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




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.



Winter Introductory Series
Catherine Regan and Joy Andrews Hayter
Sundays: Jan 22 and 29, Feb 12, Mar 19
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Centering Prayer: Our Practice - Our World
Catherine Regan and Joy Andrews Hayter
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
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Fall Introductory Series
Joy Andrews Hayter
Sundays: Sep 24, Oct 1 & 29, and Nov 5, 2017
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Afternoon of Centering Prayer and Community
Joy Andrews Hayter
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017
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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.




Welcoming Prayer Intensive
with Cherry Haisten
Feb 24-26, 2017
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7-Day Intensive/Post-Intensive Retreat
Catherine Regan, Joy Hayter, Bill McClennan
May 21-27, 2017
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Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat
Rev. Amber Sturgess and Ruah Bull
Nov 17-19, 2017
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Monday through Friday, Centering Prayer in Mercy Chapel from 6:30—7:10 am. All are welcome.




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