“Be Still and Know that I am God”

Psalm 46:10

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.


As a chapter of Contemplative Outreach International, Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW) is comprised of volunteers and serves Maryland, Washington, DC and the surrounding area. COMW’s mission, as stated in the Vision Statement and Theological principles of Contemplative Outreach, is to support existing Centering Prayer groups, foster the formation of new Centering Prayer groups, and offer training for Group Facilitators and Presenters of the Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop.


Centering prayer now offered via Zoom or conference call! Click here for list of groups in our chapter, Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington, offering centering prayer via Zoom or conference call.

Updated September 24, 2020.


Centering Prayer Intro Workshop with

Father Arico & LJ Milone

Resting in God:  An Introductory Workshop on Centering Prayer, Part 1 with LJ Milone and Fr. Carl Arico https://youtu.be/Dk2xH0XAK3c
Resting in God:  An Introductory Workshop on Centering Prayer, Part 2 with Fr. Carl Arico
There is also a “playlist” that lists both parts together at
Recorded July 18, 2020. Sponsored by COMW.


COMW Half Day Centering Prayer Retreat

December 19, 2020

Lady Mary and the Indwelling Holy Spirit:
An Advent Engagement
Saturday, December 19, 2020
9:00am ET to Noon – Via Zoom
Led by Mary Altalo
Click here for details and to register.



November Webinars with L.J. Milone

Love and Contemplation at Night

Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Nov 29, Dec 6, 2020

Times: 2pm-3pm

Click Love and Contemplation at Night–November 2020 for more info and to register in advance.


COMW 2021 May Overnight Facilitating Workshop –  May 14-15, 2021. Contact Marjorie at mcentofanti@jhmi.edu with questions. Read more….

COMW October 2021 Silent Centering Prayer Retreat — Posted 5/20/2020 Moved from October 24-29, 2021. Contact Suzi Kindervatter with questions.



Contemplative Outreach Ltd June 18, 2020
Endorsed by Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington 

“To be in the kingdom is to participate in God’s solidarity with the poor by sharing with them the good things that have been given to us.  In the New Testament the great sin is to be deaf to the cry of the poor whether that cry springs from emotional, material, or spiritual need.  Although we cannot help but partake in some degree in social injustice because we live in this world, we must constantly reach out in concrete and practical ways to those in need.  Divine love is not a feeling, but a choice.”
– Thomas Keating, Meditations on the Parables of Jesus

In the spirit that exclaims, “we are all created equal,” Contemplative Outreach unites its voice with those who have been oppressed, violated, discriminated against, abused, exploited, and who now are asking to be considered normal human beings! At the same time we reject the use of violence in the struggle to achieve equality. We acknowledge that those who discriminate are also human beings and in need of healing as well.

Contemplative Outreach recognizes that discrimination, being part of our cultural conditioning, can be healed by contemplative practices like Centering Prayer. We invite all of us who consciously or unconsciously recognize that we participate or have participated in acts of discrimination to open our hearts to the healing power of God, so that united with those who have been the victims of discriminatory acts, we can all be healed together.

With the hope of love and peace for our world,
Your Governing Board