The Welcoming Prayer is a powerful method of consenting to god's presence and action in our physical
and emotional responses to events and situations in daily life. This prayer helps to dismantle the
emotional programs of the false self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them
where they are stored -- in the body. As such, it contributes to the process of transformation in Christ,
initiated in Centering Prayer.
This workshop will introduce participants to the actual method of the Welcoming Prayer and provide an
opportunity to practice. The day includes discussions of the human condition and the false-self system
as the conceptual background of the Welcoming Prayer. Two periods of Centering Prayer and
opportunities for personal reflection and group sharing will be provided.
About our Facilitator, Mary Dwyer:
“inpatient” or “residential treatment time” – that proved to her that a life of prayer, consent and practice
is real, stable and deeply rewarding. Mary Mrozowski taught her that a devoted life of prayer was the
real work of life; what we did the rest of the time was just how we made a living.
Mary received her undergraduate degree in economics from Georgetown University and spent some
time as a banker and college administrator. After a few years at Chrysalis House, she went back to
school and became a licensed clinical social worker and practiced this vocation for the next 15 years, all
while maintaining her commitment to the contemplative life and to the mission of Contemplative
Outreach. In 2008 she met her beloved Juan through the Living Flame program. She moved to Miami,
FL in 2009 and they married. Juan recently retired and they moved back to Erie, PA in July, 2018.
Mary is currently serving as a member of the Gift Committee of Contemplative Outreach. She
previously has served as Chairperson of the Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Governing Board, member of
the Contemplative Outreach Faculty, Member of the Welcoming Prayer service team, and Coordinator
for the Living Flame program. Mary now devotes her time to giving retreats and workshops on behalf of
Contemplative Outreach throughout the US and internationally.
THE WELCOMING PRAYER
Consent On the Go!
With Mary Dwyer
Saturday, April 6, 2019
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
2612 12th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL
Continental breakfast will be provided. Bring a bag lunch!
“To welcome and let go is one of the most radically loving, faith-filled gestures we can make in each moment
of each day. It is an open-hearted embrace of all that is – in ourselves and in the world.” Mary Mrozowski
Suggested Donation $25.00
To Register: email Tony Merger at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Dwyer is a long-time student of Fr. Thomas Keating and has been
practicing Centering Prayer since the 1980s. In the early 1990’s, she lived at
Chrysalis House, a contemplative live-in community experiment blessed by Fr.
Thomas. Her housemates included Mary Mrozowski, David Frenette and
The community lived according to a rule of life, and became an incubator of
practice and programs in the early years of Contemplative Outreach’s growth.
It was her experience at Chrysalis House – what she refers to as her