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THE LUBIŃ MEDITATION GROUP COMMUNITY

The Lubiń Meditation Group Community is a federation of Christian meditation groups for which the Center in Lubiń is:   – a reference point and spiritual center, – a place of regular meditation and spiritual accompaniment/– a place of permanent formation to live in prayer. The groups included in the Lubiń Community of Christian Meditation are: – administratively and financially independent of the Center and each other; – they retain autonomy as to the form of joint practice and other activities. These groups belong to Lubiń Community of Meditation: Group from Białystok ul. Kościelna 1 (chapel of the Catholic school) Contact: tel +48 503 011 393 E-mail: medytacja.bialystok@gmail.com Group from Bydgoszcz Meetings: Wednesdays after the mass at 6 pm, that is around 6:45 pm Plac Kościeleckich 7 Religious House of the Jesuit Fathers, ‘Mały KIK’ hall Contact: Monika Jóźwiak tel +48 500 488 615 or Ryszard Walerych tel +48 509 347 119 Group from Elbląg Meetings: Thursdays 7 pm at the parish of St. Rafał Kalinowski in Elbląg Contact: tel +48 502 853 770 E-mail: medytacja.elblag@gmail.com Spiritual attendant: pr. Marcin Marciniak Group from Gdańsk Functioning at the Dominican Monastery Spiritual attendant: Fr. Wojciech Czwichocki OP Meetings: Wednesdays, 7:50 pm Contact: Maryla Ebert-Trzaska E-mail: maria.et@autograf.pl Group from Gdynia Functioning at the church of Jesuits Contact: Elżbieta Ruszniak E-mail: elaruszniak@go2.pl Group from Krakow Meetings: Tuesdays, at 06:30 pm at the monastery Fr. Jesuits ul. Kopernika 26 Contact: tel +48 666 077 616 E-mail: chrzescijanska.medytacja@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/krkgmch/   Group from Łódź Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:30 pm at the church of the Mother of the Redeemer Contact: pr. Stanislaw Kotowski E-mail: s.kotowski@interia.pl Website: www.medytacjachrzescijanska.pl Group from Łódź II Functioning at the parish of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross ul. Sienkiewicza 38 Meetings: Wednesday at 7 pm Spiritual attendant: pr. Kazimierz Woźniak Contact: kazek@toya.net.pl Group from Łowicz Meetings at the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Łowicz (Korabka) Irregular meetings, usually on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month after the evening mass. Contact: Adam – tel: +48 692 435 121 E-mail: adam@net4jezus.com Website: www.maranata.aux.pl Group from Olsztyn Functioning at the church of St. Arnold ul. St. Arnolda 1 Meetings: Tuesday at 7 pm Contact: Katarzyna Piątkowska: +48 664 424 266 Joanna Buzderewicz: +48 791 375 017 Group from Pobierowo Functioning at the church of the Saint Redeemer Pobierowo ul. Lubelska 1 Meetings: every other Thursday after mass in the parish house Spiritual attendant: pr. Stanisław Krzyżanowski Contact: Ewa +48 501 549 676  Jadwiga +48 50 80 60 729 e-mail:medytacja2017@wp.pl Website: http://parafia.pobierowo.pl/about/grupy-parafialne/ Group from Poznań Functioning at the church of Jesuits Contact: coordinator – Dariusz Hybel E-mail: dahyb@interia.pl Website: www.jezuici.pl/medytacja/ Group from Rzeszów Dominican Group of Christian Meditation Functioning at the Dominican Monastery  Meetings:  