Bethany Retreat Center

Welcoming Forgiveness Centering Prayer Retreat

Welcoming Forgiveness Centering Prayer Retreat

An Extended Centering Prayer Retreat at Bethany

 Facilitator: Mary Dwyer

May 15-21, 2022

This week long retreat will explore the dance between The Welcoming Prayer and The Forgiveness Prayer. There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer, Silence and Solitude.

Prior Centering Prayer experience is strongly recommended.

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life.  The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day – “consent-on-the-go.”

The Forgiveness Prayer is a way to open to God’s healing presence and action when you are hurt, wounded or offended. The Forgiveness Prayer is a prayer which God uses to teach us to forgive.

Mary Dwyer is a long time student of Fr. Thomas Keating and has been practicing Centering Prayer since the 1980’s. In the early 1990’s she lived at Chrysalis House, a contemplative live-in community experiment blessed by Fr. Thomas. Her housemates included Mary Mrozowski, David Frenette and Cathy McCarthy. The community lived according to a rule of life and became an incubator of practice and programs in the early years of Contemplative Outreach’s growth. It was her experience at Chrysalis House that proved to her that a life of prayer, consent and practice is real, stable and deeply rewarding.

Mary received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in economics and spent some time as a banker and college administrator. After a few years at Chrysalis House, she went back to school and became a licensed clinical social worker and practiced this vocation for the next 15 years, all while maintaining her commitment to the contemplative life. In 2008 she met her beloved Juan through the Living Flame program. She moved to Miami, FL in 2009 and they married. Juan recently retired and they moved back to Erie, PA in July, 2018. Mary is currently in private practice as an LCSW in the Erie area devoting her time between that profession, serving on multiple boards & committees and giving retreats & workshops.  

Offering: $749.00 (Cost includes accommodations, all meals & retreat)
Deposit: $150.00
Arrival: 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday
Departure:  12:00 pm on Saturday

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