Prayer and Worship: Creating Space for Meditative Prayer and Silence

Thursday April 13, 2023

7 pm – 9 pm Eastern 

St. Mother Teresa said, “In the silence of the heart God speaks” – a simple reality, but one that can be challenging to integrate into our busy, distracted lives, and oftentimes stressful lives. The songs and prayer of the monastic Community of Taizé have been embraced by Christians around the world. Many find it as a helpful pathway into emptying oneself, to create the heart space to pray. This form of prayer weaves together simple repetitive chants, scripture, and moments of rich silence. In this workshop, you will learn more about the prayer, experience the prayer itself first-hand, and engage in discussion about the ways to incorporate this form of prayer into your ministry with young people. 

Presenter: Janet Loo, MA (Music)

Janet Loo is a music minister and educator who currently serves as Campus Minister at King’s University College in London, Ontario. Her main areas of responsibility are in music ministry, liturgical facilitation, and communication. She also teaches part-time at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music in the Department of Music Education. Janet has been actively involved in music ministry leadership since 1995, serving in the Archdiocese of Toronto and presently in the Diocese of London. She has a close connection with the prayer and music of the Community of Taizé, having lived there and directed choirs in their community in France. Janet is an appointed member of the National Council for Liturgical Music and serves on the executive board of Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry. Janet holds a Master of Music degree from Western University and received additional training in liturgy and music through the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Other than music, her other passions are travelling, cooking, and baseball, with an unwavering loyalty to the Toronto Blue Jays.

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