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Volume 23. Number 1 December 2007



By The

By Thomas Keating

Jesus breathed on his disciples on the evening of his resurrection saying, “Receive the

Holy Spirit”. There is thus no doubt of Jesus’ intent and ardent desire to communicate

the Holy Spirit to us.

Earlier Jesus had taught, “How much more (than ordinary parents who give good gifts

to their children) will the Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Lk.11:13).

Thus there is no doubt regarding the intent and ardent desire of the Father to impart

the Spirit to us.

Continued on page 10.


Vedanta Presentation


The Free Flow

of Grace

beautiful, park-like

environment for this

special occasion.


Photos Provided

Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, Swami Prabuddhananda, Swami Yuktatmananda,

and Swami Aparananda

Editor’s Note:

Vedanta is one of the

world’s most ancient

religious philosophies,

affirming the oneness

of existence, the

divinity of the soul,

and the harmony of


This article was excerpted from

my keynote presentation at the

annual Vedanta Society

Memorial Day Inter-

Faith Retreat held in

Olema, California. For

almost thirty years this

retreat has featured an

inter-faith dialogue.

Spiritual seekers from

all faiths are invited.

Over the past thirty

years, the group has increased

to over 1,000 persons in attendance.

Fr. Thomas was the keynote

speaker in the late 80’s and this

year it was my pleasure to present

Centering Prayer and the

Christian contemplative dimension

of the Gospel under a

large tent that was erected in a

Swami Yuktatmananda

of St. Petersburg,

Florida spoke on a similar

topic from the

standpoint of Vedanta.

“The heart of the

Christian message is Love—to

love one another as Christ has

loved us and to love our neighbor

as ourselves.”

Love is the energy that relates

us one to another as human

beings. It unites each of us to

the center of ourselves and,

beyond that center, to the

Indwelling Spirit. The love that

we share is fueled by God’s love

for us. It is an endless supply of

love flowing through us. As

Christians, we call it Grace.

We can’t isolate ourselves from

interacting with others; our

families, friends, neighbors, anyone

we meet in our daily

encounters. Unless we behave

in a loving way—starting with

loving ourselves—we are not

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The heart

of the


message is


allowing the love of God to flow.

We can’t say, “I love God, but I

don’t love my neighbor.”

Contemplative living cultivates the

freedom to say and do what the

Spirit prompts us to say or do, without


or conditions.

Keeping an open

heart, mind and


refreshed daily

by our Centering

Prayer practice, is vitally important. We begin

to grasp that, as we sit in silence each day, we

are holding and supporting one another in

the energy of love.

It is an approach from “the ground up” to

being human, to being lovers of God and

lovers of one another.

We can’t say, “I love God,

but I don’t love my neighbor.”

In the silence the only thing we have to do is

to be present and open. The Spirit does the

work. The Spirit binds us to each other and

we let go of our thoughts that separate us.

That is to say, we let go of judgments,

assumptions and opinions of who we are and

who others are, and remain open to find out

the truth of who we really are in God.

Whether we are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist,

or Hindu is not important. These words label

our belief systems. What we share and what

unites us is our

human condition.

If we let go and let

God live our lives

for us and act from

a place of love,

transformation is possible. We find that differences

can be resolved and peace can be

part of our lived experience. Grace, then, is

the recognition that there is no separation

between us and all that is good and true.

Contrary to popular opinion about the nature

of contemplation—that it is simply a withdrawal

into oneself—contemplation is both

silence and action. Contemplation places us

in the immediacy of open presence, which is

living life as it is one moment at a time.

The humble giving of ourselves, one to the

other, in order to understand the movements

of love and the free flow of Grace with open

heartfulness is the joy that is lying in wait for

us through the contemplative life.

Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, President

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Frequently, as I travel around

the country, to meetings, and

presenting Contemplative

Outreach Programs, a

discussion begins among the

group about our varied

experiences of the Spiritual

Journey—-a sharing of our

“roots” in Centering Prayer.

My “roots” story

began when I met

Mary Mzrowski,

one of the

founders of by Anne Mazza


Outreach, at a

Divorced and Separated

Catholics meeting in Westbury, Long Island,

New York.

Remembering Mary

Mary was recruiting people to join her Bible

Study Group. It caught my interest—so I joined.

Gradually, Mary would introduce us to new ideas.

First it was “sitting quietly” for a few minutes

before reading Scripture, then Centering Prayer.

We learned and practiced whatever she taught.

Soon, I was invited to join Mary’s prayer group.

Every Sunday night, we gathered in Mary’s living

room, prayed, read the “Life of St. Catherine of

Sienna” and shared our problems, which were

many, since we were mostly single parents of


Many times, I didn’t agree with the solutions that

were offered, and I definitely didn’t “get”

Catherine of Sienna, so I vowed never to return.

But the next Sunday, I found myself in weekend

traffic, traveling east on Long Island for “Prayer


Each week Mary left us with many things to

Editor’s Note: Fr. Thomas Keating considers Mary Mzrowski

to have played a most important part in the beginnings of

Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Most of the prayer practices

now available within Contemplative Outreach were developed

by Mary out of her own spirituality.

think and pray about. One of which was “to Let

Go” of attachments. That was upsetting enough!

Then she gave us a “lived experience” by leaving

job, family and friends on Long Island and

moving to a “Contemplative Live-In

Community” in Connecticut, later named

Chrysalis House. By this time, there were quite a

few Centering Prayer groups on Long Island and

Queens, and we all were somewhat stunned at

Mary’s leaving. But, inspired by the Holy Spirit,

we continued on the “Journey” and our prayer

groups grew and multiplied.

Mary’s untimely death, while in Colorado,

presenting a “Welcoming Prayer” workshop, was

a shock to me and our groups on Long Island.

But, her influence in my life has been an

important part of my growth along the Spiritual

Journey. Her acceptance of God’s will helped me

to stop asking “Why?” and “How?” Instead, I’m

learning to surrender to God’s action, not only in

the Centering Prayer period, but in my life—to

simply ask for God’s help without adding



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In a



After years of

daily practice

and devotions,

The many words

of prayers

begin to fail.

And become his

never-ending prayer.

So unable to find

proper words to pray

Becomes a blessing,

For the spirit helps us

in our weakness,

And speaks for us

before the

Father’s face,

In a wondrous

wordless way,

That only God can


And prayers, the

words we try to say

or do

Become prayer,

the Word that

says it all for you.

The meaning

of Safari is

to go on a

journey. This

poem was


written by a

hermit living in

the desert with

the bushmen.

He has

published a

book entitled

“Safari of the


To continue as before

becomes so painful

that the sole solution

seems to be

Give up,

abandon prayer!

But listen

as the Spirit calls

Deep into the

wordless dark.

Make safari to the

silent heart,

Where the midday

mind is left behind.

Surrounded by the


Awed by Presence in

the night,

Share the ever-living

Word of Christ,

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Photography by Susan Supak



A Letter Received by the International Resource Center

A Lucky Woman

I am at the beginning of a sixyear

prison term. To many this

last statement might sound

tragic, but the fact that I spent

a year fighting a life sentence

puts it all in a much different


The reason for my letter is to

share with you how

contemplative prayer has

completely turned my life

around, with the incredible

help of a prison chaplain, who

donates countless hours to the

women at this detention

facility in California. When I

met him I was a third strike

candidate facing a term of no

less than 30 years to life.

I was angry, lost and terrified

at the very real prospect of a

life sentence. Like I had for

more years than I care to count, I channeled all these feelings into one I

was far more familiar and comfortable with—RAGE—and I stomped

around the housing unit where I was assigned like a Big Class Bully.

The chaplain walked in one day and set up for his weekly meditation. I

helped set up chairs and started to walk away when he called out to me,

“Excuse me, Miss, I would really like if you would stay.”

I did stay and that simple act of courtesy from a gentle-mannered

chaplain turned into a whole new way of life for me. You see because

of the gifts he generously shared I have the golden opportunity to use

these six years to be alone with my Lord, to hear God in the silence,

and feel Jesus’ presence in the simplest acts of human contact!

Now, aren’t I one of the luckiest women you’ve ever received a

letter from!


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The Resource Faculty is composed of the

leaders of the Service Teams of the various

programs and outreaches that

Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. offers the

network to support the Centering Prayer

practice and the spiritual growth of the

membership. This is our third year of

being structured in this way to better serve

the Network. The Service Teams’ members

come from throughout the country to

provide for a variety of input and leadership

development from across the network.

We have just completed our annual meeting

at St. Walburga’s Center in Elizabeth,


The leaders and their teams have been working

hard all year long. We were joined by the

Regional Representatives, Susan Komis, Marie

Howard, Roseanne Havird, John Kelsey and

Kay Powers. The Faculty was able to work

with the representatives to inform them of

the work of each Service Team, show how

both groups can facilitate easy communication

of requirements, schedule workshops

for formation, determine who can help them

in their regions as trained presentations, etc.

The face-to-face communication helped us

get acquainted and we believe it was an effective

way to support the representatives in

their work in the regions.

Anne Mazza is the team leader for Formation

and Introduction to Centering Prayer for

Contemplative Outreach Service. Susan

Komis heads the Chapter Resource and

Communication Services (CRCS). Marge

Rafftery leads the Living Flame Program. Pat

Johnson is the leader for the Contemplative

Outreach Retreats. Cherry Haisten is the

team leader for the Welcoming Prayer

Program. Mike Potter heads the Lectio

Divina Introductory Program. Sr. Maria Tasto

retired after twenty years of service for the

Faculty. Mike served on the Service team and

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“We feel it is a privilege to

serve you in the

Contemplative Outreach

Network and we also enjoy

working together to make

these programs available

throughout the country and

the world.”

was selected to become the leader of the

Lectio program. Cathy McCarthy heads up

the Extended Experiences: 9-Month

Contemplative Living Course, 21 Day

Immersion Retreats and Contemplative

Communities. Jenny Adamson is the team

leader for the 12 Step Outreach. Peggy

Austermann heads up the Youth and Young

Adults Outreach. Ricardo Lopez is the

Leader for Hispanic Outreach. Fred Eckhart,

leader of the Prison Outreach, died during

the year and we do not yet have a new

replacement. For at least twenty years, Fred

was truly dedicated to bringing the message

of Centering Prayer to men in the prison

community, especially in Texas. We will miss

him very much.