on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30 pm Attendants: Fr. Mikołaj Mrówczyński OP, Fr. Dominik Ornawka Contact: dyrda.malgorzata@gmail.com, Grzegorz.Boratyn@tvp.pl Group from Sampor (Slovakia) in Lord’s Transfiguration Benedictine Monastery in Sampor Slovakia. Meetings: once a month, on fridays, before oblats’ meetings, after vespers at 17:30 (schedule of meetings: https://oblati.benediktini.sk/?page_id=13), Spiritual father: Fr Jozef Brodňanský OSB. Contact: Monika Čunderlíková e-mail:  jozef@benediktini.sk, monikacund@gmail.com web: www.benediktini.sk We would be appreciate for contact in advance. Group from Toruń The path of contemplation Functioning at the church of the Holy Spirit of Jesuits Meetings: Thursdays, 7:00 pm Contact: Marzena Młynarczyk- Majewska E-mail:  marzenna.kairos@wp.pl Group from Toruń II Meetings: on Mondays at 7.00 pm The meetings take place in a town near Toruń – Czarne Błoto (10 km from the center of Toruń) Contact: Malwina Rosman E-mail: malwakalina@interia.pl Group from Wałbrzych Contact: Grażyna Chodorowska E-mail: g.chodorowska@wp.pl Tel: +48 607 804 900 Meditations on Mondays 1.00pm Group from Warsaw Contact: pr. Marek Danielewski ul. Łazienkowska 14, Warsaw Church of Our Lady of Jerusalem E-mail: markdan@o2.pl Website: www.medytacja.waw.pl Group from Warsaw II Group of Jesus Prayer Meetings: on Thursdays at 19:00 Holy Mass in Sanctuary, 7.50 pm meditation meeting – Samaria hall At the church of St. Andrzej Bobola ul. Rakowiecka 61 Contact: Michał Urbański tel +48 606 446 252 Website: www.modlitwaciszy.pl Group from Warsaw III  Of Jan Klimak Meetings: I and III Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm Hall at the parish of St. Stefan, at Czerniakowska 137 Street. (entrance from the side of Nowosielecka street). Contact: Sr. Stefania tel +48 795 024 107 Website: jezus7.wordpress.com or https://modlitwajezusowa.com/ Group from Warsaw IV Meetings: Wednesday at 7.00 pm in the parish of the Evangelical Reformed Church, Al. Solidarności 76a Contact: Agnieszka Biernacka tel +48 511 166 624,E-mail: agnieszka_kreglewska@wp.pl Group from Wrocław Meetings: Thursday at 7.55 pm in the academic chapel of the Dominican church pl. Dominikański 2 Spiritual attendant: Andrzej Kuśmierski OP Contact: Urszula Bednarz tel +48 691 258 557 E-mail: urszula@bednarz.wroclaw.pl Group from Wrocław II ul. Katedralna 4, hall no 15 every Tuesday, 7 pm – an introduction for beginners, 7.30 pm – the start of meditation Contact: Tomasz Jędrzejewski – +48 601 364 899 Group from Wrocław III Meetings: in the parish house at the church of St. Klemens Dworzak in Wroclaw at Al. Pracy 26, Thursday at 7.00 pm. Spiritual attendant: Fr. Jan Ożóg SJ Contact:  Juliusz Modlinger +48 508 365 680, Cezary Konwa +48 607 697 456 E-mail: medytacjagrupawroclaw@gmail.com Website:     https://www.facebook.com/GMCwW Group from Szczecin Meetings: in the parish house of  Pallottine Fathers, at the church of St. John the Evangelist, ul. Ducha Św. 9, every Sunday at 7:00 pm. Contact: Piotr Ducher +48 604 233 111 Mariusz Staszkop  +48 609 360 394 E-mail: medytacja.szczecin@gmail.com Website: www.medytacje.szczecin.pl/index.htm Group from Wałbrzych II Wałbrzych – Podzamcze – Szczawienko Contact: Tomasz Błachuciński E-mail: tblachucinski@wp.pl Tel: +48 667 109 255

