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Centering Prayer Alabama

Contemplative Outreach in Alabama: An Inter-denominational Christian Meditative Prayer Community Offering Weekly Meetings Across Alabama, Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshops and 3-Day, 4-Day and 8-Day Intensive Retreats

Centering Prayer Event Calendar 2017

2017 Jan 13-15. Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat at Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center- Cullman, AL.  Centering Prayer is a form of Christian Prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through silence and stillness. This retreat is for those seeking to learn this practice of prayer for the first time or for those who want to renew or strengthen their practice during this weekend of silence and reflection. The Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Chapter presenters are Sr. Mary McGehee, OSB, the Rev. Dr. Mary Porter and Joe Mahar. Joe will present an afternoon conference on Centering Prayer as the 11th Step for those attending any 12-Step Programs.  Registration questions, call 256/734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org. Register by check in the amount of $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE Cullman, AL 35055. Total cost: $245.                                                                                                                                                           Jan 21, 2017 Birmingham: Introduction to Centering Prayer. Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 4600 Preserve Pkwy. Hoover, AL.   9-2:30             COB Presenters: Sr. Mary McGehee, OSB and Stewart Michelini, a member of Annunciation of The Lord Catholic Church, Decatur. Register by check to Contemplative Outreach Birmingham (COB) 3416 River Tree Lane Birmingham, AL 35223. $30. includes lunch. Please designate meat or veggie sandwich. Include phone and email information. Contact Louise Meredith centeringprayeralabama@gmail.com Call or message 205-529-7080 for more information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         February 3-5. Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat. Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Cullman, AL. Develop further the discipline of Centering prayer and deepen your relationship with God. There will be extended periods of Centering Pryer and shared Lectio Divina. The weekend will be spent in silence. Brenda Chynoweth and Louise Meredith, directors. Register by check in the amount of $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE Cullman, AL 35055. Total cost: $245.      

March 18-24th Annual Conference-Birmingham St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 3775 Overton Road 35223 9:00-4:00.  Thomas Merton’s Desert Spirituality. Bonnie Thurston, Presenter. See more on Annual Conference page

March 24-26 Desert Spirituality: Dry Seasons in the Christian Journey.  Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Cullman, AL.  Retreat with presenter Bonnie Thurston, who leads our annual conference the preceding weekend in Birmingham. She will continue the conversation on the metaphor of the desert in the Christian journey. Dr. Thurston is a New Testament scholar,  and ordained minister. She has written or edited nineteen theological books and many articles. Register by check in the amount of $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE Cullman, AL 35055. Total cost: $245. See conference information on Dr. Thurston.

May 23-30, 2017- 8 Day Intensive / Post Intensive Retreat at Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center- Cullman, AL.  Fr. Bill Sheehan, Director. Co-Director: the Rev. Katy Smith. Intensive:  An in-depth retreat for those experienced in Centering Prayer-an entering into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude and community; designed to assist participants in entering a more intimate relationship with God. Videos of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course are viewed. Post-Intensive: A new step into a profound silence and stillness to facilitate a more intimate union with God. An Intensive Centering Prayer experience is a requisite of the Post-Intensive.  Contact for registration, the Rev. Katy Smith 205/328-7820 or smithdoc20@gmail.com. Total cost $750. Fee includes event, lodging and meals. $100.00 non-refundable deposit required. Deadline for registration is May 1, 2017.

September 1-3. Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat.  This form of Christian Prayer is rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. This retreat is for those seeking to learn this practice of prayer for the first time or for those who want to renew or strengthen their practice during this weekend of silence and reflection.  Registration questions, call 256/734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org. Register by check in the amount of $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE Cullman, AL 35055. Total cost: $245.