Centering Prayer – Forgiveness Prayer Workshop – Online
Friday, November 18th, 6:00-8:00pm – Saturday, November 19th, 9:00-3:00pm (CST)
Led by Mary Dwyer
This Centering Prayer Retreat/Forgiveness Prayer Workshop will focus on one of the core teachings of the Christ – forgiveness; “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Teresa of Avila said, “a contemplative can have many faults, except the inability to forgive.” Join us as we explore the depth and breadth of forgiveness with Mary Dwyer. Cost of the retreat $30.
Mary is a long-time student of Fr. Thomas Keating and has been practicing Centering Prayer since the 1980s. In the early 1990’s, she lived at Chrysalis House, a contemplative live-in community experiment blessed by Fr. Thomas. Her housemates included Mary Mrozowski, David Frenette and Cathy McCarthy. The community lived according to a rule of life, and became an incubator of practice and programs in the early years of Contemplative Outreach’s growth. It was her experience at Chyrsalis House (what she refers to as her “inpatient” or “residential treatment time”) that proved to her that a life of prayer, consent and practice is real, stable and deeply rewarding. Mary Mrozowski taught her that a devoted life of prayer was the real work of life; what we did the rest of the time was just how we made a living.
Mary is currently is in private practice as an LCSW in the Erie area. She also is serving as a member of the Gift Committee and the Welcoming Prayer Service Team of Contemplative Outreach. She previously has served as Chairperson of the Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Governing Board; member of the Contemplative Outreach Faculty; and Coordinator for the Living Flame program and Coordinator of the Miami Chapter. Mary now devotes her time between private practice and giving retreats and workshops on behalf of Contemplative Outreach throughout the US and internationally.