Teresa of Avila: Agony and Ecstasy

March 24, 2017

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

Susan Komis


Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is one of Christianity’s great mystics and teachers.  Her final work, The Interior Castle, is one of the most profound literary works on the contemplative dimension and experiential mysticism. Prayer stood at the center of Teresa’s teachings.  Her fidelity to prayer was a means of deepening her intimate relationship and companionship with God.  She considered a life of prayer in terms of love. Together we will reflect on the light of Teresa’s timeless insights into the human soul, its journey toward God, and how Teresa’s teaching is relevant to our personal contemporary spiritual journey today.

Offering: $65

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Contemplative Learning format
8:30 - Sign-in opens at meeting space 
9:00 - Welcome and breakfast snacks (30 mins) 
9:30 - Prayer, Community Check-in (10 minutes) 
9:40 - Centering Prayer (30 mins) 
10:10 - Silent Break (10 mins)
10:20 - Conference 1 (1 hour)
11:20 - Silent Break (10 mins)
11:30 - Conference 2 (1 hour)
12:30 - Full lunch (with or without conversation) 
1:30 - Conference 3 (1 hr)
2:30 – Silent Break (15 min) 
2:45 - Centering Prayer (30 mins) 
3:15 - Small Group (1 hr) 
4:15 - Community Check-out, Survey and Prayer - ask questions / share closing insights with the large group (15 mins) 
4:30 - Depart

**Online registration is closed. However, there is still room in this program and we welcome you to join us. Please call 860-760-9705 to register or you can register upon arrival. Thank You!


Presenter Profile

Susan Komis

Susan Komis has served Contemplative Outreach since 1990.  She began as a volunteer for the St. Louis, MO Chapter.  Appointed as Coordinator for the St. Louis, MO region in 1994, she served in that capacity through 1999. Susan serves as Director of Chapter Programs and Services (CPS) to support Coordinators and Contact Persons throughout the Contemplative Outreach spiritual community.  She assists Contemplative Outreach Chapters by offering onsite programs for leadership formation, spiritual enrichment and Chapter development. In other servant-leader roles, Susan serves as a staff person for numerous Contemplative Outreach retreats, currently serves as a mentor to Chapter leadership, and continues to develop formation programs for servant-leaders of Contemplative Outreach. Susan is a certified Pastoral Minister and has worked in Adult Faith Development, spiritual direction and Inter-spiritual dialogue.  She is married and a mother of four daughters. She currently resides in a suburb of St. Louis, MO.


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