Upcoming Events Archive


The Universal Call to Contemplation – May 1st, 3:00pm – May 3rd, 1:00pm

Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam

You are invited to a special retreat with Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, a Camaldolese Benedictine monk with a keen interest in meditation and prayer. He is a recognized scholar of the writings of Bede Griffiths and Abhishiktananda. His journey of contemplation and outreach has taken him around the world and it is reflected in his deeply moving music. Join us for what is sure to be a retreat of inspiration and beauty!

Click here for more information and directions.

For further inquiries call Sharon Nicks at 520-829-3197 or email at sharon@wccm-usa.org.


Roots of Christian Mysticism, Sep 13th – May 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm (Saturdays)



Roots of Christian Mysticism Series, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. fornine Saturday mornings through May, begins September 13 with “17th Century French Mystics ” presented by Rev. Charles J.T. Talar, Ph.D., S.T.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary.


French Mystics such as St. Francis de Sales and St. Jeanne de Chantal focused on Jesus as the Incarnate Word of God. Fr. Talar will explore how a deeper understanding of the their emphasis on a personal experience of the person of Jesus can enrich both our devotional and spiritual lives.
The session will also include discussion and meditation. Dominican Spirituality Center, 6501 Almeda, Houston. Full series tuition $225 ($199 if registered before September 13 or $25 per class at the door.) Need based scholarships available. To register online go to: www.wccm-usa.org/upcomingevents/ For more information contact Martha Keesecker 713 464 0818 or marthakeesecker@comcast.net.
Presented by The World Community for Christian Meditation www.w.ccm-usa.org.

Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit – September 16th 11am – 12:30pm


University of St. Thomas
(Crooker Center, 1st floot, Ahern Room)
3909 Graustark
Houston TX 77006

Can a person be a Zen Christian? 

Dr. Hesse and VM Miao Tsan will give a presentation on interfaith dialogue and discuss possible collaboration and integration of Zen and Christian practices.

Lunch provided, RSVP at events@miaotsan.com or call 281-589-0810 ext. 8921.

Click here for brochure.

The Roots of Christian Mysticism: Year Two – Sept 14th-May 3rd

This three-year course offers a unique opportunity to explore, in depth, the history of Christian Mysticism. It is structured and taught by leading scholars and practitioners and focuses on the key figures of the mystical tradition. The syllabus will begin with the Old and New Testament roots of this tradition to the great patristic teachers and then through the Desert Fathers, Meister Eckhart, the English Mystics, the French Mystics, the Protestant Mystics and to modern times with a focus on Evelyn Underhill, Friedrich von Hugel, Simone Weil, Jacques Maritain, John Main and Ede Griffiths.

The second year of our series begins with Hildegard of Bingen on September 14, 2013 presented by Ann Gebuhr, PhD. You need not have participated in the first year to enjoy/benefit from the remainder of the series. Anyone of any spiritual tradition (or none) who wishes to explore Christian Mysticism in depth is welcome to take this course. Tuition is $225 per year and is due each year on or before the morning of the first class.

A complete syllabus, faculty information and application can be found at http://www.wccm-usa.org/retreats.asp
For further information, contact Martha Keesecker at 713-464-0818 or marthakeesecker@comcast.net

Click here for brochure (PDF)

To register online click here, by phone contact at Sharon 520-829-3197


For more information email Martha Keesecker

All is Well (Except for my Anxiety) luncheon – July 19th 9:00 am – 2:45pm

MD Anderson Education & Conference Center, 7435 Fannin, Houston 77030

Dr. Bob Hesse and others will be giving a presentation on exercising emotional well-being and exploring resources available to relieve stress and anxiety.

Spiritual leaders, nurses (RNs/LVNs), therapists, community health workers,  social workers, chaplains, health ministry teams, and the general public are all welcome to attend.

Free registration, $25 fee for supplies  and lunch. Free contact hour certificates for chaplains, occupational therapists, community health workers, others. Additional $10 fee for CEUs for nurses, LMFTs, psychologists, & social workers. Limited  to 125 people.

Register online at: http://ALLISWELLShalom.eventbrite.com/ or call Isaac at 409-933-0021

Click here for a program of the days events.

FREE PARKING available, click link provided.


Floor plan for activities once you arrive.

Spirituality of Healing, Seven Steps to Becoming a Healing Presence w/James Finley:

June 20-22nd, Tucson, AZ

Join Dr. James Finley, renowned retreat leader, Merton scholar, and master of the Contemplative Way on a spiritual retreat to find your path on the contemplative way. 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.

