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Zen Weekend Retreat with Fr. Robert Kennedy, S.J.

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - October 1 @ 12:00 pm

$115 - $305

The Attraction to Zen

 Fr. Kennedy ascertains that people are drawn to Zen as a deeper form of prayer. The attraction to Zen is not  because they want to become       Buddhists, rather it is because they seek a more contemplative prayer life. Fr. Kennedy writes:

“Zen gives us a method to put  contemplation into practice.  Zen training does not us allow to analyze or theorize about prayer life. Instead, it plunges us at the outset into the contemplative act in which there is no subject or object.”

Zen is the practice of stilling the mind through wholehearted attentiveness to the breath. This steady attentiveness coupled with the stillness of the body, frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, daydreaming, or  speculating to the nature of life. Zen demands discipline and effort. The support of group sitting is a strong encouragement to practice.

To read more about the practice of Zen, visit Fr. Kennedy’s website.

Free Information Session Open to all retreatants and the OST Community on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7 – 8 pm. A good will offering will be accepted.

Retreat Schedule

Retreat Weekend: Friday, September  29 – Sunday, October 1,2017

Friday, September 29, 2017     

Registration:  3:00 – 5:00 pm

6:00 pm                   Dinner

7  –  8:30 pm          Start of silence

8:40 pm   Optional Catholic Mass with Fr. Kennedy

Saturday, September 30, 2017

6:00 am      Kentan: (Morning greeting by teacher)

6:10 – 6:45 am Zazen* and Kinhin*

6:45  – 7:20 am Zazen* and Kinhin*

7:20 – 7:45 am Zazen*

8:00 am Breakfast in silence

9:30  – 10:05 am Zazen* and Kinhin*

10:05 – 10:40 am Zazen* and Kinhin*

10:40 – 11:00 am   Coffee / Tea break

11:00  – 11:35 am Zazen* and Kinhin*

11:30 – 12:00 noon  Zazen* and Chanting

12:00 noon  Lunch (Silent)

2:30 – 2:55 pm Zazen*  (Optional)

3:00  – 3:35 pm Zazen* and Kinhin*

3:35 – 4:10  pm Zazen* and Kinhin*

4:10 – 4:30 pm Coffee / Tea break

4:30 – 5:10 pm Zazen* and Kinhin*

5:10 – 5:50 pm Zazen* and Kinhin*

6:00 pm Dinner (Silent)

7:30  – 8:10 pm Zazen* and Kinhin*

8:10 – 8:25 pm Closing Zazen*

8:30 pm Optional Catholic Mass with Fr. Kennedy

Sunday, October 1, 2017

6:00 am Morning schedule same as Saturday

8:00 am Breakfast (Silent)

9:30  – 10:05 am Zazen* and Kinhin*

10:05 – 10:40 am Zazen* and Kinhin*

11:00 am End of Retreat (checkout 11 am)

11:30 pm Lunch and departure

*Zazen – Sitting Meditation

* Kinhin – Walking Meditation


Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, S.J., is an American Catholic priest and a Zen master. Ordained a priest in Japan in 1965, he was installed as a Zen teacher in 1991 and was given the title Roshi or master in 1997. Fr. Kennedy     teaches theology and Japanese at St. Peter’s University in New Jersey and is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City. His books include “Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit” and “Zen Gifts to Christians.” Fr. Kennedy sits with his Zen students daily at the Morning Star Zendo in Jersey City, NJ. Read more here.

About Oblate Renewal Center

The Oblate Renewal Center (ORC) offers beautiful surroundings in a peaceful  atmosphere. Guests can experience personal spiritual growth, the presence of Jesus Christ, in their lives and in their world, and a refreshing and relaxing retreat within the city. It is centrally located on the 41-acre Oblate campus and its programs are  guided and directed by Oblate – upholding the long tradition of welcoming a wide variety of ecumenical groups. The Oblate Renewal Center is located inside Loop 410 and is only minutes from the San Antonio International Airport.

Information and Registration

Retreat Costs

Thursday 9/28 to Sunday 10/1/2017  (Check-in 4 pm)  

Single Occupancy includes food service: $305.00

Double Occupancy includes food service: $210.00  (Per Person)

Friday 9/29- Sunday 10/1/2017 (Registration 3-5pm)

Single Occupancy includes food service: $215.00

Double Occupancy includes food service: $150.00 (Per Person)

Commuter Rate:  $115.00


Register online below. For questions, please contact Sr. Susan Hazenski, SSCM at shazenski@ost.edu or 210-349-4173 Ext. 502.



September 29 @ 3:00 pm
October 1 @ 12:00 pm
$115 - $305
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Oblate Renewal Center
(210) 341-1366, ext. 500


Oblate Renewal Center
5700 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78216 United States
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(210) 341-1366, ext. 500

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32 people are attending Zen Weekend Retreat with Fr. Robert Kennedy, S.J.

  • Eric Hernandez
  • Elizabeth Nolen
  • Nicole Sanchez
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  • Diane Dougherty
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  • Michelle Anguiano
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