Feb. 24: Centering Prayer workshop

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (Snow date: Saturday, March 10)

Church Hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
180 Loudon Rd, Concord, NH

“Be still and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10

Centering Prayer: Beginning to Learn to Live a Contemplative Way of Life through Prayer




8:30 -9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 1:00 pm Workshop Presentations

In the workshop you’ll learn the method and principles of centering prayer and have an opportunity to experi-ence this ancient method in a quiet, reflective atmosphere. The workshop covers the history, psychology, and theology of centering prayer as well as time for questions and answers. The four sections of the Workshop are:

  1. Prayer as Relationship: focuses on the fact that any form of prayer expresses our desire to be in relationship with God and how Centering Prayer deepens that relationship.
  2. The Method of Centering Prayer: focuses on teaching the four guidelines of Centering Prayer practice.
  3. Thoughts and Use of the Sacred Word: focuses on the fact that thoughts will inevitably occur during Centering Prayer practice and how one can effectively handle them.
  4. Deepening Our Relationship with God: focuses on how the method of Centering Prayer deepens our relationship with God and how this ever deepening relationship is manifested in our daily life.

Workshop Presenters

  • Darrell Blackwell is a deacon at Holy Spirit Parish in Wells, Maine. He is active in many of the parish ministries and facilitates their Centering Prayer group.
  • Judy Swett has a Masters in Religious Education and is a Board-Certified Hospital Chaplain and Palliative Care Chaplain. She has worked many years in religious education and in the health care field.
  • Rosemary Shirley is an Oblate at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA, the Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Boston and has been a Centering Prayer practitioner for several decades.



Email by February 17th to centeringprayerconcordnh@gmail.com to let us know that you plan to attend the workshop.

Suggested Donation: $10

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided during the workshop