Governing Board of Contemplative Outreach
The Governing Board of Contemplative Outreach serves Contemplative Outreach (CO) as its primary oversight group. It embodies the vision and mission of CO as entrusted by the Holy Spirit and upholds the spiritual and service aspects of CO in harmony with the CO Vision, Theological and Administrative Principles.
The Governing Board fulfills this purpose through careful consideration of topics that affect the life of CO and aims to make its decisions with prayerful discernment and consensus. The Governing Board hopes this approach to decision-making can serve as an exemplar of non-hierarchical, contemplative servant-leadership for other groups in the CO community. It serves with the assistance of the Executive Director. The Governing Board meets in-person twice per year and twice monthly on teleconferences.
The Governing Board is comprised of seven representatives from the CO community. Mary Dwyer serves as Chairperson; Nick Cole serves as vice-chairperson; Lois Snowden serves as Secretary; Tom Smith serves as Treasurer; Thomas Hall, Fr. Gilbert Walker and Kathy Di Fede serve as members.
If you wish to be in touch with the Governing Board, please direct your inquiries to the Contemplative Outreach Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: Governing Board or call 973.838.3384. Or you may contact any one of the board members individually using their contact information below.
Left to right: Gilbert Walker, Lois Snowden, Mary Dwyer, Tom Smith,
Nick Cole, Thomas Hall, Kathy Di Fede
Nick is a retired ophthalmologist who has practiced Centering Prayer since 1990. He has served retreats at Snowmass, CO, since 1993. Nick met his wife Carolyn at a post-intensive retreat at Snowmass in 2004. They live in Rogers, Arkansas, and Carbondale, Colorado, and experience golf as a spiritual practice.
Kathy Di Fede
Kathy has been practicing Centering Prayer since 1990. She a commissioned Presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina and the Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of San Diego. She lives in Santee (San Diego County) California with her husband Tony. They have five grown children and three granddaughters.
Mary is a longtime practitioner and teacher of Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer and Forgiveness Practice. She currently lives in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida with her husband, Juan Llarena.
Thomas is a longtime practitioner of Centering Prayer. He and his wife, Colleen, were commissioned as a Presenters during the first training course in 1989. He and Colleen live in Wimberley, Texas. Their four adult children are happily launched.
A resident of Oldsmar, Florida, Tom has served Contemplative Outreach in a variety of roles over the past 10 years, including Co-coordinator of the Tampa Bay Chapter and Centering Prayer group facilitator. He enjoys creative writing and playing the Native American flute as contemplative practice. Tom and his wife Joan have two sons.
Lois has been practicing Centering Prayer since 2001. She is a presenter and a member of the Centering Prayer Introductory Program Service Team. She is a past chapter co-coordinator. Lois lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Charlie.
A native of Mississippi, Gilberto Walker is a Vincentian missionary priest serving in Cuba. He came to Centering Prayer while in college through Basil Pennington’s book and deepened his practice of the prayer by participating in the community of Extensión Contemplativa in the Dominican Republic. He also currently is a member of the Advisory Council of Extensión Contemplativa Internacional, serving the Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities of Contemplative Outreach.