E-News February 2016

CONEO e-news     (View e-news original mailed)

 February 4, 2016

Dear friends of Centering Prayer,

Last Saturday, February 30th, CONEO’s leadership group met to discuss the programs we are offering during this year. Below you will find  events and activities of new service teams  and  some information about our contemplative community that  may be interested to you


March 19 , 2016    United in Prayer Day

Join your Contemplative Outreach Worldwide Family as we come together in a single bond of Centering Prayer.  We will have two periods of Centering Prayer, view a DVD featuring the teachings of Father Keating from the national office of Contemplative Outreach, and enjoy a lunch courtesy of Laurel Lakes Retirement Community.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time: 9:00 am to 2: 30 pm

Place: Laurel Lakes Retirement Community

            Serenity Chapel

            200 Laurel Lake Dr., Hudson, OH, 44236

Registration:  requested for lunch planning.

NO FEE. Free will offering will be accepted.

Please RSVP to Ivi  Latronica      e-mail:   ivi3@juno.com    Phone: (330) 273-9500

June 4, 2016               

The Centering Prayer Introductory Program                 “ The Introductory Workshop”

The Centering Prayer Introductory Program is for those new to Centering Prayer.

The Centering Prayer group at St. Basil Catholic Church is forming a service team to facilitate the planning of this event and helping with the publicity inside the parish and to the Christian community of Brecksville and surrounding areas.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016

Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Place: St. Basil Catholic Church at the Family Life Center

8700 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141

Cost: $35 (Includes latest edition of Open Mind Open Heart and four to six                                            Continuing sessions)

Presenters: Nancy Moran and Donna Panzica.

                      Both CO Commissioned presenters


            Checks payable to CONEO

            Mail to:  Attention to: Centering Prayer Workshop

                             Josefina Fernandez

                             6669 Hidden Lake Trail

                             Brecksville, Ohio, 44141

September 25 to October 1, 2016

Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

We have the dates already reserved at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. Susan Komis , Director of Chapter Resources and Communication Services of Contemplative Outreach Ltd., will be the leader for this retreat.

We are in the process of forming a Service Team for this event in order to plan all the details. we will probably be able to offer a double track program:  Intensive with Advance Retreat or Intensive with Post Intensive.

Please, SAVE THE DATES !  Sunday, September 25, to Saturday, October 1.

Andrea Kneier is forming a Service Team, and the first meeting will be on

Monday, February 29, at 6:00 pm, at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 9549 Highland Dr. Brecksville, OH,44141

November 6, 2016.

Recognition and Appreciation Date for Facilitators.

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016.     PLEASE. SAVE THE DATE !

We would honor those who has supported CONEO from the initial days of the Chapter. Plan now to share this celebration.

Information about our Contemplative Community:

     1. The Centering Prayer group at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is helping Chuck Herbruck during the retreat sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute and River’s Edge. CONEO has been invited to have a table with information on Contemplative Outreach and the core programs:  Centering Prayer, The Welcoming Prayer and the Forgiveness Prayer.

April 29 – 30    A Retreat Led by James Finley

Friday,  April 29, from 7 pm to 9 pm – A Path to Inner Peace: Freeing the Mind and Heart from Spiritual Sobriety.  We will learn the universal principles of awakening and transformation that lead to serenity, clarity fulfillment and God’s nearness in our daily lives.

 Saturday,  April 30, from 9:00 am to 4 pm – Thomas Merton & Teresa of Avila. We will turn to Teresa’s classic work, The Interior Castle, in which she helps us find God by guiding us through the mansions of our own soul. Through the retreat, we will reflect on passages in Thomas Merton’s writing that resonate with the teachings of Teresa.

        To register or for more information: www.stpauls-church.org or call (216) 932-5815

      2.  Father Carl Arico wrote a series of questions and answers about the richness of Contemplative Prayer, Centering Prayer and the role of Contemplative Outreach.

I highly recommend you read his article: Renewing the Understanding of the Contemplative Tradition.

     3. We are looking for new opportunities to present the Centering Prayer Introductory Program. Please, find out if  your parish, church or congregation  is interested in offering this program during 2016. We have an excellent brochure about this program that may be very helpful to use. You may order it from the online store (color) or it can be downloaded and printed from the website (black & white). Please contact Josefina Fernandez for further information at coneo.digital@gmail.com

     4.Two articles related to Contemplative Christian Tradition

                   a. Catholic Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: What’s the Difference? by Carl McColman.   “            “

A reader of my blog wrote to me and asked this question:

What do you see is the difference between Catholic meditation and contemplative prayer?

It’s a great question, made complicated by the fact that words like meditation and contemplation can be used in a variety of ways, especially in society at large. Read more.

            b. Emptiness and Non-Attachment, by Carl McColman.

“Last week I wrote about the difference between how Catholics understand meditation and contemplation, based on material found in the

Catholic Catechism. A reader left the following comment on that post:

We rest in God. But we do not empty our minds. We are always in communication with God. Prayer is focusing on God and we praise him for who He is, we intercede for others, and we put our requests to Him. We align our wills with His in prayer. Never do we make our minds a ‘spiritual vacuum’ for something else other than the Holy Spirit to fill it.”  Read more.

