Contemplative Revolution with Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB

An Advent Weekend of Silence & Simplicity: December 1 & 2, 2017

Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, leads this weekend retreat focusing on the elements of contemplation – silence and simplicity – and how they help deepen our experience and understanding of Advent. In our time together we will learn and engage more with both silence and simplicity through meditation, a series of sessions led by Fr. Laurence, a sung compline service by candlelight and a final question and answer session culminating in a contemplative mass infused with silence, stillness, and simplicity. Learn more about Father Laurence.


Friday, December 1
6:00 PM – Registration
7:00 PM – Welcome
7:15 PM – Session 1 – Fr. Laurence
8:30 PM – Break
9:00 PM – Compline & Meditation

Saturday, December 2
8:00 – 8:30 AM Morning Prayer & Meditation (Optional)
8:00 AM – Registration (for Saturday arrivals)
9:00 AM – Welcome
9:15 AM – Session II – Fr. Laurence
10:15 AM – Break
10:45 AM – Session III – Fr. Laurence
11:45 PM – Midday Prayer & Meditation
12:15-2 PM – Lunch Break
2:00 PM – Session IV – Fr. Laurence
3:00 PM – Break
3:30 PM – Question & Answer
4:30 PM – Break
5:00 PM – Contemplative Mass with Meditation


Friday and Saturday admission to all events: $85
Student discount with ID – all events: $40
Friday evening only: $25
Saturday only: $75
Register Here


Saint James Episcopal Church
119 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 397-4858
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For more information, email Kimberlee Peifer, Associate for Contemplative Prayer & Practices.



Receive a discount when you reserve a room at The Hotel Lancaster—a block away and within easy walking distance from Saint James.

  • Discount deadline: Reserve your room before November 17th to receive the discount.
  • Discounted rate: $139 + tax
  • Parking (with your reservation): $10 with unlimited access through December 2

Simply call the reservation department at 717-394-0900 and mention the arrival date (December 1, 2017) and the group name—Contemplative Revolution.


On-street parking: The meters are in effect from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. All meters have a 2 hour limit. Metered spaces are strictly enforced. Parking is free after 6PM. Click here for more detailed information.
Duke Street Garage: After 5PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is a flat rate of $5. The maximum rate up to 24 hours is $15. Please click here for more detailed information.

All sessions will be held on the campus of Saint James Episcopal Church. Founded in 1744, Saint James is a vibrant, innovative parish whose people are growing in their faith and exploring contemplative spiritual practices. Situated in the heart of historic downtown Lancaster, PA, one of America’s oldest and most dynamic inland cities, Saint James is within easy walking distance of a host of cafes and restaurants, hotels and historic attractions. Located in south central PA, the city is easily accessible by Amtrak and is approximately 3 hrs from NYC, 2.5 from Washington DC, 1.5 from both Philadelphia and Baltimore and 45 minutes from Harrisburg.