Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop

September 30, 2017

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

Mike Smoolca and Nancy Stimac


In Centering Prayer Introductory workshops you’ll learn the method and principles of this prayer practice and have the opportunity to experience this ancient method in a quiet, reflective atmosphere. The workshop covers the history, psychology, and theology and includes prayer sessions along with Questions and Answers.  Four conferences and two periods of Centering Prayer experiences are provided as follows:

  • Prayer as Relationship: This section focuses on the fact that any form of prayer expresses our desire to be in relationship with God and how Centering Prayer deepens that relationship.
  • The Method of Centering Prayer: In this section the participants are taught the four guidelines of Centering Prayer. The first period of Centering Prayer occurs after this section.
  • Thoughts and Use of the Sacred Word: This section focuses on the fact that thoughts will inevitably occur during Centering Prayer and how one can effectively handle them. A second period of Centering Prayer follows this section.
  • Deepening Our Relationship with God: In this section the focus is on how the method of Centering Prayer deepens our relationship with God and how this ever deepening relationship is manifested in our daily life.

Offering: $30

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Presenter Profile

Mike Smoolca

Mike Smoolca is a Commissioned Presenter of Centering Prayer, Chapter Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach of CT, a member of the Leadership Team for Contemplative Outreach of Boston, an experienced contemplative group and workshop facilitator and dedicated student of Contemplative practices. He is coordinator of the Northern CT Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. He has been presenting Thomas Merton programs and facilitating workshops over the past 5 years. and has read and been applying insights from Thomas Merton's writings  to his own spiritual journey for over 10 years .  Mike is a Spiritual Director and Training Partner for the Spiritual Life Center (West Hartford, CT) 2016 – 2018 Internship Class. He's active in several ministries in his parish, St Mary’s in Simsbury, CT.  A few years ago Mike retired from a nearly 30 year career in Business and Technology to focus on deepening his relationships, spirituality, teaching and service to others.


Nancy Stimac

Nancy Stimac, a long time contemplative prayer practitioner, is a Centering Prayer facilitator and Commissioned Presenter of Centering Prayer for Contemplative Outreach, as well as a graduate of the Archdiocese of Hartford 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 and parish council member.

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