Our Mission

The John Main Center offers a contemplative sacred space in the heart of the Georgetown University campus. Through regular meditation sessions and special events, offered in a spirit of friendship and openness to all, the John Main Center shares the gift of the contemplative path with the Georgetown Community and beyond.

Contemplatives in Action
Our Response to Racism and Racial Injustice

Now a full and active component of Campus Ministry, the John Main Center seeks to become more deeply engaged in the spiritual and intellectual life of Georgetown—offering a comprehensive, campus-wide approach to the teaching and practice of meditation that is consistent with its Jesuit identity and Ignatian values.

In light of the signs of these unprecedented times and in order to uphold the Jesuit value of being “Contemplatives in Action”, the JMC shares this crucial and timely message from Georgetown University Campus Ministry.

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Dear friends,

Current events serve as a powerful reminder of the persistence of racism and racial injustice in our communities. The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, amid so many others, has evoked deep memory of our history of racial oppression. We are overcome with grief for the oppressed and for our own complicity in systems of oppression.

This moment gives fresh urgency to the call to be “people for others,” in the words of Pedro Arrupe, S.J. — people “completely convinced that the love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”(1) As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, we uphold the words of the 32nd General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, that “the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement” of the “service of faith.”(2) As people of diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds, we affirm that these words speak to a deeper, universal call — the call to care for the wounded among us, to seek understanding, and to dismantle the causes of all forms of violence. We commend all those who have responded to this call.

Georgetown University continues to atone for its participation in the sin of slavery. We lament that all of our traditions have at one time or another throughout history been complicit in raising up some at the expense of others. We who bear the privileges of these systems must reflect on our participation and root out the seeds of racism from our communities. Otherwise, these tragic patterns will persist.

As religious leaders at Georgetown University, we commit to name, address, and dismantle the structures of racism and white privilege in our own midst. We will do this by:

  • Deepening our own formation around race and white privilege through honest, ongoing examination of the way they function in our personal and professional lives
  • Examining and addressing the ways in which race, power, privilege, and their intersections function in the operations of Campus Ministry, and in our religious communities
  • Working with our campus partners to include a racial justice lens in all our student programs, and creating programs that specifically address racism, and anti-racism awareness, competency, and action
  • Continuing this work well into the future, and not just in this moment in history.

In unity, we add our voices to those who are calling for racial justice, and vow to begin with ourselves. We seek to be who we all came to the Hilltop to become: people for others.

Respectfully,
The Chaplains and Staff of Campus Ministry at Georgetown University

(1)https://ignatiansolidarity.net/men-and-women-for-others-fr-pedro-arrupe-s-j
(2)https://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/our-mission-today.html

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In This Unprecedented Time

What We Do

Meditation Integration


All about Meditation Integration

Contemplative Practice


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Interfaith Dialogue


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A meditation, yoga, contemplative eucharist and
personal mentoring retreat for young adults

Last year we held a very diverse enriching retreat for young adults (ages 18-40) from different parts of the world. This year we do it again, but it will have to be online. It will still be centred in Bonnevaux where participants will feel connected through a creative use of technology to address some of the most pressing questions of our troubling times:

– Where to find happiness in an authentic way.

– How to make meditation part of your life.

– How to feel supported in a community you can believe in and that believes in you.

– How to deal with your personal issues with spiritual friendship and skilled counselling.

We also have suggestions for you (see here) to construct a daily retreat framework that suits your current situation while using the essential elements originating from Bonnevaux.

2020 Summer Schedule

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Find grounding in Stillness, Silence, and Simplicity by Zooming in for meditation.

Seeking a way to cultivate peace and compassionate action in the midst of all the flux and turmoil? 

Join our Summer JMC on-line community and meditation offerings.

We look forward to sharing a Summer of Stillness, Silence & Simplicity with you.

Please indicate which meditation session you would like to attend and Request Zoom Link by emailing the JMC at meditationcenter@georgetown.edu

Requests for Thursday Zoom Link with Dennis McAuliffe: email Dennis.Mcauliffe@georgetown.edu

All times below are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

MON TUE WED THURS FRI
08:30 – 08:50 AM

Morning Meditation: for Hoya-GU affiliates

Host: JMC Student Leader

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10:00 – 10:30 AM jmcsilencestillnesssimplicity

Host: Harris Staff*

(July)

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12:00  – 12:20 PM

Pre-Meditation

Ruminating Readings

(wisdom/sacred text,

quote, poem)

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Pre-Meditation Foundation Yoga