Each of the Service Teams are not only

responsible for developing the essentials of

their programs, but also for the training of

presenters and scheduling times for training

held during the year. It is our hope we can

have them in each Region of Contemplative

Outreach. We feel it is a privilege to serve

you in the Contemplative Outreach Network

and we also enjoy working together to make

these programs available throughout the

country and the world. We welcome your

questions regarding information about any of

our services.






Ilse Reissner

Our Formation workshops, conducted in

Spanish, continue to train new presenters

who spread the seed of the Centering Prayer

practice throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Internet Introductory Trial

Isabel Castellanos and Marilu Ason obtained permission from Fr. Thomas Keating for a trial Introductory Course

to Centering Prayer via the internet in Argentina and Spain, where we have been unable to go in person. It was an

incredible experience. Over 200 people shared their experiences and questions online.

Not Directors But Advisors

Up to now Extensión Contemplativa Internacional has been lovingly directed by a group of volunteers who call

themselves the “Board of Directors” of Extensión Contemplativa. After several weeks of prayer and discernment,

we decided that this hierarchical structure was unnecessary and more appropriate for a corporation than for our

“organism”—as Fr. Thomas likes to call us. Therefore, we have decided to change our structure. We now have an

“Advisory Board” of Extensión Contemplativa. We no longer use the titles of “President”, “Vice-President”, etc.

We got our inspiration from some locals who have already made a similar change. Instead of having just one coordinator,

they have opted for a “Coordinating Committee”, with one person rotating every two years to serve as the

contact person. We have invited two people from the different countries that have been actively involved over the

past five years to be part of the Advisory Board. Due to the high cost of transportation and the great distances,

they are only required to physically attend the quarterly meetings once a year. The rest we will do on “Skype”, and

have them actively participate in the meetings in that way. (Skype is a social networking software for making free

calls over the internet to anyone else who has Skype.) The other members will be the same as on the old “Board

of Directors”, only the names of titles will change. These structural changes were made in August, so we’ll be on

a “trial and error” basis for the first few months. Certainly our prayers will help us through.


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Extensión Contemplativa Contacts

The people listed below are members of Extensión Contemplativa

who can answer questions and provide information in Spanish.

San Francisco, CA Cristóbal Padrón 415-759-0943

San Diego, CA Cherie Herrera 858-453-8662

San Diego, CA Christina Romero 858-457-4120

San Dimas, CA Acelia Ledesma 909-592-2428

Merritt Island, FL Adal Henriquez 321-453-8040

Altamonte Springs, FL Ilse Reissner 407-767-8271

Miami, FL Ricardo Lopez 305-223-7329

Miami, FL Isabel Castellanos 305-673-6206

Atlanta, GA Terri Gagnier 404-321-7385

San Antonio, TX Homer A. Bain 210-492-1306

Milwaukee, WI Fr. D. Shields 414-224-7565

In the Footsteps of St. Paul

In October, Fr. Bill Sheehan and Ilse Reisner led a contemplative

pilgrimage following the journeys of St.

Paul, starting in Thessaloniki, Greece, all the way to

Corinth, stopping along the way to see the astounding

sight of Meteora (The Seven Hanging Monasteries) and

the ruins of Alexander the Great. After visiting Athens

we cruised to the islands of Patmos, Mykonos, Rhodes

and Crete, ending at Ephesus in Turkey. It was an awesome

experience, with daily Mass and Centering Prayer.

Fr. Bill needed no introduction to most of the trip

members as he was one of the first disciples at the

Lama Retreat with Fr. Thomas Keating. He was also

instrumental in bringing the Centering Prayer practice

to South Florida, where he worked closely with

Mercedes Scopetta at the Lay Ministry Office of the

Archdiocese of Miami. After all these years he faithfully

continues to be actively involved in Centering Prayer

retreats, missions and workshops.


We offered a Formation Workshop in Costa Rica,

attended by people from throughout Central America,

including El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. It

was an excellent group of people. The team included

Ilse Reissner, Marilu Ason from Puerto Rico, Noemi

Peñate from El Salvador, and Guadalupe Marquez from

Mexico. Training to be future members of the

Formation Workshop team were Aida Maria Herdocia

and Claudia Paniagua from Nicaragua, and Anna Belle

Garrido and Doris Barboza from Costa Rica.

In Mexico, two Formation Workshops were offered.

One was given by the team of Judith Bernal and

Guadalupe Marquez. The other Formation Workshop

was offered in Monterrey, Mexico and was led by Ilse

Reissner, Isabel Castellanos from Miami and Cristina

Romero from San Diego.

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By Thomas Keating

Continued from Page 1

“Be effortlessly

aware of the

Ground of Being

from which

all things arise

at each nanosecond

of time

and which

might be

described as




silent watch.”

The traditional liturgical hymn

to the Holy Spirit prays, “Come

Holy Spirit!”—Veni Sancte

Spiritus! Hence there can be no

doubt of the Spirit’s intent and

ardent desire to be poured into

the Body of Christ and into

each one of Christ’s members.

Let every breath then be a cry

for the coming of the Holy

Spirit, the supreme Gift of the

Father and the Son.

Let breathing be a way of

participating in healing the

sickness of the world paralyzed

by selfishness, exhaling the

saving power of the Spirit into

the abyss of darkness that

surrounds the earth’s

atmosphere—the result of

millennia of human brutality,

violence, malice, indifference,

and injustice.

Be effortlessly aware of the

Ground of Being from which

all things arise at each

nanosecond of time and which

might be described as everpresent

Awareness keeping

silent watch. It is nonjudgmental,

simple, penetrating

all reality; the backdrop,

background, and source of

everything, and the eternal

Now beneath the apparent

movement of time.

In Centering Prayer we do not

try to reflect, analyze, or

understand. We invite the Spirit

to take over our mental

faculties—memory, intellect,

and will. We disregard all sense

impressions and our emotional

reactions. We remain inwardly

and outwardly silent and still,

with no attention to external

stimuli or particular movements

of the mind. We cultivate

consciousness without any

particular content. Our

intention is to rest in God and

to be united with everything

that exists in the Source of all

that is.

Ever-present Awareness does

not do anything. It just is and

sustains all that exists, letting all

things follow their innate

nature and fulfill their created

purpose. We do not need to

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make acts of knowledge or will to be in

God’s presence. At a certain point in

contemplative prayer, to do so introduces

a sense of separation from God or a

certain uneasiness. Once God’s abiding

presence is stabilized, we might even feel

as if we were withdrawing from oneness

with the divine by such

acts. Ever-present

Awareness is not

looking at us, but at

Itself in us. 1

We may notice in

everyday life an increase

of mental, physical, and

spiritual energy, and a

certain quiet joy

without knowing where it comes from.

We feel detached from everything even

while functioning in our customary ways.

The past becomes inconsequential along

with its contents, and the future is of no

importance if we think of it at all. A

sense of peace, freedom, spaciousness,

and general well-being predominates.

In this context, we see that to seek

rewards from God is a misunderstanding

because we already have what is better

than any reward. We are right now all that

we can ever want or desire to be. We just

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think it isn’t so. Stop thinking that

thought and see what remains.

Relax into the all-embracing and

boundless Presence of God which is

beyond time, conceptual thinking, words,

and actions but present in everything that

exists and containing everything that


Rest in the divine Trinity, in the bosom of

the Father, in the heart of the Eternal

Word, and in the infinite love of the Holy

Spirit. This is the doctrine and experience

of the Divine Indwelling, the most

fundamental basis of our relationship

with God.

1 Cf. Ken Wilber, Eye of the Spirit,

Shambala, Boston, 1997, Chapter 12



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Together Again


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Richard Rohr

at the

2007 Annual Conference

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Prayer and

Healing of the



to the Heart,


Prayer for



By Fr. Murchadh Ó Madagáin

B-55 $18.00

In this searching study,

Fr. Murchadh Ó Madagáin

describes the life and thoughts

of Fr. Thomas Keating, the

Trappist monk who was one of the founders

of the Centering Prayer movement.

Centering Prayer aims to reclaim the

Christian contemplative and mystical

traditions after centuries of neglect and to

make it available for modern spiritual

seekers. Fr. Murchadh Ó Madagáin traces its

roots back to the fourth- and fifth-century Desert Fathers such as

Evagrius and John Cassian. He shows how it was used in the medieval

classic The Cloud of Unknowing and practiced by saints John of the Cross

and Teresa of Avila, then revived by Thomas Merton during the twentieth

century. In addition to describing the background of this unique and

effective practice, Fr. Murchadh Ó Madagáin offers unique insights into

the ideas of one of its leading contemporary teachers and practitioners.

Fr. Murchadh Ó Madagáin is a priest of the Diocese of Galway in the

west of Ireland since 1998. He completed his doctorate in Spiritual

Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (“The Angelicum”),

Rome, in 2005. He now works in a parish in Galway and also lectures in

Spiritual Theology.

By Frank Jelenek

Illustrated by Ann Boyajian

B-56 $14.95



The first guide to a

contemplative prayer practice

for children, Journey to the Heart

both instructs and inspires.

