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Contemplative Outreach of DFW

Serving Dallas/Fort Worth & North Texas

St John of the Cross

"The Great Christian Mystic"

Featured Speaker

Fr William Meninger, OCSO

Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

(Sign-In Begins at 9:00 AM)


St Monica Catholic Church
Family Center, Room 201
9933 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75220

St. John of the Cross is one of the greatest mystics of the Christian church.  In the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas, he bridges the gap between the medieval and modern era.  The teachings of John of the Cross can benefit both the beginner and the experienced travelers on a spiritual journey.  Often seen by modern Christians as excessively esoteric and beyond the ken of their experience, St. John will be taught in this workshop in the light of my book St. John of the Cross for Beginners.

Saint John of the Cross flourished during the mid to late 1500ís and was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation. He was a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest. He was also a contemporary of the charismatic St Teresa of Avila and collaborated with her to reform the Carmelite order.

John of the Cross is known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church.


Early Registration:

$40 per Person


$15 per Student

Early Registration & Payment must be received by September 21, 2017

After deadline:  $45 per person

Bring a bag lunch for the mid-day break

Morning Refreshments, Coffee & Bottled Water Included

Advance reservations are encouraged. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.   All reservations are subject to confirmation (see add'l info on registration page).

Partial scholarships available -- please email inquires to Sandy.


Click Here for location of St Monica Catholic Church.



Fr William Meninger, OCSO, was born, raised and educated in the Boston area in Massachusetts. His mother was born and raised in County Kerry and his father was a Quaker from Pennsylvania.

Ordained in 1958, after 8 years in St. John's Seminary, he was incardinated into the Diocese of Yakima, Washington, where he worked on an Indian Reservation and with Mexican traveling workers for 6 years. In 1963 he entered the Trappists at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, where he served in the guest house for 15 years, taught Scripture, liturgy and patristics; served as subprior, prior and dean of the junior professed monks.

In 1979 he was transferred to a daughter house, St. Benedicts Monastery, in Snowmass, Colorado, where he served as Prior, vocation director, novice master, and teacher of theology and scripture. He spent 3 years in Israel where he studied scripture and taught at the Center for Biblical Studies in Jerusalem and at the Trappist Monastery of Latroun.

He also did graduate studies at Seattle University, Harvard Divinity School, and Boston University. In 1974 he originated the workshop on Contemplative Meditation (later known as Centering Prayer) which he now teaches worldwide along with workshops on Forgiveness, the Enneagram, Sacred Scriptures, and Prayer.

Fr William is the author of several books including:

  • The Loving Search for God: Contemplative Prayer and the Cloud of Unknowing (Apr 2, 1998)

  • The Process of Forgiveness (Mar 1, 1997)

  • Julian of Norwich: A Mystic for Today (Jul 16, 2010)

  • Joyful Noise: A Monastic Approach to the Psalms (Jan 3, 2011)

  • St John of the Cross for Beginners (Sep, 2014)

for additional information about this workshop, please Email Sandy


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