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Introductory Workshop to Centering Prayer

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Come explore a method of prayer which opens your mind and heart, your whole being, to God.
Map to free parking at Dominican Center.

Map to free parking at Dominican Center.

Dominican Center at Marywood is offering two opportunities for you to learn about, and experience, contemplative prayer. The sessions will be led by Molly Keating and Reverend David Muyskens of Contemplative Outreach of West Michigan (click on their names to read a brief biography of each).

Christian meditation has a long history sustained by the monastic tradition, beginning with Jesus when He said, “Go into your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father Who is in secret.” (Matthew 6: 6) You are warmly invited to learn more about this Christian practice of silence, which leads us to an ultimate and intimate relationship with the Divine.

The session dates and times, along with a link to online registration for both options are below:

Facilitators: Molly Keating  & Reverend David Muyskens
Date: July 20, 2013; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $40.00
Register online: Click Here

Facilitators: Molly Keating & Reverend David Muyskens
Date: September 21, 2013; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $40.00
Register online: Click Here

You may also register by phone by calling the DCM front desk at 616.514.3325.


Contemplative Outreach is an international community of individuals and Centering Prayer groups committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel through the practice of Centering Prayer.  The Word of God in scripture and incarnate in Jesus Christ is the source of Christian contemplation.  The organization is dedicated to transmitting the living tradition of the contemplative Christian heritage through the teaching of Father Thomas Keating and through programs and offerings that support the contemplative life for those in ordinary life. 

The local chapter, Contemplative Outreach of West Michigan (COWM), sponsors introductory, intermediate, and advance programs on contemplative spirituality providing insight into contemplative prayer and a practical means of deepening one’s existing prayer life. 

COWM offers parishes and church organizations interesting and enlightening programs on spirituality for in-house presentations inviting community members to revitalize their spiritual life and to expand their prayer experience to improve and deepen their relationship with God from conversation to communion.

To quote Father Thomas Keating:  “Contemplative prayer is the world in which God can do anything.  To move into that realm is the greatest adventure.  It is to be open to the Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities.  Our private, self-made worlds come to an end; a new world appears within and around us and the impossible becomes an everyday experience.”  (Open Mind, Open Heart, pg. 13)

If you would like to personally experience a taste of that great adventure, or if you think your church or organization would be interested in a renewal program, we invite you to visit the website for more information.  Or call the local Contemplative Outreach Coordinator - Tom Kartes at 616-942-6695.


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