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Lectio Divina Immersion and Presenter Training Zoom Retreat

August 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - August 8, 2020 @ 5:15 pm


Immersion Retreat:
Friday, August 7, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 PM CDT

Saturday, August 8, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00PM CDT

Presenter Training:
Saturday, August 8, 2020
4:15PM – 5:15PM

To Register, go to: https://forms.gle/jjHAU9j3TqUgFMs86

For additional information contact: Nancy Stimac at prayereventswl@aol.com

After registration expect two emails. One sent in the near future confirming your registration. A second email will arrive the week of August 2 with a link to the retreat Zoom meeting.


Presented by: The Contemplative Outreach Lectio Divina Service Team
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About the Immersion Retreat
This online retreat offered on the zoom platform will  provide an opportunity to explore and deepen one’s individual practice of Lectio Divina as a way of praying the scriptures in an online community. The traditional four moments of the prayer (reading, reflecting, responding and rest) are explored as expressions of the four senses of scripture: the literal, allegorical, behavioral/moral, and unitive senses. The monastic form of Lectio Divina is used for both individual and group experiences of the prayer. Prayer times will be followed by small group faith sharing. The fruits and gifts of Becoming a Word of God will be explored using the Lectio Divina method on a personal life experience.

Our time together includes periods of silent prayer, such as Centering Prayer, to support the praying of Holy Scripture. Profound silence helps us open our hearts and minds to hear with the ear of our hearts both the presented conference materials and the scripture we pray.


Presenter Training
Saturday, August 8, 2020 @ 4:15 – 5:15 PM CDT
When the Immersion Retreat concludes, the service team will offer presenter training for
qualified participants. One must be a Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter of
Centering Prayer. To learn more about this presenter training, please contact
Mike Potter at r.mike.potter@gmail.com


Recommended Reading
The Lectio Divina Immersion Retreat is based on the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and Sr. Maria Tasto, who designed the Lectio Divina workshops under his guidance. The Service Team recommends reading Maria’s book The Transforming Power of Lectio Divina, before or after the retreat. It can be purchased from Contemplative Outreach’s online store here.


Zoom Information
The Immersion Retreat will be offered on the Zoom platform. If you do not already have a Zoom account please download your own free Zoom account at https://www.zoom.us/. If you have a device that uses apps, you will want to download the Zoom app. You will want to have your account set prior to logging into the retreat’s first session. It’s a good idea to test your audio and video by opening Zoom, click on Settings and click on the Audio and Video tabs to ensure your system is working properly. Using a device with a larger screen provides the best experience.


The Lectio Divina Service Team
Tim Goldman is semi-retired and lives in West Des Moines, Iowa. He has practiced Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina for more than 20 years. Tim is a commissioned presenter of these methods of prayer by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

Kathryn Ann Kobelinski, SSND In the mid 80’s Kathryn Ann was introduced to Centering Prayer and her journey with Contemplative Outreach began. It is a time of being gifted as well as a call to service. She is a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. Kathryn Ann served as the coordinator of the Southeast Wisconsin Chapter and facilitates retreats for the Centering Prayer community.

Lesley O’Connor lives in Ireland. She feels blessed that Centering Prayer found her in 2007. A commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina she leads workshops and retreats in Ireland. Prior to joining the Lectio Divina Service Team she served as a member of the advisory circle of Contemplative Outreach Dublin and as lead on the Contemplative Outreach global team for English speaking practitioners of Centering Prayer outside the U.S.

Mike Potter is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church who currently serves as a hospice chaplain in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been involved with Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. for the past 17 years, is a commissioned presenter of both Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, serves as Team Leader of the Lectio Divina Service Team. Mike has led many workshops and retreats throughout the country featuring these contemplative spiritual practices.

Nancy Stimac, a longtime contemplative prayer practitioner, is a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina for Contemplative Outreach. She is a graduate of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s 4-year Catholic Bible School and 2-year Lay Ministry program. She uses her gifts to serve the Catholic community of Windsor Locks, CT as a prayer group facilitator, Bible study leader, RCIA teacher, and lector.


August 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
August 8, 2020 @ 5:15 pm
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The Contemplative Outreach Lectio Divina Service Team