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.
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.
The Chaplains and Staff of Campus Ministry at Georgetown University
What We Do
All about Meditation Integration
All about Meditation Integration
All about Meditation Integration
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
Welcome Back to the Hilltop, dear Hoyas
Special Welcome to the Class of 2024 & 2025!
Our task in meditation is to allow our unity to be restored and for our scattered parts to move back into their proper harmonious alignment to the center of our being.
- Fr. John Main, OSB-
The John Main Center for Meditation & Interreligious Dialogue is delighted to be open again and warmly welcomes all Hoyas to a new semester of Stillness, Silence and Simplicity. This fall, there will be both in-person and virtual offerings!
During our long hiatus away from campus beginning in March 2020 until August 2021, the John Main Center's deepest hope was to create and sustain the many beautiful and dedicated communities of meditators as we transitioned from the refuge of the JMC to zooming in for meditation while sheltering in place around the globe. Together, we weathered the emotional, physical and social toll of the pandemic, as well as faced multiple racial, economic and academic crises by gently cultivating the daily contemplative practice of, "Stillness, Silence and Simplicity."
We had more than 2700 visits to our virtual gatherings in the morning, at midday and in the evening; to join us as alumni or MSB students and colleagues; for our special gatherings with the JMC Black Hoya and AANHPI Hoya Meditation communities; and whenever we hosted an array of campus affiliation groups, such as Outdoor Education, the Community Scholars and GWOW Hoya Relaxa!
Along the way, we gained friendships, experienced hope and healing, and deepened our capacity to become comfortable with uncertainty.
The Jesuit identity and the value of Cura Personalis—care of the whole person was at the core of our communal ethos.
So, as we settle into this new reality of being on campus again, we hope all Hoyas find their way back to the simple serene sanctuary of the JMC!
Please note that all In-Person meditations and visits to the JMC are:
Limited to Georgetown students, faculty and staff with current GU Badge required.
Current health protocols will be followed, including masking for all present with socially-distanced cushions. Please kindly sign in each time with the posted UPC code upon arrival and have your current GUID ready to show at the door for all hosted meditation sessions.
Where is the JMC?
The JMC is located in Anne Marie Becraft Hall on the Main Campus near Dahlgren Quad at the corner of Old North Way and Library Walk.
We warmly welcome you all to enter into this present moment of Fall 2021 together in this new way of proceeding.
The door is open for you... Maranatha!
Our JMC Leaders Welcome YOU to a Fall Season 2021
of Stillness, Silence & Simplicity!
Fall Meditation Offerings
at the JMC!
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Host: JMC 12:30pm Team & Director
For the McDonough School of Business (MSB) Community
New! MSB Wednesday Meditation
5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Hariri Rm 155
Michaella Mentu, MiM '21
Lisa Directo Davis, JMC Program Director
Outdoor Education & JMC Meditation
Coming this Fall 2021 TBA
This year the JMC is pairing up with Outdoor Education to host meditation outdoors in various places on campus. Morning and Evening offerings will be announced soon.
We look forward to sharing a season of Stillness, Silence & Simplicity with you in Nature.
If you'd like to join us, let us know at meditationcenter@
Community of Love- John Main Seminar 2021 Online
Celebrating 30 years of the founding of WCCM
Introduced by Laurence Freeman
Saturday, 4th September
6:00am -12:00 pm EDT
(12-18 French Time)
More Information and registration visit WCCM.org
Remembering the Remarkable Legacy of Anne Marie Becraft
Our JMC Leaders Celebrate Anne Marie Becraft!
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.
Master's in Management '21
Georgetown University MSB
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.
Center for Student Engagement
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
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