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Dariusz Hybel

He was born on 3 October 1966 r. in Głogów (conceived in January in the same city), son of Janina and Jerzy. He was associated with the Center of Christian Meditation in Lubiń since February 1991, long-standing assistant of Fr. John Bereza, whom he met for the first time in 1989 during Buddhist Days organized by the Verbist priests of the Pieniężno Meetings with Religions. In 2006 Fr. Maksymilian invited him to jointly lead the practice and in 2010 to conduct meditation sessions in Center independently. Dariusz Hybel graduated from philosophy in Poznań (Adam Mickiewicz University – Saint John of the Cross higher degree), from theology (Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Wrocław – graduation), The Gestalt Psychotherapy School (Krakow). He participated in the classes of the Carmelitanum Institute of Spirituality (Poznan), and also graduated from the Coach Academy at the Poznań School of Banking. In the years 1993–2004, he was actively associated with politics and self-government (i.a. in 1998, he co-founded a civic organization, the so-called “Poznan Pedestrian Party” in the years 1998–2002 he was a councilor of the Poznan City Council). As a journalist, he wrote hundreds of texts on socio-economic, political and religious topics; he cooperated with “Dziennik Poznański,” weeklys “Najwyższy Czas!”, “Niedziela”; in 1997, he was editor-in-chief of the weekly “Wielkopolanin.” He wrote two books about the functioning of the European Union from the perspective of a conservative (field of moral values) and a libertarian (field of economics). Currently, he is the deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine “Głos dla Życia.” The Center of Christian Meditation in Lubiń is an important spiritual place for him. It was here that his search for the practice of prayer gained power. Staying every day, like the vast majority of participants in a meditation session, outside the monastery, he knows the challenges perfectly – often painful – combining Christian spirituality and the secular life. Although at a deep level, there is no “secular” and „monastic” life. He has experienced that the relationship with God and following suit Jesus must find its concrete, individual expression in everyday life: „We are invited, moment by moment, to cultivate Love Presence in the Uncreated. Life verifies spirituality. No illusions. Also, these meditative…”

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Fr. Maksymilian Nawara OSB

He was born on 10 March 1979 in Sosnowiec. He spent his childhood and high school time in his hometown Będzin. As a child, he belonged to scouts. Then came the time for music and autonomy and freedom search, which was expressed by his works and concerts. Robert (baptismal name of the Fr. Maksymilian), together with his family, belonged to the group of so-called cultural Catholics, which means that matters of religion and faith did not matter much to him. A severe crisis came in high school. The person who in the Future Benedictine life played a unique role at that time was a schoolmate of his. Robert asked many difficult questions. He couldn’t remain indifferent. However, the repentance did not prove to be a slow process, but it lasted three months when there was a radical turn to God, and a conscious desire to live in His Presence was born. He began to look for new ways of prayer and came across the “The Way of a Pilgrim.” Practice attracted him, but he did not find support in diocesan environments nor knowledge about it. A breakthrough turned out to be nothing special, but holiday stays at his aunt in a small Greater Poland village – Lubiń. There, fascinated by the practice of meditation, eighteen-year-old Robert not only discovers – after a series of previous disappointments – the charisma of St. Benedict but also learns about the existence of the Center of Christian Meditation, founded and run by Fr. John Bereza. This event and the accompanying condition of spiritual fulfillment is a turning point in his previous searches. The confirmation and consequence of this experience are joining the Benedictine order in 1998. The practice of meditation becomes part of himself, and, as a monk, he participates, whenever possible, in sessions led by Father Jan. In 2006, after twenty years, Fr. John Bereza OSB, the evangelist of Christian Meditation in Poland, ended his Center ministration. The twenty-eight-year-old Br Maksymilian Nawara OSB takes over the running of the Center. His new role raises many questions and doubts, because meditation grew out of his previous way of life, constituting its integral part, which the young monk initially did not want to combine with running the Center. However, nothing much changed in his approach to teaching meditation. He understands his role in the Center as “sharing on this path with others who walk with him. „He admits that individual guidance is the most difficult, requiring significant commitment and empathy and sensitivity in the face of the mystery of meeting other people. The Center of Christian Meditation, along with his spiritual guardian, is continually developing, acquiring a specific character, rooted in Christian monasticism, and at the same time, open to dialogue with Zen Buddhism. On the one hand, theological studies, Syrian language learning and trips of Fr. Maksymilian to India, on the other hand – fascination with Jesus Prayer as well as personal search for contact with a living, different religious tradition – all this decides about the current nature, specificity and activity of the Center of Christian Meditation in Lubiń. Participants in sessions outside the spiritual haven of prayer, silence, and retreat have a unique opportunity to meet the ancient heritage of Greek and Oriental Christianity. However, during sessions in interreligious dialogue, they can participate in meetings with teachers representing a different Japanese Zen line in the Soto tradition. At the General Chapter of the Annunciation Benedictine Congregation in the Abbey of St. Scholastica in Subiaco, Italy, on 09 September 2018, Fr. Maksymilian Nawara OSB was elected as a new Abbot President of Congregation. Report and photos from Abbey’s Benediction from 10 September 2018 in Subiaco [click here]

