Be Still and Know that I am God

Psalm 46:10

In April, nearly thirty people gathered for the annual Centering Prayer retreat with a day of fellowship, contemplative prayer, lunch, and quiet walks through the parish grounds.  This annual retreat celebrated the 20th year of Centering Prayer at St. Francis of Assisi.  St. Francis parishioners Flo and Bob Hartye were the pioneers who first brought Centering Prayer to the Triangle area.  Through more outreach, more events, more guest speakers (like Centering Prayer founder Fr. Thomas Keating himself), and more ecumenical gatherings, the Triangle area is now alive with Centering Prayer practicioners. 

The St. Francis Centering Prayer group meets at the parish every Thrusday at 9:30am and 7pm and the 4th Saturday of each month at 8:45am in the chapel for a half day retreat.  Alice Stanford is the ministry leader and coordinates these local gatherings.  The groups regularly involve some combination of prayer, book discussion, spiritual scripture reading, watching films, and socializing.  Books byJames Keating and Richard Rohr are popular in the group.  Recently, they finished discussing a book called Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault. 

For more information or to be on St. Francis’ Centering Prayer mailing list, contact Alice Stanford at 781-5860 or

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