Centering Prayer Programs

OCTOBER 24-29, 2021
Claggett Retreat Center, Adamstown, MD

Six Day Centering Prayer Retreat

Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington, DC (COMW).

Registration for our Centering Prayer Retreat is now filled. These retreats are only convened every few years, and this is a special opportunity to experience contemplative prayer in community.
For more information, contact Suzi Kindervatter

NOVEMBER 20, 2021
9 AM – 12 Noon, Via Zoom

Approaches to Lectio Divina

A COMW Half-Day Retreat led by Leslee Anne Terpay
focused on Praying Holy Scripture in groups and on your own

The classical term for reflection on scripture and other sacred texts is Lectio Divina. Practicing Lectio Divina through the exercise of the faculties – reading, reflecting, and responding that leads to resting in God – serves to balance the letting go of deliberate thinking during the periods of Centering Prayer. [From Theological Principle 8 Thomas Keating’s Commentary]

Fr. Thomas Keating described praying Holy Scripture as a “heavy date” with the Living Christ. Lectio Divina, which it is traditionally called, is a practice to include in both centering prayer group gatherings and our personal prayer sessions. This retreat will explore Thomas’ teaching called the Four Approaches to the Practice of Lectio Divina which starts with learning the steps of the prayer through the scholastic method. Then as one feels comfortable with the method and able to let go of the steps of this divine dance one follows the promptings of the Spirit to experience God’s grace in the prayer time using the monastic method. The invitation is clear … just like Centering Prayer we open to God’s presence and action in our lives through the contemplative practice of sitting with God through the Word.

Leslee Anne Terpay has been part of the Contemplative Outreach Lectio Divina Service Team since 2007. They are chartered with stewarding Fr. Thomas’s Lectio Divina teaching out of the monastery and into the world.

Registration is Required

Suggested $25 Program Donation per Half-Day Retreat
As a non-profit spiritual community, Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW) relies on financial support from attendees to allow us to continue to offer these programs.

Upcoming Retreats and Workshops

DECEMBER 18, 2021
9 am – 12 noon via Zoom

“Icons as Portals for Unlocking the Contemplative Heart” 
led by Mary Altalo

Maryland/Washington metro area

Facilitator Training/Enrichment

In partnership with our national organization, Contemplative Outreach Ltd. (COL), COMW offers a three-step, hybrid path for Facilitator training/enrichment for those in the Maryland/Washington DC area. It combines:

  • COL’s online training program (available for a fee here).
  • For would-be Facilitators in Maryland or Washington, D.C., a mentoring period in conjunction with the online Level 1 Facilitator Formation workshop (above) is available. Occasional mentoring is also available for present COMW Facilitators. (see contact below)  
  • Attend COMW’S in-person, overnight Facilitating Workshop (May 20-21, 2022) in Bethesda, MD.

Contact Marjorie Centofanti for details and registration.

MAY 20-21, 2022

Bethesda, MD

Overnight Facilitating Workshop

Hosted by Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington.
National Contemplative Outreach (CO Ltd.) presenters, along with COMW’s service team, offer this special event to encourage and enrich the experience of being a Centering Prayer group Facilitator. It’s the first of its kind in our area. Our mission aims to help attendees: 1) recognize their calling more clearly; 2) encourage more meaningful group Centering Prayer; 3) deepen faith in the contemplative path; and 4) become savvy about CO Ltd.’s many resources.

Registration: Begins January, 2022
For information on agenda and registration, contact Marjorie Centofanti.
For information on scholarships and funding, contact Kathleen Blank Riether.

Rescheduled from May 2021.

When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:6