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and know
I am God.
(Psalm 46:10)
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A Rising Tide of Silence documentary about life of Fr. Thomas Keating, theatrical run in NYC, 4/11 – 17 — director Q&A at 7:40 show on Friday

Exciting news for New York City members of Contemplative Outreach! You may have seen an excerpt from Peter C. Jones’ documentary about Fr. Thomas Keating, A Rising Tide of Silence. Now it’s coming to New York City for a theatrical release. It opens Friday, April 11, for a one-week run at the Quad, and there will be a Q&A with Peter following the 7:40 Screening on the 11th.

You can order tickets online here.

The QUAD Cinema
April 11th through April 17th, 2014
Daily screening times: 1:00 2:40 6:00 7:40 9:50

The QUAD Cinema
34 West 13th Street
New York, NY

A Rising Tide of Silence is a reflective portrait of Father Thomas Keating, one of today’s most influential spiritual leaders. Interweaving historical footage, interviews, and extensive conversations with Father Thomas, the film traces his spiritual journey from an affluent New York City childhood, to an austere Trappist monastic life, to his rise through the Order, and his election as Abbot of St. Joseph’s Abby in 1961. While at the Monastery in the early 1970′s, Father Thomas introduced Eastern religious practices to the monks and became one of the originators of Centering Prayer. After resigning as Abbott in 1981, Father Thomas founded Contemplative Outreach in 1984 to bring Centering Prayer to a worldwide audience. A renowned theologian and author of more than 30 books, Father Thomas Keating is widely recognized for his ecumenical approach to spirituality. For those who encounter him, his example is a moving modern journey of faith.

Click here to view the trailer.

To read The Aspen Times front page article click here.
Listen to the Aspen Public Radio interview with Peter here.
Visit the website


WCCM’s John Main Seminar 2014 is July 24-27 in Chicago

Registration for the WCCM‘s 2014 John Main Seminar entitled “Muslims and Christians: Listeners for the Word”, July 24-27, 2014 in Elmhurst, Illinois is now open. Fr. Laurence Freeman and Fr. Daniel Madigan from Georgetown University will lead this global event that will bring together hundreds of meditators from around the world for a three-day seminar and an optional silent retreat. Register by May 1st and receive a discount.

The John Main Seminar 2014 will focus on a shared belief that binds Muslims and Christians together: God is a speaker who continues to inform and shape us.

There is also a Pre-seminar Silent Retreat, “Changing Patterns: The Power of Stillness and Silence in Meditation,” July 21-24, 2014, led by Laurence Freeman, OSB.

For more information and to register and pay online with a credit card, visit:

To pay by check, please download the brochure, complete the
registration form and mail with your check to
7017 E. Calle Canis
Tucson, AZ 85710.
For more info: Call 520-829-3197 or email

For detailed information, download a brochure here.


22nd Annual United in Prayer Day on March 15


“Yes, may you come to know his love, although it can never be fully known, and be completely filled with the very nature of God.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Join fellow practitioners around the world today on this 22nd Annual United in Prayer Day, with opportunities to practice centering prayer and share our own experience of what centering prayer means to us in celebration of Contemplative Outreach’s 30th anniversary. We will also watch and discuss a new video presentation from Fr. Thomas Keating, Falling into the Hands of God, in which he explores the deepening understanding of the intimacy, tenderness, forgiveness, playfulness and Mystery of God that comes from science and evolution and how this impacts on our daily living.

We will begin at 10:30 and run until approximately 3pm. Light lunch provided. Suggested donation; all are welcome.

Laughlin Hall, 10:30 – 3 p.m.
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (at Grove St., 1 block south of Christopher)
New York NY 10014


By Subway: Take the 1 to the Christopher Street station or the A, C, E, B, F or D to the West 4th Street station.

From Christopher Street: Walk west on Christopher Street, away from Sheridan Square, towards the Hudson River. At Hudson Street, make a left. The church is one short block down, on the west side of the street, across from Grove St.

From West 4th Street: Leave the station at the south (West 3rd Street) exit. Walk south on Sixth Avenue to Bleecker Street. Turn right. Follow Bleecker across Seventh Ave. At Grove St., turn left. Follow Grove until it dead-ends at Hudson Street. The church is across the street.

