Day of Silent Prayer Canceled for Saturday, November 19

Due to Multiple COVID-19 Exposures Among Scheduled Participants

Back to Basics: Monthly Days of Silent Prayer

Third Saturdays of December through April, 2022-23

In Person only

Where:  Benedictine Sisters, St. Walburga Monastery, 851 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07208.  Ample parking is available. The space within the monastery may vary due to construction. We will email and post on the website if we are using any space at the monastery other than the usual center, located on the left side of the complex as you enter from North Broad Street.

When: Third Saturday of each month: December 17, 2022 and January 21, February 18, March 18, and April 15, 2023. The Advent Day of Prayer  with Fr. Carl Arico is December 17.

Theme for the Year:  Come and pray together to renew our practices in community. No presenters excepting Fr. Carl Arico for the Advent Day of Prayer.

Format: Two 30-minute periods of Centering Prayer followed by Lectio Divina in the morning, break for lunch, afternoon format same as morning, followed by an opportunity for sharing. There is also an option to join the Sisters for Mass at 8am and for noontime prayer.  Please bring your lunch.  We will not offer shared food, but coffee/tea will be available. 

Registration and Payment: We ask $20 per session or $115 for all 7 sessions.  All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.  No fee is requested from members of vowed religious communities. 

There is a problem with our online registration and payment. Please register and pay by postal mail (send check to Barbara Sherry, 1189 Kennedy Blvd, Bayonne, NJ 07002) or register and pay on site. Thanks for your patience. 

COVID-19 precautions: To protect our community and the Sisters who are graciously hosting us, proof of vaccination and any COVID-19 booster is required the first time you join us in 2022-23. Masking is optional. We will arrange chairs for social distancing when possible. If you have any symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 infection, have had a recent exposure to COVID-19, or feel at all unwell, then please stay home.

Overnight accommodations before and/or after a Day of Silent Prayer: Limited accommodations are available in some months at the St. Walburga Monastery Friday night before and/or Saturday night after a Day of Silent Prayer. This is not a retreat but an effort to facilitate participation by those who live at a distance and to offer an option for those who may desire more time away for prayer. 

When: December 16 and 17, February 17 and 18, and March 17 and 18 only. Guests may stay for Friday night only, Saturday night only, or both nights, space-permitting.

Cost: $100 for the first night, $50 for a subsequent night, paid to the Benedictine Sisters.

Registration and payment, and any questions about the overnight option, are handled directly by the Benedictine Sisters. Call  908-352-4278 x205 or email Proof of vaccination is required for overnight stays and must be provided in advance to the email listed.

God bless you all. We look forward to praying in person and in the Spirit with whomever can join us, and in the Spirit with all of you.


Monthly Mini-Intensives on Zoom

First Saturdays, 8 am to 9:15 am

Please enter in silence, with volume muted.

Format: Two 25-minute prayer times separated by time for an optional meditative walk, followed by Lectio Divina with Guidelines for Christian Living by Father Thomas Keating

Registration is not required; link to join is the same for each session.

 Link to join

Meeting ID: 889 855 1069

Passcode: 601121

Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

“Within the stillness of silence, God speaks to the heart”

–sign at St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, MA

Material from Past Events

Fr. Carl Arico’s Advent Day of Prayer December 18, 2021

Please find links to audio recordings of Fr. Carl Arico’s talks on December 18, 2021 as well as text of prayers and other readings used that day.