Many parents and teachers will learn from

this colorful treasure of a book, as well!

Until now, parents and teachers had no

resource available to introduce children to the joys of communicating

with God in this special, intimate way. This loving book makes it easy for

children to share in the spiritual nourishment of Centering Prayer

through age-appropriate illustrations and text that provides clear

directions and encouragement in simple, fun language.

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Thomas Keating & Richard Rohr


Presentations by Keating and Rohr

from the 2007 Contemplative

Outreach Annual Conference,

Houston, Texas, are now available

for order.



Awakening to Beauty,

Truth & Goodness

on DVD or CD

Ordering Instructions on Page 12

Order Form — Page 14

DVD Item # KDVD-41 $65.00 å CD Set Item # KCD-241 $35.00

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Whose Voice are We

Listening To?

Fr. Thomas Keating and Abbot Joseph Boyle

Reviews of the Transformative Listening DVD:

“I enjoyed the superb content of the DVD, the stories,

the humor, and the humility of the speakers.”

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helpful, inspired teaching.”

“I was touched by Abbot Boyle’s stories—how wonderfully


Abbot Joseph Boyle, Abbot of

St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass,

Colorado, explores the implications of

contemplative listening and

Fr. Thomas Keating discusses the

consequences of listening. The two

monks then enjoy a lively discussion

on these topics. Recorded in 2006 at

the Contemplative Outreach Annual

Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

DVD #DVD-231 $14.95


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ook Review

BHumility Matters

for Practicing the Spiritual Life

by Mary Margaret Funk

Sister Margaret Funk has

been a friend for many

years, and I have a great

admiration for the

enthusiastic spirit she has

brought to her work to

demonstrate the relevance

of the contemplative life in

our contemporary world.

In this third book in a series

devoted to recovering

ancient techniques for

contemplatives today, she

has focused on humility.

Humility is an essential

ingredient in our pursuit of

transformation although this

may seem at odds with our

need for confidence. But

just as there is clearly a

distinction between valid

confidence, in the sense of

self-esteem, and conceit, so

it is important to distinguish

between genuine humility,

which is a kind of modesty,

and a lack of confidence.

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Sister Meg is quite correct

in saying that humility

matters. It is a reflection of

our putting others first and

placing less importance on


I trust that readers will find

much inspiration in this

book and pray that those

who do will meet with

success in putting that

inspiration into effect.

Item # B-54 $12.95

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From the Forward by


La Prière de Silence

Renouveler une forme traditionnelle de prière chrétienne

by Fr. Basil Pennington

Many French-speaking people in Canada and

other countries around the world will be

happy to learn that Fr. Basil Pennington’s,

“Centering Prayer, Renewing an Ancient

Christian Prayer Form ” , has been translated

into French. The title of the translation is,

“La prière de silence: Renouveler une forme

traditionnelle de prière chrétienne, ” and is

published by Novalis. In the 2nd edition, Fr Pennington wrote in

his forward, “One of the wonders of the written word is that it can

travel far and wide and reach people in all walks of life.” Now,

Father’s book will travel and reach new readers who will appreciate

this always easy book and its educational look. Fr Bernard Dionne

Please note that this book is NOT available through Contemplative Outreach,

however, because of Fr. Basil Pennington's valuable contribution to the practice

of Centering Prayer we thought it was important to share with our Frenchspeaking



Un ited in


Join us

for the

16th Annual

United in Prayer Day,


March 15, 2008


the worldwide network

of Contemplative Outreach

in a single bond

of Centering Prayer.

This year's theme is

A Taste of Beauty, Truth & Goodness

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Regional Updates

The purpose of a Region is to provide resources, supportive services and communicate with Chapter

Coordinators and leadership to offer personal contact through email, telephone and on-site visits.

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Eastern Region includes ME, NH,VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, OH, WV, VA, KY,DE, MD, DC

Regional Chapter Service Representative, Roseanne Havird @ 610 344-7184,

CO of Long Island/Queens, NY - Hello from the Long Island/Queens Chapter - just to let you know that we are working

hard to spread the Word. We are offering our second retreat weekend this year at Our Lady of Grace Retreat House in Manhasset at

which Mary Dwyer will be presenting the Welcoming Prayer practice. We are excited about Mary’s being with us. Our June retreat with

32 participants at St. Ignatius Retreat House was very successful. We are seeing that more and more people are interested in learning

about Centering Prayer and praying together. We offered a Silent Saturday and during the summer, a Saturday Get-Together. Both were

well attended by more than 30 people. As always, our January visit from Fr. Carl Arico drew a large audience - everyone loves to hear Fr.

Carl and spend the day with him. Just wanted to keep you in the loop as to what we are doing here on Long Island. Peace and love to

all of you. Barbara Sullivan @ 516 481-0472,

CO of New Jersey - Contemplative Outreach of New Jersey held its 1st Annual Intensive/Post-Intensive Retreat in May 2007

on Long Beach Island. The 8 day retreat was held at Maris Stella Retreat House in Harvey Cedars, a beautiful retreat property that offers

both beachfront and bayfront property. The retreat will be held again in May 2008 (from the 10th through the 17th). The New Jersey

chapter continues to offer people who practice Centering Prayer a monthly enrichment program. Topics for the 2007-2008 program

include Contemplative Living, Drumming, the Rule of Benedict, Glorious Vessels in the Potter’s Hands, and Humility Revisited. Fr. Carl

Arico will join us on December 15, 2007 for an Advent Day of Prayer. Anne and Jim Byrne of Cape May Court House have generously

accepted the invitation to become contact persons. They hope to spread the message and practice of Centering Prayer through the

southern part of New Jersey, especially in the shore region of Cape May and Atlantic Counties. Information on scheduled

Contemplative Outreach of New Jersey activities are posted on the Contemplative Outreach website.

Therese Saulnier, Coordinator @ 201 436-8256,

CO of Orange County, NY - Well, the retreat side of COOC is settling down. We now have four different spirituality centers open to us

so we can continue offering the wonderful retreats and programs offered at St. Andrew’s Retreat House and before that Chrysalis House. As of this

moment, we are preparing for the Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault - the first of three sessions begins at Bethany Spirituality Center in Highland

Mills, NY Sept 19-23, 2007. September 28-30, 2007 is our first month of the Nine Month Course: The Practice and Deepening of Contemplative Living

also at Bethany.. November brings us to Divine Compassion at White Plains for a Five Day Welcoming Prayer Immersion, and December to Hastings-on-

Hudson for our Advent weekend retreat, then back to Bethany for our New Year’s Retreat with Bill Sheehan. Our August Ten Day Post Intensive with Bill

Sheehan will be at the Franciscan Center in Ringwood, NJ (air-conditioned rooms and an Olympic size swimming pool). In our plans for later this year will

be a meeting of our Committee to begin the process for selecting a Co-Coordinator which I hope will be in place by early 2008. Our plans also include a

monthly Enrichment Day beginning in January at Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY. We are still offering Introductory Workshops (low attendance),

and are grateful for all the faithful members of Centering Prayer groups. We invite you to visit our website - We are more and

more grateful to the God Who has provided and continues to provide so loving and supportive a community on this contemplative journey.

Cathy McCarthy, Coordinator @ 845 534-5180, - website -


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CO of Westchester, NY - welcomed summer on Sunday, June 24th with a contemplative Mass, potluck supper and open leadership

team meeting. Out-going co-coordinators Diane Harkin and Stephanie Iachetta presented members of the leadership team with

gifts of appreciation for their service these past three years. The group, in turn, surprised Diane and Stephanie with gifts of plants to

symbolize the growth in our chapter under their spirit- filled leadership. We resume our Saturday programs at St. Patrick’s Church,

Armonk, September 8th with a Forgiveness Prayer Day led by Steve Standiford and Sr. Rose Vermette. Tom Skinner will present “Indepth

12 Steps” November 10th, and Rosemary Camas will present Advent Scripture readings December 8th. We will be blessed once

again with Fr. Bill Sheehan for a weekend Centering Prayer Retreat at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, October 26th-28th. Participants have the

option of attending Saturday only. Every Coordinator, I am sure, is so aware of not being alone in this service because of the generosity

of those who are called to the Leadership Team. God is good!

Sr. Rose Vermette, RCD, Coordinator @ 914-961-1559,

CO of Mid Ohio - It is a great joy to see the teaching, the vision, and the network of Contemplative Outreach grow deeper

and deeper roots in our geographical area. We were asked to offer introductory programs in Columbus, Fremont, Oberlin, Tiffin,

Mansfield, and Mt. Vernon. More and more prayer groups are being formed throughout our mid Ohio region. We look forward to coming

together again for the United in Prayer day on March 15, to celebrate our growing community. The four day retreat at Our Lady of

the Pines in Fremont last summer was an amazing event. Anita Donnan, Coordinator @ 419 610-8520,

CO Pittsburg, PA - Early in 2007 the COP Leadership Team met to recommit to our leadership roles, socialize and. honor

Mark Nowak and Jeane Kish for their ten years of contemplative service. Last year Mark Nowak joined the Contemplative Outreach,

Ltd. Board of Trustees after many years as Co-Coordinator of the Pittsburgh chapter. In spite of the cold this past winter, people came

out for Introductory Workshops, the Annual United in Prayer Day, and two parish missions with Fr. Carl Arico. The Calvary Episcopal

centering prayer group instituted a monthly Silent Saturday Prayer for Peace. Thanks to Jack Shaw’s commitment to working through the

logistics, COP presented a four-week Introduction to Centering Prayer to 100 men at the Allegheny County Jail. We also had a chapter

wide Day of Reflection about the proposed Vision Statement and Theological Principles. Many Pittsburgh facilitators and presenters

were able to attend the Advanced Facilitator Training and New Essential Training given by Susan Komis and Roseanne Havird hosted by

Contemplative Outreach Greensburg. Fr. Bill Sheehan is scheduled to lead a 4-Day Intensive Retreat from September 13-16,2007. We

look forward to many great gatherings in 2008 including a spring enrichment day with Sister Maria Tasto who will present a Lectio

Divina Workshop on April 26th. We continue to be grateful to Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. for all the support and resources they provide.

