Established at Georgetown University as part of The World Community for Christian Meditation, the John Main Center is committed to developing an ecumenical community of meditation, inspired by the teaching of Fr. John Main, OSB (1926 – 1982). Its aim is to encourage a daily personal practice of meditation and to nurture the experience of community at Georgetown that it creates. The Center teaches a twice-daily practice of silence in the Christian tradition of meditation. Because meditation is also a universal tradition the Center welcomes everyone to the peace of its sacred space in the heart of the Georgetown campus. The Center initiates and encourages inter-religious dialogue especially in the common ground revealed through meditation in all traditions. The Center assists in the integration of meditation with other aspects of academic and scholarly life, through the John Main Lecture, the use of the John Main Archives, workshops and meditation in the classroom. The Center is available to help other universities in developing meditation within their student bodies and faculties.  It works with The World Community and Georgetown University to develop the spiritual dimension of all aspects of life.



§ Location and Hours:

The John Main Center is located in the McSherry Building on the Georgetown University Campus.

The building is open all day during the week for private meditation, and at various times during the week for group meditations:

12.30 – 1.00 pm, Monday through Friday

6.00 – 6.30 pm, Monday through Friday


§ Group meditation sessions every weekday at 12.30 and 6.00. These sessions last half an hour and include 20 minutes of seated, silent meditation as taught by John Main, OSB. No appointment necessary. Beginners are welcome. 




Use the button above to make a secure, online donation or, if you prefer, mail a check (payable to The John Main Center) to:

The John Main Center
Box 571250 Healy Hall
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057

With our “recurring donation” option you can give a small amount every month. Students: for the price of a couple of café lattes and a monster cookie at Saxby’s you can become a philanthropist! (Low impact on you; high impact on us.)