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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.

Introduction to Centering Prayer at St. Luke in the Fields, February 17th



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 the Enneagram Workshop.

Lecture: The Loving Search for God in an Age of Discontent
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 W. 71st St., Manhattan
Monday October 16, 7 - 8:30pm

How do we stay open to God in these times? Join us as Fr. Meninger guides us to an elevated sense of love, insight and experience of God based on the 14th century book The Cloud of Unknowing. Free.

Talk on The Book of Privy Counsel, another work by the author of The Cloud of Unknowing
St. Bartholomew’s Church, 3rd Floor, Room 33
109 East 50th Street (Park Avenue and Lexington Avenues), New York City
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6-9pm
Suggested contribution $30 to benefit St. Benedict’s Monastery.

Workshop: The Enneagram with Fr. William Meninger
Theater at Blessed Sacrament
152 W. 71st St., down the stairs, Manhattan
Saturday October 21, 10am – 6pm & Sunday October 22, 2 – 5pm

Learn about the 9 basic types of people, or the Enneagram, with best-selling author and Trappist Monk Fr. William Meninger. Gain insights into why we behave the way we do and discover specific directions for individual growth. Great for groups and couples too. For more information and registration, visit:

For further information about these events, contact Meghann Wu.


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, lectio divina and walking meditation.


For more information or to RSVP, contact Knakisha Candanedo at Bushwick Abbey or Lindsay Boyer.



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 day is $40. Registration can be done in person at the Reception Desk of St Francis House (135 West 31st Street) or the Adult Education section in  The course will take place at St Francis House, Clare Conference Room, 135 West 31st Street, New York City, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

For more information contact Tessie at


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 love offering to the church will be greatly appreciated. Registration deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Church of the Ascension is at 86-13 55th Avenue, Elmhurst, New York 11373.

Contact Tessie Pia at or
Terry Guevarra at or (718) 335-2626, Monday to Friday at 9:00am-4:00pm.


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 can help us to remain prayerful and centered as we cope with challenging emotions and situations.  Centering prayer is a form of silent, wordless prayer from the Christian tradition in which we rest silently in God’s presence.  The lament psalms of the Bible provide beautiful, powerful prayers that can help us to express our more difficult emotions to God in prayer.  We will look at ways to develop or refine a rule of life to help us to live mindfully and fruitfully, examining how we can create more time for prayerful activities and control the influence of digital media in our lives while strengthening the support we find in community.  We will also explore the relationship of prayer and action.

The quiet day will be lead by Lindsay Boyer, a spiritual director, adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary and contemplative retreat leader.  $25 cost includes lunch.  For more information, contact Lindsay Boyer.
To RSVP, contact Trinity Wall Street.

Introduction to Centering Prayer
with Lindsay Boyer, Paula Hastings, and Mark Lewis
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street

Five hour introduction March 4th, 10 am – 3 pm
Four follow-up sessions, Saturday March 11, 25, April 1, 8,  3 pm – 4:30 pm

This is a great introduction for beginners and will also be helpful for those who would like to refresh and renew their practice.  All are welcome.  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!

We will meet four additional Saturdays to practice centering prayer and to view and discuss short videos by Father Thomas Keating, one of the founders of centering prayer.  These followup sessions are free and open to all.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Boyer.


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

At St. Bartholomew’s Church

Park Avenue entrance, at 50 Street, Vestry Room

Donations to St. Bartholomew’s Church and Contemplative Outreach


Registration: Call Ildiko Viczian 212-673-6016 (after 1/7)

or email Rosemary English


Please note that the Introductory Workshop announced for January 14 has been replaced with this February 4 Workshop.



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, forgiveness, and the loving search for God. He leaves St. Benedict’s Monastery in Colorado only four times a year for special teaching engagements.

• The Process of Forgiveness
Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St., Manhattan
Sunday, October 9, 10am

Mass, followed by full-day workshop to develop your capacity for lasting peace. $145 registration includes lunch. Limited space. For more information or to register.

• Centering Prayer and The Cloud of Unknowing
St Bartholomew’s Church
109 East 50th Street, Third floor, Salle 33, Manhattan
Tuesday, October 11, 6-9pm

Donations to St. Bartholomew”s Church and Contemplative Outreach are accepted with thanks.
To register call Ildiko Viczian, 212- 673 6016 or email Rosemary English.

• Following Mercy

Church of the Holy Name
St. Mary of the Angels – lower chapel
96th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, Manhattan
Thursday, October 13, 7:30-9pm

What happens after mercy is received? Spend a special evening with Fr. Meninger as he discusses how to abide in the loving search for God following this Year of Mercy. Free. For more information, email Meghan Wu.


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 is $40. Registration can be done in person at the Reception Desk of St Francis House (135 West 31st Street) or the Adult Education section in  The course will take place at St Francis of Assisi Church Adult Education Center, Classroom 2, 139 West 31st Street, New York City, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Scholarships are available.

For more information contact Tessie at