Advent Retreat, December 2-4, 2011

Advent Retreat, December 2-4, 2011


Our Silent Retreat is set for the first weekend in Advent, with an outstanding leader, Brother Andrew Colquhoun of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, N.Y., a native Scot who now serves as the Novice Master for North American novices for the Order at both West Park, NY and Santa Barbara, CA monasteries.


His own words about this retreat are exciting: “Scottish people have a name for that time of day between sunset and the dark.  We call it the Gloaming.  It’s a peaceful time.  The labors of the day are finished, the quiet of evening stretches ahead, and the rest of night awaits to refresh us for the next day.  I love that time.  And for me Advent feels like the Gloaming.  Shadows point up the mysterious; expectancy is full, and rest and refreshment lie ahead.  It’s a good season for retreat.  It’s a good time to welcome the darkness that refreshes and restores.


“St. Benedict leads his monks into that kind of between-time.  He calls for prayer, for reflection, for work, and for expectation and longing.  We will reflect on the Saint’s Rule and look for ways to enter fully into the Gloaming and expectancy of God’s fullest love.”


An Advent Retreat is always a new chance to enter a new (and newly busy!) Christmas season with hearts and minds a little more centered, a little more ready.  Even the idea of the Gloaming suggests that “returning and rest” we pray for!  This Retreat promises to be rich in blessing for all of us!  We hope many will join us in welcoming Brother Andrew to DeKoven.  He has promised to bring his Celtic harp to play for us, an unexpected treat.


Suggested donation for this Retreat is $200.00. Commuter rate and Scholarship assistance available.


For reservation, email

For more details on the retreat itself, email

Michael Fitzpatrick in Concert on November 5, 2011



The DeKoven Center is proud to present acclaimed cellist, composer, producer and filmmaker Michael Fitzpatrick in Concert on November 5 at 7:00 in historic St. John’s Chapel.  The concert is entitled “Tuning the Planet,” honoring the long and unprecedented project Fitzpatrick has pursued in close association with the Dalai Lama. This sacred concert promises to be a unique event for the whole city. It will feature Fitzpatrick’s original compositions and musical meditations on music by J.S. Bach, Ravel, Faure, Schubert and Casals.


A reception in the chapel will follow the performance, with opportunity for conversation with Michael and CD signing.  CDs will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $20.00 and may be reserved by calling The DeKoven Center at 262-633-6401 or emailing  They may also be purchased at the door.  Seating is limited.


Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship conferred by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.  He has worked musically with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the past 15 years on the TUNING THE PLANET project, a musical and film presentation of immense scope dedicated to peace among nations and between all people. A special part of the project involves chanting by Tibetan monks and monks of Thomas Merton’s Gethsemene Abbey in Kentucky, a presentation never before achieved.


Fitzpatrick has performed as soloist around the world, including at the Hollywood Bowl, the National Cathedral, the United Nations, Lincoln Center, the House of Blues, and the United States Capitol West Lawn.  His affiliation with the DeKoven Center dates back several decades to his study at Northwestern University School of Music, from which he received a Bachelor of Music in 1986, and the Performer’s Certificate in 1994. His previous concert in St. John’s Chapel was in 1994.


From The New York Times: “ Virtuosity – a sense of humor – and an ear for musical dialogue.”

From “The Huffington Post: “Possessed of a chill-axed surfer dude vibe, what Fitzpatrick does with a cello cannot adequately be described as mere music; I can best describe the sounds he pours out of that four-stringed instrument as simple beauty that fills one’s soul with nothing less than pure joy and peace.”


Additional information available at  For further information on the performance email

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