Centering Prayer Ministry

Centering Prayer is a method designed to promote contemplation.

Contemplative prayer is the opening of the mind and heart – our whole being – to God.

For the first 1600 years of Christianity contemplation was the main type of prayer, but by the mid 20th century most Christians were unaware of this rich tradition. Instead they were turning to Eastern meditation techniques. In order to introduce Catholics to this rich tradition of contemplation three Trappist monks – Thomas Keating, William Menninger, and Basil Pennington developed the current method of Centering Prayer. It is a remarkably simple method in which the practitioner sits in silence in the presence of a loving God.


Weekly meetings
Thursdays in Mary of the Angels Chapel
at 9:35 to 11 a.m. and/or 7:30 to 9 p.m.

We also meet
9 a.m. to noon 
on the 4th Saturday of each month.

For more information contact
Alice Stanford at 781-5860
and come give silence a try.


Here at St. Francis
more than 50 parishioners participate in the Centering prayer ministry, and many more are involved in some form of meditation or centering on their own. At our meetings we open with 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by reading and discussion of spiritual materials. Our group is open to all who have a desire for a deeper relationship with God – beyond the expression of thoughts and feelings expressed in words. All are welcome.


Comments from centering practitioners
“I’ve come to understand that it’s part of the mystery of God. If you become silent,
the mystery will touch you.”

“It’s making space for God. It’s saying, I’m going to be quiet and listen.”

“It spills into your life. There’s a general sense of peacefulness.”