Ruth Hofmann @ and Lois Snowden @, Co-Coordinators.


Southern Region includes TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR

Regional Chapter Service Representative, John Kelsey @ 919 467-0045,

CO Birmingham, AL - Our Annual Conference in February of 2007 featured Cynthia Bourgeault. We had a wonderful gathering

of people from all over the South East. We are still talking about the "food for the soul" that was given to us that weekend. At our

upcoming conference, February 9-10, 2008, Fr. William Meninger will join us for " The Fruits of Contemplative Prayer." Fr. Meninger

was with us for our conference in 2002 and we are looking forward to his return. We continue to offer Introductory and Intensive

Weekend Retreats at the Benedictine Sisters' Monastery in Cullman, Alabama. Mary Dwyer will facilitate our 8 Day Intensive/Post

Intensive Retreat in June of 2008.Something new for COB is The Introduction to Centering Prayer As An 11th Step Practice one day

workshop scheduled for January 2008 in Birmingham. Thank you to Roberta Oster (Atlanta) and Steve Shader (Birmingham) for helping

us start this in the Alabama chapter. Diana Tschache, Coordinator @ 205 991-6964,

Lake Charles, LA - Our Centering Prayer group continues to meet on the third Tuesday of each month for a day of Prayer at

the St. Charles Center. We are in our eleventh year, and have just completed our fourth viewing of the Spiritual Journey Videotapes. We

continue to draw new insight and inspiration from them. Fr. Justin Langille led our annual Centering Prayer Retreat last fall and all who

came were blessed. Our future annual retreats will be on the second weekend of Lent. - Feb 15-17, 2008 at St. Charles Center - 337 855-

1232. We have a new group that meets on Monday evenings, led by Midge DeBarge with focus on the 12 Step Program. Charlotte Hine

is our new commissioned Presenter. We are so grateful for all who work to make Contemplative Outreach available to so many. We find

much support in your mission, and so happy the coming Conference is in Houston.

Barbara Tomme @ 337 855-4239,

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans - Fr. Bill Sheehan guided and inspired twenty of us last summer during the first

Post Intensive Retreat hosted by the New Orleans Chapter. He was assisted by Sister Margaret Rohde, RC whose availability for spiritual

direction was much appreciated. We look forward to having Fr. Sheehan back with us for another Post Intensive in the summer of 2009.

We plan to hose a Lectio Divina Retreat in the summer of 2008, and are presently planning outreach to Twelve Step groups with workshops

on the 11th Step….and a new prayer group has formed in Slidell, LA after an Introductory Workshop there. So there are some

visible signs of continuing growth here among the morass of nay sayers about the future of our region. At least with growth in the

Spirit we are more ready for the future, whatever it may be. Vivien Michals @ 504 944-4000,

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CO of Middle Tennessee - On August 18th we held our first Annual Meeting at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville with over

100 in attendance, including representatives from over 20 support groups, those who pray only in the inner room, and some who were

new to the prayer altogether. We prayed, told the story of Contemplative Outreach in our area, watched a video from the national office,

divided into small groups to learn from one another, and offered opportunities for service. We declared the event a great success and

announced our plan for next year’s Meeting when Sr. Mary McGehee from Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama will be our

keynote speaker. We continue to be pleased about the upcoming Contemplative Outreach offerings at St. Mary’s Sewanee in 2008, and

we hope that many of you who read this Newsletter will make plans to come to one or more of these opportunities…..March 7-9

Forgiveness Retreat with Fr. Carl Arico; March 10-11, Clergy Enrichment with Carl again; April 6-10 Welcoming Prayer Immersion with

Cathy McCarthy and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler; October 19-23, Lectio Divina Workshop and Formation with Maria Tasto; December 12-

14, Advent Retreat with Tom Ward. This is in addition to the two 8-day, three 3-day and one 5-day retreats that we have offered for

many years. This relation with St. Mary’s Sewanee is proving beneficial both to the retreat center and to Contemplative Outreach in our

area. We also hold Quiet Days one Saturday a month in Nashville and annually participate in the United Day of Prayer on the 3rd

Saturday in March. Again, we invite you to come on down and pray with us. Carol Wray @ 615 373-0613, or

Tom Ward @931 598-9063 or visit our new website at

CO of West Tennessee - Contemplative Outreach of West Tennessee has sponsored three Introduction to Centering Prayer

Programs and two Introduction to Lectio Divina Programs so far this year, with regular prayer groups emerging from most of them.

Our Coordinator, Mike Potter, has been appointed as the Resource Faculty Member for Lectio Divina, succeeding Sr. Maria Tasto. Mike

has introduced the practice of Lectio Divina to many groups in our area, including the staff and guests at Door of Hope, a ministry to

the chronically homeless. Our monthly First Saturdays at Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, featuring three 20-minute periods

of Centering Prayer, a contemplative walk, and an optional labyrinth, continues to be a popular entry point and supportive gathering

for many people in our area, with average attendance of about twenty-five people. Eileen Olewinski has taken over as facilitator of this

event. She succeeds Dr. Bill Clemmons, who along with Sr. Joann Mascari, created it over five years ago. We will be offering our second

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat from December 7-9, 2007, which will provide a dual track for those who are new to Centering Prayer

as well as those who are experienced practitioners. Mike Potter, Coordinator @ 901-274-3488,

Midwest Region includes WI, MI, IN, IL, IA, MO, NE, KS, OK

Regional Chapter Service Representative, Kay Powers @ 216 932-8911,

Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa (COCI). Susan Komis met with a group of 20 individuals in April of 2005 to

help us develop a vision for Centering Prayer growth and possible chapter formation. In 2006, nine of us traveled to St. Louis to attend

the Enrichment Day with Fr. Keating and Abbot Boyle that was part of the annual conference. That year Jane and Sid Tyler also attended

the Servant Leadership Formation program so that they might offer guidance for those leading our prayer gatherings. In March of

2007, Susan returned to offer a Welcoming Prayer enrichment day, which was enthusiastically attended by 45 people. Four commissioned

presenters serve our chapter: Kathy Reardon and Rev Paul Witmer, co-coordinators of COCI, as well as Fr. Dan Krettek and Connie Lee

Whalen. There are nine weekly Centering Prayer groups in the Ames/Des Moines area. Through the work of a committed and active

Steering Committee, the Spiritual Journey Video Series is being shown monthly. Regular enrichment opportunities including silent

Saturdays, Centering Prayer renewal mornings, Facilitators’ Training, and Taize/Centering Prayer and United in Prayer offerings are on

the calendar for the upcoming year. We are blessed by the activity of the Holy Spirit Who is growing, nurturing, guiding and vitalizing

our budding contemplative community.

Kathy Reardon, Co-Coordinator @ 515 280-3861,

CO of West Michigan - The West Michigan Chapter continues to enjoy meetings in which a local prayer group invites people

from other groups to join them at one of their regular prayer times. This helps develop a network of people of various groups around

the area. In the Fall of 2007, we held a Welcoming Prayer retreat led by Molly Keating. We also held introductory retreats acquainting

people with the practice of Centering Prayer. We plan to have a series of Days of Prayer in 2008.

J. David Muyskens, Coordinator @616 452-2234,

CO of St. Louis, MO - True to our desire to introduce Centering Prayer to interested individuals and support our Prayer

Groups, our year has been devoted to presenting Introductory Workshops and visiting groups all around the area We participated in

United in Prayer Day, offer bi-monthly Silent Saturdays, a Spring and Fall weekend retreat, a summer 8 Day Intensive/Post Intensive

Retreat and an annual 12-Step Retreat in November. On September 8, over three dozen Group Facilitators and Activity Team Leaders

participated in a “Gathering for Growth” to share experiences and learn more about the way groups can become more connected small

faith communities. The Midwest Regional Rep, Kay Powers, is visiting St. Louis and working with our members to create a vision for the

future that will continue to keep the chapter thriving as we prepare to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2009. Many, many thanks to all

the volunteers who make it possible to bring the gift of Centering Prayer to others! In the union of prayer, Co-Coordinators, Marsha

Hatfield-Baker @ 314 918-8288, Jim McElroy @314 918-8288,

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Southwest Region includes WY, UT, CO, NM, TX

Regional Chapter Service Representative, Susan Komis @ phone-fax 636 327-0637; toll free 888-350-5088;

cell 314 750-5100,

CO San Antonio, TX - Following a retreat with Susan Komis, and after time spent in discernment, COSA has restructured the

chapter using a three co-coordinator structure. The new Co-coordinators are Cleo Tamez, Bill Daly and Savario Mungo. The chapter is

extremely grateful for the leadership of outgoing Coordinator Homer Bain who was a strong force in the development and ongoing

growth of this chapter. Although retired, Homer will remain part of the leadership team in the honored position of Coordinator

Emeritus. The chapter is excited to be participating in the presentation of a three year course entitled, “Christian Mysticism: History,

Wisdom and Insights.” This is being done in cooperation with the Oblate School of Theology and the Ecumenical Center. The

Coordinating Committee includes Sr. Mary Agnes Zinni, Cleo Tamez, Rudy Tamez, Bill Daly and Ed Alcott. Dr. Alcott is the coordinator

of the program, which starts September 16, 2007 at the Colonial Hills Methodist Church in San Antonio. There are over 200 participants

enrolled. Our offerings at the Omega Center in Boerne include a three day retreat with Fr. Carl Arico, a Lectio Divina Workshop

and an Introduction to Centering Prayer. We continue offering Introductory Workshops in area churches, which has resulted in four new

weekly centering prayer groups at the First Methodist Church in Fredericksburg, St. Joseph at Honey Creek in Bulverde, St. Peter the

Apostle in Boerne and St. Francis of Assisi in San Antonio. COSA and AHOC coordinated the formation workshop at Cedar Brake

Retreat Center in Belton, TX. The week included regular and 11 step formation. Myrna Toohey, a team member of COSA was on the

faculty. Bill Walker, a leadership team member, attended the training. We now have a total of 8 commissioned presenters in the chapter.

