For the first sixteen centuries of Christian tradition, contemplative prayer was the goal of Christian spirituality. Centering Prayer, a simple form of deep, disciplined, silent listening to the divine, is an attempt to recover and renew ancient Christian prayer practices. While not identical to mindfulness meditation, Centering Prayer has many similarities.
This four-hour introductory workshop, presented in collaboration with Contemplative Outreach Ltd, will help you:
- Understand the historical roots and theology of Centering Prayer
- Learn the basic methods of Centering Prayer
- Practice Centering Prayer with the support of a community and an experienced facilitator
- Become aware of the fruits of a regular Centering Prayer practice
Following the introductory workshop, you are invited to attend three optional follow-up sessions, which provide support for developing the practice of the prayer and the possibility of creating a weekly or bi-weekly prayer group.
Copies of Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, will be available for purchase at the workshop. This text serves as a manual for Centering Prayer.
In cases of financial hardship, discounted rates are available for $25; please call 502-452-2749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request financial assistance.
Instructor: Sr. Mary Otho Ballard, OP
Sr. Mary Otho is a Dominican Sister of Peace with a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University in New York City. She has taught in parochial schools, worked as a religious education administrator at the diocesan level, ministered as a missionary in Belize, and served as vocation and formation director for her congregation. She has practiced Centering Prayer for over 25 years has been a Centering Prayer instructor for twelve years.
Choose your workshop time:
Workshops: Sunday March 10 and Thursday March 14, from 12:30 – 4:30pm.
Follow-up session: March 18, 25, and April 1, from 6 – 7:30pm
Follow-up sessions held in the Monastery Undercroft:
There are two ways to register for a program.
- Register by PHONE - call Earth & Spirit Center and make payment with credit card
- Register ONLINE - complete registration form below; make online payment with credit card