"Pray Always" Benedictine Retreat
Saturday May 13, 2017, 9:00am until 3:00pm in the Friends and Family Hall
Fr. Adrian Burke, O.S.B. of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN
Prayer is the heart and soul of the Christian life. Christians pray in many ways: in community through our liturgical celebrations, “in secret” in the privacy if our solitude, and throughout the day when we feel a need to connect with God in some meaningful way – maybe when stressed, or worried, or grateful. We have many reasons to pray—Jesus taught the need to pray not only often, but always! St. Paul affirmed that teaching in his first letter to the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing.” Is prayer that is “ceaseless” practical or even possible? Our retreat conferences will explore the Church’s tradition of prayer and reflect on the meaning of deep prayer and the secret of “praying always” as Jesus calls us to do.
Conference 1 – What is prayer anyway? We’ll explore some of what our spiritual tradition says about prayer; why we pray, and describe some of its fruits and effects.
Conference 2 – What are my options? Is there a “right” way to pray? We’ll explore various types and styles of prayer that might suit people of different temperaments and “spiritual tastes.”
Conference 3 – Deep Prayer and the contemplative way. “Apophatic prayer” and moving to the deep end of the pool – We’ll discuss the immediate experience of God’s presence in prayer that is still and receptive in a communion of presence.
Participation in this Retreat is free. Lunch can be provided for $15, or bring your own.
Fr. Adrian Burke, O.S.B., a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey since 1992, brings a passion for spirituality gleaned from several years working in parish ministry as a parish priest and pastor. In 2009, he began working in the Archabbey business office and in 2010 was assigned to be the institutional treasurer and business manager. In 2012 Fr. Adrian began teaching courses in spirituality in St. Meinrad’s lay graduate degree program in our school of theology, while serving as a spiritual director in the seminary. In addition to these assignments, Fr. Adrian directs many retreats each year in the Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center and off-site at parishes, dioceses, and other religious houses. Fr. Adrian’s academic credentials includes a BS from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, an MA and the M.Div. from Saint Meinrad Seminary, and after working for a few years as associate pastor in nearby parishes, Fr. Adrian was sent for further studies in the field of Christian spirituality to the Angelicum, Rome, where he earned his STL in 2003.