Open Menu
Close Menu


Date/Time Event
Monday, March 18 - Sunday, May 12 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Earth, Our Home


Earth is our home. It is the only one we have. We depend on Earth and its ecological systems, rich diversity of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters and clean air to provide everything essential to life on the planet.

Experience the artwork of high school students from IHM sponsored schools and Monroe County showcasing their interpretation of Earth through a variety of mediums.

The Gallery is located at
610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
For more information about this exhibit contact Marion Martyres at or 734-240-9754

Thursday, April 11 - Thursday, May 9 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Reflections for a grieving soul

What does the Bible say about grief?

April 11 – May 9, 2024
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

River House Spirituality Center
805 W. Elm Avenue
Monroe, MI 48162

Deadline: April 1, 2024
Suggested Donation: $20 to cover the cost of the book.
(If money is an issue, the donation may be waived)
To register, contact River House IHM Spirituality Center at or 734-240-5494.

“My body and soul are withering away. I am dying from grief …” Psalm 31:9-10 (NLT). So many of us have felt this way after the loss of a loved one, but we are not alone. We have the Bible to give us encouragement and comfort through our journey. Join us for a five-week Bible study as we explore what it says about grief. We will discuss the seven needs of mourning, focusing on embracing our spirituality. The themes for this series are grieving well, God knows suffering, anger, grief anxiety and most importantly, HOPE. We will use resources by Dr. Alan Wolfelt and Christian author Mike Nappa. Everyone will receive a copy of Mike’s book, Reflections for the Grieving Soul. You will need to bring a Bible, or you may use one from River House.

Cristy Smith is the coordinator of River House IHM Spirituality Center. She is a widow, a mother of three and serves her church community. She has a Women’s Leadership Studies certification from the Church Leadership Academy of the Christian and Missionary Alliance
(a partnership with Crown College). Previously, she served as a women’s retreat director and Women’s Ministry Director for six years in her church’s district. Currently, Cristy is enrolled in Grief Companionship Certification through the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

Annamarie Pederson holds degrees in ministry and education. Anna Marie has enjoyed working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She has taught in public and private schools, facilitated Bible studies, provided leadership in spiritual formation, served as a spiritual director and worked in chaplaincy. Her passion is using her gifts, skills and training to help those who have experienced loss and are grieving.

Saturday, May 4 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Musing over Mugs

Save the Date!


Over a cup of coffee or tea, women explore the graces and challenges of their lives as seen through the eyes of faith.  Marie Miller, IHM, is our facilitator.


Visitation Spirituality Center – 7227 Lahser Road – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-4047 – (248)433-0950 –

Saturday, May 11 9:30 am - 12:30 pm The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

May 11


Annemarie S. Kidder, IHM Associate,
is our presenter.


Visitation Spirituality Center – 7227 Lahser Road – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-4047
(248)433-0950 –

Sunday, June 2 - Saturday, June 8 4:00 pm - 11:00 am Enter the Quiet 2nd retreat in August, details pending

A Weeklong Directed Retreat

The retreat begins on Sunday in the late afternoon and ends at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Maxis IHM Spirituality Center is located in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by woodlands.

Take time away and enter the quiet with a silent, directed retreat. A directed retreat is an
opportunity for you to have a contemplative space to live, pray, renew and meet daily with a spiritual director from our staff. Morning and evening prayer are offered daily. Spiritual direction will be provided by Sister Margaret Hosesy, SMR, and Sister Marcella Clancy, CSJ. Enjoy the quiet and beauty of our spirituality center and the land surrounding it. For the safety of all participants, COVID-19 protocols are consistent with the guidance of the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health.

The total cost of the retreat is $675 (which includes the deposit). It includes a
private room with a private bathroom, all linens and meals, and daily spiritual
direction from Monday through Friday.

When registering, please include any dietary or accessibility needs.
To register, please contact Lynne Moldenhauer, IHM, of Maxis IHM
Spirituality Center at 734-250-8314 or