This next year we plan to have members attend the Welcoming Prayer Immersion Training in Nashville, TN.

Savario Mungo, Co-Coordinator

Ogden, UT - We would like to report that our Ogden Centering Prayer group continues to meet at least monthly and more

often if possible. As a result of a notice in parish bulletins about our meeting, we have added five new members and there are two others

interested but because of home or work, are unable to attend the meetings. We are thrilled with the new members and are looking to

add more again this coming year. We are continuing to read and discuss Fr. Basil Pennington’s book “Centered Living.” With new members,

however, we are showing some of the tapes of Fr. Keating so they will get a firm foundation. All enjoy these tapes even those of

us who have been centering for a long time. They say “it is a good review.”

Contact Person, Sr. Danile Knight @801 479-6030,

Upper Northern Region includes MN, ND, SD, MT, ID, OR, WA, AK

Regional Chapter Service Representative, Susan Komis @ phone-fax 636 327-0637; toll free 888-350-5088;

cell 314 750-5100,

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Pacific Coast/West Region includes HI, CA, NV, AZ

Regional Chapter Service Representative, Marie Howard @ phone-fax 310 823-5863,

CO of Hawaii - Aloha from Hawaii! In February, a festive group gathered to celebrate Cathie Jordan’s six years of service as

our Coordinator. Mahalo Cathie! Thanks also to Carol Alevizos who now serves in that position. Monthly leadership team meetings

guide the contributions of several service teams. We are grateful to Susan Komis whose introduction to the servant -leadership model a

few years ago still guides our leadership development. Local Introductory Workshops and prayer groups continue to benefit from the

Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service Training presented by Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Timothy Koock in February 2006. In

November 2006, Gail returned to Honolulu with Fr. Carl Arico and Marie Howard for the 20th Anniversary Tour activities. We continue

with Mornings of Centering Prayer every other month, which are well attended and include a popular min-introduction for newcomers.

Prayer Group Facilitators gathered in June for a day-long enrichment presentation and pot-luck lunch provided by Mary Pat Sjostrom

after attending the facilitator formation at St. Meinrad. In July, we once again offered an 8 day combined Intensive/Post Intensive retreat

at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi Valley on Oahu. this dual-track 8 day retreat is scheduled annually.

Carol Alevizos, Coordinator @ 808 536-6090,

CO of North San Diego, CA - During the last six months of 2007 CONSD offered several spiritually enriching opportunities

for our membership and the community at large. We hosted an Introductory Program in September and another in October. Our North

San Diego Chapter gathered in late August for a Half Day Retreat to experience a time of “Sacred Rest” before the hectic schedule of

Fall began. October brought Bryan McNutt, M.Div., a Hospice Spiritual Counselor and Centering Prayer Group Facilitator to speak to us

on Contemplative Dying. We explored ways in which the transformative dimensions of our own dying and living are encountered and

faced through the practice of contemplative prayer as well as teachings of various spiritual traditions, our life experiences and depth

psychology that shapes contemplative dying within our own lives. Lunch and a thought provoking discussion followed his inspiring presentation.

For Advent in early December we had Fr. Carl Arico speak to us-- as only he can-- with his disarming sense of humor which

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opens the door to his profound spiritual messages. We have marked our calendars for a very special Event with Fr. William Meninger on

May 10, 2008. We have quarterly meetings with our Prayer Group Facilitators to affirm and support their invaluable service. Our Hospice

Outreach Team is continuing to serve end of life patients with their contemplative presence. Our talented webmaster, Anne Alferos, has

built a beautiful and informational website. Please log on to and check it out! We look forward to 2008 as we strive to

live not only our Vision Statement but also our CONSD Mission Statement which is to teach Centering Prayer, build a Christ centered

community and support the contemplative life.

Sue and Chris Hagen, Co-Coordinators @ 760 745-8860,,

12 Step Outreach

Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service included a 12Step Dual track at both the Austin and Atlanta Formations. As a

result of the positive feedback and encouragement received at the Austin Formation, a 12 Step Dual Track was offered at the formation

held in Atlanta. Four participants from various 12 Step programs took part in the dual track at each location. Myrna Toohey and

Roberta Oster served as staff persons for both the regular formation and the 12 Step track. In addition to following the schedule of the

regular formation, the dual track participants met with Myrna and Roberta as a small group following the staff presentations and

practicum sessions of the respective conferences. In the small group, the two staff persons modeled and/or guided the participants

through a 12-Step version of the conferences, taking time to go through each conference, pointing out the differences in the two versions.

Each participant received a notebook that contained the 12-Step version of Session One; Sample Handouts; Sample Formats for

11th Step Centering Prayer Groups and 11th Step Prayer & Meditation 12-Step Meetings. They were invited to ask questions, make comments,

and offer feedback to the staff. Because the response has been positive, offering a 12-Step version of the Centering Prayer

Practice as an option for future formations is being considered. In its present version, those who are interested in becoming presenters

of the “Centering Prayer as the 11th Step Practice” are required to go through a formation and commissioning process. The dual track

participants must meet the criteria for the regular Contemplative Outreach Formation and the criteria established by 12-Step Outreach.

There will be a 12 Step Recovery Conference with Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Richard Rohr at the Albuquerque Hotel, Old Town,

Albuquerque, NM - June 27-29, 2008. The focus of the Conference will be to offer instruction to improve our conscious contact

through a daily practice of prayer and meditation, and to form communities to support us in this practice. The Conference is for people

who are active in any twelve step program with the intention of improving their meditation practice and enlarging their spiritual life.

Jenny Adamson, 12-Step Outreach

CO of Dublin, Ireland - CO of Dublin is open at the Resource Centre on the grounds of the Dominican Sisters, Navan

Road, Dublin 7. The venue is a fitting place for the new Chapter of Contemplative Outreach as it is in a space where the sisters have

prayed for almost two hundred years. The chapter will offer the Introductory Workshop to Centering Prayer and the six follow-up sessions,

monthly Days of Prayer and Lectio Divina, along with other Contemplative Outreach programs. We invite you to visit our website

- - click on Quiet Space.

Fionnuala Quinn, OP, Coordinator @mobile 01-086-235-2299,


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Steering Committee for International Outreach

A Steering Committee is a group who are responsible for providing guidance on an overall strategic direction. It does not take the place

of a Service Team, but makes the larger portion of the organization aware of the general direction that needs to be followed as well as

the information that has been gathered. This Steering Committee is made up of the following Contemplative Outreach members who

have had some experience bringing Centering Prayer to other countries, and will act as Liaisons:

Timothy Koock

Virgin Islands, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh

Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, Susan Komis South Africa

Fr. Thomas Keating

Brazil, UK

Patrick Uhm, Madeline Soo,

South & North Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam,

Fr. Bill Fickel

Taiwan, China

Bonnie J. Shimizu

Trinidad & Tobago, Philippines, Canada

Patricia Johnson


International Updates

Belo Horizonte, Brazil - The City of Belo Horizonte had another Introductory Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina retreat

August 31-September 2 led by Fr. Paulo Braz, OFM CAP who participated in our first Fr. Thomas Keating retreat here in 2003. Having

been a practitioner of Centering Prayer since then, Fr. Braz will be leading us through the deep waters of contemplation according to our

Christian tradition. The retreat was at the Cenacle Sisters’ House who also invited this humble server to orient two weekend

retreats….one in the first semester and another in the second half of the coming year. On the one hand I feel I have not participated in

the Formation Courses of Contemplative Outreach, but on the other hand, I feel I must share what I’ve been experiencing in these eight

years of daily practice of CP. I have participated with Fr. Thomas Keating in the first retreat here and two other retreats with our dear

Fr. William Meninger in 2004 and 2006. Trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide me and also taking time to read and study more about

CP, so that I can at least introduce many in this Path, I humbly as your prayers for our retreats. Sending you all my best regards and praying

in your intentions too. Contact Person, Jandira S. Pimente @ 011-55-31-3241-8129,


Introduction to Centering PrayerWeekends - a contemporary presentation of the discipline of Centering Prayer as silent

communion with God beyond concepts, words and images.

Date City/State Contact Person Telephone # Email Address Comments

Jan 25-27 Cullman, AL Sr. Therese Haydel 256 734-8302

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreats - includes conferences reviewing the method of Centering Prayer, and a moderate

amount of Centering Prayer in common.

