Brother Don Bisson, FMS
Brother Don Bisson, FMS

Adults who desire to deepen their understanding about the gift of prayer will find guidance during the Upper Room Spiritual Center’s 24th annual Spirituality Conference scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold.

Using the theme “Prayer of the Heart,” the conference will feature presenter Marist Brother Don Bisson, who is based in Esopus, N.Y. He holds graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality and transpersonal psychology and earned a doctor of ministry degree at the Pacific School of Religion specializing in spiritual direction and Jungian psychology. With more than 90 live recordings available, Brother Don is internationally recognized for his lectures, workshops and retreats on the interrelationship of Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology. 

The 2019 conference will focus on how the heart serves as the space that allows for healing, acceptance and compassion and how the “prayer of the heart” is the journey to spiritual transformation and the true self. The day will explore Christian and Jungian insights and how they are used to differentiate between translational and transformational prayer.

“The purpose of the Spirituality Conference is to offer an opportunity for spiritual enrichment and education,” Upper Room co-directors Sister of St. Joseph Trudy Ahern and Mercy Sister Maureen Christensen, said, then reiterated how each year, the conference includes speakers and authors who are well-known nationally and internationally.

“We are grateful to offer this opportunity to anyone seeking a greater relationship with God,” Sister Trudy and Sister Maureen said.

Registration fee is $75 to $125 (sliding scale) if registration takes place before Oct. 25. There will be a $5 late fee after Oct. 25. Box lunch is available for an additional $12. Make checks payable to the Upper Room and mail to Upper Room Spiritual Center, 3455 West Bangs Ave., Building 2, Neptune, N.J. 07753.