a silent retreat with The Reverend Tom Ward
FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 1, The Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario
In the Guidelines for the Centering Prayer Method Thomas Keating
refers to “God’s presence and action within.”
In an essay on the Divine Indwelling, he describes this as the “fundamental theological principle of the spiritual journey.” In still another context, he says that “the whole of the holy and blessed Trinity is within” every human being. The conference during this retreat will explore this reality in scripture, in the tradition, and in the practice of centering prayer – toward the end of deepening our relation to the triune living One who is present and active within us.
The Reverend Tom Ward has been an Episcopal priest for almost forty years, serving parishes in Mississippi and Tennessee; from 1994 through 2005, he was University Chaplain at Sewanee, the University of the Sough (the one university owned and operated by the Episcopal Church in the United States). Tom now focuses on the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, teaching centering prayer and leading retreats. He has a special interest in fostering this practice in local congregations. For the past twenty-?five years Tom has worked closely with Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach.
Cost of the Retreat:
Includes: 3 nights lodging, our retreat leader, spiritual direction and all meals from Thursday Supper to a Sunday breakfast and mid-morning snack.
The cost of the retreat is strictly based on our overhead, however, there may be some possibility of a scholarship, if the cost is out of range. Please contact us if this is a concern.
Arrival: 4 pm on Thursday February 26th, 2015
Concludes: 12:00 noon on Sunday March 1st, 2015
Things to note:
†Remember to bring:
- all personal items that will make your stay comfortable
- dress in layers
- bring some warm clothes and boots for walking outside
† All bedding is provided.
†It is understood that attendees of the retreat are engaged in a regular practice of contemplative prayer. If this is new to you, please let us know and we can arrange for some instruction or a little refresher.
† We would ask that you please plan on attending the entire weekend, including the final closing.
† This retreat is silent, and we invite you to please respect the desire of the community to be alone with God – together. There will be opportunities throughout the retreat to speak to a retreat leader for spiritual direction or if you just need to let it out!
To register: please print the registration form and mail your registration. 2015_Retreat Registration