Contemplative Outreach of
New Jersey

Therese Saulnier
Bayonne, NJ  201-436-8256


Centering Prayer Day

You are invited to a day of prayer with multiple periods of Centering Prayer, silent time, a viewing of a contemplative video, and a discussion of the video.

There will be a silent break from 11:30 A.M. until 12 Noon. Please bring a light lunch or snack. Beverages will be provided.

St. Helen’s Church has Mass at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday morning.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Location: St. Helen’s Parish Center
   1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ 
Cost: A free will offering is requested.
Contact: Therese Saulnier or call 201.436.8256
  Download Flyer for more information and directions

Deepening our Consent to Transformation:
A Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer is a prayer which opens us to God’s presence and action. Centering Prayer is also about a process of interior transformation initiated by God and leading, if we consent, to divine union. Awareness of the invitation to transformation through a deepening relationship with God facilitates our opening to God’s presence and action.

This retreat includes multiple periods of Centering Prayer and conferences on the conceptual background of Centering Prayer with an emphasis on the Seven Stages of Centering Prayer, a hierarchy created by Fr. Thomas Keating OCSO. The extended periods of silence in this retreat support the process of transformation in God.

When: September 8 - 10, 2017
Times: Begins at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 8, 2017
Ends at 11:00 AM on Sunday, September 10 2017
Location: Franciscan Spiritual Center
   609 S. Convent Road Aston, PA 19014
Cost: $190 for residents or $140 for commuters
  $50 non-refundable deposit
Contact: Sr. Patricia Hamill, 610-558-6152
Registration: Download Flyer for more information and directions
Download Registration form
Register Online at the Franciscan Spiritual Center Website

Welcoming Prayer: Process and Practice

with Therese M. Saulnier

“Welcoming is an energetic practice … training in inner softening and opening …
the act of bringing oneself into a state of unconditional presence… ”
- Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest, retreat leader and author

The Welcoming Prayer is a contemplative practice of consenting to God’s presence and action in the physical and emotional engagements of daily life, particularly those that bring stress or pain. Developed by one of the founders of Contemplative Outreach and familiar to many practitioners of Centering Prayer, it is offered as a way to move from compulsively reacting to mindfully and prayerfully responding to all situations — welcoming, in trust, the presence of the Sacred through intentional awareness of our senses and our bodies’ reactions.

The Welcoming Prayer can empower us to take appropriate action as freely and lovingly as possible in any situation that presents itself in our lives. This day includes information on the conceptual background of the Welcoming Prayer, instruction in the process, opportunities to experience the Welcoming Prayer and conversation.

When: September 30, 2017
Times: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Location: Mercy by the Sea
   167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443-0191
Cost: $50 includes lunch
Contact: Claire Rusowicz,
Registration: Download Flyer for more information and directions
Click to Register Online
Experience with Centering Prayer is suggested for participants. To learn more about Mercy by the Sea’s ongoing Centering Prayer groups, please visit our website or contact Claire Rusowicz, .


Nine-Month Course:
The Practice and Deepening of Contemplative Living

September 2017 - June 2018

Presented by: Cathy McCarthy 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 ac-tivity 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 2017 through May 2018, 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).

Dates: 2017- Sept 15-17; Nov 17-19; Dec 8-10;
2018 - Jan 12-14; Feb 9-11; March 23-25; April 20-22; May 11-13; June 8-10
Location: St. Lawrence Retreat Center
   Beacon, N.Y
Topics: First Month
Awareness of God’s Presence and Action
Practices: Spiritual Reading and Logging
Second Month
Intention and Consent in Relating to God
Practices: Lectio Divina and the Active Prayer
Third Month
Letting To and Receiving True Life
Practice: The Welcoming Prayer
Fourth Month
Resting in God and from the Activity of the False Self
Practice: Review Dynamics of Centering Prayer
Fifth Month
Contemplative Discernment
Practice: Contemplative Discernment Process
Sixth Month
Detachment and Simplicity
Practice: Discernment of Attachments
Seventh Month
Forgiveness in Relationships
Practice: Prayer of Forgiveness
Eighth Month
Spiritual Commitment
Practice: Creating Individual Contemplative
Ninth Month
Celebration and Closure
Cost: $2,475,  Deposit $675
Contact: Cathy McCarthy, 845 534-5180
More Information: Download Flyer for more information and directions
Contemplative Outreach of Orange County:

Medjugorje & Fatima
Sponsored by
Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church

Escorted by
Father Jude Salus, OSB, Pastor Emeritus
Father Carl Arico

Join Fr. Jude Salus and Fr. Carl Arico on a 9 day pilgrimage to Medjugorje as well as a stop in Fatima for the Jubilee Year celebration.  While in Medjugorje participate in daily Mass; evening international ceremonies; apparition time; rosary and praying the Stations of the Cross as we climb Mt.Krizevac among other sites.  Besides visiting the Basilica in Fatima we'll stop at the Church of St. Stephen to see the Miracle of the Eucharist and celebrate Mass.  We'll see two of Portugal's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites (Monastery of Alcobaca and Batalha Monastery).  While in Fatima we'll see the tombs of Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Franciso, the Adoration Chapel and the Miraculous Fountain.

When: October 14 - 23, 2017
Cost per person:

Double Occupancy  $2,999.00 
Single Occupancy  $3,499.00 

Contact: Long's Travel or call 973.538.1700
Registration: Download Brochure for registration and more information



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