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Late Fr. Jan Bereza OSB

Born 17 July 1955 in Warsaw, he died on 20 February 2011 in Leszno, Benedictine, and propagator of Christian Meditation. He was born as Mirosław Bereza, a graduate of philosophy at the Academy of Catholic Theology (since 1999 Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University) in Warsaw, in 1982 he joined the Benedictine Monastery in Lubiń and took the name Jan. In 1988 he was ordained a priest, in the years 1999–2002, he was the prior of the monastery community. From 1998 he was a member of the Polish Episcopate Committee for Dialogue with Non-Christian Religions. In 1988, he founded the Center of Christian Meditation in Lubiń, which he managed until 2006. He collaborated with The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) and Benedictine Commission for Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. He popularized eastern meditation techniques, trying to adapt them to the needs of Christian prayer. He initiated the Christian Meditation Days in Lubiń. In the Center he founded, meditation was taught according to the tradition of monological prayer, with one short invocation from the Bible. He was involved in the Christian-Buddhist dialogue.

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HISTORY

“Let the soul constantly stick to a very short formula, until strengthened by its continuant and sustained meditation, it will give up rich and extensive thoughts, and it will agree to poverty, limiting itself to one verse… where the mind is no longer concerned with imagination forms. In this way, our soul will come to flawless prayer where the mind is no longer concerned with imagination forms, it doesn’t even pronounce words loudly, it does not stop at the meaning of words, but where the heart burns with fire, it is full of unspeakable delight. In the spirit, there is an insatiable desire.” ________________ John Cassian, Collationes Patrum XXVI CENTER OF CRISTIAN MEDITATION IN THE BENEDICTINE MONASTERY IN LUBIŃ It was founded on the initiative of Fr. Jan Bereza OSC in 1988. Until recently, it was the only place in Poland where meditation was taught and practiced according to the Old Christian tradition of monologue prayer. The practice of this form of worship developed in the IV-VIII century. It consists of repeating one short, unchanging call, verse, and a sentence from the Holy Scriptures, such as Jesus, Abba, or Maranatha. One of the many calls used in the first centuries took a privileged position over time: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner. It has become a standard formula for Jesus Prayer. This old tradition of prayer flowing from the sources of ancient monasticism is continuously practiced and taught today. The Benedictine Monastery has been a spiritual home to many Christians following this path of meditation. A community of meditating Christians in Poland is growing every year. Numerous meditation groups establish. The Center of Christian Meditation in Lubiń is for them an oasis of more intense prayer, silence, and spiritual guidance. Practice at a Benedictine Monastery creates a rare opportunity to experience the mystery of community life directly. Its rhythm is determined not only by meditation but also by common prayer with monks, meals, and work. Benedictine Monastery is also one of the few places for interreligious meetings and dialogue. Since 2006, Fr. Maksymilian Nawara OSB took over the spiritual care over the Center, after many years of Fr. Jan Bereza OSB ministry.

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HISTORY

CENTER OF CRISTIAN MEDITATION IN THE BENEDICTINE MONASTERY IN LUBIŃ It was founded on the initiative of Fr. Jan Bereza OSC in 1988. Until recently, it was the only place in Poland where meditation was taught and practiced according to the Old Christian tradition of monologue prayer. The practice of this form of worship developed in the IV-VIII century. It consists of repeating one short, unchanging call, verse, and a sentence from the Holy Scriptures, such as Jesus, Abba, or Maranatha. One of the many calls used in the first centuries took a privileged position over time: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner. It has become a standard formula for Jesus Prayer. This old tradition of prayer flowing from the sources of ancient monasticism is continuously practiced and taught today. The Benedictine Monastery has been a spiritual home to many Christians following this path of meditation. A community of meditating Christians in Poland is growing every year. Numerous meditation groups establish. The Center of Christian Meditation in Lubiń is for them an oasis of more intense prayer, silence, and spiritual guidance. Practice at a Benedictine Monastery creates a rare opportunity to experience the mystery of community life directly. Its rhythm is determined not only by meditation but also by common prayer with monks, meals, and work. Benedictine Monastery is also one of the few places for interreligious meetings and dialogue. Since 2006, Fr. Maksymilian Nawara OSB took over the spiritual care over the Center, after many years of Fr. Jan Bereza OSB ministry.

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