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Becoming An Everyday Contemplative

March 16 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contemplative Enrichment Day with Judith Valente

“Stillness is … opening up an emotionally clutter-free space and allowing ourselves to feel and think and dream and question,” author Brene Brown says. This is an extraordinary time when there is much chaos in our country and the world, many demands on our time, and personal pressures. This day explores simple, concrete practices we can adopt to maintain a contemplative calm, learn to embrace the current moment, and create enough space to become “everyday contemplatives.”

This program will be offered both in-person and online via Zoom. Information on how to access the program on Zoom will be sent to participants in advance.

This program will include a morning and an afternoon session of Centering Prayer.

Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist and poet and a lay Benedictine Oblate who guides frequent contemplative retreats. She has written several spirituality books including most recently, How to Be: A Monk and A Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship, co-authored with Trappist Brother Paul Quenon. Judith is also author of The Art of Pausing and a contemporary guide on The Rule of St. Benedict titled, How to Live.

Please use the link below to register.


Mike Smoolca


Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford,CT6107United States
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