Praying with the Desert Mothers and Fathers

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Praying with the Desert Mothers and Fathers

Led By: Carl McColman
Suggested Donation: $320

Praying with the Desert Mothers and Fathers


July 8, 2022 - July 10, 2022    
6:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Holy Cross Monastery
1615 Route 9W, West Park, New York, 12493

Friday, 8 July – Sunday, 10 July 2022

In the early centuries of the Christian era, women and men felt called to abandon city life to live as hermits, monks and nuns in the deserts of Egypt, Syria and Palestine.
They became the first contemplatives, and the earliest mystics and spiritual guides of our tradition. Their stories — pithy and often humorous — are filled with surprising insights on how to grow spiritually and draw closer to God through prayer and meditation.
Our retreat will weave together the wisdom of the Desert Mothers and Fathers along with spiritual exercises based on their teachings.

Carl McColman is a contemplative author, spiritual director and retreat leader based in Atlanta. He is a professed lay associate of a Trappist monastery in Georgia, a commissioned presenter of centering prayer introductory workshops, and a co-host of the “Encountering Silence” podcast. His books include Eternal Heart, Unteachable Lessons, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. You can find his blog at

To register, please contact our Guesthouse Office by phone (845-384-6660, ext. 3002) or email (

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