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Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop

  • Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT, 06107 United States (map)

Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mike Smoolca and Nancy Stimac

In this introductory workshop, you will learn the method and principles of Centering Prayer practice in a quiet, reflective atmosphere. We will cover the history, psychology, and theology of the practice. Two prayer sessions and a question and answer session are included.

Offering: $30

Presenter Profiles

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Mike Smoolca

Mike Smoolca is an experienced contemplative group and workshop facilitator and a dedicated student of contemplative practices and wisdom spirituality. He is a Contemplative Outreach presenter and coordinator for Contemplative Outreach of CT and the Northern CT Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. Mike is a practicing spiritual director who received his certificate from Fairfield University. He has been an internship partner at the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, CT.


Nancy Stimac

Nancy Stimac, a longtime contemplative prayer practitioner, is a Centering Prayer facilitator and commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina for Contemplative Outreach. She is a graduate of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Catholic Bible School and Lay Ministry programs. She uses her gifts to serve the Catholic community of Windsor Locks as a prayer group facilitator, Bible study leader, RCIA teacher, lector, and evangelization team member. The human transformation we undergo in Centering Prayer is complex and multifaceted. We face common questions about how our practice is progressing and our psychological experience of releasing the emotional wounds of a lifetime. This presentation is intended to clarify the psychological process on our journey to transformation.  


Earlier Event: February 21
Men's Retreat
Later Event: February 23
Confirmation Retreat