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.
See our updated Current Events Page.
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.
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
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.
If you're a Prayer Group Facilitator, please check our new 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
Contacts, Meeting dates / times of some Prayer Groups have recently been updated.
Upcoming area events of local interest for the fall:
Saturday September 16, 9:30 AM- 3:30PM The Spiritual Journey, Growing Up in God
Fr. Bill Sheehan, O.M.I. St. Robert’s Hall – 52 S. Elm St. Windsor Locks, CT
Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 A.M - 12:30 P.M. (Doors open at 8:30) - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop , Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m, WELCOMING PRAYER: PROCESS AND PRACTICE, Therese Saulnier, Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443
Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contemplative Enrichment Day: John of the Cross: Beyond the Dark Nights, Dr. Rickey Cotton, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:00 A.M - 3:00 P.M. (Doors open at 8:30) - Lectio Divina Introductory Workshop , Mike Smoolca & Nancy Stimac, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Saturday, November 18, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contemplative Enrichment Day: Wisdom Way of Knowing, Rev. William Redfield, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Friday December 8 - Sunday December 10, 2017, Advent Contemplative Weekend Retreat - Light Sitting In Light, Fr. Martin Laird, O.S.A, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Friday 5:00 p.m.- Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Saturday December 9, 2017 - DAY OF CENTERING PRAYER: BEYOND CONVERSATION WITH GOD, Elizabeth Oleksak, SP,
Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center 53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085
Throughout the summer we'll continue updating our our full list of Current Events!
Please check back later for updates!
Thought for Fall!
The updated Contemplative Outreach Vision:
"We embrace the process of transformation in Christ,
both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer."
Fr. Thomas Keating
Fr. Thomas Keating continues to go strong and provide his Spiritual Leadership!
Fr. Thomas Keating turned 94 on March 7, 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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