Contemplative Outreach of
New Jersey

Therese Saulnier
Bayonne, NJ  201-436-8256


Contemplative Enrichment Program

You are invited to participate in the Contemplative Enrichment Program for those practicing Centering Prayer. Each day’s program includes periods of Centering Prayer, conferences on the subject matter, and time for small group discussion.

Prerequisite A Daily Practice of Centering Prayer  
When Saturdays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Gathering, Coffee & Registration – 9:00 am
Please bring a brown bag lunch
February 1, 2020 Growing In Holiness Through the Five Universal Shapes Sr. Mary Jo Kearns, RSM
March 7, 2020 Contemporary Contemplatives and Paul's Philippians Fr. Anthony Randazzo
April 4, 2020 Being a Presence for Peace: Benedictine Hospitality and Community Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaino
Additional Date
December 21, 2019 Advent Day of Prayer Fr. Carl Arico
Where Benedictine Center at St. Walburga Monastery
851 N. Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
The Monastery is accessible by bus from NYC
Fee $150 for all 6 sessions
includes registration fee for Advent Day of Prayer (normally $30)

$115 for all 6 sessions (seniors)
includes registration fee for Advent Day of Prayer (normally $20)

$30 – registration fee for a single session
$20 – registration fee for a single session – seniors
Payment Options
  1. Pay in full ($150; $115 - Seniors ) by October 5th with completed registration form to hold your space
  2. $75- deposit ($50 deposit for Senior Citizens) due by October 5th with completed registration form to hold your space. Remainder due January 4th.

For further information, contact Therese Saulnier, (Evenings and Weekends)

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Do you seek a deeper relationship with God?

Do you have a desire for “something more” in your prayer life?

Saint Anthony’s

Invites you to
An Introduction to Centering Prayer

Presented by Contemplative Outreach of New Jersey

Saturday, March 21st


Location: 65 Bartholdi Ave., Butler, NJ 07405

The Introductory Program includes the Saturday workshop and six follow up sessions to mentor you in the practice of Centering Prayer.

Contact the parish office at 973-838-0031 to register.

Download the Introduction to Centering Prayer flyer




March 29, 2020 - 3:00pm

Church of the Assumption

29 Jefferson Ave Emerson, NJ

Free Will Offering

Call 201-262-1122 for more information

Join us for a very special afternoon of storytelling and witness one young man's life changing encounter with the writings of Thomas Merton.

Performance runs 80min with no intermission, a Q&A with Doug will follow.

Douglas Hertler, aka Doug Lory, is a professional actor, tour guide, & retreat leader. He is also a member of the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS)

“A powerful inter play between the true self (who I am), the false self (who I project myself to be or the only self I know myself to be) and the voice of Thomas Merton (a voice of wisdom) challenging me to be the self I am called to be - the transformed self. Superbly acted, mirroring the complexity of the human person, celebrating the role of the wisdom person who we need to meet in our lives. Doug challenges us to find that person.”

- Father Carl Arico

“Doug’s ability to weave Merton’s brilliance into his own life experience is profound, moving, and insightful.”

- Teresa Scott

“Doug has created a contemporary Seven Story Mountain in theatrical form.”

- Carol A. Joyce, Phd


Download the Merton and Me flyer

Centering Prayer Retreat: Forgiveness Prayer

St. Joseph Retreat Center

850 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10305

April 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm - April 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT

Facilitated by Therese Saulnier

Arrival Friday 4:00 PM; Departure Sunday 2:00 PM

Overnight Retreatants: $250 Single Occupant; $200 Double Occupant

Three Day Commuter: $150 per person

(A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due one week prior to retreat.)

To register or inquire about the retreat contact St. Joseph Retreat Center: - - 718.720.1097

Therese Saulnier is a long standing member of Contemplative Outreach. She has been praying Centering Prayer for over 30 years and praying the Forgiveness Prayer for over 25 years. Therese shares her experience that before she learned the Forgiveness Prayer she really did not know how to forgive. Therese will share the process of forgiveness and share a way to open to God’s healing presence and action in our search for forgiveness – the Forgiveness Prayer. There will also be centering prayer periods during the retreat.

What is the Forgiveness Prayer?

Come to the Forgiveness Prayer Workshop and explore the need for forgiveness and the nature of forgiveness. Come to learn the Forgiveness Prayer, a way to open to God’s healing presence and action when you are hurt, wounded or offended. The Forgiveness Prayer is a prayer in which we open to God’s grace to learn to forgive.

When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, he taught them the Lord’s Prayer. In this prayer Jesus teaches us that forgiveness is one of the essential conditions out of which all of our prayer must proceed if it is to be acceptable to God.

The command is clear: if you are a Christian, you must forgive. But there are two very powerful, often problematic questions involved with this imperative:

How do I forgive? What if I want to forgive but cannot?

Experience with Centering Prayer is suggested for participants.

Download the Centering Prayer Retreat: Forgiveness Prayer flyer



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