Continuing Education

Winter 2017

Learning is a life-long endeavor and St. Mary’s Continuing Education Program is committed to providing programming opportunities that can help you develop and enhance new skills on your journey in personal growth.

The St. Mary’s Continuing Education Program is excited to announce three new and dynamic learning opportunities under the areas of Spiritual Growth and Fine Arts for you to consider in the early winter season of 2017. This aspect of campus-based, captivating learning offers non-credit courses to learn new skills, build on current understandings and to learn new content.

For additional information, please contact:
Elizabeth Cressman, Continuing Education Coordinator

Elder Wisdom in Movies

(A 6-Week Evening Series)

Dates: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8 & 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Venue: St. Mary’s University, Le Fort Centre, Room L200, 14500 Bannister Road SE, Calgary
Registration Fee: $209/person/series (plus GST)
Supper: Each participant is welcome to bring your own bagged supper, beverages & snacks. (Water will be provided & some concession items will be for sale.)
Led by:  Judy Steiert, Calgary-based Conscious Aging Facilitator

The film industry provides us with many opportunities to explore conscious aging in a meaningful way.  Viewing the movies and participating in focused discussion is a positive aspect of each session in this series.

Movies trigger discussion of issues in this “third act” of life as you are guided in relating the stories to your own life in a safe and respectful environment. Distinguished elder actors take on roles related to mentoring, facing mortality, forgiveness, transformation, life choices and wisdom of life experience, and more.

Judy Steiert is a Conscious Aging Facilitator and a certified Sage-ing Leader. Judy has led courses and presented talks related to Conscious Aging throughout Alberta and at numerous USA conferences over the past ten years.

We look forward to being with you in this unique series.


Creating Clay Panel Sculptures

(A 5-Part, Saturday Morning Series)

Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4 & 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: United Active Living Community, Art Studio, 51 Providence Blvd. SE, Calgary
Registration Fee: $289/person/series (plus GST)
Lunch: Each participant is encouraged bring your own bagged lunch, beverages & snacks. (Water will be provided.)
Led by: Lida Soghrati, local Fine Arts Specialist


Participants in this 5-part opportunity on Saturday mornings will be guided through the process of project preparation, mapping and the creation of the panel design of choice, preparing the project for kiln firing and applying the patina.

All adults welcome. No previous experience is necessary. Art supplies and tools will be provided as part of the registration fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Check the dates carefully, as there is an intentional “gap” of time between sessions #4 & 5 in order to accommodate the drying process and the kiln-firing of projects prior to the final patina application.

Lida Soghrati has been instructing art with varied ages of people since being16 years old. She has been actively involved in graphic design, painting, illustrating, drawing, pottery, sculpturing, and decoration design in various applied and theatrical art projects. Lida believes that discovering creativity, boosting energy levels and engaging in constructive fun will make this clay panel sculpture series a highly rewarding opportunity.


Journaling as a Spiritual Practice

(A 6-Week Evening Series)

Dates: Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 21 & 28, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Venue: St. Mary’s University, McGivney Hall, Room M200,14500 Bannister Road SE, Calgary
Registration Fee: $209/person/series (plus GST)
Supper: Each participant is welcome to bring your own bagged supper, beverages & snacks. (Water will be provided.) Led by: Delores Montpetit, Calgary-based Artist & Spiritual Director

The process of reflective journaling facilitates inner growth, self-discovery, healing, increased awareness and a deepening of our relationship with God. Come explore the inner landscape of your soul, God’s beloved creation.

This 6-week series will be grounded in the prayer St. Francis repeatedly offered to God in his travels throughout Italy, “Who am I and Who Are You?”

We will explore this prayer throughout Journaling as a Spiritual Practice with photography, art, poetry, scripture, nature, meditation and the daily interactions within our lives. Session times will be a combination of some presentations, considerable experiential time and some discussions.

Please Note: Bring a journal and a pen or pencil with you to each session.

Delores Montpetit is a Contemplative Photographer and Artist, Pilgrimage Facilitator, Spiritual Director, Master Retreat Coach, a graduate of “Pastoral Biblical Theology” through Newman College, Edmonton, AB, as well as The Living School for Action and Contemplation through the Rohr Institute  in New Mexico, USA. Delores has worked as an Interior Designer for 19 years and is shifting her focus to Art and Spirituality.