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
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
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