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Contemplative Retreat - Mwanza, Tanzania - July 2019

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Maryknoll Contemplative Retreat Mwanza, Tanzania (July 22-29, 2019)

There are two remaining spots for Affiliates who would like to participate in this retreat.  If interested, contact Bob Short ASAP & before Christmas.  The Affiliate Board has offered to provide a stiped to help defray the cost of air travel.

[You’ll see below that this retreat entails significant time in meditative silence.]

Mission Vision (Jim Elbe MM)

 RATIONALE: The challenges of living and working in a globalized world of climate change, inequality in all its forms, ethnic conflict, racism, reactionary nationalism, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, and poverty create an environment that demands a more contemplative approach for Maryknoll Missioners.

  1. VISION: To foster a more contemplative way of being Maryknoll Missioners that would empower us to be Contemplatives in Action in our broken world.

III. MISSION: To create a Maryknoll culture of Contemplative Mission through a Contemplative Intensive Retreat.

  2. To have an Intensive Meditation Retreat (6hrs. sitting meditation a day except for the first day when we will have a combination of talks and meditation).
  3. To invite all entities of the Maryknoll Family: Congregation, Society, Lay Missioners and Affiliates (14 participants in all)
  4. To invite Fr. Alfonso Kim, MM to lead this retreat. (He has already agreed)
  5. To structure the retreat in such a way that it will foster a contemplative way of being in Mission by:
  6. Setting the context for a retreat in Africa by having speakers from the African experience on the first day.
  7. Six hours a day of silent meditation
  8. Daily evening conversations on the differing realities of fostering a culture of Contemplation throughout the Maryknoll World.
  9. Dates of the Retreat: 22-29 July 2019; arrive 21 July; depart 30 July
  11. The Lake House of Prayer will provide for the following:

                        -Plane ticket, room and board, stipend for Fr. Kim

                        -Room and board for all participants

  1. We are asking the Maryknoll Leadership for the following:

                        -help with providing funds for plane tickets to and from Africa for their respective participants

                        -help with surfacing names from the differing entities of Maryknoll of people for a retreat such as this. There will be a vetting process to help determine a person’s ability to enter this retreat.


Fr. Jim suggest you use the following criteria when choosing who would be coming to the retreat:

  1. That they have a daily meditation practice.
  2. That they have had some experience on Meditation/Contemplative Retreats; at least as much experience that could handle 4hrs a day of sitting meditation.
  3. That they would be willing to share their experience with others in the hopes of creating a more Contemplative-Action posture of Mission.

 Tentative Schedule:

 [“SS” means Silent Sitting. There is ample time for breaks to walk (to Lake Victoria), rest, tea/coffee, private reflection, etc. The first day we will have one or two African speakers to help set the context for the retreat.]

1st Day

6:00-6:20 SS1

6:30-7:10 SS2

7:30-8:00 Morning Prayer

8:30-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-11:30 Guest Speaker

11:30 Mass

12:30 Lunch

2-4pm Guest Speaker

4-4:30 Break

4:30-4:50 SS3

5:00-6:00 SS4

7:00 Dinner

8:00-8:20 Evening Prayer

8:30 Sharing

The Rest

6:00 ~ 6:20 SS 1

6:30 ~ 7:10 SS 2

7:30 ~ 8:00 Morning Prayer

8:30 Breakfast

10:30 ~ 11:10 SS 3

11:30 ~ Mass

12:30 Lunch

3:30 ~ 4:00 SS 4

4:10 ~ 4:40 SS 5

4:50 ~ 5:30 SS 6

5:40 ~ 6:00 SS 7

7:00 Dinner

8:00 ~ 8:20 Evening Prayer

8:30 ~ Sharing (Brief)

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  • Comment Link Kathleen Gribble Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:23 posted by Kathleen Gribble

    This contemplative retreat sounds very inviting and intriguing. I would not qualify however because I don't have scheduled meditative time experience. I seem to meditate as needed and in nature settings but often while driving or on the go.

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