One way to find tranquility in a hectic day is to try to seek it by fleeing the place you are in. We “flee” in all sorts of ways: go to our room, get away from the noise and turmoil, go for a drive, take a walk, imbibe some form of medication to settle our nerves, brew a cup of tea, finish off the half gallon of ice cream, fantasize, get lost in a novel, or escape to the Internet. Some forms we use are more effective than others. Some are downright destructive.
There are ways, however, to experience tranquility that are longer lasting, ways that can transform our deepest sense of self. Join us for a day of deepening our spirits and reclaiming a joy that has been lost. And rather than fleeing the place, go into the space, the space where true tranquility resides. The day will end with developing ways to maintain the inner peace that has been gained. Give yourself the treat of a day away to center and ground yourself and to find the tranquility you seek. All are welcome. Bring a friend.
Fr. Nicholas Amato
Father Nicholas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and has been ordained 48 years. He has served over 20 of them as a pastor. Father is a graduate of the Shalem Institute and has done three-month sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin (Trappist) Abbey in South Carolina. He served as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington and also on the Spiritual Formation staff at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring. He leads contemplative directed retreats at Mepkin Trappist Abbey in South Carolina, and was Executive Director of its Priest Wellness Program. In addition to his retreat ministry, he has published two books: Living in God’s Presence: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action and this year, Moving from Stress to Joy. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, and a Doctorate in Educational Management.
Registration: Cost is $40 per person which includes lunch. Feel free to arrive at 9:30 am for registration and beverages. The program begins promptly at 9:30 am. Sign up below or call our office at 302-995-6859 to register. Lunch is included in the price.