God is Love: A Centering Prayer Online Retreat

Led By: Leslee Terpay, Rob Bacon, & Bernard Delcourt
Suggested Donation: $300

Thursday, 20 May – Monday, 24 May 2021 on Zoom

The God is Love Centering Prayer Online Retreat is being offered from Thursday, May 20 to Monday, May 24, 2021. This retreat is an opportunity to be in community from the comfort of your home joined with others in a common search around the risen Christ for growth in love.

In July 2013, Fr. Thomas Keating sat with Fr. Carl Arico to film a conversation called “God is Love: The Heart of All Creation.” It builds on Thomas’ Spiritual Journey series offering a vision of hope and a view of reality that at once integrates the sciences, religion and humankind’s place in the cosmos as divine in origin, unifying in purpose unfolding in grandeur. This will be the series we watch, ponder, and savor during out time together.

Morning Session Rhythm

9:00am till 12:30pm EDT
Centering prayer (2 x 30 minutes with contemplative pause)
Video teaching including visio divina on William Congon’s art
Faith group sharing on the profound elements of the materials
Praying Diurnum with the Holy Cross brothers


12:30pm till 2:30pm EDT
Silence, stillness and contemplative activity at home or out in nature.

Afternoon Session Rhythm

2:30pm till 5:30pm EDT
Centering Prayer (2 x 30 minutes with contemplative pause)
Watch, ponder and savor video teachings
Visio divina using William Congon’s paintings
Faith group sharing on the profound elements of the materials
Lectio Divina with Faith Sharing OR Praying Vespers with the Holy Cross brothers.

If you have questions about the content of the retreat please contact Leslee Terpay at [email protected].

We suggest a donation of $300 for this retreat, which you can offer at the link below or by sending a check payable to Holy Cross Monastery to P.O. Box 99, West Park, NY 12493. Please put “centering prayer retreat” in the memo line of your donation. No one will be required to donate in order to join the sessions.




After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For a step-by-step guide to registering for a Zoom retreat, please click here.

Our Retreat Leaders

Leslee Anne Terpay As a Contemplative Outreach, Ltd, Commissioned Presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, Leslee spends her days sharing Fr. Thomas Keating’s teachings on the Christian Spiritual Journey to Love. She is part of the Service Teams that hold the integrity and pass on Fr. Thomas’s teaching for serving Intensive Retreats and Lectio Divina. She is a spiritual director in Lone Tree, CO and a graduate of The Center for Action and Contemplation Living School.

The Rev. Robert Bacon is the Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts where he leads a weekly Centering Prayer group. Rob has been practicing Centering Prayer for 30 years, and has been a priest for 20 years. He is a Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter, a member of the Contemplative Outreach of Boston leadership team, a retreat leader, and a spiritual director. Before entering the ministry, Rob served as both a Surface Warfare Officer and a Deep Sea Diving Officer in the Navy. He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife Sonia; they have three grown children.

Br. Bernard Delcourt is the Prior of Holy Cross Monastery. His function as a Prior of the monastery calls on his pastoral, managerial, administrative, financial and leadership skills. Bernard is a Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter. Bernard has been a monk since 2004. Before becoming a monk, he was an investment banker and then a life and business skills coach. He is a spiritual director and regularly visits General Theological Seminary in New York to offer spiritual direction to students and staff.