Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

Centering Prayer Post-Intensive Retreat

Centering Prayer Post-Intensive Retreat
Date: 
Thu, 08 Aug 2019
Duration: 
4 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Four Day Post-Intensive Retreat
August 8 - 11, 2019

Provides opportunity for intensive Centering Prayer, solitude and stillness in community.  Prior Centering Prayer retreat experience necessary.

St. Lawrence Retreat Center, Beacon, NY

Staff: Therese Saulnier

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Cathy McCarthy
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
845-534-5180

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat
Date: 
Thu, 12 Dec 2019
Duration: 
4 days
Region: 
Midwest US

Contemplative Discernment: Listening in Love
December 12-15, 2019
Begins on Thursday evening, ends after 12 noon lunch on Sunday

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Ann Koerner
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
414-817-0209

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 16 Aug 2019
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Weaving a Nest for Stillness: A Contemplative Weekend
Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18

This contemplative silent retreat invites you to engage with the Sacred in nature and to rest in body and rest "in the grace of the world." Anchored in Centering Prayer, the weekend will offer terra divina, a labyrinth walk, and a communal service on Saturday evening. There will also be ample time to explore the grounds, read, journal, do artwork or simply breathe in the beauty of Long Island Sound. Cost of the retreat, for a single room with private bath, is $360.

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Rosemary Jones
Contact Phone: 
203.245.0401, ext. 114

Why Attend Multi-Day Retreats?

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: Throughout the year we have opportunities to attend days of prayer. What do extended retreats add to the spiritual journey that reading books, attending Centering Prayer groups and workshops don't? How often do you recommend going on retreat?

Q: Throughout the year we have opportunities to attend days of prayer. What do extended retreats add to the spiritual journey that reading books, attending Centering Prayer groups and workshops don't? How often do you recommend going on retreat?

Special Event

Special Event
Date: 
Sat, 20 Jul 2019
Duration: 
1 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Contemplative Outreach of NJ Presents

Merton and Me: A Living Trinity

Written and Presented by Douglas Hertler AKA Doug Lory

July 20, 2019

St. Walburga Monastery, 851 North Broad St., Elizabeth, NJ

Registration and coffee: 9:00 A.M. - Program starts at 9:30 A.M.; ends at 3:00 P.M.

The program will include two periods of Centering Prayer, followed by a performance, Q&A, short lunch break and reflection

Type: 
Workshop
Contact Name: 
Therese Saulnier
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
2014368256

Special Event

Special Event
Date: 
Sat, 15 Jun 2019
Duration: 
1 days
Region: 
Eastern US

The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thing
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Contemplative Retreat

What if Christ is a name for the transcendent within of every “thing” in the universe?
What if Christ is a name for the immense spaciousness of all true Love?
What if Christ refers to an infinite horizon that pulls us both from within and pulls us forward, too?
What if Christ is another name for every thing—in its fullness?

—Richard Rohr

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Nancy Moran
Contact Email: 

Nine Month Course

Nine Month Course
Date: 
Fri, 27 Sep 2019
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Eastern US

This Nine-Month Course enables one to practice contemplative living according to one’s own lifestyle.  Formation is offered in contemplative prayer, lifestyle and activity through:

¨ Deepening our experience of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, the Active Prayer, Logging, the “Welcoming Prayer” Practice and Spiritual Reading

¨ Nurturing the contemplative dimension of one’s lifestyle by exercising discernment, simplicity, forgiveness, integrity and commitment.

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Cathy McCarthy
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
845-534-5180

Centering Prayer as the 11th-Step Workshop

Centering Prayer as the 11th-Step Workshop
Date: 
Sat, 22 Jun 2019
Duration: 
1 days
Region: 
Eastern US

This is an 11th-Step Workshop for people in 12-Step recovery who are looking for an 11th-Step practice.

We will teach the method of Centering Prayer as an 11th-Step practice. 

From 10:00am to 3:00pm 

To register contact Nancy Cord-Baran 814.237.1002 or ncb612@gmail.com.

 

Type: 
Workshop
Contact Name: 
Nancy Cord-Baran
Contact Email: 

Centering Prayer and Other Types of Meditation

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I did Centering Prayer for some years but with family (care-giving) responsibilities, I stopped because my head was always spinning and I couldn't get centered. So, I will soon go on a Centering Prayer retreat to get going again, but would you consider other generic types of meditation as having the same effect/value as Centering Prayer (even non-religious meditation, i.e., just focusing on breath)?

Q: I did Centering Prayer for some years but with family (care-giving) responsibilities, I stopped because my head was always spinning and I couldn't get centered. So, I will soon go on a Centering Prayer retreat to get going again, but would you consider other generic types of meditation as having the same effect/value as Centering Prayer (even non-religious meditation, i.e., just focusing on breath)?