By Car: St. Luke’s is on Hudson Street between Grove and Christopher Streets.  There is metered parking on the east side of Hudson St.

We hope you will come to the event and participate as part of our local contemplative community, but if you are unable to attend the event on Saturday, Contemplative Outreach offers another way you can still participate in the global gathering. There is an individual option to make your own mini-retreat at home and watch the video streaming on your computer. A PDF with guidelines for participating at home is here and instructions to purchase the opportunity to watch the streaming video (for $15) are here.


David Frenette: Heartful Life, Centered Life; March 14-16, Garrison Institute

An Exploration of Heartfulness Practice and Centering Prayer

As mentioned before, David Frenette's annual workshop at the Garrison Institute is coming up in mid-March, but this year he will only be offering the weekend retreat, not the full-week version. I wanted to share this letter from his team with all of you:

Dear Fellow Centering Prayer Practitioners,
Happy New Year!
Many of  you already know that our spiritual teacher and brother, David Frenette, will be leading a weekend retreat entitled, "Heartful Life, Centered Life," from March 14-16, 2014 at the Garrison Institute, in Garrison, NY, an hour's drive or easy train ride north of New York City.
David has practiced, taught and written about Centering Prayer for 30 years.  For ten years in the 1980s and 90s, David led a lay contemplative community at Chrysalis House,set up by Father Thomas in Warwick, NY. 
Father Thomas praises David's new book, The Path of Centering Prayer, as "the best, most comprehensive, and most practical book on centering prayer." Cynthia Bourgeault hails it as simply "beautiful," and Father Richard Rohr says, "this excellent book represents Christianity come to maturity."
Come experience David's peaceful presence in the beautiful surroundings of the Garrison Institute overlooking the Hudson River – an easily accessible retreat center near the Garrison train station on the Metro North Hudson River Line.
For more information download the linked brochure or go to Or contact Lindsay Boyer at
Also, you will enjoy the recent article about centering prayer and David's book in America, the national Jesuit magazine at
Steve Standiford
8 Travis Place
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Tel. 914-478-7801

Mark your calendars and register in advance for David Frenette's annual retreat at the Garrison Institute in March, which as usual will be co-taught by this chapter's Lindsay Boyer.

Register for the weekend retreat, Friday evening, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, ending after lunchOpen to the public


This month’s Journey in the Spirit CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

We’ve decided to play it safe and cancel this month’s Journey in the Spirit scheduled for Thursday due to the forecasted winter storm. The latest forecast is saying that rather than changing to rain and tapering off, the snow will change to sleet and continue through to 2am Thursday night. Rather than put anyone in the position of being tempted to travel is icy conditions, we’ve reluctantly decided to follow the lead of many other events in the city and cancel now. You can always sit at home. :-)

Be safe and stay warm. We look forward to seeing you next month (when it will be almost spring!)


Monthly Journey in the Spirit moves to Thursdays

A monthly gathering for communion, conversation & contemplation

Note that for the remainder of this season, these monthly sessions have moved to the second THURSDAY of each month. Sorry for any confusion. It appears to be better for a number of people, and we’re experimenting with what works best for the most people. 

On the second Thursday of every month through May, come for an evening of spiritual nourishment, contemplative prayer and reflection. We’ll sit together for a period of centering prayer, then watch part of the video series, Contemplative Vision: Awakening to Beauty, Truth and Goodness with Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Richard Rohr. After that, we’ll discuss the material in the video and other topics, and enjoy each other’s fellowship. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the broader centering prayer community in New York.

This year, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to meet in the lovely garden building of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in the West Village, a few blocks from the 1, A, B, C, D, E, F, M and Path trains. Here’s a link to the Google map for it: For Laughlin Hall, go through the gate just to the right of the church and follow the left-hand path along the side of the building to its door.

Laughlin Hall, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (at Grove St., 1 block south of Christopher)
New York NY 10014


  •  October 11, 2013
  •  November 8, 2013
  •  December 13, 2013
  •  January 10, 2014
  •  CANCELLED DUE TO STORM-February 13, 2014
  •  March 13, 2014
  •  April 10, 2014
  •  May 8, 2014



Introduction to Centering Prayer — Inwood, January 11


Be Still and know that I am God: An Introduction to the Centering Prayer Practice

Centering Prayer is a contemplative form of prayer geared toward the cultivation of interior silence or “centering.” This form of prayer invites one to enter into a deeper relationship with God by being open and receptive to the presence and action of God in our lives and to the Spirit that dwells within us.

