Contemplative Formation 2022

In our hearts, we are all potential mystics.— Henri Nouwen

This highly popular program returns in February 2022 for all those who yearn to live from a centered place, those desiring to bring the fruits of stillness into their ministries, and for those who wish to be in the company of others who also are serious about awakening to deeper consciousness in a life of prayer.

The program, which has been called life-changing by many, has served over a hundred and fifty adults of varying denominations by providing a unique experiential opportunity that is grounded in the richness of silence and the Christian tradition. Through various contemplative practices of stillness and with the support of a community of other contemplatives, participants will explore such topics as The Transformative Journey; Holy Listening and Discernment; Love and Conscious Suffering; Healing, Compassion and Gratitude; and Contemplative Life and Ministry.

Program participants are strongly encouraged to take the program in person at Mariandale, but the program components may be taken fully, or partially, on Zoom.  The program is comprised of an orientation (Feb. 5, 2022); five weekends (2022: Feb 18 to 20; April 1 to 3; Sept. 23 to 25; Oct. 28 to 30; and Dec. 2 to 4), and six monthly (weekday or weeknight or Saturday) small groups or circles.

Team:  Don Bisson, FMS, Janet Corso, Gaynell Cronin, and Jack Rathschmidt, OFM Cap.

Fee: $1990 for the online program; and $2490 for the on-site program at Mariandale. Fee covers tuition, meals, accommodations,  and handout materials (does not include the cost of 4 required books or ongoing spiritual direction).

Application and interview are required. A non-refundable fee of $50 (applied to tuition) will be required at the time of application. See the links, below, to the application and online fee payment.  If you have questions, please email Janet Corso at 

For details on the Application Process Information and links to the Application and further steps, read more here.

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