His books include: Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart.

To learn more, visit: www.jamesfinleyconference2014.com

Click here for a retreat schedule.

Click here for retreat topics.


Click here for PDF of a brochure

 Conscience & Consciousness – June 21st 10:00am

The Houston Lodge of the Theosophical Society
1525 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008


Consciousness study is on the scientific frontier. Only those in the forefront of deep scientific exploration understand and work in the emerging area of consciousness. Some think consciousness is in the brain while others think it is elsewhere. Yet consciousness, together with conscience, determines our ability to make valid moral judgments. The informed conscience includes the biological, informational, and spiritual, yet often the biological aspect is overlooked in moral theology. This discussion will include how our biology, along with facts and spiritual belief systems, inform and impact our decisions. Hesse makes the case that our loose use of the term “sin” must be tempered especially in light of biological case studies on conscience and consciousness. Prayer, particularly contemplative prayer, will be discussed as a way to overcome “confirmation bias.”


Neuroscience & Neurotheology by Dr. Robert Hesse – Feb 18
Presentation & Discussion 
Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D. 
Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 1½ Hours 
Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum, Rome

Advanced degrees are being granted in neurotheology yet there is some debate on the field being substantive. The subject is being driven by the fact that scientists are starting to recognize that near-death and contemplative experiences are both real and similar, and potentially related to neuroscience. Even today there are reports of experiences similar to those described by Sts. & Drs. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. This presentation will explore the nature of these phenomena by starting with historical background then discussing the biological brain’s dualities and conflicts including both conscious and unconscious. Comparisons will be drawn between the neurology of both near-death and mystical experiences. Because prayer can lead to contemplative experiences and because of the principle of non-dualism, i.e. that the body and soul are interstitially meant for each other, research will be proposed for studying the effects of cataphatic and apophatic prayer on the brain.

For registration/reservations contact Dr. Hesse at rjhe@att.net

Conscience & Consciousness by Dr. Robert Hesse – Feb 21
Interactive Bioethics Discussion 
Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D. 
Friday, 21 February 2014, 2 Hours 
Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum, Rome

A frontier of science is the study of consciousness. Some think it is in the brain and some elsewhere. Yet it, together with conscience, determines our ability to make valid moral judgments. The informed conscience includes the biological, informational, and spiritual yet often the biological is overlooked in moral theology. This discussion will include all three and make the case that our loose use of the term “sin” must be tempered especially in light of biological case studies on conscience and consciousness, as they relate to church teaching on the “informed conscience.” One obstacle to an “informed conscience” is “confirmation bias.” Prayer, particularly contemplative prayer, will be discussed as a way to overcome that tendency. As Pope Francis said in his  recent interview: “Human self-understanding changes with  time and so also human consciousness deepens.” This will lead to a discussion on a better understanding of how the  informed conscience can affect bioethical decisions.

For registration/reservations contact Dr. Hesse at rjhe@att.net

Proof of Heaven – Feb 19th 6:30-8:00pm
Eben Alexander, MD
The Hope and Healing Center, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056
For reservations please contact Beth Woodman at 713-871-1004


3rd Annual Conference on Medicine & Religion – March 8th 3:45-5:00pm
at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

Panel Scheduled for March 8, 2014, 3:45 – 5:00 PM 

CONFERENCE THEME: Responding to the limits and possibilities of the body. 

PANEL SPONSORSHIP: This panel submission is made jointly by:

1. THE INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH (ISH) (www.spiritualityandhealth.org), at 59 years the oldest such organization in the country. It is located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), which is the largest medical complex in the world.

2. CONTEMPLATIVE NETWORK (CN) (www.contemplative.net), an interdenominational Christian contemplative prayer network that teaches Centering Prayer (CP) and promotes interfaith dialogue and scientific research. 

PANEL PURPOSE: This panel seeks to explore the intersection of contemplative prayer traditions 
and health, with special attention to issues of embodiment in contemplative prayer. 

CONFERENCE CATEGORY: Interdisciplinary 

COHESIVE ABSTRACT: A unique capability of the human body is consciousness and its ability to focus the mind. Capitalizing on this every major religion has a contemplative prayer tradition for example among the Abrahamic faiths there is Kabbalah for Judaism, Mysticism for Christianity, and Sufism for Islam. The generic secular term is meditation, which can take two forms, engagement of the imagination and concentrative focus on a mantra. Practitioners know that contemplative prayer can bring a sense of peace and oneness, which is consistent with the embodied Abrahamic traditions’ worldview that the body and soul are interstitial i.e. non-dual or holistic. Research has shown that secular meditation and separately that theistic belief both promote embodied healing. Studies on combining those results into a theistic contemplative prayer practice have shown that, regardless of the faith belief, contemplative prayer can promote physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. The panel consists of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic prayer practitioners with training variously in medicine, science, and religion, who will give their personal experiences plus teaching and research observations of embodied healing.

