Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, LA

Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat - Upcoming Events

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans


Friday, July 17, 2015 through Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is pleased to offer a very special retreat, providing an opportunity to deepen the practice of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of quiet and community support.

Centering Prayer helps us let go of over-conceptualization, hyperactivity, and over-dependence on self. This means that when we experience Lectio Divina we are more open to take in the Scripture at a different level, and rely more on God. Lectio Divina reminds us that our Centering Prayer is relational, and we are entering into a deeper relation with our God, who is already deeply in love with us.

—Fr. Carl Arico


Leslee Terpay

Leslee is the Spiritual Director of the Contemplative Journey Program in Lone Tree, Colorado. She shares her love of God with Christian contemplatives by presenting the practices of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer.

Leslee is a member of the International Contemplative Outreach Lectio Divina Service Team, and is a graduate of the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program of the Benet Hill Monastery and a Stephen Minister/Leader at Pax Christi Catholic Church.


Three extended sessions of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina each day led by Leslee Terpay.

Daily presentation by Leslee Terpay on the method of Lectio Divina, and the rich interplay between Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer.

Opportunities for private soul friending with Leslee Terpay.

Evening Prayer and Sharing each night.

Private time to explore the grounds, bird watch, walk, swim, rest and reflect.

This retreat is geared to participants who have an established daily Centering Prayer or other meditative practice. Beginners are welcome with the knowledge that the retreat atmosphere will be one of profound silence and community support, in order to allow participants to deepen their reservoir of interior silence and stillness.

Join us in this beautiful countryside setting to renew your body, mind and spirit.


The retreat fee is $495, inclusive of accommodations and meals. A $200 deposit is required by June 12, 2015.

$250 commuter fee.

This retreat will begin the afternoon of Friday, July 17, 2015, with check-in from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m., and the opening presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. The retreat will conclude Wednesday, July 22, 2015, after breakfast.

If you have any special requirements, please let us know by June 12, 2015.

For further information, please contact Vivien Michals at ( 504 ) 944 - 4000, or

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide organization founded and headed by Fr. Thomas Keating. Part of the mission of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., is to bring the ancient Christian practice of contemplative prayer to the modern community. It attempts to accomplish this goal primarily through the teaching of the practice of Centering Prayer.

Contemplative Prayer Retreat Flyer 2015

Young People Beginning Experience

Young People Beginning Experience  - Upcoming Events

Saturday July 23-25, 2015

The loss of a parent through death, or a changed parental relationship through divorce or separation is a traumatic experience for children, or for those in their teens or twenties. In dealing with these losses, they may become withdrawn, fearful, insecure, act out for no apparent reason, become confused or depressed, and often blame themselves.

Beginning Experience® programs for these age groups provide a place where help and support are offered to work through these emotions. A safe, secure environment allows caring acceptance and feelings of community to blossom. The aim of each program is to help sort out the feelings of loss and pain while strengthening self esteem and self acceptance.

Each program is presented by a team of children, youth or young adults and adults who have experienced this loss themselves and are willing to share their experience to help others. While older participants are able to write and talk about their feelings, younger participants often express feelings through actions or art. The programs are designed for differing age groups; in addition, participants are grouped by age to allow them to express their feelings based on maturity level.

The Beginning Experience Event will be held Thursday - Saturday July 23 - 25, 2015 at Rosaryville. The cost is $200. This event is open to teens 14-17. If you have siblings outside of this age range, please call Rosaryville at 225-294-5039. If you have any questions, please call.

Beginning Experience

Men's Retreat: Emmaus

Men's Retreat: Emmaus - Upcoming Events

Men’s Emmaus Retreat

July 24-26, 2015

Open to All Men

Put aside the “hustle and bustle” of daily life and attend the upcoming men’s Emmaus retreat the weekend of July 24-26, 2015. The retreat is held at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center and retreat house in beautiful, peaceful Ponchatoula, Louisiana. This retreat is based on the scripture passage “The Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24: 13-35) and is an uplifting experience that has a profound effect on men’s lives. The retreat begins at 5:00 PM Friday and ends after the 5:30 PM mass on Sunday. Please don’t ignore this opportunity but pray on it instead. Something special definitely awaits you at Rosaryville!

Questions or Concerns? For additional information, please contact Norm Madere at (504) 481-0411 or Rick Valadie (504) 267-4944

Emmaus July 2015

Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat: Patti Clement

Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat: Patti Clement - Upcoming Events

August 6 - 9, 2015

Join us for a Women's Ignatian Retreat from August 6-9, 2015 focused on the Ignatian Exercises lead by Patti Clement. Join Patti and other like women for a weekend of reflection, rediscovery, and refreshment. The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. The cost is $280 for a single room and $250 for a double room.

Patti Clement is a parishioner of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA. She is a single woman who recently completed a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Creighton University in their Theology Department. She directs retreats wherever she is called, journeys with others as a Spiritual Director on an ongoing basis, and works professionally on an as needed basis as a business consultant. Patti has directed retreats in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; St. Louis, MO; and Grand Coteau, Louisiana; for the Office of Spiritual Formation of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and in numerous church parishes in Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas. In October 2011, she completed an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome under the direction of Fr. Joseph Tetlow, S. J., renowned author of “Choosing Christ in the World” and several other books on Ignatian Spirituality as his intern on how to lead an Ignatian Pilgrimage as part of Creighton University’s Ministerial Internship required as part of her Masters Program. You can learn more about Patti

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Sister Rose Bowen, O.P.

 Sister Rose Bowen, O.P. - Upcoming Events

Day of Prayer

Rooted in God's Love

September 15, 2015

Looking for a Day of Prayer? Join us at Rosaryville on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 for a day of prayer and reflection on beign rooted in God's love. Ephisians 3:17 says that God "may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Join Sr. Rose to break open this scripture so that it may enrich your lives.

We will start at 9:00 AM with coffee and fellowship. The talk begins at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the day is $35.00. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30 PM.

Sr Rose Bowen Bio

Healing the Greatest Hurt

 Healing the Greatest Hurt - Upcoming Events

Father Matt Linn

October 30- November 1, 2015

Open to both men and women.

Surveys have found that the loss of a loved one through death is the greatest hurt. If we love, we continue to grieve whether a loved one was miscarried with the briefest of lives or lived to be 90. Yet when healed, it can be among the greatest gifts as we find an even deeper love that continues forever in the communion of the saints. This All Saints weekend will focus on how to minister to ourselves and to others when in the process of grieving the loss of a loved one so that it becomes a relationship again giving us new life. These healing processes can also heal the other hurts we suffer in life.

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. Ordained in l973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Matt, along with his partners Dennis and Sheila have written 22 books translated in over 20 languages and with over a million copies in English.

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Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy

Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy - Upcoming Events

Healing Our World From the Inside Out

September 17 - 20, 2015


Join us September 17-20, 2015 for a silent retreat with Paul D'Arcy: a deeper look at the way we are all living our lives. Join us in looking at what happens when we stop believing that change will only happen “out there,” and begin to realize that we are the world, and healing begins from the inside out. This retreat is open to both men and women.

Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman’s voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and When People Grieve.

Paula D'Arcy Retreat

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