only college seminary in the United States dedicated to the preparation of future missionary priests, brothers and sisters for the Catholic Church.  Divine Word College educates students from throughout the U.S. and the world, and prepares them for lives of service to God’s people. Divine Word Missionaries share the Word of God in 80 countries, including the United States.

On September 29, 2019, in response to real needs, and after broad consultation, Archbishop Jackels announced the start of a special appeal, called ArchdioceseOne, to help the poor and to support the mission of the Church. In March of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to pause active fundraising for ArchdioceseOne. In mid-February, we’ll be restarting our fundraising efforts for this special appeal. You likely received a letter in the mail recently regarding this subject, but if not, Archbishop has made a video for you about this important effort he’d like you to see. It will only take about 5 minutes of your time to watch. Simply scan this QR code with your smartphone camera. Then click the link that pops up on your phone’s screen. This will take you to his video. **If you don’t have a QR enabled smartphone, type the following link into your internet browser for Archbishop Jackels video: Thank you!


Rediscover the Saints

This is not just another book about the saints. Both personal and practical, this book proves the saints are not long gone, but alive and well--and ready to join you on your journey! Discover how inviting the saints into your everyday life will open your eyes to the amazing possibilities God has in store for you!

Looking for a way to enhance the free cluster book "Rediscover the Saints"? Look no further! Click on the link below to open a document for you to deepen the messages in the book.

Rediscover the Saints Study Guide


WorldWide Marriage Encounter

MARRIED COUPLES.  Give your marriage a well-deserved vacation.  Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy!  Upcoming dates are September 9-11 in Dubuque, IA or November 18-20 in Holstein, IA.  For more information call Greg and Denise at (563) 920-9419 or

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a catholic faith-based marriage enrichment program and has been providing couples with better communication skills and tools for over 50 years. For more information or to register go to or call 563-608-3305. Click here for a schedule.

Franciscan Common Venture


After a pandemic-induced hiatus, our Franciscan Common Venture (FCV) service program, sponsored by the Dubuque Franciscan sisters, is once again moving forward with some service offerings. PLEASE SHARE the following information with others. Those interested in any of the following possibilities, or in volunteering with FCV in general, can contact Sr. Shell via email ( or phone 563-583-9786 for more information and/or application materials.

Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center is a faith-based organization, so the best way for us to spread the word about our job and volunteer openings is in the church community. If your church has an outlet for sharing something like this, please consider doing so.

Employment Opportunities

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CEW - Christian Experience Weekend

CEW is a weekend retreat to help adults more deeply experience their relationship with God.

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Catholic Men's Fellowship

The main outreach is an annual men’s conference which began in 1996.  They also offer support to new and existing parish based fellowship groups through workshops, breakfasts, suppers and speaking to men throughout the archdiocese. For more information click on

Covenant of Love

 Marriage Mentors Now Available!

On April 27 and 28, Greg and Julie Alexander, founders of the Alexander House apostolate, trained twenty-three couples from the Archdiocese of Dubuque and nine couples from the Diocese of Davenport to serve as Covenant of Love Marriage Mentors. These trained couples are now ready to serve couples throughout eastern Iowa as marriage mentors. Covenant of Love Marriage Mentoring helps married couples achieve relationship goals with effective support, information, and guidance. This process is effective for restoring and strengthening marriages in which both spouses are open to following God’s plan for marriage and putting into place the practical tools provided. Whether newlyweds or married for fifty years, and whether on the brink of divorce or just wanting to grow deeper in a relatively good marriage, this mentoring process can provide couples with guidance for strengthening and sustaining their marriage. More information and registration for couples interested in being paired with a mentor couple is available at

Shalom Retreat Center

Shalom Spirituality Center is owned and directed by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa and staffed by both Franciscan Sisters and laypersons. Shalom provides a variety of retreats and programs for persons of all ages, cultures, faith backgrounds, and religious affiliations wherever they are on their spiritual journey throughout the year.  These range from weeklong and weekend retreats to days or afternoons of reflection to workshops on various spiritual and educational topics. Click here to get started.

