Lectio Divina Introductory Workshop

November 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mike Smoolca and Nancy Stimac


The Lectio Divina Introductory Workshop teaches the method of Lectio Divina as a way to pray the sacred scriptures. It presents a Christian tradition of prayer that through reading, reflecting, responding and resting in the Word of God, one’s relationship with God is nourished and deepens. The workshop consists of presentations that focus on the following:

  • Lectio: Reading the Word of God - The Word of God is read in a listening manner with “the ear of one’s heart.” One is attentive to the phrase, sentence or one word that is noticed. The participants experience the method.
  • Meditatio: Reflecting on the Word of God - The Word of God is reflected upon and the phrase, sentence or one word that captures one’s attention that touches one is savored and held reflectively. The participants experience the method.
  • Oratio: Responding to the Word of God - The Word of God is responded to in a spontaneous manner. One may express a prayer, a concern, a question. The participants experience the method.
  • Contemplatio: Resting with the Word of God - The Word of God is rested within the silence. One allows it to speak in the quiet of one’s heart. The participants experience the method. 
  • Becoming a Word of God - The transformative power of the Word of God is experienced as one is faithful to Lectio Divina. The participants explore the fruits of one’s deepening relationship with God.

The workshop provides the participants with both group and individual experiences of Lectio Divina

Offering: $40, includes lunch

Please register below.

8:30 - Registration
9:15 - Opening & Welcome
9:30 - Session I Introduction to Lectio Divina
10:30 - Session II Moments One & Two with Prayer
11:30 - Break
11:45 - Session III Moments Three & Four with Prayer
12:45 - Lunch
1:45 - Session IV Becoming the Word
3:00 - Closing

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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