Mercy Center




"Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart — our whole being — to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

A restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers one to perceive, relate, and respond with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything that exists." Thomas Keating (March 7, 1923 - October 25, 2018)



The Center for Action and Contemplation recently participated in a memorial for Fr. Thomas Keating.

The memorial service was archived and is viewable: Father Thomas Keating Memorial Service




This four-session Introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer. Grounded in sixteen centuries of Christian tradition, this prayer, as taught by Thomas Keating and Basil Pennington, helps us bring our whole being to God beyond words, beyond thoughts, and images. The sessions include the practice of Centering Prayer, videos of Thomas Keating, and time for discussion and questions.


Fall Intro Series
with Catherine Regan
Joy Andrews Hayter

and Marty Badgett
Begins Sep 22, 2019
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Our Practice, Our World
A Community Day of Practice

Facilitated by Catherine Regan,
Joy Andrews Hayter and
Marty Badgett
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
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Come taste the silence of prayer with other contemplative companions, and rest in the stillness. An established practice of Centering Prayer for six months or longer is suggested but not required. These silent retreats provide time for rest and renewal through an extended experience of resting in God, in the contemplative environment of Mercy Center. There are several communal Centering Prayer periods each day, allowing us to deepen our spiritual practice. There is some input each day by a retreat director on a selected dimension of contemplative life and prayer.



Introductory Wisdom School Part A

A Wisdom Way of Knowing
Heather Ruce, Joy Andrews Hayter
and Catherine Regan
August 14-18
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Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer and the Path of Oneness
Rev. Amber Sturges and Catherine Regan

November 15-17
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Monday through Friday, Centering Prayer in Mercy Chapel from 6:30—7:10 am. All are welcome.




Contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like further information about Centering Prayer.




Centering Prayer can be very helpful for those who are struggling with economic hardship, life crisis, and incarceration. In the midst of the chaos, Centering offers a way to transform rage, pain and frustration into liberating freedom. If you would like to sponsor someone who is going through a difficult transition, so that they can attend an introductory series or a daylong event, please contact us.

To learn more about Centering Prayer activities nationwide and find a program in your area, visit the Contemplative Outreach website by clicking the link, below.

Learn More at Contemplative Outreach