Entering the Narrow Gate

September 2019 - June 2020

Hosted By: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 

1747 W Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49024 (269)343-3453

Explore the classic elements of monastic, spiritual & contemplative life to discover how this ancient wisdom, learning and spiritual practice might be understood and lived in new settings & life today. The program offers a reflective personal & transformative process for all who desire deeper life in the Holy Spirit/spirit and more intentional living of the Christian life in Christ. The rich and inspiring teaching is centered on the spiritual teachers of the Christian centuries, personal contemplative prayer practice, spiritual companion conversations, and in some sessions an¬†afternoon ‚Äúretreat experience‚ÄĚ with helpsfor living a more integrated spiritually mature life in Christ.

  • Each program day consists of time for learning about a spiritual teacher from the Christian tradition in the morning and an afternoon retreat experience¬†or ‚Äúsimmering‚ÄĚ time¬†inviting deeper learning and integration.

  • Each session has a reading (short background and/or from the original writing of each spiritual teacher), reflection questions and suggestions for further prayer and reflection.¬†These are emailed to you.

  • A¬†four-day silent directed retreat during the year is encouraged. Scheduled at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt in March or April and Augustine Retreat Center, Conway, MI in March or June¬†or Transformations Spirituality Center in Nazareth, MI -- dates available at a later date.


Tuition: $600

Make checks payable to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (please print Narrow Gate on the memo line of the check)

Mail completed Registration Form (click the button above to print form) with payment to:

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1747 W Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49024

Facilitator: Sister Nancy Brousseau, OP, D Min. and Guest Presenters. Contact: nbrousseau@aol.com Cell: 616-560-4580

  • Ten Saturdays, 9:30a-4:40p; one Saturday a Month from Sept 2019 - June 2020
  • Dates: 9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7; 1/11, 2/8, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2 and 6/13
  • Coffee available, please bring your own lunch/beverage & perhaps a snack to share

Required books (may be purchased on Amazon.com at reduced cost) Required editions:
The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault; The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser.

Recommended: The Deeper Journey by M. Robert Mulholland, jr