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In Memory of Mary Mrozowski
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Mary’s death, a blog has been set-up for those who wish to celebrate Mary’s contribution to the contemplative dimension of life by sharing their memories, prayers and photographs with the greater community.
Mary Mrozowski was a spiritual teacher in Long Island, NY for 30 years. Mary was also a spiritual seeker, a mystic, someone who sought the unmediated experience of God. As a divorced Catholic woman, she intuited that she needed a deep relationship with God to heal her wounds, to teach her how to live, how to love, how to forgive.
Mary Mrozowski was a founding member of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., attending the first ever Centering Prayer retreat experiment at the Lama Foundation in San Cristobal, New Mexico in 1983. In 1985, Mary Mrozowski , David Frenette and Bob Bartel established a live-in contemplative community experiment , blessed by Fr. Thomas Keating, in the eastern United States called Chrysalis House. For 11 years, the inhabitants of Chrysalis House lived according to a rule of life, and became an incubator of practice and programs in the early years of Contemplative Outreach’s growth. Many Centering Prayer practitioners and teachers who now carry on the work of Contemplative Outreach were trained and inspired at Chrysalis House.
Mary was a student of the masters of Christian spirituality. She valued their wisdom and understood that people needed help in applying their wisdom to everyday life. Mary said that her gift was creating “how to’s.” She knew that people who are on a spiritual journey need prayer practices to help them “let go”. To this end, Mary Mrozowski created the Welcoming Prayer and the Forgiveness Prayer, practices that have had a profound effect on countless numbers of people over the years.
During the last few years of her life, Mary travelled to share the Welcoming Prayer, the Forgiveness Prayer and other wisdom from living a lay contemplative life. Mary died in Glenwood, Colorado on October 18, 1993. She was staying with Sr. Bernadette Teasdale, who recalls Mary emphasizing that that anything we do is prayer if we are consenting to God’s presence and action - frying bacon is prayer; vacuuming the carpet is prayer; and doing the dishes is prayer.