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12:30 – 01:00 PM

Host: JMC Director

Lisa Directo Davis

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Host: JMC Director

Lisa Directo Davis

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Host: JMC Director

Lisa Directo Davis

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Host: JMC Director

Lisa Directo Davis

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Host: JMC Director

Lisa Directo Davis

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05:00 – 5:30 PM

Host: JMC Student Leaders- for Hoya-GU affiliates

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Host: JMC Student Leaders- for Hoya-GU affiliates

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Host: JMC Student Leaders- for Hoya-GU affiliates

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Host: JMC Student Leaders- for Hoya-GU affiliates

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06:15 – 07:15 PM

Host: Dennis McAuliffe

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*The Harris meditation takes place on every first Tuesday.

*The MSB meditation participants are invited to join us daily and Wednesdays at our 12:30pm meditation.

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Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma

with Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons on SoundCloud

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SUMMER 2020 Contemplative Series

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Thursday, July 23 (Animation) 1-2:30pm EDT

Thursday, August 9 (Flourishing on a Jesuit Campus) 1-2:30pm EDT 

Come learn about and practice the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer and practice how it can contribute to your spiritual, personal, and professional life. This informal series will feature experts and leaders from across the country, as well as ample time for communal, guided meditative prayer.

Learn more and meditate with us in an online summer series from Georgetown’s John Main Center and Loyola Marymount University!

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Thursday, July 23

1pm – 2:30pm Eastern | 10am-11:30am Pacific

Topic: Animation and Contemplation

A discussion on meditation and spirituality in one’s daily career and personal life.

Featuring: Paul Demeyer

Creative Producer/Director (TV: DuckmanThe RugratsAaahh!!! Real Monsters, Miles from Tomorrowland; Movies: The Rugrats in ParisThe Rugrats Movie, and The Wild Thornberrys)

REGISTER NOW

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Thursday, August 6

1pm – 2:30pm Eastern | 10am-11:30am Pacific

Topic: Flourishing On a Jesuit Campus

A discussion on mindfulness, meditation, contemplation, and the Jesuit relational approach to wellness.

FeaturingFr. Frank Buckley SJ

https://blessedsacramenthollywood.org/people/fr-frank-buckley-sj

Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Center at Blessed Sacrament Hollywood

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A meditation, yoga, contemplative eucharist and personal mentoring retreat for young adults

Last year we held a very diverse enriching retreat for young adults (ages 18-40) from different parts of the world. This year we do it again, but it will have to be online. It will still be centred in Bonnevaux where participants will feel connected through a creative use of technology to address some of the most pressing questions of our troubling times:

  • Where to find happiness in an authentic way.
  • How to make meditation part of your life.
  • How to feel supported in a community you can believe in and that believes in you.
  • How to deal with your personal issues with spiritual friendship and skilled counselling.

We also have suggestions for you (see here) to construct a daily retreat framework that suits your current situation while using the essential elements originating from Bonnevaux.

All the videos of the talks (either pre-recorded or live streamed) will be available on-demand for participants. Learn more.

What meditators from last year’s
Young Adult Retreat say…

“An incredible experience to learn from the people at Bonnevaux and to deepen your faith in your meditation practice.” Gabriel, Brazil

“It was a beautiful space of reflection, spiritual growth and to deepen in my own practice, plus a great chance to meet people from around the world”. Emma, Australia

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“For three years, I resisted going into John Main Center because the idea of meditating and being in silence for more than 2 minutes was the most daunting of concepts. However, my curiosity got antsy and propelled me to try what the media crowned the newest wellness fad– meditation. Over the course of my senior year, I not only was able to discover and deepen my meditation practice but I also became part of such a special community. The center pulls together people from all corners of campus and the world to come together with the common interest of meditation. A simple and profound connection proved to build a foundation for a community so welcoming and loving. So, while it once used to be just that tiny building across from New South, now the John Main Center serves as both an oasis and a home. “Katherine Altman C'19

“The John Main Center has been instrumental for the wholeness of my Georgetown experience. Not only has it become a space of peace and calm but also it has helped me grow spiritually and emotionally. I feel like having the Meditation Center on campus can be a great addition to any student — whatever it is the faith tradition that he or she comes from. Being part of the JMC is an opportunity to each day enhance our lives personally, spiritually, physically, and academically.”Gabriel Donato Gonçalves C'19

Why donate

Your financial to contribution to the John Main Center helps us offer the transformative practice of meditation to the Georgetown community and beyond.

 

Partners

We are grateful for the support of the following:

The Meditatio Foundation

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