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.
Upcoming area events of local interest (updated 7/10/2019):
Saturday July 27, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., An Overview and Facilitated Experience of The Spiritual Journey, Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford, CT 06107. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
July 29th to August 2nd, 2019., RECOVERY SPIRITUALITY RETREAT, Genesis Spirituality Center, 53 Mill St, Westfield, MA 01085
August 16 - 18, 2019, WEAVING A NEST FOR STILLNESS: A CONTEMPLATIVE RETREAT WEEKEND, Mercy By the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT
Saturday September 14, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - A day retreat of identity discovery and prayer with Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI, St Roberts Hall, 52 South Elm St, Winsdor Locks, CT
Saturday September 28, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Reclaiming our Mystical Roots, Dr. Rickey Cotton, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
October 4th-6th, 2019, 11TH STEP CENTERING PRAYER, Madeleine Joy, SP, Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI and Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, Genesis Spirituality Center, 53 Mill St, Westfield, MA 01085
Saturday October 12, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Exploring the Wisdom of the Gospels, Rev. Bill Redfield, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Saturday October 26, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Forgiveness Prayer and Practice, Steve Standiford, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Please check our Current Events Page for additional events as they are added over the summer!
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.
Click here to view the CO-CT June 2019 Quarterly Update!
Here's the link to Fr Thomas's tribute page on this site.
If you have an interest in becoming more actively involved in serving the Contemplative Outreach of CT Chapter please contact Mike Smoolca at: email@example.com
Contemplative Outreach of CT has developed a 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.
Become familiar with two CT Contemplative Outreach Chapter Leaders by listening to the following interview of Mike Smoolca and Grace Padilla. Mike speaks first about his connection with Thomas Merton and Father Thomas Keating and then Grace shares about her deeply personal experiences with Centering Prayer through acquaintance with Father Basil Pennington and Father Keating.
Thought for Summer!
" We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.”
Cynthia Bourgeault will be at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford from November 8 - 14, 2019
Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity
The Christian Contemplative Experience at Holy Family Retreat Center is entering it's fourth Retreat Season in 2019-2020!
After years of offering Contemplative Programming and working closely with local Christian Contemplative Prayer Community Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT formally began to offer a structured program and community-building effort around Christian contemplative prayer during its 2016-17 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. This program, known as the Christian Contemplative Experience is entering it's third year at Holy Family.
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.
For further details visit: http://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/cce
Register with us
If you're not already on the Contemplative Outreach of Connecticut email list or if your Centering Prayer group is not listed in our list of Prayer Groups please provide us with your information below.