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with Catherine Regan and Joy Andrews Hayter


Sundays: January 22, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Jan 29, Feb 12 & Mar 19, 2017 1:00 - 4:00 pm


Registration for the series is now closed

"Be still and know that I am God."

Are you feeling a desire to deepen your prayer or to learn about the Christian contemplative path?

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to the presence and action of God, the Ultimate Mystery. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental, or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer. In the fourth session we will explore the healing and transformative power of this prayer practice.



Learn more about Centering Prayer introduction and contemplative retreats offered throughout the year.



Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist, and CP coordinator at Mercy Center. She has a special interest in contemplative practices and the benefits of these practices in our individual and collective lives at this time in our world.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love. As a Professor Emerita of chemistry, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.



Registration for this series is now closed.

Learn more/register for the 4th session, Centering Prayer: Our Practice - Our World, March 19, 2017.



Refunds can be made only for the series registration. First session payment is nonrefundable.