Contemplative Formation

This highly popular program returns in the fall of 2020 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, called life-changing by many, has served over 150 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.

Dates & Time: The program includes: an orientation (Sept. 10 or 12); five residency weekends (2020: Sept. 18 – 20; Nov. 13 – 15: 2021: Feb. 5 – 7; April 9 – 11; and June 4 – 6), and a monthly weekday group.

Team: Bruce Baker, Don Bisson, FMS, Janet Corso, Gaynell Cronin, Jack Rathschmidt, OFM Cap

Fee: $1,990 covers tuition, meals, lodging, and handout materials (not including the cost of four required books or ongoing spiritual direction) and may be paid in full or in as many as five payments. There are limited, partial scholarships available.

Application and interview are required. Application deadline: July 15, 2020. A non-refundable fee of $50 (applied to tuition) will be required at the time of application.
The application form is available at or email Janet Corso at or call Mariandale at (914) 941-4455 ext. 100.

Please note that the Application Deadline is July 15, 2020.

Click here: Application and Form Instructions for Contemplative Formation 2020-2021: Awakening the Spiritual Heart 

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