Moderator: Alan Astrow, M.D.

1. JUDAISM: Kabbalah is an ancient mystical tradition in Judaism that involves a view of creation as existing on four levels, known as the "four worlds." Traditionally these four worlds are construed to relate to dimensions of action and physicality, emotionality and relationships, rationality and consciousness, and intuition and spirituality. Applying a four-worlds analysis to concepts of health and the process of health care gives us new insights about the interplay between the forces that 
shape our health, and directs us to a deeper understanding of how to employ seemingly disparate healing concepts in a cohesive and holistic way. Descriptions of the manifestations of each of the four worlds on the level of the body will be given, as well as the factors that create disturbances in each world, appropriate interventions, and their effects. Examples will be presented of interventions on one world creating healing on another.

Presenter: Rabbi Cindy Enger M.A.H.L., J.D.

2. CHRISTIANITY: Mysticism dates back to the 1st Century as described in the longest work in Christian antiquity The Conferences by John Cassian. A distinction will be made between cataphatic discursive and apophatic contemplative prayer, a.k.a. mystical prayer. The presentation will include the history, theology, psychology, and methodology of contemplative prayer and centering prayer (CP), which is a vestibule to contemplative prayer. CP is a method of prayer to prepare oneself to be in a receptive state for receiving the gift of contemplative prayer. The discussion will address the extraneous thoughts that naturally occur during CP and cover the observed spontaneity of the resulting embodied fruits such as peace, patience, joy, gentleness, et.al. Profound mystical experiences, including out-of-body ecstasy, have been documented by holy people throughout the centuries and continue today. Some can be similar to near-death experiences. Personal experience and observations will be shared on the healing embodiment of the prayer including its effects on the brain and on cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients. A brief description will be given on current and proposed research.

Presenter: Robert Hesse, Ph.D. (178 words) 

3. ISLAM: Sufism takes its roots from holy book of Islam; Qur’an and practice of Muhammad (pbuh). Sufism is inner, mystical dimension of Islam. A practitioner of this tradition is generally known as a ṣūfī ( ﻲﻓﻮﺻ). This presentation will present the concepts, themes, history, practice and embodied healing effects of Sufi contemplative prayer. The greatest goal for a Sufi is to understand the relation between Allah, human, and existence and his position before God. Major themes of Sufism will be discussed including Imani billah, belief in God’s oneness, Marifetullah, knowledge of God, and Muhabbetullah, love of God. Sufis practice many unique ways to deal with illnesses based on prophet Muhammad’s advise that prayer and medicine be used side-by-side. Embodied healing of different sicknesses will be discussed based on Sufis using different names of God. One of the names of God is “Shafi, Healer”. Repeating those names in certain numbers resembles the teeth on a key which keys, function successfully only with their certain shapes.

Presenter: Faiz Khan, M.D.


Ruah Center's 25 Year monthly gatherings:  7:00-8:00pm

Ruah Center's gathering will begin with a centering prayer session followed by a DVD talk by James Finley (25-30 minutes) from a series called Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate, a DVD series that explains the experiences of mystics through history, followed by centering prayer. Begins at 7:00 in the evening and will not go later than 8:00.

Tuesday, December 10

RSVP with Janet Troy at 713-928-6053 or jtroy@CCVI-VDM.org beforehand.

2013 Summer Institute: Turning to the Mystics – June 17th-19th
Hosted at the Whitley Theological Center at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, this presentation Monday through Wednesday will present contemplations into the teachings of Thomas Merton, St. Theresa of Avalon, and St. John of the Cross, as well as how to overcome obstacles that hinder you from a quiet contemplative practice in a busy lifestyle.
Turning to the Mystics for Guidance in Contemplative Prayer and Daily Life will be presented by
James Finley, Ph.D.
Mirabai Starr
Ron Rolheiser, OMI
For those interested in carpooling to the event contact Erica BIllings at 713.859.1659 or erica.billings@gmail.com
Subversive Contemplation by Carl McColman – May 29th 5:30-7:30pm
Carl McColman has written twelve books on a variety of spiritual topics. His works include The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader, 366 Celt: A Year and a Day of Celtic Wisdom and Lore, Spirituality: A Postmodern and Interfaith Approach to Cultivating a Relationship with God, and The Aspiring Mystic.

