Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

INVITATION TO INTIMACY
INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER


Sunday, September 9          1:00 – 3:30 PM

What is centering prayer?  Is God calling me to this form of prayer?  Do I have a desire for a quiet mind, a peaceful soul, union with God, and to simply be in God’s Presence loving the God who loves me?  Can centering prayer really change me?  Is the fact that I can’t be still or quiet my mind a problem?  Come and see. Desire is everything, God’s desire! It is well worth the afternoon.  Donation: $25. 

LIVING CONTEMPLATIVELY

9 Saturdays            9:15 AM – 3:30 PM
     September 15     December 15     March 2
     October 20     January 5     April 6
     November 17     February 2     May 11

This program calls out to those who desire to live more contemplatively in the world, to grow in union with God and others, and to become more aware, intentional, and free.  God liberates us and heals us through the practice of contemplative prayer.  Wonderful spiritual reading will support our contemplative prayer throughout the year.  It’s worth a day a month and an hour a day.  Bring a bag lunch.  Tuition: $325


CLASSICS ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

10 Tuesdays            6:30 – 8:30 PM
     September 11     December 4     April 2
     October 9           January 8         May 7
     November 6        February 5      June 4
                                  March 5

Grow in the practice of contemplative prayer by coming to these monthly sessions.  The evenings include two 20-minute contemplative prayer periods.  We will also view a 20-minute segment of Fr. Thomas Keating’s DVD series, “Opening to the Presence of God” and engage in good spiritual reading on contemplative prayer between sessions.  This year we will continue to use The Heart of Centering Prayer, by Cynthia Bourgeault until January for our reading between sessions.  We will read The Impact of God, by Iain Matthew, OCD, from February until June. Donation: $175, includes books.


FOLLOWING THE MYSTICS THROUGH THE NARROW GATE

9 Wednesdays            1:00 – 2:30 PM
     September 19       December 12        March 13
     October 17            January 9             April 10
     November 14        February 6           May 8

God made us with a longing that only God can satisfy.  How can we access that place within where we know we are one with God, where there is a peace beyond our making?  Can we learn to live our mystical lives, experiencing God’s Presence in all things?  James Finley and Richard Rohr will lead us in their video series, first by helping us understand that we are all capable of a life of union with God and others.  God made us for this and gives us that gift.  They touch a place within us that is hard to find on our own. James Finley particularly touches my soul. We will read An Invitation to the Contemplative Life, by Thomas Merton between sessions throughout the year.  Donation: $150, includes book.


MONDAYS WITH MERTON

4 Mondays            9:00 – 11:00 AM
     September 10     October 29
     October 1            November 26

Thomas Merton will be our guide to the contemplative way of life.  In this series, we will use his recorded lectures on this topic and his book, New Seeds of Contemplation.  Time will also be given to experience Lectio Divina and contemplative prayer.   Led by Jill Snyder.  Donation: $60, includes book.


HONORING YOUR CONTEMPLATIVE SOUL
THOMAS KEATING & THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING


9 Thursdays            10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

     September 13     December 6       March 7
     October 11          January 10         April 4
     November 8        February 7         May 2

During this 2-hour session each month, we will combine the teachings of Trappist Monk, Fr. Thomas Keating on contemplation with our discussion of the classic on contemplative prayer, The Cloud of Unknowing.  We will conclude each session with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer.  This program is particularly for those who desire to deepen their practice of contemplative prayer, or centering prayer as we sometimes call it.  Donation: $175, includes The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living by Fr. Keating and The Cloud of Unknowing, translated by Carmen Butcher.  If you can, make a day of it by attending the St. John of the Cross series at 1:30 PM.  


CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT WEEKEND

Dec. 7 – 9            7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday

A centering prayer weekend provides the time, space and discipline needed to experience the inner stillness which occurs when given the opportunity for frequent centering prayer periods alone and in common.  John of the Cross refers to “restful tranquility” and “solitary quietude” when speaking of contemplation.  Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary, and you will find rest for your souls.”  (Mt. 11:28)  Donation: $130/$50 non-refundable deposit.  Commuters welcome, all meals included.

END OF THE YEAR RETREAT

Monday, December 31            9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Since God gives us life and time and is Lord over all, it seems appropriate to end the year in prayer.  Francis House offers time, space and quiet for naming the graces of 2018 and expressing gratitude to God.  The afternoon will focus on our goals, hopes and desires for 2019.    Please bring a bag lunch.  Love Offering.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Please register for all programs by calling 609-877-0509. Be sure to include your full name and PHONE NUMBER and the title of the program on our voice mail. Registering by phone is preferred!


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