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Eight-Day Intensive and Post Intensive Retreats


Join us Sunday August 6 through Sunday August 13 at the beautiful Portiuncula Center in Frankfort Illinois.  An extended retreat provides an opportunity to deepen the practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (praying sacred scriptures) in an atmosphere of profound silence and community support.

In the Intensive Retreat, there are up to six 30-minute Centering Prayer periods daily, supported with viewing a selection of the Spiritual Journey video series by Fr. Thomas Keating.  Private interviews with the retreat guides can be scheduled.

The Post-Intensive Retreat has up to seven 30-minute periods of Centering Prayer daily.  Participants observe Sacred Silence for four days during the retreat.  (Previous participation in an eight- or ten-day Intensive Retreat is a prerequisite for the Post-Intensive.)

About the Retreat Guides

Alan Krema has served the Contemplative Outreach Chicago chapter in many roles, most recently as the chapter coordinator, and is a long-time practitioner of Centering Prayer. Alan is a graduate of the Center for Action and Contemplation Living School, as well as a Wisdom facilitator in the lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault.

The Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting is an Episcopal priest and Interim Rector of the Church of the Transfiguration in Palos Park, Illinois..  She has practiced Centering Prayer for more than 20 years and teaches ethics and spirituality in healthcare education.  She has an affinity for Carmelite Spirituality and the medieval woman mystics.

About the Portiuncula Center for Prayer

Nestled in a lovely wooded 55-acre campus of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart the Center provides a peaceful environment for renewing body, mind, and soul.  It is a place where you can enter your heart’s center to rest, refresh, and meet again the God who loves you.

The facilities are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.  There is a designated refrigerator for those who bring their own dietary foods.

The Center is located 45 minutes south of Chicago near the intersection of Route 45 and I-80 and is accessible from Chicago airports by shuttle services: Portiuncula Center for Prayer, 9263 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort, IL 60423. Phone: (815) 464-3880. Fax: (815) 469-4880.


The Retreat begins at 2:00 pm Sunday August 6, and concludes after lunch on Sunday August 13.

Cost of the retreat including room, meals, and materials is $715 for private room with shared bath.  A deposit of $100 must be included with your registration.  Balance of payment due by July 30.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Any funds deposited for this retreat will be refunded to you if the retreat does not meet the minimum registration requirement of 13 people. Assuming the registration requirement is met and the retreat goes forward, if you need to cancel we will do our best to refund your fees minus costs we incur.  Please note that, after July 15, refunds may be restricted due to our financial commitments to the Portiuncula Center.

Two ways to register:

To register by mail, download and print this registration form.

To register online, fill in the information requested below.  If you wish to pay only the $100 deposit at this time, be sure to enter the coupon code DEPOSIT.  You will then see a charge of $100 rather than $715 after clicking the PayPal button.  You will have the option to pay using PayPal or a credit card.  If you pay only the deposit now, please be sure to mail the remaining $615 to arrive by July 30 to: Julianne Buenting, 8507 W. 122nd Place, Palos Park IL  60464.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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