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Welcoming Prayer Introductory Workshop

Sat, 30 Sep 2017
1 days
Eastern US

Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center

167 Neck Road
06443-0191 Madison , CT
United States
Phone: (203) 245-0401
Fax: (203) 245-8718
Connecticut US
Contact Name: 
Claire Rusowicz
Contact Phone: 
(203) 245-0401


with Therese M. Saulnier

“Welcoming is an energetic practice….training in inner softening and opening… the act of bringing oneself into a state of unconditional presence…”                            

- Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest, retreat leader and author

The Welcoming Prayer is a contemplative practice of consenting to God’s presence and action in the physical and emotional engagements of daily life, particularly those that bring stress or pain. Developed by one of the founders of Contemplative Outreach and familiar to many practitioners of Centering Prayer, it is offered as a way to move from compulsively reacting to mindfully and prayerfully responding to all situations—welcoming, in trust, the presence of the Sacred through intentional awareness of our senses and our bodies’ reactions.

The Welcoming Prayer can empower us to take appropriate action as freely and lovingly as possible in any situation that presents itself in our lives. This day includes information on the conceptual background of the Welcoming Prayer, instruction in the process, opportunities to experience the Welcoming Prayer and conversation.  

The program will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. The $50 includes the program and lunch.

Experience with Centering Prayer is suggested for participants. To learn more about Mercy by the Sea’s ongoing Centering Prayer groups, please visit our website or contact Claire Rusowicz, .


Therese M. Saulnier has been practicing Centering Prayer for 29 years and teaching it and other contemplative prayer practices for over 25 years, including the Welcoming Prayer and Lectio Divina.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology with a concentration in spirituality from Fordham University and works as a web developer for a major corporation. As a contemplative in everyday life, Therese offers a perspective and practical advice for living a contemplative life in 21st-century America.

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