Who Meditates at the John Main Center?

Michael G. Markovich

Michael G. Markovich

Michael G. Markovich, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, was born in New Orleans and grew up in Thailand.  After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin with a business degree, he temporarily lived the monastic life at St. Benedict’s Monastery (Snowmass, Colorado), before deciding to pursue graduate studies(…)

Will Banse

Will Banse

Will Banse is a sophomore in the college at Georgetown from Virginia. He currently intends to be a Linguistics major and considering studying English and Film as well.   ”Having gone to a Jesuit High School and experienced meditation through the retreats and concepts of reflection and contemplation found in Ignation Spirituality, I developed a respect(…)

Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan

“I began meditating on my own several months ago, after realizing a general lack of focus or attentive control in my life. I found myself regularly distracted, and often felt like my mind was anywhere but the present. Meditation has helped me to become more aware and mindful. Upon coming to the John Main Center,(…)

Christina Piazza

Christina Piazza

“Guided into meditation by Greg this year, I’ve discovered how this practice can be the center of a steady and healthy rhythm of daily life. Through my experiences meditating, I’ve come to understand how it deepens one’s mindfulness.  In addition, McSherry Hall is to me one of the warmest places on campus, with its soothing(…)

William Angel

William Angel

“I had been exposed to meditation previously, but it never became something that interested me until this summer when I had the opportunity to go backpacking through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. It was the most stunning experience I had ever had in my travels. My epiphany came while my crew and(…)

Caitlin Miller

Caitlin Miller

“On one of our summer evening walks, my Dad told me that when he was around my age he had taken up meditation and continued to pursue it while he was in college. Though I didn’t set out to meditate then, our conversation stayed with me. The first time I meditated was on September 20(…)

Anthony Buonomo

Anthony Buonomo

“The John Main center has become, for me, a sacred place of self-discovery and self-surrender.  It was here that I began meditating about nine months ago.  The first few times I meditated I noticed something:  I found that—after meditating—I smiled more easily.  The light, wind, and faces of passers-by seemed infused with a subtle energy,(…)

Jooeun Kim

Jooeun Kim

“I walked past the John Main Center for two years not knowing that it was a meditation center. When I was looking for my Chinese classroom, and coincidently read the sign of the meditation hall, I could not describe how overjoyed I was since I had just started meditating over the summer. My love for(…)

Hager Koyam

Hager Koyam

“I meditate when I just want to clear my head. When I meditate, I realize how much time I waste fixating on trivial problems. I find it very funny and ironic—when I close my eyes, my introspective eyes are open. At first, I found it hard to focus on a mantra.  But then I found(…)

Samuel Wagner

Samuel Wagner

Samuel Wagner is Coordinator for Catholic and Jesuit Initiatives, focusing on interreligious dialogue, in the Office of the President. A Lutheran, he worked at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for ten years in the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs before coming to Georgetown.  He and his wife have two boys, 4 and almost(…)