Date City/State Contact Person Telephone # Email Address Comments

Dec 7-9 Hastings, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180 Advent

Dec 7-9 Frenchville, PA Nicole Fedder 814 263-4855

Dec 7-9 Cullman, AL Gloria Garrison 256 734-8302

Dec 7-9 Encino, CA Sr. Linda Snow 818 784-4515

Dec 7-9 Memphis, TN Eileen Olewinski 901 434-7366

Dec 12-14 Uithuizen, NL Sr. Anje 011-31-595-435600

Dec 29-Jan 1 Highland Mills, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180 New Year’s

Jan 9-11 Uithuizen, NL Sr. Anje 011-31-595-435600

Jan 11-13 Boerne, TX Sr. Mary Agnes Zinni 830 816-8471

Jan 11-13 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

Jan 11-13 Frenchville, PA Nicole Fedder 814 263-4855

Jan 18-20 Chicago, IL Ted Curtis 773 398-5728

Feb 1-3 Melbourne, KY Sr. Micki Martin 859 441-0700 x349

Feb 7-10 Ava, MO Mary & David Fromme 417 823-8359 4 Day

Feb 8-10 Winnipeg, Canada Sr. C. Labinowich 204 339-1705

Feb 14-17 Burlingame, CA Cristina Esguerra 650 340-7454 4 Day

Feb 15-17 Lake Charles, LA Barbara Tomme 337 855-4239

Feb 15-17 Ferns, Wexford, IREL Sr. Christina 011-353-53-9366634

Feb 22-24 Edmonton, Alberta Jocelyne Marple 780 701-1854

Feb 22-24 Encino, CA Sr. Linda Snow 818 784-4515

Feb 22-24 Cleveland, OH Andrea Kneier 440 248-2244

Feb 29-Mar 2 St. Louis, MO Retreat Team Leader 314 918-8288

Mar 7-9 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

Mar 7-9 Brooklyn, MI Ardis Gardella 577 592-8218

Mar 7-9 St. Joseph, MN Rita Budig 320 363-7115

Mar 7-9 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613 Forgiveness

Mar 28-30 Cincinnati, OH Sr. Michele Fischer 513 347-5217 x5207

Mar 28-31 Trinidad & Tobago Sr. Paul D’Ornellas 868 624-8267 Intensive

Apr 4-6 St. Paul, MN Sr. Virginia Matter 651 777-7251

Apr 4-6 Cullman, AL Sr. Therese Haydel 256 734-8302

Apr 11-13 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

Apr 11-13 Smithfield, VA Lynne Larson 757 420-3825

Apr 20-22 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613

Apr 25-27 Trinidad & Tobago Sr. Paul D’Ornellas 868 624-8267

Apr 25-27

May 2-4

Ferns, Wexford,IREL Sr. Christina

Winnipeg, Canada Sr. C. Labinowich


204 339-1705

May 2-4 Hot Springs, NC Mike Campbell 828 622-7112

May 9-11 Maria Stein, OH Anita Donnan 419 610-8520

May 16-18 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

May 29-Jun 1 Trinidad & Tobago Sr. Paul D’Ornellas 868 624-8267 Advanced

June 13-15 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

June 27-29 Manhasset, NY Barbara Sullivan 516 481-0472

Centering Prayer as the 11th Step Retreats - “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our concious contact

with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

Step 11 of the 12 Step Programs.

Dec 6-9 Jerome, ID Grace C. 208 423-4033

Jan 4-6 Boerne, TX Myrna Toohey 830 981-4151

Mar 27-Apr 1 Snowmass, CO Jenny Adamson 319 266-8225 Intensive

Mar 28-30 Hingham, MA Kathy Long 978 692-6150

Apr 25-27 Lake Charles, LA Midge de Barge 339 912-0383

Apr 25-27 Frenchville, PA Roberta Oster 404 299-2670


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Centering Prayer Intensive Retreats - 4 to 10 days - An in-depth retreat for those with experience in Centering Prayer, in

an atmosphere of silence, solitude and community. Videotapes of the Spiritual Journey series with Fr. Thomas Keating are shown.

The 10 Day features Parts I, II & III of the Spiritual Journey series.

Dec 5-9 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 5 Day

Jan 6-13 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613 8 Day

Jan 8-17 Snowmass, CO Carol DiMarcello 970 927-9376 (wait list) 10 Day

Jan 17-21 Rapid City, SD Sr. Marmion Howe 605 343-2688 5 Day

Feb 10-15 Highland, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180 6 Day

Feb 14-18 Union, WA Diane Haavik 206 567-5906 5 Day

Mar 4-13 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 5 Day

Mar 4-13 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 10 Day

Mar 7-15 Frenchville, PA Nicole Fedder 814 263-4855 8 Day

Apr 11-17 Orange, CA Marie Howard 310 823-5863 7 Day

Apr 18-21 Fremont, OH Sr. Gloria Auer 419 332-6522 4 Day

Apr 18-25 Lafayette, OR Norman Carlson 541 754-9945 8 Day

Apr 20-27 Vancouver, BC Anne Larochelle 604 944-2742 8 day

Apr 23-27 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 5 Day

May 10-16 Toronto, Canada Kate Jackson 416 226-1829 7 Day

May 10-17 Long Beach Isl,NJ Therese Saulnier 201 436-8256 8 Day

May 12-15 Lake Logan, NC Becky Hannah 828 667-2799 4 Day

May 18-27 Burlingame, CA Cristina Esguerra 650 340-7454 10 Day

June 1-8 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613 8 Day

June 10-19 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 10 Day

June 10-19 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 5 Day

June 12-19 Union, WA Diane Haavik 206 567-5906 8 Day

June 13-20 St. Louis, MO Retreat Team Leader 314 918-8288 8 Day

June 16-20 Stoneville, NC Joan Hurst 336 418-0028 5 Day

June 17-26 Snowmass, CO Carol DiMarcello 970 927-9376 (wait list) 10 Day

June 21-27 Ferdinand, IN Sr. Maria Tasto 812 367-1411 x2656 7 Day

June 23-30 Cullman, AL Diana Tschache 205 991-6964 8 Day

Post Intensive Centering Prayer Retreats - 4-8 Days - Provides an opportunity for intensive Centering Prayer, Lectio

Divina, solitude and silence in community. Prior Centering Prayer Retreat experience required

Jan 6-13 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613 8 Day

Jan 31-Feb 5 Trinidad & Tobago Sr. Paul D’Ornellas 868 624-8267 6 Day

Feb 10-15 Highland, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180 6 Day

Feb 14-18 Union, WA Diane Haavik 206 567-5906 5 Day

Apr 18-25 Lafayette, OR Norman Carlson 541 754-9945 8 Day

Apr 20-27 Vancouver, BC Anne Larochelle 604 944-2742 8 Day

May 10-17 Long Beach Isl, NJ Therese Saulnier 201 436-8256 8 Day

June 1-8 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613 8 Day

June 12-19 Union, WA Diane Haavik 206 567-5906 8 Day

June 13-20 St. Louis, MO Retreat Team Leader 314 918-8288 8 Day

June 18-22 Trinidad & Tobago Sr. Paul D’Ornellas 868 624-8267 5 Day

June 21-27 Ferdinand, IN Sr. Maria Tasto 812 367-1411 x2656 7 Day

June 23-30 Cullman, AL Diana Tschache 205 991-6964 8 Day

Jun 29-Jul 6 Encino, CA Sr. Linda Snow 818 784-4515 8 Day

10 Day Post Intensive Retreats

Dec 4-13 Snowmass, CO Carol DiMarcello 970 927-9376 (wait list) 10 Day

Mar 4-13 Amarillo, TX Carol DiMarcello 970 927-9376 (wait list) 10 Day

Mar 4-13 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 10 Day

Apr 15-24 Snowmass, CO Carol DiMarcello 970 927-9376 (wait list) 10 Day

May 18-27 Burlingame, CA Cristina Esguerra 650 340-7454 10 Day

June 10-19 Austin, TX Lisa Genung 512 347-9673 10 Day

Advanced Centering Prayer Retreats - Provides an opportunity to deepen the practice of Centering Prayer in an atmosphere

of silence and community support. The Advanced Intensive usually features Part IV of the Spiritual Journey Videotape series by Fr.

Thomas Keating. Prior Centering Prayer retreat experience required.

Feb 5-14 Snowmass, CO Carol DiMarcello 970 927-9376 10 Day

June 6-13 Racine, WI Sr. Kathryn Ann K. 414 282-7310 8 Day

21 Day Centering Prayer Immersion Retreat - unique opportunity for those already established in Centering Prayer to

deepen the experience of living the commitment to the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in daily life. Each week has a new

presenter and theme.

Jun 7-28 Frenchville, PA Nicole Fedder 814 263-4855 21 Day

Sept 5-25 Hastings, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180 21 Day

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Introduction to Lectio Divina Retreats/Workshops - conferences and practice introducing the most traditional way of

cultivating a friendship with Christ..

Date City/State Contact Person Telephone # Email Address Comments

Jan 25-27 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

Feb 15-17 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

Feb 27-29 Uithuizen, NL Sr. Anje 011-0595-435600

Mar 30-Apr 1 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

Apr 25-27 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

May 30-Jun 1 Uithuizen, NL Sr. Anje 011-0595-435600

May 30-Jun 1 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

June 27-29 New England Sr. Mary Anne L. 603 627-9493

Five Day Welcoming Prayer Immersion Retreat - an in-depth introduction, review and immersion into the Welcoming

Prayer practice to establish it as a part of our daily lives and to deepen our relationship with God. Prior Centering Prayer experience


Date City/State Contact Person Telephone # Email Address Comments

Apr 6-10 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613 5 Day

Holy Week Triduum - a celebration of the contemplative dimension of the Easter Triduum. Includes silent meditation periods,

Holy Week liturgies, centering prayer and lectio divina.

Mar 19-23 White Plains, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180

Mar 20-23 Frenchville, PA Nicole Fedder 814 263-4855

Mar 20-23 Burlingame, CA Cristina Esguerra 650 340-7454

Nine Month Course: The Practice and Deepening of Contemplative Living - An ongoing process of formation

enabling participants to create their own unique contemplative lifestyle in the contemporary world. Commitment is for one weekend

a month for nine months, September through May. Prayer, contemplative living and the integration of contemplation and activity are

cultivated; the process is aided by the development of relational prayer through contemplative prayer practices. For information contact:

Cornwall, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180

Denver, CO Rose Meyler 303 863-0932

Formation for Contemplative Outreach Service - Training and practice in communicating the essential elements of an

Introductory Workshop on Centering Prayer, and an opportunity to look at our own Centering Prayer practice in light of the

Essentials. Prerequisite: prior attendance at a 10 Day Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat and daily practice of Centering Prayer.

