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Lectio Divina Introductory Workshop for Advent

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

Lectio Divina Introductory Workshop for Advent


Saturday, December 14, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mike Smoolca and Nancy Stimac

The method of Lectio Divina, to pray sacred scripture, is introduced. Presenting a Christian tradition of prayer through reading, reflecting, responding and resting in the Word of God, one’s relationship with God is nourished and deepened. Scripture appropriate for the Advent season will be utilized in this workshop. Both individual and group experiences will be provided.

Offering: $50 (includes lunch)

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.  

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