Shalom Retreat Center Programing


Thursday, June 2, 9:30-11 am
In-person, Shalom Spirituality Center
Facilitator: Lori Apel
Let's celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea! This monthly group will meet to share prayer, stories, ideas, and unique family dynamics while musing over the joys of grandparenting!

This series will meet monthly on the FIRST Thursday of each month from 9:30-11 am at Shalom Spirituality Center.  We will not meet in July and August.

Freewill donation; please RSVP for each monthly session online at or by calling 563.582.3592.


Tuesday, June 7, 7:30 am
Shalom Spirituality Center, Dining Room
Join us for our annual Shalom Summer Breakfast on Tuesday, June 7th beginning at 7:30 am in the Shalom Dining Room. Our guest speaker will be Dubuque County AmeriCorps Land and Water Steward, Olivia Dove. Olivia is a native of St. Louis and loves the Cardinals (baseball team and the bird). She graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management in May of 2020 and has since served as a Green Iowa AmeriCorps Member until recently when her term with AmeriCorps ended this past May.

Olivia will share with us her passion for caring for our common home along with some of her experiences with AmeriCorps. Most importantly, Olivia will talk about how faith has played an important role in her passionate care for creation!

The cost is $15 per person; $7 for AmeriCorps members. Please register and prepay online at or call 563.582.3592 by June 2, 2022.


Thursday, June 9, 10 am-Noon
In-person, Shalom Spirituality Center
Facilitator: Mari Hammel, Program Assistant

Join us as we share prayer, fellowship, and shawl making. Newcomers to the ministry and crocheting/knitting are welcome (we will teach you)! Materials provided (as needed).

Freewill offering for this program, please RSVP online at or by calling 563.582.3592.

MINDFULNESS & NATURE: From Sunlight to Stardust

Thursday, July 14, 7:00-9:30 pm
Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, Iowa
Facilitator: Jared McGovern

Enjoy nature's sights and sounds, from sunlight to stardust, as you breathe in the beauty and wonder of God's creation. Participants may walk our prairie and view pollinators in action amongst our vast array of native flowers. From the tree frogs to crickets and grasshoppers, Nature's residents will provide lovely tunes which we will follow with songs and treats around a campfire.

In-person. Please meet in the rear parking lot of Francis House (Mount St. Francis). Free event; please RSVP online at or by calling 563.582.3592.




Sunday, June 26 thru Thursday, June 30
Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, Iowa
Facilitators: Mary Jo Wulf and Jeannine Kosman

Mary Jo Wulf and Jeannine Kosman are BCF, (certified facilitators of Boundless Compassion, a program designed by Joyce Rupp). They invite you to expand and deepen your understanding of compassion from both a personal and professional perspective: During the first evening and following four days, you will glean insights from many dimensions including theology, spirituality, science, sociology, and psychology. We will reflect on Christ's call to love. You will experience this opportunity as a catalyst for a renewed commitment to being a compassionate presence to yourself and to others who are in the midst of pain and struggle. The daily process includes formal presentations, videos and other media, quiet reflection, and group dialogue. Please note, this program is open to all persons of any religious or nonreligious affiliation and personal belief system. Boundless Compassion Facilitator training will follow on July 1. Anyone who has completed this four-day retreat may apply to be a facilitator and attend the training.

$500 per person (includes program, overnight accommodations, and meals) or $375 per person for commuters (includes program, meals, but no overnight accommodations); please register online at or by calling 563.582.3592 by June 10, 2022.


Friday, July 1, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, Iowa
Facilitator: Joyce Rupp (in person)

Joyce is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual midwife, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She founded and has served as director of the Boundless Compassion program since 2007. Joyce is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, Fragments of Your Ancient Name, and Return to the Root. Her 2018 book, Boundless Compassion, won awards from the Association of Catholic Publishers and from the Catholic Press Association. Joyce is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community. She resides in Des Moines, Iowa.

