Posted by: Mark Nielsen | January 21, 2013

Addiction, Recovery & Divine Intimacy -w/ Richard Rohr

Rohr closeup

Coming to Chicago area Feb. 12-14, 2013 (Register by Feb. 8, though walk-ins may be allowed based on capacity):

1. Breathing Underwater – Fr. Richard Rohr conference on addiction, recovery & Christian spirituality [Feb 12-13]

2. Divine Intimacy – One day Rohr speaking event on contemplative spirituality and letting God draw one closer, and draw us closer to each other [Feb. 14]

From the promotional materials at the Illinois/Midwest Male Spirituality site :

Breathing Underwater:   We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In this two-day conference, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Step Program can free anyone from any addiction – from an obvious dependence on alcohol to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin .

A quote from Richard’s Book on recovery, Breathing Underwater :

” We cannot stop the drowning waters of our addictive culture from rising, but we must at least see our reality for what it is, seek to properly detach from it, and build ‘a coral castle and learn to breathe under water.’ The New Testament called it salvation or enlightenment. The Twelve Step Program called it recovery .”

Breathing Under Water (click for book details or purchase)
with Richard Rohr
sponsored by Illinois M.A.L.E.s
February 12-13, 2013
William Tell – Holiday Inn
Countryside, IL

Tuesday, February 12th
1PM – Registration
2-5PM First Presentation
5-7PM Break for Dinner (provided)
7-9PM Second Presentation (Emotional

Wednesday, February 13th
9-11:30AM Third Presentation
11:30-1PM Lunch Buffet (provided)
1-3:30PM Fourth Presentation
Cost: $200
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Thurs. Feb 14, 2013

Divine Intimacy (with speaker Richard Rohr, OFM)

at Carmelite Spiritual Center and National Shrine

8501 Bailey Road 

Darien, IL 60561 

Human and divine intimacy–our capacity for closeness, so that the Other can change us, might be a definition of intimacy. But which comes first, divine or human? How do they feed and free one another? Richard Rohr will use both mystics and personal psychology to describe this dance of intimacy on the feast of St. Valentine.

9:30–11:30 AM Registration & 1st Presentation

12:00–1:00 PM Lunch

1:15–4:00 PM 2nd Presentation

Cost: $75 includes lunch

Questions about either event, directions, lodging costs or to register? Leave a message at 630-719-2245 or visit the website at

Limited Capacity – Register Early!

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Richard Rohr, OFM 

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within mystical and transformational traditions. A Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the Rohr Institute. His teaching is grounded in practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including The Naked Now, Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self.


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