Our Mission

Established at Georgetown University in 2005, the John Main Center is committed to developing an ecumenical community of meditation, inspired by the teaching of Fr. John Main, OSB (1926 – 1982). Its aim is to encourage the daily personal practice of meditation and to nurture the experience of community that it creates. The Center offers regular sessions devoted to the practice of silence in the Christian tradition of meditation. Because meditation is a universal spiritual tradition, the John Main Center welcomes everyone to the peace of its sacred space. The Center initiates and encourages inter-religious dialogue, especially in the common ground revealed through the contemplative experience of all traditions. Although the John Main Center is a project of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Georgetown University and the WCCM collaborate with respect to the spiritual programming offered at the Center.

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Our Story

The John Main Center was founded in 2005, as a partnership between Georgetown University and the World Community for Christian Meditation. Through the work of our directors, student volunteers, faculty, staff, and community members, we have been able to bring the gift of meditation to a new generation. Our doors are open to all.

John Main


John Main was a Benedictine monk (1926-1982) who helped bring about a renewal in Christian contemplative practice, through the rediscovery of meditation is the Western Christian tradition. Through his life and work, John Main demonstrated that meditation was not a practice of “the East,” or limited to certain spiritual or religious paths. Rather, his life and teaching pointed to the universality of the human contemplative experience and the community it creates.

“Though the John Main Center was founded in the Christian tradition, its encouragement of inter-religious dialogue profoundly reflects one of my favorite aspects of Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition – embracing and being enriched by many faith traditions.”Christina Piazza, C'17

Advisory Board

PETER ARMSTRONG
GU SFS ’15 Culture and Politics

TIM CASEY
GU College ‘07 Theology

LAURENCE FREEMAN
Benedictine monk
Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation

TIM KELLY 

WCCM-USA Region 4 Coordinator

DENNIS MCAULIFFE
Special Assistant to the President for Contemplatives in Action, Georgetown University

JUNIE NATHANI
Assistant Vice President, Leadership Resources, Georgetown University

GREGORY ROBISON
Executive Director, Meditatio Foundation

NICK SCRIMENTI
Program Coordinator
GU College, Religious Studies, ‘18


GENE BEBEAU


ELIN HAAGA


SEAN HAGAN

From the Director


Dear Friends,

Greetings! Welcome to the John Main Center – a place of contemplative practice, peace, and friendship.

At Georgetown University, we aspire to care for the whole person. Meditation is an unquestionably healthy practice; it reduces stress levels, increases focus and concentration, and promotes general well-being. While there are numerous health benefits, the true power of this simple gift lies in its power to awaken us to our deepest selves, and so to others.

The John Main Center offers numerous opportunities to develop and nurture your contemplative practice. We welcome and depend on the involvement of the Georgetown community, so feel free to get involved and share your ideas. The John Main Center is here for you!

Know that you are always welcome at the John Main Center – to discover the gift of meditation for the first time or to rediscover it each day.

elizabeth-cardone

Warmest regards,
Elizabeth (Beth) Cardone
Director
College, Class of 2006

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