This Power has in each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible...there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.

Big Book, pages 50 & 51

Centering Prayer Retreat With Father William Meninger

Be still and know I am God"

Father William Meninger, a Trappist monk and retreat master at St. Josephs Abbey in Spencer, Mass. found a dusty little book in the abbey library, The Cloud of Unknowing. As he read it he was delighted to discover that this anonymous 14th century book presented contemplative meditation as a teachable, spiritual process enabling the ordinary person to enter and receive a direct experience of union with God.

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.


This is a regular retreat which will include some Christian language. There are people in 12 Step recovery who are helping to facilitate the retreat. Centering Prayer is an effective 11th Step practice for people in 12 step programs. For those of you who want to deepen your relationship with your Higher Power, this retreat may be beneficial.

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Fri, 03/08/2013 - 6:00pm - Sun, 03/10/2013 - 1:00pm


Sacred Hearts Retreat Center


226 Great Neck Road





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John Tallon

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