He created his first website, the “Website of Unknowing” as he called it, in 1996 and has been blogging since 2003. His writing has also appeared at the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Patheos, as well as in print publications like PanGaia and Evolve.

Carl is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and retreat leader on topics such as Christian mysticism, the contemplative life, monasticism, writing as a sacred practice, Celtic wisdom, and interfaith spirituality.

Faith & Science course at St. Thomas University

A new course on Faith & Science will be offered covering physics to metaphysics, chemistry to life, biology to consciousness, and psychology to mysticism (ref. attached syllabus). It will be held at the University of St. Thomas in the Spring semester of 2013. It will be taught jointly by Dr. Donald Frohlich and Dr. Robert Hesse with nationally distinguished guest scholars Rev. John Graham M.D., D.Min. speaking on the subject of medicine & healing, and Ken Pargament Ph.D., speaking on the subject of psychotherapy & spirituality.
For more information contact Dr. Adam Martinez at 713-942-5067 and martinag@stthom.edu or to audit the course visit the link here at the registrar’s office.
Meditation 101 – Learning & Practice from East & West – May 14th 5:30-7:30pm
Please join the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) on May 14th for an evening of learning and practice from both eastern and western traditions. Three long-time contemplatives will share their wisdom and insight with us, namely Lex Gillan, Dr. Anne Klein, and Dr. Bob Hesse.
Cost is $25 and includes dinner. Space is limited, RSVP by May 12th. To register contact 713-797-0600 or visit the Institute for Spirituality and Health website.
Brochure can be found here (PDF).
The Cloud of Unknowing, Fr. William Meninger – Dallas, March 16 9:00am-3:00pm
Father William explores contemplative prayer as presented in the 14th century book, The Cloud of Unknowing. His study, practice and teaching of this form of meditation has transformed and deepened his own spiritual ties. Join Father William on a journey to a more intimate relationship with God.
Live HD Webcast from Holy Retreat Week, Fr. Lawrence – March 24-31
One full week of live streaming of all Fr. Laurence's talks from Bere Island

Starting from Sunday 24th to Easter Sunday 31st March every talk will be available to watch live on the WCCM International website. If you want to receive notifications about the detailed talks schedule in your timezone and reminders when a new webcast is going to start tell us HERE

Easter in Memory of Her – March 30th 4:00pm
On Holy Saturday, in anticipation of Easter Day, we take time out to reflect and remember the  women – those who followed Jesus to  Jerusalem and stood beside him at the cross and burial. This innovative musical performance and meditation imagines the thoughts and prayers of Mary the Mother, the woman at the well, the woman with nard, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene, as they remember their times withJesus and endure the sorrow of the cross.

Join us for this original script and meditative hour of music. Original script by April D. DeConick and Betty C. Adam, music composed and performed by Becky Baxter and Sonja Bruzauskas.

Unifying Insight, Fr. Laurence Freeman – April 12-14
In this retreat, Father Laurence Freeman, OSB will show how our mystical tradition is being recovered today on a scale never imagined before. Through meditation in daily life, the experience of the masters of the past can transform our own personal lives and that of society globally. More than anything else today, the world needs people who know this in their own experience. Fr. Laurence will teach, dialogue and share common meditation sessions to lead us to a deeper understanding of this movement of hope in our time.

For more information, go to wccm-usa.org or contact Pat King (713 444-6014 patrickking50@gmail.com). Presented by the World Community for Christian Meditation.



The Human Condition, Fr. Bill Sheehan – Dallas, February 23 9:00am-3:00pm
Father Bill Sheehan will give a presentation on The Human Condition, Fr. Thomas Keating's book on the drive for human happiness and security during childhood and its afflictions set on us during adulthood:
“’Where are you?’ is indeed, a question of great magnitude. Are you still at the age of one or two, where your emotional program for security is the chief energy that determines your decisions and relationships, especially the relationship between God and you? Are you so enamored with your religion that you have a naïve loyalty that cannot see the real faults that are present in a particular faith community? Do you sweep under the rug embarrassing situations and bow to the security or esteem needs of the community?

All human history is under the influence of the false‐self system that easily moves from our hearts into our families, communities, and nations and then afflicts the whole human race. God invites us to take responsibility for being human and to open ourselves to the unconscious damage that is influencing our decisions and relationships.”

