From the Director


Stephen Miller
Assistant Director
Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality

January 1, 2022

Shem Center For Interfaith Spirituality

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality
Joseph Kilikevice, Founding Director
Steven G. Miller, Assistant Director

Stephen Miller, new Assistant Director of Shem Center

With gratitude and anticipation Shem Center announces the appointment of Steve Miller to Shem Center’s staff as Assistant Director with Joe Kilikevice, its Founding Director.

Steve’s involvement with Shem Center’s Male Spirit program for many years both as a participant and co-leader with Joe holds an impressive history of creative, joyful, profoundly moving and memorable sacred gatherings.

Read the full invitation and acceptance letters in our NEWS section here.

Solid wisdom for voting citizens

Fr. Carl Morello 


Friends, the following is from the Weekly Church Bulletin of recently combined Catholic parishes in Oak Park, Illinois, SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA-SAINT LUCY AND SAINT GILES PARISH. Shem Center is located near this parish. Its Pastor, Fr. Carl Morello has been a good friend to Shem Center over the years, offering the use of its beautiful McDonough Hall for our gala fundraising concerts. Fr. Carl’s words offer here a thoughtful and common sense way to consider one’s right and duty to vote. His words are neither political nor divisively partisan. Nor does he avoid addressing respectfully and without fear how to approach the very serious challenges we face today as American citizens. I find Fr. Carl’s words refreshing.
— Joseph Kilikevice, OP

Fr. Carl’s Corner
We have an election coming up in a few weeks. I suggest we recall the words of Jesus,
“The greatest among you must be your servant.” (Matthew 23: 1-12)

With an election, there are always some hard decisions to make about those running for office and what they stand for. The words of Jesus offers a rule, of sorts, for measuring those seeking our vote. Look at what they have done and accomplished in their work and lives – not just what they are promising in 30-second TV ads.

Consider carefully how they propose dealing with the complicated and complex problems we face as a nation and society – are they realistic and candid in the solutions they propose or are they patronizing us with easy solutions or distracting us by playing on our fears.

Vote for candidates we believe will be “servants” to the common good, women and men who speak not to anger and cynicism but to the better angels of our nature. So as we go to the polls, Jesus challenges us: will we elect those with the attitude of humble servants worthy to be followed – or that person running for their own gain? Listen for integrity and insight from candidates. May the example of Jesus’ humble servanthood guide us when we

As we consider this, and how we are dealing with our unification process, we might also ask ourselves, “What am I doing with the time and abilities and wisdom God has given to me? Are we using our skills to help make our community, our world a better place? Are we using our gifts to discover the good and holy in our lives? Are we growing in wisdom and grace and helping others to do the same?

May our prayer be that God will help each of us be generous in our service to one another and those in need, May God help us use what we have been given to realize God’s kingdom of compassion, peace and justice in building our new reality in this place and time God has given to us.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Fr. Carl

Dominican Institute for the Arts, an honor bestowed and received with gratitude


Weaving involves one person taking various thread components and interlacing them together into one beautiful piece of fabric. Each of the threads is different. No one else’s fingers are deft enough to create such an intricate tapestry for others not only to visualize but also to incorporate into their lives.

Following the calls for respectful dialogue with the peoples of all faith traditions not only by the Second Vatican Council but also by the Order of Preachers, this Dominican artist has taken the different colored and textured threads of poetry, ceramics, dance and movement, sculpture, sacred ritual, painting and preaching and has interwoven them into one all-inclusive ministerial tapestry dedicated to seeking peace and unity beyond the differences that divide.

This artist has willingly shared and taught the Dominican tradition of using the body for prayer. Through the years, this process has affected thousands including the Dominican Youth Movement, Dominican Preaching Conferences and the Dominican Institute for the Arts, to name a few. The Sacred Rituals provide an alternative to our fast-paced, noise filled, multi-tasking lives bringing us back to dignity, civility, respect and tranquility.

2021 FRA ANGELICO AWARDIt is with great pleasure, that the Dominican Institute for the Arts presents the 2021 Fra Angelico Award to this true son of Dominic who, has preached and shared his art his entire religious life – Dominican Friar of the Central Province, Joseph Kilikevice.

( Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Dominican Institute for the Arts did not meet until August, 2022. )

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