Contemplative Formation

Statue in RocksMariandale’s successful and meaningful program provides a unique experiential and educational opportunity.

It is a program for all those who yearn to live from a centered place amidst their daily busy-ness and overextension in order to experience the fullness of the present: for those who desire to bring the fruits of stillness into their ministries and works of justice; and for those who wish to be in the company of others who are also serious about awakening to deeper consciousness in a life of spiritual practice.

Grounded in the richness of silence and Christian contemplative tradition, the program will invite participants into an exploration of their relationship to the Holy and to their own deeper Selves, through study, dialogue and myriad contemplative practices, while encouraging a deepened appreciation of their own faith tradition.

Participants will explore such areas as: contemplation and the everyday and ordinary; the psychodynamics of spirituality; practices of stillness and awareness; scripture; being justice in the world; and the mystical tradition. The five themes are: The Transformative Journey; Holy Listening and Discernment; Love and Conscious Suffering; Healing, Compassion and Gratitude; and Contemplative Life and Ministry.

Participants will gather for 5 residency weekends, and will meet in monthly small groups throughout the program. So far, contemplatives’ lives have been enriched through the program. Take the time to discern if this might be the next step for you.

Team and Presenters: Bruce Baker, M. Div., Don Bisson, FMS, D. Min., Janet Corso, MA, Gaynell Cronin, MA, Jack Rathschmidt, OFM Cap., PHD

The 2018-2019 Contemplative Formation program is now taking applications, deadline is July 30, 2018. 

To Register: Please download and print this Application Form (pdf) for the 2018-2019 Contemplative Formation Program. Fill in pertinent information, answer all questions, and submit with requisite paperwork to apply. All information is included on the form.

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