Christian Meditation Leader speaks at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 14-5-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



The Director for the World Community for Christian Meditation, Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, visited The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle recently to talk about the role meditation plays in Christianity.

Fr Freeman’s seminar, entitled ‘What do you want from me transforming the power of prayer,’ focused on how Christian Meditation had been a vital part of the Church for over 1,500 years but the practice of it gradually fell away.

He spoke of the value of Meditation in this day and age, especially as people are bombarded with choices, and led the group into a 20 minute exercise of silent reflection.

Campus Minister, Tom Gannon, said it was an inspirational talk which has encouraged the University to start its own meditation group.

“It was truly remarkable to be in a room with over one hundred people and to have it absolutely silent during the reflection. Campus Ministry will now be putting on Christian Meditation sessions in the Chapel every week,” said Mr Gannon.

Fr Freeman was born in London and educated by the Benedictines. He assisted Fr John Main, his spiritual guide, with the establishment of the first Christian Meditation centre in London in 1975.

From this centre he now serves a world wide network of 27 meditation centres and more than 1,400 weekly meditation groups in 50 countries. He travels regularly to North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.