Contemplative Outreach of Maryland
and Washington ( COMW )

2020 Half-Day Retreat Series
Because of the coronavirus, St. Columba is closed effective 6:00pm March 11 until March 25. Therefore, COMW must reschedule the March 21st Half Day retreat and also change the venue. Part 2 of The Contemplative Experience of Jesus: The Parables will now be at St. John the Baptist on April 18, 2020.

The purpose of these half-day retreats is to deepen our awareness of God's transforming presence in our lives.
Part 2
The Contemplative Experience of Jesus
Part 2 -- The Parables
Rescheduled to Saturday April 18, 2020
at St. John the Baptist
"What is the essence of the message that the Christian contemplative tradition seeks to impart? It is the experience Jesus had of the Father (Ultimate Reality) as Abba." – Father Thomas Keating

In this second installment of a 3-part series, we will continue to reflect on the Gospel as sharing in Jesus’ experience of God and what that means for contemplative living today. Aware of the oppressive realities of the Roman Empire and the egoic use of religion, we will explore the spiritual awakening stories known as 'the parables'.

The morning will include three 30 minute periods of centering prayer and an interactive discussion. 

Led by COMW Leadership Team Member LJ Milone
Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington ( COMW
9:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday, April 18, 2020

  • 12319 New Hampshire Avenue
  • Silver Spring, MD 20904
  • Plenty of free parking in the church parking lot
  • Look for COMW signage 
     Light Refreshments Served
     Books Available for Sale - Cash or Check Only

Suggested $20 Goodwill Offering per Half Day Retreat at the Door  

Pre Registration Not Required
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Retreat Schedule Below
Subject to change (As of 03/12/2020)

  • April 18, 2020: The Contemplative Experience of Jesus (Part 2) The Parables
  • - Location: St. John the Baptist Silver Spring, MD
  • - Led by COMW Leadership Team Member LJ Milone 

  • July 18, 2020: Centering Prayer June Intro Workshop Follow up
  • - Location: Annunciation Parish, NW DC
  • - Led by COMW Leadership Team Member LJ Milone and Kathleen Blank Reither

  • August 15, 2020: The Contemplative Experience of Jesus: (Part 3) Jesus' Hard Sayings
  • - Location: To be determined
  • - Led by COMW Leadership Team Member LJ Milone

  • September 19, 2020: Care for Creation: A Taste of Silence
  • - Location: St. Luke's, Eastport MD (Annapolis)
  • - Led by Eve Waldman & Chuck Gallegos


Second Saturdays Morning of Centering Prayer w/Keating Videos
March 14
COMW May 15-16 Overnight Facilitator Retreat
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COMW June 13 Centering Prayer Intro Program with Father Carl Arico and LJ Milone
COMW October 25-30 Centering Prayer Retreat
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Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW)
Centering Prayer  is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. 

This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.
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