Welcome to the Contemplative Outreach of Connecticut Chapter website!
Our Mission is to support, grow and share the Contemplative Outreach Prayer Practices as well as to foster and enhance the Christian Contemplative Community in the Connecticut area.
Our Vision is to align with the latest practices and principles of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and to endorse a comprehensive view of the Keating legacy. Please see our Information Page for more details.
We welcome you to our online presence! Please browse our site, sign up to be on our email list (below), register your Centering Prayer Group with us (below) and request an Introductory Workshop, other Program for your Parish or Group as well as additional information or assistance on our Contact Page (found under Resources).
- Mike Smoolca, Contemplative Outreach of CT Chapter Coordinator.
Meet our Leadership Team.
Contemplative Outreach of CT highly recommends the Living Flame Contemplative Formation Program to all experienced Centering Prayer Practitioners. PLEASE APPLY BY 1/15/2018
We're working with Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center to gather interest for the Living Flame Contemplative Formation Program that would start in the Fall of 2018. In order to establish sufficient interest in Living Flame and to secure your spot, we need folks to apply by January 15, 2018. Please see additional information below and apply at the Holy Family web site: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/cce/livingflame
Contemplative Outreach of CT has developed a new flyer as a way of concisely describing who we are. We invite you to download the flyer and share it with your Prayer Group and others.
See the Special Video Message from Fr. Keating to the members of Contemplative Outreach of CT to the right!
Upcoming area events of local interest for the winter and spring:
Saturday, January 6, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contemplative Enrichment Day: Forgiveness Process and Practice, Mary Dwyer, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:00 A.M - 12:30 P.M. (Doors open at 8:30) - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop , Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Saturday February 17, 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM Lectio Divina Introductory Workshop, St. Robert’s Hall – 52 S. Elm St. Windsor Locks, CT
Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contemplative Enrichment Day: CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING: LIVING OUT GOD'S CALL TO RELATIONSHIP, Steve Sandiford, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Saturday March 17, 2018 9:00 - 12:00 a.m. United in Prayer Day
Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contemplative Enrichment Day: TERESA OF AVILA: AGONY AND ECSTASY, Susan Komis, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contemplative Enrichment Day: Howard Thurman and the Mystical Heart of Non-Violence Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Finding the Place of the Heart, Fr. Bill Sheehan, Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, CT
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Making the Insights of Thomas Merton Accessible, Mike Smoolca, Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center, Farmington, CT
Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contemplative Enrichment Day: The Contemplative Dimension of Life, the Fifth Moment of Lectio Divina, Mike Potter, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:00 A.M - 12:30 P.M. (Doors open at 8:30) - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop , Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Saturday, June 9, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Annual Day of Christian Contemplative Reflection: The Neuropsychology of Centering Prayer, Dr. Charlotte Tomaino, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Friday June 29 - Sunday July 1, 2018, Early Summer Contemplative Weekend Retreat - Christianity and Buddhism in Dialogue, Fr. Michael Holleran, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Please check our Current Events Page for more details and updates
Updates have been made to our list of Prayer Groups: http://www.co-ct.org/prayer-groups.html
We would like to list your Prayer Group on our page, please fill out the form on the previously linked page to provide us information about your group and we'll list so others will know how to find you.
We added some additional links to our Prayer Group Facilitator Resource Page. It's an choice under Resources on the Main Menu.
The Holy Family Retreat Center (West Hartford, CT) has embarked on it's second season of the Christian Contemplative Experience. For more about the program and a complete list of events for the 2017-2018 Retreat Season please visit the CCE pages on the Holy Family website: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/cce
A Special Video Greeting for
Looking to establish interest in the Living Flame Contemplative Formation Program beginning in Fall 2018 - please apply by 1/15/2018!
The Living Flame Program consists of two one-year Contemplative Formation experiences that has been offered by Contemplative Outreach since 1993. Living Flame I and II were last offered the Central Connecticut area between 2014 - 2016, We were graced to have over 40 participants completing one or both years of this program from various parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island at that time. We are now working in conjunction with the Holy Family Christian Contemplative Experience Program to offer the Living Flame Program once again beginning in the Fall of 2018.
This Contemplative Formation program includes seven full-day Saturday sessions offering in-depth spiritual study presented by commissioned presenters from the various Contemplative Outreach Service Teams located around the United States. Designed to teach the vital conceptual background needed to support a faithful practice of Centering Prayer, the program also:
offers encouragement and support in a small community setting;
To Find out more and apply for this program please visit the Holy Family Christian Contemplative Experience Living Flame page: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/cce/livingflame
Holy Family Retreat Center continues to embrace the Christian Contemplative Experience!
After years of working closely with local Christian Contemplative Prayer Community and it's first year of Christian Contemplative Experience Programming, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT is pleased to announce it will continue to offer a wide range of programs related to Christian contemplative prayer during its 2017-18 retreat season. From introductory workshops to daylong immersions to weekend intensives, the multi-tiered curriculum offers those curious about the topic and those more experienced many opportunities to meet, share and explore the contemplative tradition together.
Informed by the teachings of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd, founded by Fr. Thomas Keating in 1984, the Christian Contemplative Experience at Holy Family will consist of six facets: a contemplative prayer group, annual day of reflection, introductory workshops, contemplative enrichment days, weekend retreats and intensives, and a Living Flame formation.
By embracing the Christian Contemplative Tradition, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center seeks to affirm the oneness of all Christians and to transcend our outward differences by joining together in silent prayer. It seeks to provide a space where Christians can meet, share and pray together in the unity of the contemplative tradition.
You can find details on these programs and information here: http://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/cce or contact Brandon Nappi at Holy Family by email at email@example.com or call at: 860-760-9718.
Cynthia Bourgeault offers deeper insights into Centering Prayer
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice is a wonderful book for Advanced Centering Practitioners to deepen their understanding of Centering Prayer. At a time of growing fear and polarization, we desperately need a new way of thinking and being. Centering Prayer is one of the most practical methods for opening our minds and hearts to nondual, heart-centered awareness. Cynthia offers guidance for both beginners and seasoned practitioners as well as some tantalizing glimpses into the windows this practice opens upon Christianity’s well-hidden nondual path. During the live webcast, viewers may submit questions for Cynthia to address as time allows.
Several members of the Contemplative Outreach of Connecticut Chapter Leadership Team are currently reading this outstanding book and we highly recommend it.
Click here for: Cynthia's Recorded Boston College talks on topics from this book.
Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations for the week of February 12 - February 17, 2017 focused on Cynthia's Centering Prayer work. Click here for the Weekly Summary with links to daily insights.
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