Fall Education Event
9:00 am - 1:00 pm  |  Carewest Colonel Belcher, Calgary Alberta

Creating Space to Become a Healing Presence

A caregiver is a gift of presence to his or her care receiver.  We must be able to create space before, during and after each visit.  Our ability to create space is only limited by our own imagination.

In this workshop, participants will:

  1. Learn about the concept of creating space in relationships to allow effective communication to occur;
  2. Learn how to create space for themselves – we need to create a quiet space to BE with ourselves, to get to know ourselves;
  3. Learn how to create space for God – our faith creates space between the reality of who we are and the reality of the One in whom we believe; and
  4. Learn how to create space for others – the western worldview emphasizes individuality and polarization, while the Christian worldview emphasizes “one another”. In a caregiving relationship, there is room for the Holy Spirit to hold us together.

Participants will work through four distinct personal exercises related to creating space for oneself, God and others.  It is anticipated that these exercises will allow the participants to become a healing presence to everyone they come into contact with.


Nancy Cowtun is an ordained minister with the Congregational Christian Churches in Canada, and received a Master of Divinity from Prairie Graduate School in Calgary.  Her mission in life is “to work with ‘children’ who need inner healing”, hence Nancy became a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.  She has practised the art of spiritual care with people who experience issues related to end of life, mental health, cancer diagnosis and treatment, infant loss, and various other forms of loss, grief and illness.  She is currently the Chaplain at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and a Stephen Leader in her home church.

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday, October 13th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to
Saturday, October 27, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Price: $55

Registration Deadline is now Wednesday October 24

Registration is now open

Please refrain from wearing any scented products.

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Advent Retreat 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  |  FCJ Centre, Calgary Alberta

Advent Retreat 2018  

with Rev. Nancy Cowtun and Lisa Gilead

Saturday, December 1st.  

Doors open 12:30 pm.

FCJ Centre in Calgary

Advent is a season of preparation.  We look back on the manger and give thanks for the gift of the long awaited Saviour and we look forward to “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” (Mt 24:30b).  In the meantime, we are to follow Christ willingly and obediently.  Come with us on a journey into the Advent season as we reflect on the story of the nativity.

Nancy Cowtun is a licensed minister with the Congregational Christian Churches in Calgary. She received a Master of Divinity from Prairie Graduate School in Calgary and is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care).

Lisa Gilead is a Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan with her parish.  She is involved in a number of other ministries. She is a Companion in Mission with FCJ Sisters; a Co-coordinator of Companions in Mission (Calgary), and a Co-Leader of the Come, Taste and See Program for future Companions in Mission.  Lisa is presently enrolled in the Spiritual Direction Training Program.  Lisa has led this particular Advent Retreat with Companions in Mission

Registration is $40. Deadline November 23rd

or call Karen at 403-253-7946

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