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Be still
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I am God.
(Psalm 46:10)

Fr. William Meninger at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament and St. Bartholomew’s

We are excited to welcome Trappist monk and prolific author Fr. William Meninger back to NYC this fall. Fr. Meninger helped to found the Centering Prayer movement, based in part on his great familiarity with the Christian spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing. Please mark your calendars, invite friends, and reserve an early bird spot for [...]


Centering Prayer Group Orientation, Bushwick Abbey


176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Sunday May 28th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm Please note the time and date of this event has changed.

For those who are interested in a new regular Centering Prayer group at Bushwick Abbey, meetings Wednesdays at 7 pm, we will be reviewing the basics of Centering Prayer, [...]


United in Prayer Day

St. Bartholomew’s Church

Vestry Room

Park Ave at 50 St.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10:45 am – 2:15 pm


A day of centering prayer and study of the words of Father Thomas Keating.


For more information contact Ildiko Viczian at 212-673 6016  or Rosemary English at





A Day of Contemplative Prayer

St Francis of Assisi Church

The same workshop will be offered on three Saturdays: March 11, April 1, May 6, 10:30 – 4:30 pm

Tessie Pia will lead this day of Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer and other forms of contemplative prayer for long-time and new practitioners as well as seekers and the spiritually curious.

The fee for each [...]


Praying Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, and Compassion Meditation

Church of the Ascension, Elmhurst, Queens

March 6, 8, 10, 13, and 15 at 6:30-9:30 pm

A prayer workshop on Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, and other forms of contemplative prayer will be presented for five evenings during Lent for long-time and new practitioners as well as for the spiritually curious and seekers. There is no fee but a [...]


Introduction to Centering Prayer & Spiritual Practices for Difficult Times

Spiritual Practices for Difficult Times Spa for the Soul, Trinity Church Wall Street Parish Center, 2 Rector Street, New York NY Saturday, March 11th, 10 am – 3 pm How do we pray when words fail us or when we are filled with fear, anger, or despair?  In this quiet day we will explore three practices that [...]


Centering Prayer Introductory Program

with Ildiko Viczian, Commissioned presenter of Contemplative Outreach


Introduction to Centering Prayer

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm

At St. Bartholomew’s Church

50 Street entrance, at Park Avenue, 3rd floor

Continuing Sessions

with Ildiko Viczian and Rosemary English

 Saturdays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 11, 18

10:45 am – 12:45 pm



Join us for three events in October featuring Father William Meninger

Fr. William is a member of the contemplative Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance and a founder of the contemplative prayer movement. In 1974, he originated the workshop on contemplative meditation which he shared with his fellow brothers Thomas Keating and Basil Pennington. Fr. William is a best-selling author and teaches worldwide on prayer, [...]


Lectio Divina: Praying the Scriptures, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Five Consecutive Saturdays, July 9th – August 6th, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Tessie Pia will teach this course on Lectio Divina, one of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer,

Lectio Divina is a slow, contemplative praying of the Word of God in the Sacred Scriptures in four stages. It is based on the teachings of Jesus about prayer.

The fee for the entire 5 Saturday course [...]


Finding Support for Your Spiritual Journey, Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, Saturday May 14th, 2016, 10 am – 3 pm

Spend time reflecting on ways to support yourself on your spiritual journey with community, practice, sabbath time, spiritual direction, retreats, and a rule of life.  We will practice centering prayer and lectio divina, eat lunch together in silence and close with a liturgy written especially for the day as we pray for strength, discernment, and [...]