Days of Reflection

Registration is required for any Day of Reflection.
Please call 781-749-2155 x300 to register for these Days.

Saturday, October 21, 2017: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Morning of Healing: Family and Generational Issues
Joseph Coyle, PhD
Suggested Donation: $30.00

The difficulties that we experience can often span several generations in our families. These issues can be genetic, biological, psychological, and spiritual. The morning will focus on helping participants take inventory of these issues within their own families, on breaking patterns through psychological means, and on healing root causes through prayer. The program will include teaching, group prayer, reflection time, and Mass.

Joe Coyle – BS Psychology, Duke; MS Psychology Penn State; PSY.D Penn State


Tuesday, October 31, 2017: 5:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Praying For Our Ancestors: Celebrating the Real Halloween
Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB and Mairead Doherty, Celtic Harpist
Suggested Donation: $65.00, includes dinner - limited to eighteen (18) people.

This evening reflection will draw on the Christian feast of All Saints ("All Hallows Eve") and the Celtic New Year ("Samhain") to remember those who have gone before us, especially our own ancestors. It begins with First Vespers of All Saints at 5:15 pm followed by a talk and supper at the Morcone Center. We return to Church for Compline and a Ritual of Remem- brance. Participants are asked to bring photos of deceased family mem- bers, friends and heroes of their lives.

Father Timothy is recognized as an expert in Celtic studies. He has authored three books on Celtic Spirituality, conducted pilgrimages to Celtic lands, and has, in collaboration with Mairead Doherty, been giving work-shops on Celtic themes for twenty - one years.

Mairead Doherty is a Celtic harpist and trained professional musician.


Saturday, November 4, 2017: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Finding the Grace in Gratitude
Kay Trask, M.Ed.
Suggested Donation: $65.00, includes lunch.

As the holiday season approaches, come for a day of prayerful reflection, discussion and soul searching exercises, to explore how we can celebrate these holidays with a true spirit of gratitude, and how we can bring that grace-filled spirit into our New Year.

Kay Trask is a retired college administrator who continues to express her love of teaching by facilitating small group circles of learning, days of reflection and retreats.


Saturday mornings, January 20, 2018 and February 3, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Psalms and Canticles in Morning and Evening Prayer
Deacon Tim O ’ Donnell, S.T.L.
Suggested Donation: $50.00

This course combines a study of some Biblical prayers with an introduction, both historical and practical, to Morning and Evening Prayer, where these prayers form the core, in the Liturgy of the Hours and Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary . We will identify the main types of Psalms (such as praise, thanksgiving, lament, and Zion) and situate them in the worship of ancient Israel and the tradition of Christian prayer. Then the two great canticles known as the Benedictus and the Magnificat will be studied as developments of the Psalms and as reflections on the incarnation in Luke 1. We will see how these texts have been woven into the structure of Morning and Evening Prayer, and how these texts can be used both as prayer and as a practice for regular reflection on Scripture. Texts will be provided, but bring a personal Bible and one of the above prayer books if you have one. No previous Scripture study or experience with this prayer practice is required.

Tim O’Donnell, an oblate of Glastonbury, is a Permanent Deacon at St. Peter Parish in Cambridge. He teaches in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Diaconate Formation Program.


Sunday, March 4, 2018: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In Honor of Saint Patrick: A Celtic Celebration of Prayer, Poetry And Music
Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB and Mairead Doherty, Celtic Harpist
Suggested Donation: $25.00

The Celtic imagination is characterized as having a “third eye”. This is especially expressed in poetry, music, stories, art, myths and prayers. This annual program in honor of Saint Patrick will share some of the Celtic heritage with participants. Join us for a relaxing and uplifting afternoon.

Father Timothy is recognized as an expert in Celtic studies. He has authored three books on Celtic Spirituality, conducted pilgrimages to Celtic lands, and has, in collaboration with Mairead Doherty, been giving work-shops on Celtic themes for twenty-one years.

Mairead Doherty is a Celtic harpist and trained professional musician.

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