Bethany Retreat Center

— Advent Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat

Advent Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat

Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton: Seeing That Paradise Begins Now

Facilitator: Sr. Ruth Ann Madera, CA

November 30 to December 3, 2023


Bridges to Contemplative Living leads participants on a journey toward personal spiritual transformation and a more contemplative and peace-filled life. This retreat is designed for those with an established daily practice of centering prayer who wish to deepen the transforming love of God in the midst of silence and solitude. The weekend will include centering prayer, conferences with contemplative dialogue, personal time, meals and Sunday liturgy.

**You must be practicing Centering Prayer prior to registration. New to Centering Prayer? Check out our Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat


Sr. Ruth Ann Madera is a Retreat Director and also a Spiritual Director. She provides spiritual direction on an ongoing basis as well as spiritual companioning/direction during retreats at Bethany Retreat Center. Sr. Ruth Ann is a Centering Prayer facilitator and commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer for Contemplative Outreach. She has her degree in Religious Studies from St. Francis University. She is also, a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program.




Offering: $385.00 (3 nights, including lodging, meals and retreat deposit)

Deposit: $75.00

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