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Welcoming Forgiveness ~ a Centering Prayer Retreat

September 5 - September 10

Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

Mt. Angel Abbey Guesthouse, September 5-10, 2023
Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Portland & Willamette Valley

This 6-day retreat will explore the dance between
Welcoming Prayer and Forgiveness.
There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer, Silence & Solitude.

Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. Its purpose is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day – “consent-on-the-go.”

The Forgiveness Prayer is a way to open to God’s healing presence and action when you are hurt, wounded or offended. The Forgiveness Prayer is a prayer which God uses to teach us to forgive.

Prerequisite: Established Centering Prayer Practice

Mary Dwyer is a long time student of Fr. Thomas Keating and has been practicing Centering Prayer since the 1980’s. In the early 1990’s she lived at Chrysalis House, a contemplative live-in community experiment blessed by Fr. Thomas. Her housemates included Mary Mrozowski, David Frenette and Cathy McCarthy. The community lived according to a rule of life and became an incubator of practice and programs in the early years of Contemplative Outreach’s growth. It was her experience at Chrysalis House that proved to her that a life of prayer, consent and practice is real, stable and deeply rewarding.

Mary Dwyer, Retreat Facilitator

Registration Information

Registration Fee:

$950 if paying by check; $975 via PayPal
Deposit: $150 to reserve a place.

Balance due by August 1, 2023
[Fees refundable minus $50 until August 1; nonrefundable after August 1]

Fee includes 5 nights in a private room with private bath, all meals, and retreat.

Partial scholarships available – contact Patricia, patricia.a.lacy@gmail.com

Arrival: between 3:00 & 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 5
Departure: check out of guestroom by 11 am Sunday, September 10

To register or for more information, contact Benneth at

To view retreat guesthouse, visit https://www.mountangelabbey.org

Pay deposit or full balance by PayPal or email Benneth at bhusted@easystreet.net on instructions for paying by check.


September 5
September 10
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Mt. Angel Abbey Guesthouse
1 Abbey Dr
St Benedict, Oregon 97373
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