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Welcoming Prayer Weekend Retreat

September 25 @ 8:00 am - September 28 @ 5:00 pm

Contemplative Outreach of Central PA Presents:

Welcoming Prayer Retreat

September 25-27, 2020

Presenter: Sr. Rita Panciera, RSM

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in the events and situations in daily life. It provides a method of being aware of our physical and emotional reactions and a method of dealing with them prayerfully in the midst of daily life.

The Welcoming Prayer helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored – in the body. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Contemplative Prayer.

The time together will be both retreat and workshop, with opportunity for silence and Centering Prayer in community. Also, participants will be introduced to the actual method of the Welcoming Prayer and provided with opportunities to practice. Discussions will include the human condition and the false-self system as the conceptual background of the Welcoming Prayer practice. There will be time for focusing, working with what is happening in our bodies and practicing the prayer.

Sr. Rita Panciera, RSM is a Sister of Mercy and Director of the House of Prayer in Erie, PA. She has been an experienced practitioner of Centering Prayer for many years and has facilitated many Centering Prayer retreats and programs, both at Bethany Retreat Center and elsewhere.
Brochures available.

For program information, please contact:

Nancy Cord-Baran: 814-237-1002

Offering: $200 per person
Deposit: $75 nonrefundable

Arrival: Friday 4:30pm registration
Departure: After lunch on Sunday







September 25 @ 8:00 am
September 28 @ 5:00 pm
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Nancy Cord Baran


Bethany Retreat Center
1031 Germania Rd
Frenchville, PA 16836 United States
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