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Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat

December 4 @ 8:00 am - December 7 @ 5:00 pm

This Praying Holy Scripture retreat from December 4 to 6, 2020, offers Centering Prayer periods plus presentations based upon Fr. Thomas Keating’s teachings on the deepening levels of faith: the Four Senses of Scripture – literal, allegorical, behavioral/moral, and unitive senses. The presentations teach a contemplative way of listening to and reading Scripture known as the ancient monastic practice of Lectio Divina. We will experience scripture by praying different translations of Mary’s hymn of praise: the Magnificat. During the retreat, one will experience the interplay of the silence of Centering Prayer and Praying Holy Scripture combined with the rhythm of this Episcopal Benedictine monastic community’s worship and prayer life including Holy Eucharist. This contemplative retreat welcomes those comfortable with silence and yearning to learn this ancient way of praying rather than studying Holy Scripture.

Check-in is from 2:00 to 5:00 pm Friday, December 4. Vespers begins at 5:00. Dinner then follows. Orientation begins at 7:15pm. The retreat concludes with noon meal Sunday, December 6. Cost for the retreat is $305. A nonrefundable and non-transferable deposit is required. We accept deposits and payments via all major credit cards, PayPal or personal check. We offer hospitality assistance for some programs, if you’d like to visit but find the cost too burdensome.

The retreat fee includes a single room and all meals. Shared single occupancy bathrooms in the hallways. Register with our Guesthouse Manager, Ms. Lori Callaway at 845-384-6660 ext 1 or at guesthouse@hcmnet.org.

If you have questions about the content of the retreat please contact the retreat leader: Leslee Terpay at

To find out more about Holy Cross Monastery, visit their website at: www.holycrossmonastery.com

Our Retreat Leader

Leslee Anne Terpay is a retired entrepreneur and now spends her days sharing Fr. Thomas Keating’s teachings on the contemplative dimension of the gospel, the Christian Contemplative Journey, Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina. She is a Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter. She is part of the service team who defines workshop teachings and retreat experiences. Leslee is a spiritual director in Lone Tree, Colorado and a graduate of The Centering for Action and Contemplation Living School.


December 4 @ 8:00 am
December 7 @ 5:00 pm
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Lori Callaway, Guest House Manager
845-384-6660, ext. 1


Holy Cross Monastery – New York
1615 Route 9W
West Park, NY 12493 United States
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