John KleinigWe are glad to announce that Dr John Kleinig will be the featured speaker at the seminary’s opening  retreat for the start of the academic year 2014-2015.

We would like to invite people outside the seminary community to consider attending all or some of the retreat. The retreat–from the afternoon of Thursday 28 August till after lunch on Friday 29 August–will be held at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, ON. Dr Kleinig’s topic, which is geared to pastoral formation, but also highly relevant to lay people, will be “The Spiritual Disciplines” (lecture titles below). The retreat includes a series of reflective prayer services, including late evening Compline in Mount Carmel’s beautiful main chapel, and gives new and returning members of the seminary community the chance to make and renew acquaintance over meals, during free time, and in such settings as walks to the Falls.

If you are interested in attending all or part of the retreat, please register online here. If you have any questions, contact Linda Lantz (, or 905-688-2362, x22). The registration deadline is 1 August. The full cost of the retreat is $150, though local guests may opt out of accommodation or some meals.

Retreat Schedule and Topics

Thursday, 28 August

3.00 pm            Vespers

3.45 pm            Introduction to theme, “The Spiritual Disciplines” (Dr W. Mundt)

4.00 pm            “The Practice of Receptive Piety: Paul and Luther” (Dr John Kleinig)

5.15 pm            Break

5.30 pm            Dinner

6.30 pm            Getting acquainted (Dr W. Mundt)

7.00 pm            “Joining in with Jesus: the Discipline of Receptive Prayer” (Dr John Kleinig)

8.30 pm            Compline (in main chapel)

9.15 pm            Refreshments

Friday, 29 August

8.00 am            Breakfast

8.45 am            Matins

9.15 am            “Clearing the Conscience: the Discipline of Self-Examination” (Dr John Kleinig)

10.30 am           Break/Snack/Check Out

11.00 am           “The Discipline of Vigilance in Spiritual Warfare” (Dr John Kleinig)

12 noon            Lunch

12.45 pm          Kleinig Q & A

2.00 pm            Closing Devotion

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