5. Our next leadership meeting: Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am,  at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 9549 Highland Dr., Brecksville, OH, 44141

I look forward to seeing you this year.

Blessings to all,

Josefina Fernandez

CONEO coordinator.


“ The quality of one’s service does not come from the activity itself, but from the purity of one’s intention. The single eye of the Gospel is the eye of love, which is the desire to please God in all our actions, whatever these may be”

Fr. Thomas Keating, Mystery of Christ

CONEO e-news. April,1 2015

April 1, 2015

Dear friend of Centering Prayer

I would like to inform you that we had a very successful event, United In Prayer -United In Silence, last Saturday, March 21, at Laurel Lakes. We had 43 participants this year. Having Joslyn and Chris Grostic, the youngest people of the group leading the event, was impressive. They successfully established and kept the prayerful tone and facilitated beautifully. Thank you to Mary Tatman for the organization of this event at Laurel Lakes where we were offered many options and flexibility.

Our coming events are:

Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshops
a. Saturday, April 18, Women’s Retreat of the Presbyterian Church in Wooster. Please contact Carol Vagnini (330) 749-0590
b. Saturday, May 16, sponsored by Contemplative Outreach and Trinity Cathedral. Please see and download flyer on the website.
c. Saturday September _____ , Contemplative Outreach and Laurel Lakes Retirement Community, Hudson, Ohio. Details will follow

Saturday Silent Days
a. April 18th, at St. Rita Parish, Solon, from 9:00 am 12:00 pm. Please RSVP to Jacqueline Fabian at jfabian128@hotmail.com
Address: 32820 Baldwin Rd, Cleveland, OH 44139
b. June 13th, Our Lady of the Lake, Euclid, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please RSVP to Mary McGeary at MMcgeary1@gmail.com
Address: 175 East 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119

Weekend Retreat
October 2,3 and 4. This retreat will run from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunch time at River’s Edge.
3430 Rocky River Dr, Cleveland, OH 44111

The leader of this retreat will be Mary Dwyre. Mary is a long-time student of Fr. Thomas Keating, a former Chairperson of the Contemplative Outreach Faculty, coordinator for the Living Flame Program and a member of the Welcoming Prayer Service Team.

We are in the planning stage to develop a program with the possibilities of having a full weekend, and partial program/commuter program experience to
accommodate our very diverse community. Please mark your calendar. Details will follow.

I would like to close this message in the same way we closed our United Prayer- United In Silence Day. Teresita Richards wrote the poem during the experience of our prayerful day.


We are all one.
There is no us and them.
From One came the entire human race.

The heartbeat of God pulses in us all
-pulses beyond and through all the generations of humanity simultaneously.
-pulses across all the boundaries constructed by human minds.
-pulses us into a unified beat with each other
and with the rhythm of God’s heart.

God is
-simply is
-profoundly is

God is
-intrinsically everywhere.
-sustaining everything.
-present – hiding in plain view

And every once in a while we are privileged to catch a glimpse of wonder or
Hear the quiet roar of God’s immense love pulsing through us.

By: Sr. Mary Teresita Richards, SND
23rd. Annual Worldwide Day of Prayer.
United In Prayer – United In Silence
Hudson, Ohio. March 21, 2015


Josefina Fernandez
CONEO coordinator

CONEO e-news. March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015

Dear friend of Centering Prayer

There are few things I need to communicate to you at this moment:

1. Our United in Prayer, United in Silence event is coming up on March 21 at Laurel Lakes, Hudson. Please, RSVP to Joslyn Grostic, phone (216) 650-9804 or e-mail: joslyngrostic@gmail.com before March17. We need the number of people for lunch planning.

A formal PDF Invitation with all the information.

2. There is an article about Contemplative Prayer in the February 27th edition of The Catholic Exponent. It is about the awakening story of Joanne Underwood and how the experience of Centering Prayer and the support of Contemplative Outreach have helped her. Please do not hesitate to send this link. Perhaps it will stir up some interest in Centering Prayer! This is the link: The Catholic Exponent.

3. We are continuing our 2015 Saturday Silent Day program

a. April 18 St. Rita Parish, Solon from 9:00 am 12:00 pm. Please, RSVP to Jackqeline Fabian at jfabian128@hotmail.com

b. June 13, Our Lady of the Lake, Euclid from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please RSVP to Mary McGeary mmcgeary1@gmail.com.

4. There are two Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop coming up. The first one will be on Saturday April 18 in a Women’s Retreat of the First Presbyterian Church in Wooster. Please contact Carol Vagnini ( 330) 749-0590. The second one will be on Saturday May 16, sponsored by the Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland.

5. We have updated our website for cleaner looks and easier manageability. Check it out. www.coneo.org.

Have a blessed rest of the week,

Josefina Fernandez
CONEO Coordinator