Resources for Spiritual Nourishment
Prayer and Retreat with St. Anne’s
St. Anne’s invites you to pray and retreat in new ways. Your presence, even virtually, widens our circle.
The following offerings are provided without charge or by suggested donation by the centers and churches listed in compassion for what we share during this time of uncertainty and separation. If you have any questions or thoughts about this page, or these spirituality offerings, please contact Heather Strang at firstname.lastname@example.org or Connie Saeger-Proctor at email@example.com.
St. Anne’s Church of Annapolis
Centering Prayer Group Moves to Zoom
Our Centering Prayer group is now gathering together via Zoom and you all are welcome to join us the first and third Tuesdays of the month 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. If you are new to Zoom, I will walk you through how to join for free and meet with us. The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. It builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love.
Please email me if you’d like to join us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
Daily Online Worship
Simply connect through this link for more information.
Seeds of Faith
Canon Missioner Leonard Hamlin invites you to join the Cathedral’s Seeds of Faith initiative, where we’re asking each person to commit to one act of kindness, generosity or justice each day. Tell us what you’re doing to grow good in the world. Log in here.
Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage
Learn more about the offerings by visiting their website.
No matter your background or beliefs, you are welcome to enrich your spiritual growth with the Center’s programs, pilgrimages and gatherings. Online events include Online: Listening For God, Centering Prayer and Retreats & Workshops. Please confirm each event or prayer gathering with the Cathedral calendar.
All are welcome into this — sacred space welcoming anyone seeking sanctuary and silence — teaching space offering opportunities to learn about contemplative practices through ongoing programs and special events — nurturing space helping people transform themselves and the world.
Listening for God – Tuesdays, 5:00–5:45 PM
Listen for the voice of God in the words of scripture, in community, and in silence. In this modified version of the ancient monastic practice of Lectio Divina (holy reading), we read the gospel lesson for the coming Sunday and reflect on how the Spirit is speaking to us in the present moment.
Centering Prayer – Tuesdays, 6:00–7:00 PM; Wednesdays, 8:10–8:30 AM; Wednesdays, 1:10–1:30 PM
Move beyond thoughts, words and emotions into a time of quiet contemplation during this time of silent prayer. The Tuesday sessions include a time for teaching and discussion prior to the time of silence. The last Tuesday of the month in lieu of a teaching and discussion, join us for a time of intercessions as we pray for ourselves, our communities and our world. Twenty minutes of silence follows the period of shared prayers.
The Retreat House at Hillsboro
The Retreat House at Hillsboro’s mission is to share God’s abundant Love in the world by holding a sacred, compassionate and inclusive space. We offer an experience of the Divine by supporting all who come in their journey with God. As a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, Maryland, the Retreat House supports the work of all faith communities and denominations.
Day’s End ~ Evening Meditation
Listen, breathe, be still. A peaceful way to move into your evening. Monday – Friday from 5:15 – 5:45 PM. Join us on Zoom. Call in/Audio only: +1 301 715 8592; with meeting ID 212677840.
Explore the Retreat House Grounds
The Retreat House grounds offer colorful, native flowers and plants that attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bumble bees. Enjoy the herb gardens and the labyrinth shaded by lindens and redwoods that have been standing watch for decades. Or, make your way up to historic St. Paul’s Church cemetery where generations of Eastern Shore families lay in rest under the wise old cedar and magnolia trees.
Following state and Diocese safety guidelines, individuals and small groups up to 10 people are invited to meet outdoors, walk, meditate, enjoy the gardens or even have a picnic. Several benches can be found around the property but please feel free to bring your own chairs. Hand sanitizer, wipes and bug spray will be available. Later in summer, we hope to expand the invitation to larger groups and then begin indoor activities in the fall.
At the Retreat House, the Peace and Presence of the Spirit of God has not been disrupted by a virus. Come and visit us. Bring your grief, your confusion, and your love; bring your sadness, your uncertainty, and your joy; bring your longing to the spaces and trees at the Retreat House. They, and we, wait with open hearts to receive and welcome you.
We invite you to stay the night in our hermitage, and have rearranged rooms in the Retreat House to create two discrete, COVID-safe suites for Hermitage overnight stays. People have so appreciated a place to come for a break, a change of surroundings, and peaceful, prayerful space. Especially now, we are glad to make this available.
Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
Shalem is grounded in Christian contemplative spirituality yet draws on the wisdom of many religious traditions. Living contemplatively is essential in today’s often chaotic and challenging world. It is a way to live a truly authentic life—anchored in prayer, spiritually discerning, and responsive to God. We welcome you, wherever you are on the path of spiritual discovery. Shalem is now providing this course for free to help people ground during this unprecedented time of interruption in our lives.
Join the online quiet day Holy Interruptions, and learn to embrace unexpected, Holy moments in your day-to-day life. This self navigated retreat can begin any day that suits the individual by entering through the web page. Through audio teaching, poetry, art, music, guided meditation, reflection questions and invitations into silence, Ann Kulp invites you into intentional quiet space to help you learn to notice and embrace unexpected, holy moments that happen each day.
Wednesday Prayer for the World
All are welcome to join Shalem’s weekly half-hour Prayer for the World sessions by phone. Our intention is to hold our planet in compassion, light and love and to listen for what the Spirit is inviting in our current world situation. Our time together will include a brief guided meditation, naming of areas of the planet in need, and silence. You are invited to join this time of prayer by phone from wherever you are.
Loyola Press. A Jesuit Ministry
3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.
Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience. There is an option to sign up for a daily retreat delivered by email..
Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Mariottsville, Maryland
Retreat with Us
On July 16, the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center resumed offering retreats for registered participants. See the website for all offerings and for the guidelines for attendance. The center will continue to reach out through their blog. This blog will extend their retreat ministry by bringing prayers and reflections into our home ‘retreat’. Many of the Bon Secours presenters want to reach out and they will share their thoughts and pass along favorite prayers and reflections through this medium. They hope that this will serve as a moment during our day when we can ‘retreat with us’. May we feel the Spirit and share this virtual sense of community. Follow the link to discover our current retreat offerings.
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Gaelic for “sanctuary of trees,” Cranaleith is a retreat and conference center for those who wish to reflect on what matters deeply in their lives, renew their spirit for life and work, or restore themselves from life’s traumas. Individuals and groups are invited to participate in retreats and other programs in a spirit-rekindling environment of well-being, respect, and harmony. Special emphasis is placed on connecting people of vastly different circumstances in an atmosphere of mutuality and respect. Cranaleith is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.
For information on retreats from home, click here.