This workshop offers the opportunity to become a certified facilitator of the Boundless Compassion program. The training prepares participants to use their individual talents and experiences to incorporate the Boundless Compassion program into their sphere of influence and to share the content in a variety of ways. Participants in this one-day event are required to have attended a four-day Boundless Compassion retreat in person before attending this workshop. Along with full attendance at the four-day retreat, each interested person in the training workshop must request an application form from Joyce Rupp, (email: ), complete it, and send it for review before being accepted into the training workshop. This program is in person.

$175 per person (includes program, overnight accommodations, and meals) or $80 per person for commuters (includes program and meals); please register online at or by calling 563.582.3592 by June 10, 2022.


Sunday, July 17 thru Friday, July 22
Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, Iowa
Facilitator: Fr. Joe Juknialis

Having spent years seeking to faithfully live the Gospel of Jesus, there comes a time when we need to look back and see how we have grown on the journey of spirituality.  Then we are able to give thanks for what God’s Spirit has done in our lives, what that Spirit continues to do, and how we might be open to it.  While this retreat will not consider the usual traditional virtues, it will consider those such as wonder, freedom, balance, restlessness, perseverance, as well as others, all of which are the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives.  Each will consider how the Incarnation has taken root in our lives.

$600 per person (includes program, overnight accommodations, and meals) or $480 per person for commuters (includes program, meals, no overnight accommodations); please register online at or by calling 563.582.3592 by July 8, 2022.

Fall Retreat:
Friday, August 19 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, August 21 at Noon

Don’t miss a special two-night retreat when chaplain and workplace communication advisor Brent Anderson, M.Div., shares proven techniques for sparking conversation, leading effective dialogue, practicing sincere listening, and managing conflict. Building upon chaplaincy pedagogy principles, spiritual direction principles, neurobiology, social psychology, and empathy research, this semi-silent retreat incorporates individual reflection, small-group conversation, time for connection, and humor.

Cost for overnight retreatant (2 overnights/all meals) $250.00; commuter retreatant (no overnights/all meals) $200.00. Please register and prepay by August 5, 2022 at or call 563.582.3592.

Telehealth Counseling Services in Cedar Rapids

Are you looking for affordable, accessible, and convenient counseling? Catholic Charities offers TeleHealth Counseling Services in the Cedar Rapids office at 420 Sixth Street, Suite 220.  TeleBehavioral Health is the delivery of healthcare services to patients using technology. This technology uses videoconferencing to conduct client visits by interactive video, with the provider and patient in different locations.  If you are from the Cedar Rapids area and are interested in scheduling an appointment for Telehealth Counseling, please call 800-772-2758 or 563-588-0558 to schedule an appointment.

Catholic Charities

Are you looking for affordable, accessible, and convenient counseling? Look no further than Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s Telebehavioral health counseling services located in Cedar Rapids.

Telebehavioral Health is changing the way communities and families approach mental health services. At a time when the need for mental health counseling is soaring, this option holds great promise for addressing gaps in care and providing individuals with critical resource for addressing their health and well-being.

TeleBehavioral Health is the delivery of healthcare services to patients using technology. These technologies can include videoconferencing to conduct client visits by interactive video, with the provider and patient in different locations. In practical language, this means that it doesn’t matter if there is a provider in your area, and it doesn’t matter if you can’t travel 60 miles to get there. TeleBehavioral Health can potentially be offered in a location that is convenient for you.

Need to schedule an appointment please call 800-772-2758 or 563-588-0558.


It is time to start up the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes in the Queen of Saints Cluster. The RCIA is intended for:

-Non-Catholics who are married or engaged to a Catholic and wish to convert or just learn more about the Catholic faith.
-Those who have never been baptized or have a church to call their own.
-Baptized Catholic adults who have not yet received Holy Communion or Confirmation.
-Catholics who have been inactive in the Church, but desire to reconnect.

Anyone who is interested in participating in this year’s RCIA process or would like to get an overview is encouraged to contact Fr. Craig or Dennis and Anita Kimm, Coordinators of RCIA. Click on their name to send an email or their contact information is on the front of the bulletin.  You can also click on the link below to complete a simple form.