Open ears, Open heart...Opens doors

Welcome Spirituality Ministries provides spiritual direction and accompaniment for individuals and facilitation for large and small groups.


*Alone together bereavement program


*Dream Group

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

Howard Thurman. According to Wikipedia, Thurman (November 18, 1899 – April 10, 1981) “was an African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. As a prominent religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century.[1] Thurman’s theology of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists, and he was a key mentor to leaders within the movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Welcome Spirituality Ministries

Open ears; open heart… opens doors.

Welcome Spirituality Ministries provides spiritual direction for individuals and groups.

People often seek spiritual direction when:

Navigating life transitions

Suffering and/or grieving a significant loss such as death of someone near to you

Wrestling with unanswered questions

Hungering for a deeper personal relationship with God

Desiring instruction in practice of meditation and/or mindfulness

Struggling with anger toward God and/or faith community

Regretting estrangement from loved ones due to mistakes, sin and un-forgiveness

Seeking inner freedom, peace and joy

Discerning life choices

Exploring creative gifts such as music, art, and poetry

All spiritual direction relationships are confidential. Individual Spiritual Direction is provided on a regular schedule (often monthly). Sessions are one hour in length and may be held in person, by phone or Skype.

Group Programs

Small Groups

Alone Together - A 6 Week Bereavement Program

Grieving a loss is as individual as the unique relationship between the one who has passed and the one who is left behind. This program honours the unique grieving processes of each participant, while recognizing and naming universal experiences. Those whose loss is less recent may find this program as helpful as those suffering a recent loss.

Next Group:  Wednesday afternoons:   October 2, 2019 – November 6, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Location: Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, Stayner

No Cost: Pre-registration is required.


These once a month small group gatherings are to shine the light of the Spirit on our everyday living. The journey is inward for a vital spiritual life and outward in compassionate living

This group is full. Contact Laurie to discuss participation in a later group. Pre-registration is required.

Dream Group

The gifts that come in our sleep from our dreams have been unrealized and almost lost in the Western world in recent centuries. Dreams are important both in individual inner spiritual development and in the healing of the world. Participants explore the meaning of their dreams in this small group.


Dream Group will break for the summer and resume in the fall. Details to follow.  There is room for a few new participants. 
Location: Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre
379A Bouchier St., Roches Point.

Pre-registration is required. Donation to Maryholme is appreciated


Large Groups

A Franciscan Christmas Advent Reflection

Turn to wonder with St. Francis as you reflect on the significance of the Incarnation in your life. This 3 hour reflection is designed for advent retreats for large and small Church or parish gatherings.

Care of Our Common Home

Participants explore the contents of Pope Francis’ pastoral letter, “Laudato Si: Care of Our Common Home”. Spirituality and prayer with presentation, reflection, and discussion will inspire hope in participants as they discern practical steps toward what Pope Francis calls an “ecological conversion”. Contact Laurie to discuss having Laurie facilitate this four part seminar in your parish.

Understanding My Neighbour

How does my faith inform my living? There is something True and Good in all religions at their best. Recognizing the True and Good in another’s creed can deepen understanding and practice of your own as well as promote more respectful and cooperative neighbourhoods.

I have known Laurie for many years. She has been a teacher, facilitator, animator, mentor and friend. I’ve taken so many worthwhile courses/sessions with her on a variety of topics including prayer, bible studies, workshops and focus/theme sessions (caring for our environment, Vatican II…). She is extremely knowledgeable but more importantly for me intuitive, open-minded, compassionate, caring and respectful of the viewpoints of others. She exemplifies humility and is genuinely interested in furthering the Kingdom of God here on earth.

-MAJ, Elmvale, ON

Laurie’s vast knowledge of Holy Scripture, current Encyclicals and traditional prayer and meditation methodologies combine with her wisdom, insight and kindness to make of her an ideal spiritual guide for those who constantly seek to learn, grow and recognize God’s Mercy and love in our lives.

-L.K. , Ajax, ON

I have recently completed the Alone Together Bereavement Program with Laurie. Many stories, memories and tears were shared among our group of six as we began to deal with our losses. Laurie is a very caring and gentle woman who allowed us to grieve at our own pace and share as we felt comfortable. She was prepared each week with prayer, meditations and programs that enabled us to feel we were not alone and that each of us grieves at our own pace; there is no handbook. I would certainly be happy to recommend this class highly to others as a step toward healing and understanding.

-Wendy Jeffries, Stayner, ON

About Laurie

Laurie vandenHurk is a trained Spiritual director of The Haden Institute, at the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Niagara Falls, and was awarded a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grebel University College of the University of Waterloo.

Welcome Spirituality Ministries grew out of Laurie’s more than 30 years of experience in community outreach, spiritual development and group facilitation with people of all ages and widely diverse circumstances. (This includes 12 years in Tanzania with the United Church of Canada, and 18 years with Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County and the Catholic Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Toronto.)

Laurie was nurtured in the love of God in her family and in the United Church of her childhood and now makes her home in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Stayner. She credits a Baptist youth group with the beginning of her love of Scripture. Laurie is deeply respectful of the spiritual journeys of all persons who seek wholeness for themselves and a better world for all.

Laurie is married with children and grandchildren. She and her husband farm in Stayner Ontario.

Contact Us

(705) 970-7737

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