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Song and Silence: Centering Prayer and Canto Divina Experience

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

Song and Silence:  Centering Prayer and Canto Divina Experience

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

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

Gunilla Norris and Frank Pendola

The ancient practice of chant has always been part of Christian worship. Just as in Lectio Divina and Visio Divina where sacred words and holy images help to bring us closer to contemplation so does song open the heart. It leads a way to deep prayer and silence. We will learn a few easy chants. Singing one before each Centering Prayer session we will move into a gathered stillness and into God’s Presence and Action in our lives. No musical experience is required. Participation in singing as well as the simple energy exercises offered is optional.

Offering: $65 (includes lunch)

Presenter Profiles

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Gunilla Norris

Gunilla Norris is the author of nine books on the spirituality of the everyday, including Companions on the Way and Joy is the Thinnest Layer. She is a mother and a grandmother. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than 40 years and feels privileged to accompany many people on their journeys to growth and healing.

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Frank Pendola

Frank Pendola is a husband, father and grandfather and a lifelong lover of song. He currently serves as music minister at St. Vincent de Paul and Our Lady of Victory parishes in Bradford and Ashaway, RI. He has been an active member of the Holy Family community as a student of Centering Prayer and Christian Contemplative practice. Frank serves on the Servant Leadership team of Contemplative Outreach of CT as well as facilitating the Centering Prayer group in his home parish.


Earlier Event: May 31
Women's Retreat
Later Event: June 7
Men's Retreat