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Exploring the Foundations of Contemplative Living in the Midst of the World
Location: Conference Center
Category: Conference Retreats
Date: Friday May 1, 2020 through Sunday May 3, 2020
Cost: $215.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 p.m. Friday, May 1 to
Noon Sunday May 3, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 crisis
this event has been cancelled.

Exploring the Foundations of
Contemplative Living in the Midst of the World

with James Finley, PhD (via Skype) & Cheryl Rose, HM

In our time together, James Finley, PhD will be with us in three live streamed video sessions assisted on site by Cheryl Rose, HM. Together they will help us explore ways to live a more contemplative way of life in the midst of today’s world. We will begin by paying close attention to fleeting moments of contemplatively resting in God’s presence in the midst of nature, in marital love, in solitary silence and other realms of human experience. We will see how fidelity to prayer and meditation can help us to live in more daily abiding awareness of the depths so fleetingly glimpsed and how this awareness spills over in to more compassionate and loving ways to be with others day by day. Time will be given for shared sessions of silent meditation and discussion of the themes presented. 


James Finley, Ph.D. lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. James Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today's busy world. He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica, California. James Finley is the author of: Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

Cheryl Rose, HM has always been drawn to the mystery of the human encounter with God and engaged in ministry in the area of spirituality and personal growth all along, even as a high school teacher of chemistry and physics.  She has taught courses on prayer and the spiritual journey, directed retreats for youth, school staffs, non-profits, and parishes. She has been doing spiritual direction and retreat work for many years.  As a trained spiritual director and certified Enneagram teacher, Sr. Cheryl offers a variety of workshops for groups in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.


If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so. 
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy 

Includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper on Friday to Lunch on Sunday
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
January 2021
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