Sharon Nicks 
The World Community for Christian Meditation 

Pre-Seminar Silent Retreat
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM CDT
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM CDT

John Main Seminar 2017
Thursday August 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM CDT
Sunday August 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM CDT

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University of St. Thomas 
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

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Walk-in commuters can pay at the door.
The seminar will be held in Jones Hall on the University of St. Thomas campus. Tickets go on sale at 7:00pm on Thursday, August 10, 2017. 

The John Main Seminar 2017 will explore the development of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition from the early to the contemporary mystics and show that these great mystics are not just historical monuments, but active resources for those drawn to the contemplative life. 

Not only is contemplative prayer a conversation with God but it is also a dialogue with the contemplative tradition, as modern mystical teachers such as Edith Stein, Thomas Merton, and John Main have shown.

The presenter for this year’s seminar is Bernard McGinn who is widely regarded as the preeminent scholar of mysticism in the Western Christian tradition. An internationally respected theologian, historian, and scholar of spirituality, the history of Christianity, and the history of Christian thought, he has written extensively about spirituality and mysticism. Prof. McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Registration is also open for the pre-seminar Silent Retreat with Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB entitled The Inner Room: How can we understand and follow the teaching of Jesus on the inner journey? Fr. Laurence teaches that Jesus calls us to a complete change of mind – a progressive transformation of our inner nature that is essential to our experience of life as a meaningful journey. Through the talks, reflection, and, above all, the silence and stillness of the retreat, he will inspire us and reinforce the power of meditation as part of our lives.

The University of St. Thomas was designed by world-renowned architect Philip Johnson. It is in the heart of the cultural soul of the fourth largest city in the US. The Rothko Chapel, The Menil Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural Science and Zoo are just minutes away.

The Silent Retreat is only available with on-campus lodging. No commuters.
If you need an ADA room, elevator or special diet,
please contact 
Velma or call 713-660-6237.

We are unable to accommodate extra nights lodging on-campus. The Residence Inn Houston Marriott has offered us special rates. Reservations must be made by July 14, 2017. Please use the link below to make your reservations.
Book your extra night group rate for the John Main Seminar

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
To request, you must send a written request to

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registration online.

For more info: Call 520-829-3197 or email