CP Introductory Workshops
An Introductory Workshop
on Centering Prayer was held at Sunshine Place, a senior wellness
center in Jupiter, Makati, on 2 successive Monday afternoons in July.
On July 16, the workshop was mainly on Centering Prayer, its
conceptual background and method. Presenter was Billie Trinidad. On
July 23, Chickie Ferraren facilitated the continuation of the
workshop, this time regarding Lectio Divina. There were 5 attendees.
Staffing both workshops were Conchitina Bernardo, Tess Castaneda, and
Don Bosco, Makati
On July 7, a group of 25
people coming mostly from the UP PGH Chaplaincy participated in an
Introductory Workshop on Centering Prayer. This was held at Don Bosco
Parish, Makati. Facilitating the whole day workshop were Susan Rivera
and Rita Go. The workshop was very well received by the attendees,
judging from the lively discussion, sharing and interaction of the
group even during the breaks. Sharing the “Fruits of CP” were Rina
Clamor and Carl Borromeo, members of St. Therese of Lisieux CPG. They
also helped staff the event together with Betty Florendo, head of
retreats and workshops, and Herbie Aquino.
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Muling Pagkabuhay ng
There was a CP
Introductory Workshop held at Muling Pagkabuhay ng Panginoon Parish in
Bagbag, Caloocan on June 30, 2018 which was presented by Charit
Montalban. There were 52 participants. Sponsoring the workshop was
Bethany CPG headed by Chuchi Daroy. She was assisted in staffing the
event by CPG members, Gerard Azada and Tony Atienza.
An Introductory Workshop
in CP and Lectio Divina was held on May 26, 2018 at Marist School in
Marikina as part of the in-service training of the school faculty.
Facilitating the retreat was Susan Rivera. Plans are ongoing for
future workshops for the school faculty and personnel starting in the
last quarter of this year.
Formation Classes and CPG
There were 2 formation
classes for COP members that were held on June 18 and July 23, 2018 at
Santuario de San Antonio parish. Both were given by COP Formator, Lita
Salinas. The 2 morning events that were attended by around 70 members
and non-members of COP were very well received. The purpose of these
formation classes is to revisit and internalize the basics of
Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.
There was one CPG Heads
quarterly meeting on June 18. Matters relating to the groups’ concerns
were discussed. It was emphasized that sharing and bonding among the
“nourishers” is invaluable in helping the group grow and deepen in
their spiritual development as well as improve their service as CPG
There was a Centering
Prayer Deepening Retreat last May 4 to May 6, 2018 at St.
Scholastica’s Center for Spirituality in Tagaytay City. Twelve
participants attended the event wherein they had an opportunity to
observe more periods of interior and exterior silence, as well as
watch a few formational videos on the spiritual journey, and Fr.
Keating’s story, “A Rising Tide of Silence”.
Staffing the retreat were
Betty Florendo, Billie Trinidad and Herbie Aquino.
An Introduction to
Centering Prayer Workshop sponsored by the San Antonio CPG was held
last May 7 at Santuario de San Antonio parish. This was at the
invitation specifically by member, Doris See, for her classmates from
St. Theresa’s College. Staffing the workshop were the members of the
San Antonio CPG who also provided lunch and merienda for the workshop
At the end of the
workshop, the following members shared their experience of the fruits
of Centering Prayer in their lives: Dedette Gamboa for Service, Nancy
Gonewai for Relationships, and Chickie Ferraren for Personal Growth.
The workshop participants are planning to form their own CPG with
Doris facilitating the group.
An Introductory Retreat on
Centering Prayer was held on Mar 9 to 11, 2018 at St. Scholastica’s
Center for Spirituality in Tagaytay City. There were 24 participants,
among whom were 7 seminarians, and 3 who had attended previous
retreats but wanted to deepen their experience of it. The talk on the
True Self/False Self had the most impact among the retreatants while
the one on Relationship with God seemed to draw the seminarians into a
deeper kind of reflection. All agreed that it was a grace-filled
Charit Montalban was
retreat directress. Staffing the retreat were Betty Florendo and
Herbie Aquino. At the end of the retreat, Betty and Dedette Gamboa
shared with the group their personal experience regarding the fruits
of centering prayer.
There were 2 Recollections
given to COP members in March for the purpose of giving them a better
understanding of the spiritual journey as taught by Fr. Thomas
Keating, especially Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. Both
Recollections were given by Ms. Lita Salinas, Formator of COP, at
Santuario de San Antonio parish.
The first Recollection was
for the Circle of Service which was on March 1, 2018; the second one
was for the CPG Heads and members on March 19, 2018. A lively
engagement and discussion among the attendees followed the talks which
everyone found inspiring and compelling. Such an encouraging spiritual
“shot in the arm” helped deepen one’s experience of the contemplative
Fr. Manny Domingo, SDB,
spiritual adviser of COP has a new assignment in his priestly ministry
– that of serving the OFW’s in Galicia, Spain, and the Filipino
pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, a holy place where Fr. Manny has
been to in the past few years doing the whole route of the pilgrimage
himself. He will be staying near the Cathedral at the Salesian
Community House where he will be with his brother Don Bosco priests. With
complete openness and obedience to God’s calling, Fr. Manny is looking
forward to a beautiful, joyous and fruitful stay in Santiago de
Compostela where he will be serving God’s people starting in
mid-March. Vaya con Dios, Fr. Manny! COP will miss you but we are
happy for you as you embark on this exciting chapter in your life,
consenting fully to God’s presence and action in your life.