Centering Prayer

  • Location: Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours
  • Address: 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Phone: 410-442-3120
  • Price: Free

Centering Prayer retreats are held weekly. On the 1st  and 3rd Tuesdays of each month it is held from 1-2pm and then on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month it will be held in the evening. If there is a 5th Tuesday in a month, there will not be one held. If lunch is being served at our Center on this day, you are welcome to arrive at noon and purchase a meal ticket too ($10). Please call us at 410-442-3120 to let our staff know that you’d like to purchase lunch.

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer, in which one abides in the Presence of God in interior silence. Centering Prayer emphasizes the indwelling Presence of the Holy Trinity within and among us, and our openness, through receptive silence and restful surrender, to God’s action and healing grace. For our one-hour sessions, we will gather to pray together in silence, attentive to the stillness within, and reflect together on readings related to our prayer life. The sessions are relaxed and informal. You are invited to dress comfortably and feel free to bring a meditation cushion, if you would like. Please arrive 5 minutes early so that we can begin promptly at the start time. 

Guided by Amy Kulesa, Gerry Cohee and Jean Joklik.

Amy Kulesa serves as the Director of Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA. She earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.S.W. in clinical social work practice from Rutgers University. She is completing certification with the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a Secular Franciscan. She enjoys facilitating retreats in which participants have the opportunity to discern the narrative of their own lives within the larger story of God’s abundant healing, grace and mercy.

Gerry Cohee is a retired supervisor, educator, teacher, mentor, college instructor and musician. He earned an MA in Leadership in Teaching from Notre Dame of MD University and a BS in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. A student engaged in meditation and contemplative practices for more than 25 years, Mr. Cohee is now honored to share his expertise with Bon Secour’s community of Centering Prayer practitioners.

Jean Joklik works as an organizational change management consultant to business, industry and non-profits. She earned an MEd in Educational Media & Instructional Design and a BS in Science Education from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is also certified in Appreciative Inquiry into Positive Business and Society Change with Case Western Reserve University. As a practitioner of Centering Prayer since 2001 and a trained facilitator since 2008, she welcomes the opportunity to share this expression of silent prayer with you.

Centering Prayer
  • Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours
  • Free
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday