The John Main Center
for Meditation and Interreligious Dialogue
at Georgetown University


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 wants to share Campus Ministry's Response to Racism and Racial Injustice.

Fall 2022 at the JMC!

What We Do

Meditation Integration


All about Meditation Integration

Contemplative Practice


All about Meditation Integration

Interfaith Dialogue


All about Meditation Integration

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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

Dear Friends of the JMC, 

Warmest Welcome Back to Campus!

Cultivate a new Fall Semester habit of waking up early and ending the day with a practice of meditation and contemplation! Take a deep breath and join your fellow Hoyas for the gift of stillness, silence and simplicity at the John Main Center for Meditation & Interreligious Dialogue (JMC) in Anne Marie Becraft Hall.

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We warmly welcome you all to enter into the present moment together in this new Fall Semester!

The door is always open for you...  Maranatha!

Sending you Peace in it all, 

Lisa and the JMC Leadership Teams

Please note that attendance at the JMC will continue to be limited to current Georgetown students, faculty and staff.

Current Health Protocols will be followed, including: 
Georgetown University has temporarily reinstituted its indoor masking for classrooms and specified gatherings.
Please no food or drink allowed. 
Sign-In required each time upon arrival for all personal and hosted meditation sessions. 

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Where is the JMC?
The JMC is located in Anne Marie Becraft Hall on the Main Campus near Dahlgren Quad across from New South at the corner of Old North Way and Library Walk.

We warmly welcome you all to enter into this present moment together in this new way of proceeding.

The door is open for you...  Maranatha!

Sending you Peace in it all, 

Lisa and the JMC Leadership Teams

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New JMC Leadership Team 2022-2023
with JMC Alumni Leaders

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JMC 12:30pm 2020-2022
Virtual Meditation

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Fall Semester Meditation Sessions

September - December 2022
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Good Morning Meditation

Monday - Thursday
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. 

Come to the JMC
Anne Marie Becraft Hall

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Midday Meditation
VIRTUAL 

Monday - Friday
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. 

Request Zoom

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Evening Meditation

*NEW* Monday Session
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Come to the JMC
Anne Marie Becraft Hall 
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Late Night Meditation

*NEW* Monday - Wednesday
9:00-9:30 p.m.


Come to the JMC
Anne Marie Becraft Hall or Request Zoom

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Walk-In's Welcome!
(All Hoyas Welcome)

Monday - Friday
7 AM to 10 PM.

Come on In - All are Welcome 
No experience needed!

Walk-ins for your own personal meditation and contemplation time are welcome.

photo by Pedro Ramos

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JMC-MSB Meditation

TBD

with
Adi Patro (MBA '23)

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Alumni Meditation
VIRTUAL

TBD

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Fall Opportunities to Come!

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Meditation is simply a way of coming to that basic healthiness of spirit, a state wherein our spirit has room to breathe - John Main

Warmest welcome back to campus! Whether it is your first time here or you are a seasoned practitioner, we hope you will join us in meditation and contemplation at the JMC this fall.

Keep an eye out for new offerings in our JMC Fall schedule!

Come on In - All are Welcome 
No experience needed!

Walk-ins for your own personal meditation and contemplation time are welcome Monday to Friday from 7 AM to 10 PM.

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Peace on the Green
Outdoor Meditation 

TBD
Koi Pond next to White Gravenor

Meet the JMC team at Anne Marie Becraft Hall and walk over to the pond from there.

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JMC-Black Hoya Meditation

HYBRID- TBD

Let us know your
Interest Here

This collective gathering is grounded in belonging and centered on healing and wellness. It is our hope that Black Hoyas who join this community feel uplifted and celebrated for their mere existence and their contributions to the Georgetown community and to the world. In this space we invite Black Hoyas to show up in their full authenticity and vulnerability. We believe our stories create community, and curate healing and self-discovery. We hold space for truth and liberation, because every person has a story worth telling and every person's story matters. The John Main Center invites all Black Hoyas to create together a space for stillness, silence and simplicity with reflection following.

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WCCM Meditation Offerings

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Sunday Meditation
with Dr. Gene Bebeau

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Request Zoom Link

Thursday Meditation
with Prof. Dennis McAuliffe

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Request Zoom Link

For more information, visit wccm.org

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Remembering the Remarkable Legacy of Anne Marie Becraft 

Our JMC Leaders Celebrate Anne Marie Becraft!
https://www.instagram.com/johnmaincenter
@johnmaincenter

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I stumbled across the Anne Marie Becraft Hall while on campus recently and it gave me joy. The space, virtually and physically reminds me of the places where I felt safe, grounded and in community with those around me. My undergraduate experience at a women's college granted me several opportunities to dig deeper within and find my true self. Joining the online weekly meditation sessions with the John Main Center, connects me to my true self in similar, newer ways, while also connecting me with Georgetown students, faculty, staff and community members. I appreciate the fact that there is a designated space to the legacy of Anne Marie Becraft, particularly because she is remembered for establishing an academy for Black girls and I'm a Black girl/woman at this institution. This space reminds me that my Blackness & woman-ness belong here at Georgetown and it is precious to me for this reason.

Michaella Mentu
Master's in Management '21
Georgetown University MSB

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The Meditation House (as I called it) was my favorite place on campus, well before I knew its history or that the university was considering changing its name. The building was once named after a former Georgetown leader who was involved in the sale of 272 enslaved people. To have the place where folks are invited to communally meditate and reflect be named after a Black woman, a woman of service through education, is inspiring. Anne Marie Becraft accomplished so much before passing at 28; I, at 29, hope to create positive, lasting change through my work as well. The space [JMC - my addition] feels more inviting and is somewhere I went (pre-COVID) to bask in the energy of someone like Anne Marie Becraft as a Black woman who serves through education.

Jaime Brown
Associate Director,
Center for Student Engagement
MBA '23
Georgetown University MSB

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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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