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Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service

Sun, 20 Jan 2019

Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service

Including Presenter’s Training
January 20 – 26, 2019 (Sun. to Sat.)

Facilitators: Therese Saulnier, Sr. Ruth Ann Madera & 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 in 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 Issue

Criteria for Register for: Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service

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 (or) 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.

Offering: $625 per person (includes Presenter Training Binder)
Deposit: $150 non-refundable

Bethany Retreat Center

PO Box 129
16836 Frenchville , PA
United States
Phone: 814-263-4855 between 9am and 4p
Fax: 814-263-7106
Pennsylvania US
6 days
Eastern US
Contact Name: 
Nicole Fedder - Program Director
Contact Phone: 
814-263-4855 between 9am and 4pm