Thomas Merton and the Present Moment, COCFL Advent Retreat

Event details

  • December 9, 2023
  • 9:00 am
  • Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church’s Canterbury House 319 West Wisconsin Ave., Deland, Fl
  • 814.566.2288

Contemplative Outreach of Central Florida
One Day Advent Retreat

Thomas Merton and the Present Moment

Presented by Fr. Martin Burnham P.S.S., Ph.D., NCC

Saturday December 9, 2023
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Event is full for in person.
Limited Zoom space is available.

(check-in & coffee at 8:30 am) + (Bring bag lunch)
Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church’s Canterbury House
319 West Wisconsin Ave., Deland, Fl
Attend in person ($35.00) or by zoom ($15.00)

“There is nothing left for me but to live fully and completely in the present, praying as I pray and writing and praying when I write and worrying for nothing but the wish and the glory of God, finding these as best I can in the sacrament of the moment.”  Thomas Merton

Contemplative Outreach of Central Florida is happy to welcome Father Burnham to direct this one-day retreat on the topic of Thomas Merton and the sacrament of the moment.

As we prepare for Christmas, this retreat will provide direction to deepen our spiritual life through finding ourselves and finding God in the moment. There will be several periods of Centering Prayer during the day. The COCFL team is looking forward to gathering again in person or by Zoom with our Centering Prayer friends.

Father Burnham, is a native of Baltimore, and a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore as well as a licensed counselor. He holds a doctorate in philosophy and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Maryland.

As a priest of the Sulpician order, he has done much work in spiritual direction and formation of priests.

He is currently a formator at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas.

Fr. Burnham completed his undergraduate education in Northern Kentucky. It was here that he was introduced to the teaching and spirituality of Thomas Merton. He later made regular silent retreats at Merton’s home at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY. He refers to Merton as one of his “spiritual heroes” and model for the contemplative life. Fr. Burnham has been a CP practitioner for several decades.


Please register before November 27.

Registration fees: $ 35 per person if attending in person.

$ 15 per person if attending by zoom.

For Scholarship assistance, please, contact Dan Wagner at [email protected].


There are 2 ways to register and make payment:

  1. Payment via Zelle to [email protected] and send  registration form on-line. If you do on-line banking, go to your transfers/payments section of your account and click the “Zelle” option.  Thousands of banks participate.  If you are uncertain about your bank, click here for more Zelle information.


2. Register on-line and pay by mail. 

If you pay by check, mail your check to:

Alice Logan, 505 Green Briar Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Make your check payable to COCFL    You may complete the on-line registration form or print the PDF from and mail with your check. 

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Mail a check to Alice V. Logan, 505 Green Briar Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. payable to COCFL and submit registration form on-line.

Scholarship assistance is available for the retreat, contact Dan Wagner, [email protected].