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Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats: Timeline & Components

To learn more about this program, click here or on the left hand side bar for information on Timeline & Components, Fees, Staff, Testimonials and Application Form.

Deadline, dates and timeline associated with Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats.

Registrations have closed for the 2016 class.  However, if you are sensing a call to this program, we would be happy to talk with you to see if it still might be possible to include you in this year's class.  Please call the office at 301-897-7334 ASAP and speak with Trish.

2017 Class Timeline

Application deadline

October 31, 2015 & November 30, 2015

At-Home WorkJanuary - April 2016
1st Residency 

May 18-25, 2016
Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville, MD

At-Home Work

Retreat Reflection

May 2016-February 2017

December 2016

2nd Residency 

March 7 - 14, 2017
Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville, MD
Leadership Paper

June 1, 2017

Bon Secours Spiritual Center is located at 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104; (410) 442-8219.

(NOTE: Residency dates are subject to change.)


At-home work includes a personal spiritual discipline of prayer, retreat time and a prayer support group; leadership of at least one contemplative prayer group in your locale; reading of selected texts from an extensive bibliography; and time with a specially designed Shalem CD of spiritual practices.  Regular, periodic reports to a staff mentor are also a part of the at-home work as is preparation for each residency.

Residencies include seminars, participant-led sessions, a daily rhythm of prayer, rest and renewal, and silent retreat time.

A brief retreat reflection paper is due in December and a final integrative or research paper based on your experience and learnings in the program is due at the end of the program.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the measurable objectives of the Program and is not intended as an objective certification of the person as a leader of contemplative prayer groups and retreats, since we believe the final confirmation of this call is known in the fruits of this ministry.

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