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Welcome to Prayer and Life Workshops Canada!

This is the official website of Prayer and Life Workshops in Canada. The Workshops were founded in Chile in 1984, in Spanish, as Talleres de Oración y Vida. Our founder, Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga OFM Cap (1928-2013), structured our organization to consist only of laywomen and laymen, simple people from the pews that assume the vocation to teach people to pray deeply and teach them to live a new evangelization.

Prayer and Life Workshops (PLW) are currently available only in the province of Ontario, in the Greater Toronto Area and cities nearby... we are expanding! Please remember us in your prayers, and "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Matthew 9, 38).

Please visit PLW Ontario for information about the parishes where we are able to serve, where you may find a workshop, and information about upcoming retreats and talks. We are able to offer workshops in English and in Spanish only, so far. Para ir al website de talleres en español visite TOV Ontario.

To contact PLW in Canada, please email

Our Purpose

The main purpose of PLW is to teach to pray in a progressive and eminently practical manner, with a firm support in the Word and in varied methods of prayer. To teach to pray with a strong contemplative perspective, like Jesus prayed, following the methods of Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga. And, as a new evangelization, to implant the living God in people's hearts while opening a spring of peace, fortitude and joy in every person. In the workshops, the participants are introduced to liturgical prayer and the sacramental life, in accordance to the Teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Holy See

It can be found in PLW's statutes that "the Pontifical Council of Laymen, through the decree dated on October 4, 1997, recognized Prayer and Life Workshops as a Private International Association of Laymen, of Pontifical Law, with a Judicial Personality".