CP Introductory Workshops

Sunshine Place

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 Gilda Reyes.

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 Panginoon

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.

Marist School

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 Quarterly Meetings

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 heads.

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 participants.

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 weekend.

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.

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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 life.

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.