Contemplative Outreach of
New Jersey

Therese Saulnier
Bayonne, NJ  201-436-8256


Centering Prayer and the Heart of Mysticism

Presenter: Therese M. Saulnier
Franciscan Spiritual Center

September 13-15, 2019
Starts Friday at 7 PM and ends Sunday at 11 AM

The pursuit of spirituality can evolve our consciousness, expanding our understanding of reality and opening us to see things differently – beyond our usual perception of reality cloaked by perceptions and beliefs. Knowledge of mysticism is a doorway to this evolution of our consciousness. .Karl Rahner, a 20th century theologian, wrote: “In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic (one who has experienced God for real) or nothing at all.” In this retreat, we’ll explore the nature of mysticism, mystical writers such as St. John of the Cross, and the impact of mysticism in deepening our relationship with God and transforming our everyday lives. Centering Prayer experience suggested.

Therese Saulnier has been praying Center Prayer for 30 years and teaching Centering Prayer and other contemplative prayer practices for over 25 years. She is a faculty member of the Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international organization committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. Therese holds an MA degree in theology, with a concentration in Spirituality, from Fordham University. As a web developer for a Fortune 100 company she offers a practical perspective on living a contemplative life in our contemporary culture.

Commuter Fee: $140
Resident Fee: $190

(When registering please choose an option of Resident or Commuter. Resident means you will be staying overnight and need a bed and commuter means you will not be staying overnight and will not need a bed.)

Franciscan Spiritual Center
609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014
Phone: (610) 558-6152 Fax: (610) 558-5377 e-mail:

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Nine Month Course

The Practice and Deepening of Contemplative Living

September 2019 – June 2020

St. Lawrence Retreat Center, Beacon, NY

Staff: Cathy McCarthy, Sr. Peggy Murphy and Therese Saulnier

This Nine-Month Course enables one to practice contemplative living according to one’s own lifestyle. Formation is offered in contemplative prayer, lifestyle and activity through:

The ongoing process of the Course provides an environment in which to integrate contemplative practices into one’s life. This integration is accomplished, in part, by opening to God as a community and consenting to God’s presence and action individually and communally.

The Course meets one weekend a month from September 2019 through June 2020 and is presented by Nine Month Course staff.

Each weekend includes a review of the previous month’s practice(s), soul-friending, Centering Prayer, conferences, sharing and rest. Each month’s theme is supported by a Spiritual Counsel and Prayer Practice(s).

About St. Lawrence Retreat Center

The St. Lawrence Retreat Center is located on 25 beautiful acres in Beacon, NY, just one and one-half hours north of New York City. The center is off Route I-84, and is accessible to Stewart Airport and the Beacon, NY train station. The newly renovated, fully accessible facility has an elevator, wide hallways and flat, easily walkable grounds, ensuring that people of all ages and physical abilities can enjoy this sacred space.

The Center can accommodate up to 20 guests, including handicap accessible rooms and bathrooms. Every room has a private bathroom and individual climate control. St. Lawrence Retreat Center is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars.

For information about dates and costs download the brochure

To apply download the application



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