This workshop will be offered throughout the season of Epiphany beginning with a workshop on Saturday, January 11, from 10 am-3:30 pm. Follow-up sessions designed for ongoing learning and group spiritual support will be held on the Wednesday evenings of January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, and 19 from 7-8:30 pm.

The workshop will be held at:

Saturday, January 11, from 10 am – 3:30 pm
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Inwood,
20 Cumming Street, NY. NY 10034

It will be presented by the parish’s vicar, The Rev’d Rebecca Barnes. Mother Barnes is a commissioned presenter with Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and former coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York.

A brown bag lunch is recommended for the first Saturday session. Please contact Mother Barnes for further information at or at 646-533-1836.


David Frenette: Heartful Life, Centered Life, March 14-16

An Exploration of Heartfulness Practice and Centering Prayer

Register for the weekend retreat, Friday evening, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, ending after lunch
Open to the public

frenette-smallLearn to integrate your contemplative practice more deeply and heartfully into your everyday life in this retreat with David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer. Heartfulness is an embodied meditative approach of sacred attention that complements and enriches the traditional Christian contemplative practice of Centering Prayer.

This silent, practice-oriented weekend retreat is appropriate for both experienced practitioners and beginners in meditation. David will introduce the Heartfulness Practice, exploring how the practice helps to ground us in sacred attention, open to divine presence, and integrate contemplation into everyday life. He will also examine its relationship with Centering Prayer and the movement of Centering Prayer into contemplation.

While the practices taught on this retreat come out of the Christian tradition and our activities will be rooted in the Psalms and other sacred Judeo-Christian scripture, we welcome those of any faith. There will be meditation periods during which retreatants may choose whether to practice Heartfulness, Centering Prayer, or other silent forms of meditation.

We regret that we have had to cancel the nine day option that was originally scheduled for this retreat.

Co-teachers Steve Standiford and Lindsay Boyer join David in teaching this retreat.

Register for the weekend retreat, Friday evening, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, ending after lunch


An Advent Day of Quiet

An Advent Day of Quiet
Led Anne A. Simpkinson

Saturday, December 7
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
St. Luke in the Fields
Laughlin Hall
487 Hudson Street
(at Grove St., 1 block south of Christopher)

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits for Him, in His word is my hope. — Psalm 130:5

[Download and share the flyer with your group.]

Eventbrite - An Advent Day of QuietTake a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, and stop, center, pray and explore the Advent themes of waiting and longing.  This day is aimed at creating a space in which to connect with the true meaning of the season. We will work with relevant psalms, journal and “retreat” into silence through periods of Centering Prayer.

Bring a bag lunch if you wish to participate in a silent meal.
No prior experience with Centering Prayer necessary.

Cost: $15
Advance registration:

Anne A. Simpkinson has been practicing Centering Prayer (CP) since 1996.  A certified Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop leader, she has led workshops and Quiet Days in New York and Connecticut.  She served as co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York City for three years and CP facilitator at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. She currently facilitates a CP group at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church.  The co-author of Soul Work: A Guide for Spiritual Seekers (HarperCollins 1998) and co-editor of two anthologies, she is currently the online managing editor for, a site devoted to stories of hope and inspiration.

This event is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New York.


Mary Mrozowski memorial blog

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Mary Mrozowski’s death, Contemplative Outreach has set up a blog for those who wish to celebrate her contribution to the contemplative dimension of life by sharing their memories, prayers and photographs with the greater community. You can read or contribute to the blog here:

Mary Mrozowski was part of the first Centering Prayer retreat in 1983, and soon after, with David Frenette and Bob Bartel, established the live-in contemplative community Chrysalis House in upstate New York. She is probably best remembered today for having created the Welcoming Prayer, a contemplative tool to bring the centering prayer practice of neither reacting to thoughts nor resisting them into stressful moments during the day. (Here’s an article about the welcoming prayer if you’d like to learn more about it.)