About DENAconnect

For the second year in a row an interesting array of weekend workshops will be offered this academic year in the District of Eastern North America (DENA). The hope is that they will enrich our lives and, in some way, help each of us share our own insights on a meaningful level. We are calling the series DENAconnect. Details of each regarding time, place, and cost will be announced at least a month before they are offered.

Most will be held on weekends but some will be during the week. Some events may have input from experts but most will rely on the experience of the participants. The venue for most will be at District centers in Narragansett, RI, Ocean City or Lincroft NJ. Others will be held in communities and/or schools.

Examples for the year include:

  • Leaders Then and Now – for graduates of Lasallian Leadership Institute (LLI)
  • Creativity and the Spiritual Life
  • Out of the Box – about Lasallian Reflection 4 – Lasallians: Hearts on Fire
  • Healing Touch from Near and Far – a look at ancient art of reiki
  • Desert Day of Prayer and Reflection
  • The Push of Populism in Our World
  • Action on Behalf of the Vulnerable
  • Coming Home – for former missionaries
  • Centering Prayer

For more information call or write Br. Ed Phelan 347-538-7749 or

Our committee is: Bud Knight, Marty Zewe, Jerome Sullivan, Thomas Casey, Frank McCrea, Mary McCrorey, Dennis Lee, Ed Phelan

Upcoming Workshops

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

March 15 -17, 2019
Christian Brothers Center Narragansett RI

Open to all Lasallians

“Quiet, Contemplative Prayer in Theory and Practice”


This DENAconnect event will be in two parts: an initial, clay experience and a focus on practicing centering prayer. We are the clay in the hands of our Creator. As we grow throughout our lives, our image of God changes, and therefore, so does our prayer. The prayer of any stage of our lives is based on our earlier prayer and experience. Centering Prayer, however, is a form that may be applied to all phases of our lives. Our mantra for the weekend will be: “let go and let God,” and “It is no longer I who live, it is Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul).


The Center is a short walk to the mighty Atlantic Ocean – the perfect setting for reflection and contemplation. Short presentations, small group discussions, and quiet contemplative walks will set the tone and be complemented by good food and drink. There are no prerequisites only an open mind and an open heart. Hope to see you for what could be an exciting and fun experience.


Brothers John McMahon with prayer and Ralph Bucci with clay.


Part I with clay will be on Friday evening at 7:30 PM. It will provide a base of understanding for Saturday morning’s Part II at 9 AM . Part II will continue until 4PM. All are welcome to both Part I and II, but it is very easy for anyone to choose just one part. Remember lunch is included. Overnight accommodations are available at the Center. Come early on Friday for social at 5:30 PM and dinner at 6PM. and return on Sunday if you wish.


Please register by Wednesday, March 6, 2019

For a 1 day experience – $45
For the full weekend – $160

If you would like to register for part I, II or both please contact: Cheryl Butler at or 401 789 0244.