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Fall Prayer Retreat

November 19-22, 2019

Dates & Times

  • Nov 19-22, 2019
    5:00pm - 1:00pm


Fall Prayer Retreat
Holy Cross Monastery
West Park, New York
November 19 – 22, 2019

The Listening Life

And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3: 10

Listen carefully, my child, to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart . . . The labor of obedience will bring you back to God from whom you had drifted through the sloth of disobedience.
From the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict

The Listening Life by Adam S. McHugh
"Be quick to listen, slow to speak." ―James 1:19

How would our lives change if we approached every experience with the intention of listening first? In this noisy, distracting world, it is difficult to truly hear. People talk past each other, eager to be heard but somehow deaf to what is being said. Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, both with God and with other people. But it is more than that: listening is a way of life. Adam McHugh places listening at the heart of our spirituality, our relationships and our mission in the world. God himself is the God who hears, and we too can learn to hear what God may be saying through creation, through Scripture, through people. By cultivating a posture of listening, we become more attentive and engaged with those around us.

Pastor Stuart Spencer leads a study of the practice of listening—to God, each other and ourselves. Our retreat group meets together for sessions on the mornings and evenings of each day. Within those gatherings we learn, share, and pray. The days of the Prayer Retreat afford plenty of time for personal prayer, meditation, conversations, reflection, exploring the book store, hiking, and enjoying a delicious meal or a cup of coffee.

Join a group of friends from a number of churches at Holy Cross Monastery, an Episcopalian Benedictine monastery; for time away from the rush and crushing pace of life. This three- night, four day retreat affords the time to step away from the regular demands of our lives and to enjoy a place of rest and welcome. Our retreat begins on Tuesday, November 19th at 5:00 p.m. and concludes on Friday, November 22th following the noon meal.

Holy Cross Monastery

Located about an hour north of New York City and set high on the western bluffs of the Hudson River, Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine place of prayer of the Episcopal Church. The monks graciously welcome all who come. The monastery is a lovely setting with comfortable private rooms and simple yet exquisite meals. We join the monks in their five offices of prayer throughout the day. In the evening, starting at 9:00 p.m., we are invited to participate in the Greater Silence, a time for quiet that continues until the Eucharist.

For information on the monastery: holycrossmonastery.com


Cost: $275 for three nights (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), study book included. $260 for those who wish to purchase the book in advance.

Please download our brochure and registration form here...

Checks should be made out to “First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown.” In the memo line write: Holy Cross Prayer Retreat. Registration forms and fees are due to the First Presbyterian Church Office by Sunday, November 3, 2019

First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown
101 Bridgeboro Road
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: (856) 235 - 1688
Email: sspencer@fpcmoorestown.org