About the Event
On this day, San Damiano & Hesed Community offer a space of silence, stillness and stability – core values of Christian spirituality. In the morning session, Hesed Community will share some of the roots and history of Christian meditation, starting with Gospel passages and words of various wisdom teachers. In the afternoon, Speaker Ray John proposes that our Lenten Journey, the desert pilgrimage of silence and stillness, may help us identify with the Savior. Time will be allotted for input, reflection, discussion and group meditation.
About the Presenter(s)Donna Lack
Donna is a Benedictine Oblate of Hesed Community. She leads daily and weekly meditation groups for Hesed Community and is the current Director. She has a B.A. in Human Services from Holy Names University and is a graduate and trained mentor of Education for Ministry (EfM) from The Beecken Center of The School of Theology, The University of the South.
Teresa is a Benedictine Oblate Novice & Spiritual Director. She has practiced Christian Meditation since first learned from Fr. Laurence Freeman of WCCM in 2005 in Hong Kong. Teresa received her spiritual director training at Mercy Center in Burlingame and Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. She is also a licensed clinical social worker.
Ray John Marek is a Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and serves as Director of Lenox House in Oakland, CA. Ray John has served as an associate pastor in two parishes, ministered at the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in New Orleans, LA, taught pastoral theology for eleven years at the graduate level, and served in provincial administration for six years. He has also given parish days of reflection and retreats. Ray John earned a Master of Divinity from Oblate School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology.