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Led by Catherine Regan and Joy Andrews Hayter


Sundays: September 18, 2016, 1-5 pm
September 25 and October 9 & 23, 1-4 pm


$85 - Registration for all 4 sessions 
$40 - First session, nonrefundable

"Be still and know that I am God."

Are you feeling a desire to deepen your prayer or to learn about the Christian contemplative path?

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental, or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer. In the fourth session we will explore the healing and transformative power of this prayer practice.



Learn more about Centering Prayer introduction and contemplative retreats offered throughout the year.



Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist, and Centering Prayer coordinator at Mercy Center. She has a special interest in contemplative practices and the benefits of these practices in our individual and collective lives at this time in our world.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director who has been practicing meditation for twenty-five years, and Centering Prayer for ten years. She is dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love.



Bill McLennan and Marty Badgett, both Oblates of the Camaldoli Benedictine Community, have led Centering Prayer days at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley for many years.



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  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only.
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select the RSM-BurlAssoc rate.
  •  Creating an account is optional. Credit card data is not stored.

Or call (650) 340-7454 for assistance.



Refunds can be made only for the series registration. First session payment is nonrefundable.