January 21, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
In-Person at Holy Family Parish, Inverness, Illinois
If you’re new to Centering Prayer or would like to deepen and reinvigorate your practice, please consider participating in this workshop. Introductory workshop presenters are specially trained and commissioned in teaching this short course. The day’s program explores the place of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, the conceptual background of Centering Prayer, psychological processes, and insights into establishing Centering Prayer as a way of life.
The cost is $20 for a boxed lunch
Presenters: JoAnne McElroy, MA is a spiritual director who enters the personal encounter of spiritual direction with earnest care, intention and deep listening. She holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary Spirituality and a post- graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago. Her contemplative approach to spiritual direction incorporates the arts, nature and centering prayer, finding God in the ordinary places of life. Practicing Centering Prayer for over ten years, Joanne became a commissioned presenter in 2018 and is now a member of the Circle of Service for Contemplative Outreach Chicago. JoAnne’s specialties include Celtic Spirituality, Centering Prayer, and Women’s Spirituality.
Bill McElroy has a Master’s degree in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago. He has served as a lay minister and spiritual leader at the parish, diocesan and national level for the past three-plus decades. Bill takes a comtemplative approach in his work as a spiritual director, listening for the many ways God speaks to us through silence and nature. He is a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer, which he has practiced for over 20 years. He was the Founding Convener of Illinois Men As Learners and Elders, a men’s spirituality organization founded by Richard Rohr, OFM.