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.
Registration for the Living Flame 1 Contemplative Formation Program is closing on September 30, 2018. There are still have a few spots open but act quickly if you're interested. For more information and to Register please see: 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.
Updates have been made to Leadership Team information.
If you have an interest in becoming more actively involved in serving the Contemplative Outreach of CT Chapter please contact Mike Smoolca at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view the CO-CT September 2018 Quarterly Update!
Upcoming area events of local interest for the Fall:
September 7 - 8, 2018 Thomas Merton and the Spiritual Imagination, Michael W. Higgins, PhD
Wisdom House, 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
Saturday, September 15, 2018 9:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. WISDOM JESUS, A Prayer Day Retreat with Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI St. Robert Hall – 52 South Elm St. Windsor Locks, CT
Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:00 A.M - 12:30 P.M. (Doors open at 8:30) - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop , Mike Smoolca, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Saturday October 6, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Song and Silence: Centering Prayer and Canto Divina Experience, Gunilla Norris and Frank Pendola, Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Living Flame Program - Refinement of Centering Prayer with Kathy Difede, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
November 2-4, 2018. 11TH STEP CENTERING PRAYER WEEKEND, Madeleine Joy, SP; Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI; Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center 53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085
Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Principles and Foundations of Wisdom Christianity: Changing our Perspectives, Rev. Bill Redfield, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Saturday, November 17, 2018 Living Flame Program - Lectio Divina with Mike Potter. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
December 7 - 9, 2018, Advent Contemplative Retreat: What is Mysticism? Does it Really Matter?, Therese Saulnier
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Friday 5:00 p.m.- Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 Living Flame Program- The Human Condition with Steve Standiford, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - The Core of Wisdom Christianity: A new way of Seeing and Being, Rev. Bill Redfield, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT 06107
Please check our Current Events Page for additional events!
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.
A Special Video Greeting for
Contemplative Outreach of CT and the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center's Christian Contemplative Experience Program will be offering the Living Flame Contemplative Formation Program beginning in Fall 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 and register for this program please visit the Holy Family Christian Contemplative Experience Living Flame page: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/cce/livingflame
The Christian Contemplative Experience at Holy Family Retreat Center enters it's third Retreat Season in 2018-2019!
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
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