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The Welcoming Prayer

March 16, 2019
Christ Church Cathedral

Saturday, March 16, 9:00am-4:00pm

(Please bring a sack lunch)

​Led by Mary Dwyer

of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in ordinary activities. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body. 

Mary Dwyer is a long-time student of Fr. Thomas Keating and has been practicing Centering Prayer since the 1980s.  In the early 1990’s, she lived at Chrysalis House, a contemplative live-in community experiment blessed by Fr. Thomas.  The community became an incubator of practice and programs of Contemplative Outreach’s growth.  Chrysalis House – what she refers to as her “inpatient” or “residential treatment time” – proved to her that a life of prayer, consent and practice is real, stable and deeply rewarding.  Mary Mrozowski, creator of the Welcoming Prayer, also lived at Chrysalis House and taught her that a devoted life of prayer was the real work of life; what we did the rest of the time was just how we made a living.