St Monica Catholic Church
School Cafeteria
9933 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75220


Houston Welcomes Brother Emmanuel of the Taizé Community

For the latest updates, please visit “Taize Houston” on Facebook
Taizé Houston Events:

Sunday, October 21st 4:00pm, 5:00pm

St. Philip Presbyterian Church

4:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel
5:00pm – Prayer in the style of Taizé

4807 San Felipe
Houston, Texas

Tuesday, October 23rd 12:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm

University of Saint Thomas and Center for Faith and Culture, Basil Chapel

12:30pm – Mass with Songs of Taize, followed by presentation by Brother Emmanuel and reception outside Basil Chapel

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church

7:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel, followed by prayer in the style of Taizé

11507 Huffmeister Rd

Wednesday, October 24th 7:00pm
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
7:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel, followed by prayer in the style of Taizé
625 Nottingham Oaks Trail Houston, TX 77079

(281) 497-1500

Thursday, October 25th 6:00pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church (Fondren Hall)
6:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel, followed by prayer in the style of Taizé

5501 Main St.

Friday, October 26th 7:00pm & 7:30pm
Villa de Matel (Chapel)
7:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel
7:30pm – Prayer in the style of Taizé, followed by reception in the Dubois Conference Center

6510 Lawndale
Houston, Texas

Saturday, October 27th 6:00pm
Christ the King Lutheran Church
6:00pm – Liturgical Service in the style of Taizé, with reflection provided by Br. Emmanuel

2353 Rice Blvd.
Houston, Texas


Sunday, October 28st 12:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
University of Saint Thomas, Basil Chapel
12:00pm – French Mass ("Grande Messe"), followed by meeting with Br. Emmanuel

3802 Yoakum,
Houston, Texas
713 525 3589



Paul Ilecki Presentations on Spirituality

 Paul Illecki, a former priest and monk at St. benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, CO, holds a doctorate in adult learning and development.  He was assistant dean of the Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. He currently serves on staff of Intensive Centering Prayer retreats for Contemplative Outreach of Colorado, conducts his own  meditation retreats and workshops, and teaches reflective journaling using the Intensive Journal® developed by Dr. Ira Progoff for Dialogue House, NYC. He developed Just Noticing (a journaling technique) in response to a felt need for a noticing process that more directly complements contemplative practices. 

He is a musician, holding both bachelors and masters degrees, and performs as an expression of his own contemplative passage. He is a copy writer for health, wellness and motivational publications. His hobbies include weaving and spinning. Paul loves to cook. He lives in Buena Vista, Colorado.


Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30pm – Being a Monk in the Marketplace

Maintaining an Inner Experience of God in a World of Action

Join us for the second Cynthia and Judd Oualline Series in Spirituality at Chapelwood United Methodist Church as Paull Illecki speaks about how to maintain an innner experience of God in a world of action.

Note: attendance is free but requires you to register.  Email Nancy Sterling at nsterling@chapelwood.org no later than November 21st.

Chapelwood UMC Chapel
11140 Greenbay
Houston, TX

Brochure here (PDF)


Wednesday, November 28th, 6:30pm – The Illusion of Progress


Join us for another talk on the Illusion of Progress in the Spiritual life.  Registration for this talk is optional but requested.  See above for Nancy Sterling's contact information for registration.

Brochure here (PDF)

MISSION:  As a spiritual network, Contemplative Network shares the method of Centering Prayer and its immediate conceptual background, and includes Christian interdenominational, interfaith collaboration, and scientific research.


October 14th 9:30-10:15am

This will be a Catholic perspective on the principles of how we make moral decisions and then how we apply those principles to specific faith issues relevant to the upcoming presidential election.

Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D.

St. Philip Presbyterian Church
4807 San Felipe Road

Houston, Texas 77056




Dr. Pargament will highlight research, which demonstrates why it is so important to move to a truly holistic approach to health care. He will introduce the presentation by talking about some of the reasons for the historical tension between the worlds of spirituality and healthcare. He will then present an empirically-based rationale for spiritually integrated health care: (1) spirituality is a vital resource to people dealing with illness; (2) spirituality has been linked to better health outcomes; (3) some forms of spirituality have been tied to declines in health and well-being; (3) patients prefer a more spiritually integrated health care, and; (4) spiritually integrated care has proven to be effective. The key question then discussed isn't why should we integrate spirituality into health care, but what's taking us so long?
Your are invited to attend a free presentation by one of the world's top experts in the field of spirituality and health, Dr. Ken Pargament.
DATE: Friday, August 17, 2012
TIME: 7:30-9:00 pm
PLACE: St. Cecilia Catholic Parish Auditorium,11720 Joan of Arc, Houston, Texas 77024


