We had a great weekend with Fr. Laurence Freeman on February 8-10, 2013! Here are photos of the event. Make plans to join us next year (February 7-9, 2014)!
Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. He was born in England and was educated by the Benedictines at St. Benedict’s School, Ealing. After experience in the United Nations Youth Association, where he helped to establish local groups of young people interested in the work of the United Nations, and a year at the United Kingdom’s mission to the UN in New York, he went to read English literature at New College, Oxford, where he studied for a master’s degree.
After deciding to leave postgraduate work he entered a merchant bank and later began a career in journalism. After an extended retreat under John Main’s guidance he became a monk at Ealing Abbey. During his time there he helped to form the first Christian meditation center.
In 1977 he accompanied John Main to Montreal, Canada at the invitation of the Archbishop of Montreal to establish a Benedictine community of monks and lay people dedicated to the practice and teaching of meditation. While in Montreal he studied theology at the Université de Montréal and at McGill University. He made his solemn monastic profession in October 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1980.
After John Main died in 1982, Father Laurence Freeman succeeded him as prior of the new community and began to travel widely. A global spiritual family and organization began to develop. In 1991 he participated in the establishment of the World Community for Christian Meditation during the John Main Seminar in New Harmony, Indiana. Freeman returned to England to establish the International Centre of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). That community is now present in more than 100 countries
Father Laurence Freeman is also the founder and director of the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University.
Laurence Freeman is the author of many books and articles, including Light Within, Selfless Self, Web of Silence, Common Ground, Short Span of Days, Your Daily Practice and Jesus: The Teacher Within.
He has conducted peace initiatives and dialogues such as the historic “Way of Peace” with the Dalai Lama and is engaged in inter-religious dialogue with other faiths as well. He is active in encouraging the teaching of Christian meditation to children and students and in the reappropriation of the contemplative wisdom tradition in Christianity and society at large.
In 2011, marking the 20th anniversary of the WCCM, Freeman and the guiding board launched Meditatio, the outreach arm of the WCCM. That initiative includes a series of Meditatio Seminars (2010 on Meditation and Children; 2011 Meditation and Mental Health; 2012 Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue), the networking of young meditators in the global community, and the development of web-based technology to spread a contemplative message.
In 2009, Freeman was made an Officer of the Order of Canada “for his contributions as the spiritual leader and director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, and as a proponent of peace and inter-religious dialogue and understanding.”