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Be still
and know
I am God.
(Psalm 46:10)
For a list of groups in New York City, check out our group list. Note that Queens is part of the Long Island chapter, so you can find those listings on their site.

Making a Space for Contemplative Prayer, Trinity Church Wall Street

Spa for the Soul, Trinity Church Wall Street
Parish Center, 56 Trinity Place (at the corner of Rector St)

Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 10 am – 3 pm

Centering prayer founder Father Thomas Keating wrote, “God’s first language is silence.  Everything else is a poor translation. In order to understand this language, we must learn to be silent and to rest in God.”

Learn to rest in God through the contemplative practice of centering prayer and gather the tools and resources you will need to develop a regular prayer practice.  In the morning we will learn about and experience centering prayer.  Beginners will find this a helpful introduction to the practice and longtime practitioners may appreciate a refresher.  In the afternoon we will explore ways to practice centering prayer by itself or combined with other prayer practices in a contemplative version of a Daily Office program.  Our study will be framed by quotations from Father Thomas Keating’s work.  Lunch will be provided and will be eaten in silence

The quiet day will be led by Lindsay Boyer, a spiritual director, adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary, contemplative retreat leader, and coordinator of the New York City chapter of Contemplative Outreach.

$25 includes lunch.

To RSVP or for more information, email


Advent Lectio Divina & Contemplative Prayer

St. Joseph Church’s Parish House, Music Room
371 Sixth Ave at Washington Place, New York City
Wednesdays, December 5, 12, 19th, 7 – 8:30 pm

The traditional method of Lectio Divina, of reading, reflecting, praying the Word of God leads us to deeper understanding of the Scripture, growing relationship with Christ and culminates in Contemplative Prayer, the silent communion with God.

Facilitating: Ildiko Viczian.  For more information, call the Parish Office 212-741 1274.


Introduction to Centering Prayer December 1st, St. Bartholomew’s Church

Entrance is at 109 East 50th Street,
between Park and Lexington,
just west of the #6 entrance.

Five hour introduction December 1st, 10 am – 3 pm

Paula Hastings and Mark Lewis will lead an introduction for beginners that will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.  All are welcome.  A suggested donation of $25 helps cover our costs and enables Contemplative Outreach to sponsor future contemplative events and training.

It’s recommended that you pack a lunch.  Please RSVP in advance as space is limited.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer at


Centering Prayer Facilitators Day January 26th

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY
Saturday January 26th, 10 am – 3 pm

Join us for a day of discernment and fellowship for contemplative group leaders.  There will be opportunities for sharing our experience as group leaders and our questions about moving forward.  We will practice centering prayer and eat lunch together.

We ask for a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer at


Remembering Father Thomas Keating at Saint Luke in the Fields, Sunday, November 18th

A Rising Tide of Silence:
The Spiritual Journey of Father Thomas Keating
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
Laughlin Hall, 487 Hudson Street,
 New York, NY 
Sunday, November 18th, 2018, 3  – 6 pm

Join us for a celebration of the life of centering prayer founder Father Thomas Keating.  We will begin by viewing the documentary Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence and then offer our own reflections on Father Thomas and his influence on our lives and practice.

There is no registration fee.  A suggested donation of $20 helps Contemplative Outreach sponsor events to support and encourage spiritual nourishment.

For registration/information, please contact Richard Kigel at 718-698-7514 or


Remembering Father Thomas Keating

There are several events planned to honor the transformative presence of Father Thomas Keating, one of the founders of centering prayer.

The monks of St. Benedict’s Monastery will be co-hosting a memorial service with Contemplative Outreach at Spirit of Christ Church, Arvada (Denver), Colorado, at 11am Mountain time on Friday November 16.

Through the generosity of The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC), the memorial service will be live-streamed so anyone can participate anywhere in the world.

Memorial donations may be made to Contemplative Outreach here or mailed to St. Benedict’s Monastery.

You may enjoy reading these stories and prayers and share your own here.


Day of Centering Prayer, Saturday November 10th, 10 am – 3 pm

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Give yourself the gift of a mini retreat.  This day of centering prayer will begin with a brief review of the practice, followed by a question and comments period.  We will engage in five or six half hour sessions of centering prayer with a break for lunch in silence and further questions and comments in the afternoon.  Recommended for those who have some experience of centering prayer who would like to spend a day in practice.  A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of a box lunch and to help us sponsor future events.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer at


Centering Prayer by Video

Join us for Centering Prayer by Video.  You might be surprised at how moving the experience of digital community can be.

Centering Prayer Refresher by Video

Saturday September 29th, 10 am – 12 noon EST

We will review the basics of Centering Prayer with some suggestions on how to deepen the practice. We will practice for at least 20 minutes and there will be a question and answer period. Beginners may find this a helpful introduction to the practice and more experienced practitioners may appreciate a refresher.

Centering Prayer by Video 

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 2018 at 7 pm EST

We will begin with some brief prayers and practice twenty minutes of silent prayer together followed by lectio divina.  The full program should last about 45 minutes to an hour.

Email Lindsay Boyer if you are interested or if you would like to be on a mailing list to receive information on future online meetings.  It would be lovely to see you online!


Introduction to Centering Prayer at St. Francis Cabrini Shrine, Uptown Manhattan



United In Prayer Day, Saturday, March 17, 10:30 am

Dedicated to Healing Violence
Church of Notre Dame Parrish House
405 West 114 Street, New York City
(Amsterdam & Morningside Aves)

Presentation by Father Michael Holleran on Healing, followed by discussion and Centering Prayer session.

12:00 pm Mass at Church of Notre Dame.

For more information contact Father Michael Holleran, 646-221 9794