Wouldn’t it be nice to have a practice that was more than just the writing of what’s going on in my life? In a sense we already know what’s going on each day, but the actions often lack reflection, direction, and action that could lead to transformation over time.
On our day of recollection, we will consider three different ways to journal, each with outcomes that could make a difference in the quality of your living. In the final session, you get to choose which one of the three fits your needs, your very individual lifestyle, and your preferred way to prayer.
Please note that this is a silent day retreat and includes lunch. Guided by Fr. Nicholas Amato.
Father Nicholas is a regular retreat presenter at Bon Secours. He is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was ordained in 1970. For more that 20 years Father has served as a pastor. He is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and has taken part in extended sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin (Trappist) Abbey in South Carolina.
Father was the co-creator and Executive Director of the Mepkin Priest Wellness Program, offering clergy an extended program focusing on prayer, nutrition, exercise and community living. Serving as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C., he taught their Personal Spiritual Deepening Program. He has also served on the spiritual formation staff of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring.
His full-time ministry includes directing contemplative retreats, preaching parish missions, and offering days of recollection. Two of his most recent books are Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action (2016) and Moving from Stress to Joy(2018.) He is presently writing a book for those who consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious” which will deal with the stages of spiritual development, both inside and outside church structures. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and another in Theology, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Management.