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Centering Prayer Alabama

Contemplative Outreach in Alabama: An Inter-denominational Christian Meditative Prayer Community Offering Weekly Meetings Across Alabama, Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshops and 3-Day, 4-Day and 8-Day Intensive Retreats

Centering Prayer Event Calendar 2017

Centering Prayer Workshop Saturday, March 4, 2017

9-2:30. St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands, Episcopal, Birmingham, Five-Points area. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian Prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. This workshop is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.
“Centering Prayer helps us let go of over-conceptualization, hyperactivity and over-dependence on self.” -Fr. Carl Arico.

Presented by Jane Latture and the Rev. Katy Smith, members of the Contemplative Outreach Leadership Team. $30. Registration fee. To register: go to stmarysoth.org/pastoralcare Link to registration form on website. See details about lunch.

Or mail in $30. registration to Centering Prayer Registration, St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands 1910 12th Avenue South Birmingham, Alabama 35205. Deadline for registration is March 2.
Please include contact information. For more information, call Louise 205-529-7080;970-1892 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


March 18, 2017   24th Annual Conference-Birmingham St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 3775 Crosshaven Drive 35223 9:00-4:00.  Thomas Merton’s Desert Spirituality. Bonnie Thurston, Presenter. See more on Annual Conference page

March 24-26 Retreat Theme: "Desert Spirituality: Dry Seasons in the Christian Journey"  Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Cullman, AL.  Retreat with presenter Bonnie Thurston, who leads our annual conference the preceding weekend in Birmingham. She will continue the conversation on the metaphor of the desert in the Christian journey. Dr. Thurston is a New Testament scholar,  and ordained minister. She has written or edited nineteen theological books and many articles. Register by check in the amount of $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE Cullman, AL 35055. Total cost: $245. See conference information on Dr. Thurston.

May 23-30, 2017- 8 Day Intensive / Post Intensive Retreat at Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center- Cullman, AL.  Fr. Bill Sheehan, Director. Co-Director: the Rev. Katy Smith. Intensive:  An in-depth retreat for those experienced in Centering Prayer-an entering into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude and community; designed to assist participants in entering a more intimate relationship with God. Videos of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course are viewed. Post-Intensive: A new step into a profound silence and stillness to facilitate a more intimate union with God. An Intensive Centering Prayer experience is a requisite of the Post-Intensive.  Contact for registration, the Rev. Katy Smith 205/328-7820 or smithdoc20@gmail.com. Total cost $750. Fee includes event, lodging and meals. $100.00 non-refundable deposit required. Deadline for registration is May 1, 2017.

September 1-3. Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat.  This form of Christian Prayer is rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. This retreat is for those seeking to learn this practice of prayer for the first time or for those who want to renew or strengthen their practice during this weekend of silence and reflection.  Registration questions, call 256/734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org. Register by check in the amount of $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE Cullman, AL 35055. Total cost: $245.

November 10-12 Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat at Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center- Cullman, AL. Silent Retreat. Prequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer retreat or workshop and a daily practice. Registration Questions, call 256/734-8302 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Register by check, $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd NE Cullman, AL 35055. Total cost: $245.