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Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service

Including: Presenter's Training

Where: Bethany Retreat Center, Frenchville, PA

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Registration: Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4pm

Facilitators: Therese Saulnier, Sr. Ruth Ann Madera and Nancy Cord-Baran


What is Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service?

The purpose of Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service, including Presenter's Training, is to provide an intensive Christian community experience in order to better understand and grasp the essentials of the Centering Prayer method and thus be able to share it appropriately with others.

 The theory is "Good practitioners make good presenters, facilitators, and administrative helpers."  Because the group spends four days focusing on the Centering Prayer practice itself, they better understand the essentials of Centering Prayer and the many nuances of the practice.  This deeper understanding helps them to better recognize that contemplative service is service freely offered without expectation of return.

Contemplative Service is not tied to roles or only those willing to function in a specific way.  Rather one sees a need and fills it.  Contemplative Service is God is us serving God in others. 


The schedule includes:

One and a half hours of Centering Prayer daily

Presentations by the staff of one conference of Session one of An Introduction to Centering Prayer each morning.

Participants present portions of the same material to a small group in the afternoons.

Discussion of Issues


Participated in "An Introduction to Centering Prayer"

Established Centering Prayer practice - minimum of daily two twenty-minute periods ~ for three years.

Participated in an 8- or 10-day Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat, either before attending Formation or within one year after attending Formation, and before becoming fully commissioned.  If intensive retreats are not geographically available -Participated in a 5 or 7 day Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat or -Participated in four weekend silent Centering Prayer Retreats over previous 3 years

Studied Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating.  Preferably has also read/studied Invitation to Love, Mystery of Christ, and/or Spiritual Journey materials by Thomas Keating (Tapes, CDs, DVDs or transcripts).

Has been recommended by a Chapter Coordinator or Contact Person, or (in an underdeveloped chapter) by a commissioned presenter who is willing to mentor and recommend him/her for full commissioning after serving a minimum of one year as a presenter-in-training.

To register fill out the online Reservation Form.  We will them email you an application form and reference form to fill out and send back.

Arrival:  4pm, Sunday, Supper at 6pm

Departure:  Friday at 11am

Offering:  $625 - Room & Board, Private Room and includes Retreat Materials & Presenter Handbook

Deposit:  $150 (nonrefundable)


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