Mindfulness Workshop Examines and Develops One's Own Heart and Love for Others
School Sisters of St. Francis Promote Peace Through Reflection, Art, and Music
The morning gathering will include time to listen to the inner voice, connect with God, create a peace mandala, contemplate peace in Milwaukee and the world, and consider ways to effect positive social change through music. Ms. Evangelista hopes this well-rounded package of reflection, visual art, and music will not only gladden hearts but also move participants to work for greater social equality.
"People always say, 'Prepare for war.' Why not 'Prepare for peace,'" she reasoned. "The main goal of the workshop is to explore at a deeper level the challenge we face in promoting a peaceful world as individuals through mindful self-reflection. And then it will flow into how our mindful approach to peace can reduce our own stress in today's rather threatening world.
"This is an opportunity to learn the benefits of mindfulness practice for the purpose of stress reduction and increased experience of joy," Ms. Evangelista continued. "I intend for this self-reflection to be very gentle, and it will also teach how participants can contribute to the goal of engendering world peace."
In both hemispheres, people are engaged in this goal, she explained, and she will share an example of a peace movement that has taken root in the music realm and flourished. "Playing for Change is proof of a joy-filled expression of how individuals are working to promote peace," she said. Participants will see and hear how this amazing social campaign has become a conduit for peace through music.
With a B. A. degree in Communication and Behavioral Science as well as a Peacebuilding Certificate, Ms. Evangelista launched a business that would allow her to impart wisdom to corporate employees as well as to anyone else open to becoming a happier person, and fostering unity and concord. She has worked as director of religious education at her parish, and later as the director of major gifts for the School Sisters of St. Francis' International Office of Mission Advancement.
Participants will come away, knowing there is tremendous work ahead for themselves and all of Creation. Ms Evangelista quotes the iconic pacifist Mohandas Gandhi: "Peace is much more than the absence of war and violence; it is a condition unto itself."
Advance registration is required. The class fee for the workshop is $15. Write checks to: School Sisters of St. Francis Outreach Events; c/o Donna O'Loughlin; 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215. Contact: doloughlin@
About the School Sisters of St. Francis
The School Sisters of St. Francis are an international community of Catholic sisters who unite with others to build a just and peaceful world. Founded in 1874, they now have sisters, associates, staff, donors and volunteers actively working to address the needs of those who are poor and marginalized by society. Their mission is thriving throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and India. In the U.S., School Sisters live and minister in 15 states, addressing needs in education, holistic wellness and healing, pastoral ministry, spiritual growth, social justice, and the arts. For more information about the School Sisters of St. Francis, please visit www.sssf.org.
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