Centering Prayer Group

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

From the Website of Contemplative Outreach, the organization that promotes Centering Prayer.

The Old St. Joe’s centering prayer group has been meeting for formation, support, and communal centering for over twenty years.  The group includes people at various levels of experience with centering, including some from outside the parish.  We are open to all who feel drawn to this type of prayer; guidance will be provided.  Our meetings include an hour of reflecting about the contemplative experience using a book or DVD, Mass, and a 20-minute period of centering after Communion.

When: Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30PM, September through June
Where: Third-floor conference room
Contact: Christine Szczepanowski 267-250-3049 or 215-923-1733, ext. 123 at