Includes periods of Centering Prayer and presentations by staff and participants.

Mar 2-8 Chicago, IL Margie Tomlinson 847 391-0997 7 Day

May 12-18 Sewanee, TN Carol Wray 615 373-0613 7 Day

June 25-Jul 2 Highland, NY Cathy McCarthy 845 534-5180 7 Day

Coordinator/Servant Leadership Formation - This program offers anyone who is in service to Contemplative

Outreach, Ltd. (coordinators, contact persons, presenters, facilitators) a unique opportunity to come together in prayerful

community to discuss in-depth issues of Contemplative Outreach chapters and the spirituality of servant-leadership.

St. Meinrad, IN Susan Komis 888 350-5088

Parish Missions/Retreats by Fr. Carl Arico

Contact: C.O. International Resource Center, 973 838-3384


Dec 1-4 Ft. Smith, AR Parish Mission - Immaculate Conception

Dec 15 New Jersey Day of Prayer

Jan 19-23 Vero Beach, FL Holy Cross

Feb 2-5 State College, PA Good Shepherd

Feb 9-12 Bayonne, NJ St. Vincent’s

Feb 16-20 Cedar Knolls, NJ Notre Dame

Feb 23-27 Parsippany, NJ St. Peter’s

Mar 1-4 New City, NY St. Augustine’s

Mar 7-9 Sewanee, TN Retreat on Forgiveness

Mar 10-11 Sewanee, TN Clergy Gathering: Following the Wounded Healer

Mar 19-23 White Plains, NY Holy Week Triduum (Divine Compassion Center)

Mar 29 Breezy Point, NY Day of Prayer

Apr 5-8 Denton, TX Parish Mission, St. Mark's

Apr 11-17 Orange, CA 7 Day Intensive Retreat

May 10-17 LBI, NJ 8 Day Intensive/Post Intensive Retreat

June 6-13 Racine, WI 8 Day Intensive/Advanced Retreat

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For Information About Contemplative Outreach in the United States