Walk with Teresa and John of the Cross



Avila, Spain

June 18th – July 2nd

Take the spiritual journey of a lifetime for an unforgettable experience of Christian contemplation.  A 14-day journey to Avila, Spain with Carmelite Rev. Stephen Payne, OCD for teachings on the contemplative experiences of Santa Teresa and St. John of the Cross.  Signup deadline is March 1st.

.PDF Brochure here.

Learning to Live a Contemplative Way of Life:  June 15th – 17th

Presented by Dr. James Finley

Hilton Tucson Conquistador Hotel, Tucson, Arizona

At the age of 18, James entered the Trappist Monastery of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky.  During this time his novice master was Thomas Merton.  He spent six years at the monastery living the traditional Trappist life of prayer, silence and solitude under Merton’s guidance.

Through his profound teachings, James allows us to chuckle at our human frailties and accept them as God’s creation as we move through opening our hearts to a larger reality.  At this conference, an emphasis will be given to the teachings of the mystics that help us pass through the challenges and graces in which we are awakened to God’s presence in our lives.

Our contemplative stance will be:
• Learning to enter the mind of Christ;
• Learning to ground ourselves in the simplicity and silence of wordless prayer;
• Learning to recognize and yield to the often subtle way that God accesses our mind and heart;
• Learning to bear witness to our spiritual awakening by our Christ-like love for ourselves and others and all things;
• Other fundamentals of Contemplative Living will be introduced.
• Time will be given for group meditation, personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented.

Registration for the conference closes May 31st and if you wish to stay at the hotel reservations must be made by May 23rd.

For their web page, please click here.  For brochure and registration forms, please click here (PDF).

Also, click here for a glowing review of the recent James Finley DVD, Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate.

April 14th

On behalf of Master of Arts in Faith and Culture student Jun Orteza, we would like to invite you to a lecture-workshop entitled “Conscience and Consciousness” to be held on Saturday, April 14th. The lecture-workshop, featuring speaker Robert J. Hesse, Ph.D., will explore the self-awareness, faith and reason necessary to render moral judgment.

Click here for flyer (PDF).

Presentations on Centering Prayer by Dr. Hesse

Dr. Robert Hesse frequently gives presentations on Centering Prayer, introducing its practice and practical results.


May 5th

Vineyard Church
5015 Grove West Blvd.
Stafford TX 77477
Tel: 281-240-8463
Saturday, 5/5/12
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

As seating is limited please RSVP at onoevans@gmail.com with the number of people in your party and what church you attend (optional). On the day of the event, please park in the front of the church and use the front entrance. Thanks.

March 28

All Saints Catholic Community
215 East 10th Street
Houston, Texas 77008
Tel: 713-864-2653
Wednesday, 3/28/12
7:00-8:30 p.m.



September 27th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

St. Vincent de Paul

6800 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77025-1499.


September 29th 9:30 am – 11:30 pm – Presentation by Kim Kehoe

Epiphany of the Lord Church
1530 Norwalk Drive
Katy, Texas 77450-4918
Tel: 281-578-0707

Kim Kehoe is a former Jesuit priest, professor at Rice University, and a Chairman of the Contemplative Network


Holy Family Retreat Center, 9920 North Major Drive, Beaumont, TX 77713
Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, SJ
Integrating Christian life and meditative prayer
 Thursday, March 29 – Apirl 1, 2012

Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, SJ teaches Theology and Japanese at St. Peter’s College, Jersey City. He is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit. He is active in interfaith work, teaching zen to persons of all faiths.

He studied Zen in Japan with the Japanese master Yamada Roshi. Later he continued his study under Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles and Bernard Tetsugen Glassman Roshi in New York; in 1991 was made Sensei (teacher) and in 1997 was given the title Roshi or Master. He holds doctorates in Theology from the University of Ottawa and from St. Paul University in Ottawa, a Masters in Theology from Sophia University in Tokyo, a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from Andover-Newton in Boston.

This is a silent meditation retreat with formal instruction and teaching. The retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 pm on Thursday and ends at 11:30 am on Sunday morning. Registration begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday.

Cost: $215/person for a private room
$75.00 deposit with email address and phone

Click here for a brochure