John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue

The John Main Center is a partnership between Georgetown University and the World Community for Christian Meditation

What is the John Main Center?

Established in 2005, the John Main Center for meditation and inter-religious dialogue at Georgetown University promotes the integration of meditation into daily life.

The center is named after Fr. John Main, OSB.  While a Headmaster of St. Anselm’s Abbey in Washington, DC  in 1969, John Main was led to a new study of the roots of his own Christian monastic tradition.  In the conferences of John Cassian and the teachings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, he found the Christian expression of the same way of meditation he had learned while an English diplomat in Malaya.  Recognizing the teaching and the urgent need for it, he worked to foster this ecumenical practice for the modern world.

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Location and Hours

The John Main Center is located in Anne Marie Becraft Hall on the Georgetown University Main Campus.  Anne Marie Becraft Hall dates back to 1792 and is the oldest building on campus.  It is conveniently located near Dahlgren Quad at the corner of Old North Way and Library Walk.

Silent Group Meditations
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 10:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday 12:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday 6:00 p.m.

For the director, please go to the Contemplatives in Action Office (421 Gervase) located across the street from Anne Marie Becraft Hall.

Way of peace fellowship

We are now accepting applicants for the second installment of the Way of Peace Fellowship. This is a fellowship modeled off of the Way of Peace Dialogues between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Fr Laurence Freeman, OSB. Fellows will meet bi-weekly for meditation and inter-faith discussion in preparation for the Way of Peace Conference in April at the Catholic University of America.

If you are interested in the Way of Peace Fellowship for the Spring Semester, please apply here or contact Nick Scrimenti ( by Dec. 19th.

If you are interested in leading meditation or joining the John Main Center Student Advisory Committee, please contact Nick Scrimenti (