Anchorage Kess Frey 907-338-2894

Eagle River Rev. Steven Lambert 907-696-0204

Juneau Fr. Thomas Weise 907-209-7307

Birmingham Aloysius Golden 205-592-3930

Pelham Diana Tschache 205-991-6964

Paradise Valley Kathy & Richard Kramer-Howe 602 955-6057

Prescott Robert Johnson 928 717-2444

Sedona Margaret Swavely 928-282-2080

Tempe Mary & Phil Leonard 480 966-7558

Carpinteria Annette Colbert 805-684-6344

Carpinteria Sr. Suzanne Dunn 805-684-3012

El Cajon Rachel Cave 619-596-7665

El Cajon Fr. Justin Langille 619 444-3076

Encino Sr. Linda Snow 818-784-4515x317

Eureka Rev. Ken Meece 707 269-4245

Fairfield Deni Harding 707-425-8138

La Canada Sr. Catherine Bazar, OP 626-685-8559

La Quinta Evie Connell 760-564-1899

Long Beach Barbara Brown Thompson 562-433-7901

Los Angeles Rene Lessard 310-670-3603

Oakland John Neville 510-655-2796

Orange David & Sharon Hoover 714-456-9891

Palo Alto Jean Ramacciotti, OPL 650-326-5256

Piedmont Eileen Halliburton 510-763-1829

Playa Del Rey Marie Howard 310-823-5863

Sacramento Liberty Kovacs 916-452-0483

San Diego (North) Chris & Sue Hagen 760-745-8860

San Francisco Fr. Terry Ryan 415 288-3841

San Francisco Mary Wyman 415-431-8590

San Gabriel Valley Brian O’Neil 626 240-0115

San Rafael Richard Flout 415-499-1420

Shasta George Wilkins 530-246-4277

Stockton Susan Turpin 209 639-8840

Studio City Mary Shear 818-763-1662

Woodland Hills Michele Harnett, SSL 909 720-6159

Boulder Barbara Hayden 303-494-2845

Breckenridge Jim Bernlohr 970-453-6003

Carbondale Pat Johnson 970-963-1258

Colorado Sprgs Sr. Therese O’Grady 719-633-0655

Denver John Congdon 303-355-1731


Sr. Bernadette Teasdale 303-698-7729

Estes Park Mary Ann Kundtz 970-586-1779

Fort Collins Rosemary & David Kisling 970-225-6359

Longmont Alice Anne & Will Pilkington 303-772-7804

Snowmass Carol DiMarcello 970-927-9376

Greenwich Pat Castellano 203-531-6528

Litchfield Elizabeth Gallagher 860-567-8645

Washington Suzanne Kindervatter 202-686-6816

Altamonte Sprgs Ilse Reissner 407-767-8271

Anna Maria Robert Fasulo 941-778-3091

Aventura Pier Vincenzo Luporini 305-931-3719

Bradenton Kaethe Perez 941-756-3326

Eustis Mary Ann Blaubach 352-735-0201

Hernando Patrick Uhm 847 877-7075 KOREAN

Jupiter Mikella DiSiena 561-748-4291

Longwood Basha Perez 407-869-0781

Miami Aida Herdocia 505 270-8532

Naples Vincent Cinque 239-566-2937

Riviera Beach Ellen McCormack 561-840-7700

Santa Rosa Beach Judi Rutland 850-231-4760

Sarasota Edward Savoy 941-923-5706

Satellite Beach Rosemary Van Pelt 321-777-3389

Tampa Jeffery Carr 813-251-2025

Vero Beach Sally Byrnes 772-231-1068

Decatur Roberta Oster 404-299-2670

Hiawassee Vernon & Mary Joyce Dixon 706-896-8275

Marietta Cathy Hightower 770-973-6243

Honolulu Carol Alevizos 808-739-5288

Cedar Falls Jenny Adamson 319-266-8225















Coralville Cathy Chenard 319-354-2414

Des Moines Kathy Reardon 515-280-3861

Des Moines Paul Witmer 515-279-3658

Fairfield Rev. Stephen Page 641-472-4375

Long Grove Lolita Dierickx 563-285-7242

Boise Ken Eklund 208-343-0413

Belleville Marsha Hatfield-Baker 314 918-8288

Bloomington Audrey Cleary, OSB 309 283-2240

Bloomington Florrie Dammers 309-664-5921

Bolingbrook Robert Gordon 630-679-1797

Chicago Rev.Ted Curtis 773 398-5728

Chicago (West) Sr. Benita Jasurda, OSB 630-725-6011

Chicago (NW) Margie Tomlinson 847-391-0997

Ferdinand Sr. Maria Tasto, OSB 812 367-1411 x2656

Indianapolis Laurel Simon 317-876-0147

Noblesville Gwen Goss 317 842-6778

Lenexa Rev. Rob Carr 913-438-5821

Topeka Robert Dubois 785-267-3111

Wichita Charissa Jochems 316-685-4850

Bardstown Sr. Mary Otho Ballard, OP 502-331-9074

Lexington Janis Carter 859-335-8391

Louisville Millie Clements McElroy 502 244-0878

Melbourne Sr. Micki Martin, CDP 859-441-0700x349

Baton Rouge Monica Freeman 225-924-3812

Lake Charles Barbara Tomme 337-855-4239

New Orleans Vivien & Ed Michals 504-944-4000

Shreveport Alan Prater 318-797-8721

Boxborough Kathleen Long 978-263-1319

Lowell Fr. William Sheehan, OMI 978-454-0039

Rockport Robert Hope 978-546-6044

Taunton Ethel Fraga 508-822-2410 ethel.fraga@verizon.cnet

Annapolis Carol Leach 410-263-1752

Potomac Guy & Dana Semmes 301-983-1857

Old Orcherd Beach Adele Millette 207-937-2313

Acme Pat Yamaguchi 231-938-5965

Grand Rapids Rev. David Muyskens 616-452-2234

Grosse Pt Bernadette Thibodeau 313-882-4824

Saginaw Nan Spence 989-791-7079

Cohasset Nicholas Eltgroth 218-999-5053

Duluth Meridith Schifsky 218-525-9363

St. Joseph Sr. Katherine Howard 320-363-7187

St. Paul James Babin 651-699-2514

St. Paul Sr. Virginia Matter 651-777-7251

Staples Carol Weber 218-894-3631

Jefferson City Sr. Laura Magowan 573 893-4776

Nixa Gary Johnson 417-724-9598

Springfield Mary & David Fromme 417-823-8359

St. Louis Jim McElroy 314-918-8288

St. Louis Marsha Hatfield-Baker 314 918-8288

Wentzville Susan Komis 636 327-0807

Jackson Tom Lewis 601-366-2335

Tupelo Nancy Bridges 662-844-5456

Missoula Jean Woessner 406-721-3540

Candler Becky Hannah 828-667-2799

Cary Judi Gaitens 919-469-3895

Cary John Kelsey 919-467-0045

Raleigh Alice Stanford 919-781-5860

Raleigh Betty Stoddard 919-782-2599

Wilkesboro Rev. Thomas Morris 336-667-4231

Winston Salem Joan Ricci Hurst 336-418-0028

Gering Joe Masek 308-436-8215

Omaha Deb Fortina 402-280-4774

Omaha Bob Ginn

Manchester Sr. Mary Anne Laughlin, SND 603-627-9493

Bayonne Therese Saulnier 201-436-8256

Cape May County Anne & James Byrne - 609 465-7015

Lincroft Barbara Woodzell 732-842-3876

Medford Doris Curley 609-654-3417

Rancocas Sr. Marcy Springer, SSJ 609-877-0509



















Santa Fe Susan Rush 505-466-4527

Boulder City Gard Jameson 702-294-0980

Bronx Dr. William Fredrickson 718-601-3360

Colden Br. John Crocker 716-941-9428

Cornwall Cathy McCarthy 845-534-5180

Eastchester Sr. Rose Vermette RCD 914-961-1559

East Meadow Anne Mazza 516-794-8233

Franklin Square Barbara Sullivan 516-481-0472

Hillsdale Bruce Gardiner 518-325-5546

Newburgh Ray Romaine 845-564-0247

New York City Rebecca Barnes 212 222-8109

Pine City George Welch 607 732-5023

Queensbury Edward Horgan, Jr. 518-792-0377

Rochester Thomas Agness

Stony Point Judy O’Toole 845-942-0505

Cincinnati Robert & Liz Maxwell 513 347-6691

Cleveland Kay Powers 216-932-8911

Columbus Fr. Vincent McKiernan, CSP 614-291-4674x106

Dayton Barbara Lobbestael 937-436-3188

Mansfield Anita Donnan 419-610-8520

Solon Andrea Kneier 440 248-2244

Broken Arrow Barbara Schneeberg 918-252-2966

Beaverton Gini Graham 503-889-6642

Bend Rita Weick 541-382-0086

Corvallis Norman Carlson 541-754-9945

Salem Kathy Seubert 503-910-3085

Clarks Summit Christine Kessen 570-587-2223

Erie Rita Panciera 814-456-1802

Erie Mary Dwyer 814-838-6469

Frenchville Sr. Therese Dush 814-263-4855

Greensburg Sr. Margaret Ann Calcutta 724-834-8073x305

Greensburg Judith Molter 724-834-4374

Lansdale Kathy DiFede 215-362-9287

Montrose The Rev. Elizabeth Moulton 570 278-2132

Phila/U.Penn/Drexel Thomas Connolly 610 658-9011

Pittsburgh Jack Shaw 412-344-7065

Pittsburgh Lois Snowden 412 922-9466

Sewickley Ruth Hofmann 412-741-2403

State College Nancy Cord-Baran 814-237-1002

West Chester Roseanne Havird 610 450-6567

Greenville Sula Hurley 864-329-9740

Greenville Wanda Meade 864-235-5060

Rapid City Sr. Marmion Howe, OSB 605-343-2688

Yankton Ellen McVay 605-665-3344

Chattanooga Rev. Margaret Marshall 423-757-9580

Jackson Carol Scrivener 731-660-6469

Memphis Mike Potter 901-274-3488

Nashville Carol Wray 615-373-0613

Sewanee The Rev. Thomas Ward, Jr 931 598-5088

Austin Betsy Aylin 512-301-1150

Austin June Jeffers 512-892-6504

Austin Hal Kemp 512-401-6397

Boerne Cleo Tamez 210-286-4320

College Station Neal Scogin 979 690-6030

Corpus Christi Olivia Kelly 361-949-9773

Denton Rev. D. Timothy Thompson 940-387-6223

Fredericksburg Timothy Koock 830-997-9554

Houston Fr. William Fickel 713-661-3958

Rockwall Sandra & Ed Guancial 972-722-6029

San Antonio Rev. Homer Bain 210-492-1306

San Antonio Savario Mungo 210 465-9591

Ogden Sr. Danile Knight, OSB 801-479-6030

Alexandria Laurel LaCivita 703-370-3305

Earlysville Susan Clark 434-973-8475

Richmond Henry Burke 804-288-9494

Roanoke Carolyn Winborne 540 343-7524

Virginia Beach Nancy Hess 757-468-9256

Woodbridge Robert Gullo 703-590-3334

Blaine Paul Fiorini 360-734-2850




Blaine Bonnie Shimizu 360 393-4349

Olympia Miguel Perez-Gibson 360-259-7790

Sammamish Ruth & Mark Dundon 425-427-9290

Seattle Cherry Haisten 206-328-6484

Seattle Gay Marcontell 206-322-7482

Seattle Paul Peterhans 206-722-9400

Spokane Gary Meisenburg 509-570-3161

Walla Walla Pamela Jarboe 509-525-2512

Dodgeville Hatheway Brooks 608-574-5797

Milwaukee Judee Weber 262-662-4445

Charleston Diana Masso 304-206-7572

Parkersburg Sr. Molly Bauer, SSJ 304-424-6080

Gillette Sr. Therese Steiner, SCL 307-682-3319

For Information Outside of the U.S.


Victoria Chris Morris 39-386-6671

Victoria Fr. Michael Mifsud 61-3-5966-2049

Wilberforce Sr. Sheila Normoyle 02-4575-3059


Nassau Lynn Lightbourn 242-322-7037

Nassau Sr. Annie Thompson 242-323-5517


Belo Horizonte Jandira Soares Pimentel 55-31-3241-8129

Rio de Janeiro Sergio de Azevedo Morais 011-55-21-2246-6242

Sao Paulo Marcio Luiz de Oliveira 55-11-69738097


Amherstburg Rose-Marie McIsaac 519-734-7241

Edmonton, AB Fr. Raymond Sevigny 780-469-4375

Gjoa Haven, NU Sr. Dorica Sever 867-260-6020

Halifax, NS

Sr. Anne Veronica MacNeil 902-425-2701

Leamington Marlene Kelly-Kolotylo 519 324-0118

Port Coquiltam Anne Larochelle 604 944-2742

Sherbrooke, QC Fr. Bernard Dionne 819-563-3978

Surrey, BC Anita Boyd 604-590-8080

Toronto, ON Carolyn Gratton 416-922-6451


Sr. Catherine Labinowich 204 338-4601


Havana P. Gilberto Walker 53-7-861-8606

Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo Vicky Acra 809-562-2214


Makati City Tess Colayco 632-817-9499

Makati City Grace Padilla 632-810-9573


Paris Robert McKeon 33-686-95-1889

Paris Alan Masek 33-14-306-6532


Kumasi Sr. Therese Jacobs 233-51-29707


Perezville Tamuning Bernadette Leon de Guerrero 671-646-7246 x308


Barntown,Co Wexford Sr. Ita Miller 35-353-20014

Co. Wexford Fr. Tom Dalton 353-51-563104

Dublin Sr. Fionnuala Quinn 353-868-3041

Ferns, Co. Wexford Sr. Marie Dolores 353-53-9366634

Makati City Lita Salinas 632-810-8825

Puerto Rico

San Juan Maria Luisa Asón 787-753-0758

Republic of Singapore

Singapore Cecilia Ee 65-6241-2663

South Africa

Durban Norman McNally 27-031-201-5278

Grahamstown North Wendy Sweetman 27-46-603-5819

Johannesburg Donovan August 27-11-477-4082

Johannesburg Ethne de Vasconcellos 27-11-888-4784

Kommetjie Urs Geiges 021-783-4879

Pinelands Brian Podesta 27-021-531-9114

Port Elizabeth Sue Burton 27-41-585-3933


Umgeni Park

Elizabeth Norton-Amor 031-564-23643

Ramle Br. Elia Beaver


Ponteranica Fr. Antonio Pedretti 39-035-571015

Rome Fr. Joseph Chalmers 39-06-46201833

Rome Isabel Marion-Landais 39-06-686-4084


Kuala Lumpur Philip Cheah 6 03-4107-3342

Kuala Lumpur Lawrence Wong 6-03-20962549


Bosques de las Lomas Judith Bernal de Amodio 55-2167-6728 pelusa

Merida, Yucatan Fr. John Martin 52-999-938-1123


Diemen Anneke Smit 31-20-416-0233

Uithuizen Sr. Anje van der Pers 31-595-435600

South Korea

Seoul Sr. Mary David Choi 822-920-9666

Seoul Francis Kim 822-421-1968


Aire-la-Ville Charles Christophi 41-22-757-0684

United Kingdom

Leeds W. Yorkshire Ann O’Donnell 44-1132-261396

Preston Elizabeth Smith 44-177-262-0746


Barquisimeto Antonio Estevez, CM 58-251-253-454

Caracas Belkina Gamboa

Virgin Island

Christiansted Sherry Trommer 340-773-1415


Arequipa Patricia Roberts 51-54-25-5689

West Indies

Trinidad & Tobago Sr. Paul D’Ornellas 868-624-8267

Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

International Resource Center

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NEWTON, NJ 07860

Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach can serve as a spiritual resource for any

structure including a corporate model, but is not itself a structure. It infuses into all activity the motive of

divine love and personal commitment to transformation in Christ. It provides interior resources for many

lifestyles without having an independent existence of its own. Hence, it competes with no other

organization, work of mercy, or spiritual discipline. It is the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, not

the gospel itself. It can be lived and practiced in any state of life that supports or manifests the values of

the Gospel without being identified with any particular state of life. It fosters the divine way of being

human in every situation. It is not exclusive to any one religion but nourishes the heart of every religion.

Thus it can enhance the practice of every religion by sustaining as its primary responsibility the process of

human transformation in Christ, as the eternal Word of God made flesh." Excerpted from Thomas Keating’s

presentation at the 2006 Contemplative Outreach Annual Conference.

Networking, resources, & workshop presenters are available at the Contemplative Outreach International Resource

Center For more information contact: Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

Tel: 973-838-3384 Fax: 973-492-5795 Email: Website:

Co-Editors & Layout Design: Susan Supak and Cathy McCarthy.

Photos on Pages 1, 6 and 11 are stock photographs.

Photography by Susan Supak, unless otherwise noted.

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