You are here

Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop

Sun, 16 Sep 2018

Centering Prayer Introductory Series

Sundays:  September 16, 2018; 1-5 pm 

Continuing sessions: September 23 and October 7 & 14; 1-4 pm   

(First session only, $40 or $85 for the series of four sessions)

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Are you feeling a desire to deepen your prayer or to learn about the Christian contemplative path?

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to more fully receive the gift of God’s presence.  This is traditionally called contemplative prayer.  Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions.  Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental, or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God.  It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.    


Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist, and adjunct program staff member at Mercy Center where she coordinates the Centering Prayer Program.  Her great interest is in the renewal of contemplative practices as a path of transformation - of ourselves and of our world. 

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love.  As a scientist, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.

Marty Badgett is an Oblate of the Camaldoli Benedictine Community. He has co-led extended Centering Prayer retreats for many years, and hosted many one-day Contemplative Prayer days at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley.


Mercy Center

2300 Adeline Dr.
94010 Burlingame , CA
United States
Phone: 650-340-7454
California US
1 days
Pacific West Coast US
Contact Name: 
Cristina Esguerra
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: