Silent Saturday Day of Prayer

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Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio (CONEO) and St. Rita Church in Solon, Ohio, will host a Silent Saturday Day of Prayer on February 1, 2020. Join us for a morning of centering prayer and reflection as we seek to deepen our relationship with God through our relationship with all of creation.

The schedule for this event includes several sessions of Centering Prayer and quiet time.

If this is your first time attending a CONEO event or your first time attending centering prayer, we look forward to having you with us! Someone will be available for a brief introduction about centering prayer before we begin.

To help us plan, please RSVP using the contact information below.

Location and Directions

St. Mark’s Chapel at St. Rita Church
32820 Baldwin Road
Solon, OH 44139
[link to Google maps]

Date and Time

Saturday, February 1, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sign in and light refreshments at 8:30 a.m.

Contact Information

To RSVP or for more information about this event, please contact Jackie Fabian at phone (330) 562-0556 or email jfabian128@hotmail.com

United Day in Prayer

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Healing Divisions: A day of prayer dedicated to whole-making in ourselves, our relationships and our world.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, 
neither slave nor free,
nor is there male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
(Galatians 3:28)

Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio has been participating in the annual United in Prayer Day for over 25 years! Events for the day will include several sitting sessions of silent meditation Centering Prayer, a video excerpt from “That We May Be One: Christian Non-Duality” featuring Fr. Thomas Keating, small group discussion and lunch provided by the Laurel Lake Retirement Community. If this is your first experience of Centering Prayer, do not worry! Someone will be available to answer questions. 

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Date and Time
Saturday, March 21, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(times are approximate and will be confirmed soon)
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Location
Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Drive
Hudson, OH 44236

The United in Prayer Day will be hosted at the beautiful Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio, conveniently situated halfway between Cleveland and Akron, and close to the Ohio turnpike (east/west) and route 8 (north/south).

Link to Google Maps

Registration
The Laurel Lake Community will be providing a nice lunch. To help us plan, please be sure to RSVP in advance by contacting Brian Smith at either circa325@gmail.com or (440) 821-3709.

Silent Saturday Day of Prayer

Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio (CONEO) and Epiphany Episcopal Church Euclid, Ohio, will host a Silent Saturday Day of Prayer on November 2, 2019. Join us for a morning of centering prayer and reflection as we seek to deepen our relationship with God through our relationship with all of creation.

The schedule for this event includes several sessions of Centering Prayer, quiet time, labyrinth walk and a presentation on praying with icons and using a labyrinth.

If this is your first time attending a CONEO event or your first time attending centering prayer, we look forward to having you with us! Someone will be available for a brief introduction about centering prayer before we begin.

To help us plan, please RSVP using the contact information below.

Location and Directions

Epiphany Episcopal Church
21000 Lake Shore Blvd.
Euclid, OH 44123
[link to Google maps]

Date and Time

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Sign in and light refreshments at 8:30 a.m.
Reflection and Closing Prayer 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (noon)

Contact Information

To RSVP or for more information about this event, please contact Elaine Murphy at phone (216) 938-6489 or email elaynemurph@yahoo.com

Introductory Workshop


Discover the meaning of Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.”

In this workshop we will explore the indwelling presence of God within each of us through the practice of a method of Christian meditation – Centering Prayer.

Experienced practitioners, commissioned through Contemplative Outreach Ltd., will lead a discussion about the benefits of Centering Prayer in ordinary life and together we will experience two periods of practice.

A donation of $10 per person is requested, payable at the door via cash or check made out to Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio.

All participants will receive a copy of Open Mind, Open Heart, by Father Thomas Keating.


Date and Time
Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon
(Please plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.)

Location and Directions
First Congregational Church
47 Aurora Street
Room 301 and 3rd Floor Chapel
Hudson, OH 44236
(link to address on Google maps)

Contact Information
To RSVP for this event or for more information, please contact Kelly Berger at email KACBerger@aol.com by September 23.

Silent Saturday Day of Prayer

Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio (CONEO) and St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, Ohio, will host a Silent Saturday Day of Prayer on August 24, 2019. Join us for a morning of centering prayer and reflection as we seek to deepen our relationship with God through our relationship with all of creation.

To help us keep the event on schedule, we recommend arriving early to allow time for socializing, coffee and refreshments. 

If this is your first time attending a CONEO event or your first time attending centering prayer, we look forward to having you with us! Someone will be available for a brief introduction about centering prayer before we begin at 10 o’clock.

To help us plan, please RSVP using the contact information below.

Location and Directions

Christ Our Savior Parish
St. Nicholas Church
764 Fifth Street
Struthers, OH 44471
[link to Google maps]

Date and Time

Saturday, August 24, 2019
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., Centering Prayer beings at 10:00 a.m. Please be on time.)

Contact Information

To RSVP or for more information about this event, please contact Pattie Pompeii at email pjp1144@sbcglobal.net or by phone at (330) 757-4156.

Because of the distance from the Cleveland/Akron area to the Youngstown area, we are offering an opportunity to carpool. If you are interested in riding with someone else to the Day of Prayer, please contact Jackie Fabian at jfabian128@hotmail.com email or by phone (330) 562-9556.

The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thing

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Contemplative Retreat

Click here for a PDF version of the information on this page.


What if Christ is a name for the transcendent within of every “thing” in the universe?
What if Christ is a name for the immense spaciousness of all true Love?
What if Christ refers to an infinite horizon that pulls us both from within and pulls us forward, too?
What if Christ is another name for every thing—in its fullness?


–Richard Rohr


Christ is more than Jesus’ last name. Jesus is a person whose example we can follow. Christ is a cosmic life principle in which all beings participate. The incarnation is an ongoing revelation of Christ, uniting matter and spirit, operating as one and everywhere. Together—Jesus and Christ—show us “the way, the truth, and the life” of death and resurrection.

On June 15, join Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio for Centering Prayer, contemplative teachings and practices, and reflection with 3 videos featuring Richard Rohr during the March 28 – 31, 2019 Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Registration required for lunch planning.
NO FEE. Free will offering will be accepted.

Date and Time
Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
(Registration – 8:30 am to 9:00 am. Please arrive early so we can start promptly at 9:00)

Location and Directions
Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Dr.
Hudson, OH 44326

Contact Information
To RSVP for this event, please contact Nancy Moran at email nancymoran94@gmail.com, no later than June 12. For further information: contact Josefina Fernandez at email fucsina@mac.com

Retreat leaders
Nancy Moran and Josefina Fernandez

Agenda

8:30 am – 9:00 am                Registration

9:00 am – 9:20 am                Opening and Introduction

9:20 am – 11:00 am              Centering Prayer – Intro to the Universal Christ (video)

11:00 am – 11:15 am            Break

11:15 am – 11:45 am            Contemplative Sharing

11:45 am – 12:30 pm            Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:40 pm              Centering Prayer – The Universal Christ (video)

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm                Contemplative Sharing

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm                Break

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm                Contemplation, The Tomb and Not Knowing (video)

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm                Contemplative Sharing

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm                Closing

2019 Spring Silent Retreat

Attend a silent weekend retreat at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, just one and a half hours east of Cleveland. The retreat features sessions of silent Centering Prayer and viewings from the God is Love DVD, featuring Father Thomas Keating. Silence is maintained throughout the day and during mealtimes. Father Carl Amico, a founding member of Contemplative Outreach, will lead discussion and answer questions after the DVD viewings.

An optional five-day Grand Silence Retreat begins Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3 and features additional segments from the God is Love DVD. Silence is maintained throughout the day and during mealtimes. Retreatants can attend the five-day retreat, the three-day retreat or combine them for a week-long retreat.

  • Location: Villa Maria, Pulaski, PA
  • Dates of Weekend Retreat: Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5
  • Dates of Grand Silent Retreat: Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3

To make reservations, contact Mary Broglie by April 3 at email mjbroglie@gmail.com or phone 412-327-2318.

Click here for more information about the retreat.

Recent Events 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Centering Prayer and Enrichment Day

The Path of Descent is the Path of Transformation

At the end of August 2018, the Center for Action and Contemplation broadcast a conference that was part of the CONSPIRE 2018 series, based on Richard Rohr’s Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy.

The pattern of down and up, loss and renewal, enslavement and liberation, exile and return is quite clear in the Hebrew Scriptures. Through his own journey, Jesus modeled this counter-intuitive wisdom: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” To avoid the death of our small, separate self is to avoid transformation into God, into union with one another, into something more. We must lose our life to find our life.
— from the CAC website

On October 6, join Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio for a time of Centering Prayer and contemplative teachings, practices, and reflection with videos featuring Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, Brian McLaren, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Mirabai Starr. Conspirare. Let’s breathe together. Inhale and exhale, listen and share, let go and receive. Open heart, mind, and body to the surprising wisdom to be found in darkness and descent.

Registration required for lunch planning.
NO FEE. Free will offering will be accepted.

Location and Directions

Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Drive
Hudson, Ohio 44236

Date and Time

Saturday, October 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(Please arrive early so we can begin promptly at 9:00.)

Contact Information

To RSVP for this event, please contact Josefina Fernandez no later than October 3 at email fucsina@mac.com or phone (440) 590-2473.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Silent Saturday Day of Prayer

Contemplative Outreach Northeast Ohio (CONEO) and Holy Martyrs Church in Medina, Ohio, will host a Silent Saturday Day of Prayer on October 27, 2018. Join us for a morning of centering prayer and reflection as we seek to deepen our relationship with God through our relationship with all of creation. Our readings will present the concept of voluntary simplicity and our place in the environment as it relates to social justice and scripture.

To help us keep the event on schedule, we recommend arriving early to allow time for socializing, coffee and refreshments. 

If this is your first time attending a CONEO event or your first time attending centering prayer, we look forward to having you with us! Someone will be available for a brief introduction about centering prayer before we begin at 9 o’clock.

To help us plan, please RSVP using the contact information below.

Location and Directions

Holy Martyrs Church
Martyrs Hall (in back of the church)
3100 Weymouth Road
Medina, OH 44256
[link to Google maps]

The church is very close to I-77.

Date and Time

Saturday, October 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Centering Prayer beings at 9:00 a.m. Please be on time.)

Contact Information

To RSVP or for more information about this event, please contact Kate Valentine at email valentinekate@yahoo.com or by phone at (330) 472-0072.

Promotional Flyer

Help us spread the word about the Silent Saturday Day of Prayer by printing the flyer at the attached link and sharing it with your church, office, school, friends and family. Or share it on Facebook!

Link to promotional flyer

Recent Events

Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6, 2018

Contemplative Spring Retreat

Retreat Presenter, Martin Laird, O.S.A.
Father Martin Laird is Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University. Fr. Laird’s published works include Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence. This retreat offers time and space away from the busyness of daily life and allows the body, mind, and spirit to surrender to God’s presence and action within each one of us.

Location and Directions
Villa Maria Eduction and Spirituality Center
225 Villa Marie Road
Pulaski, PA 16143
[link to Villa Maria website]


March 10, 2018

United in Prayer Day

Location and Directions
Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Drive
Hudson, OH 44236
[link to church website]

Registration/Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
Event: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


January 21, 2017

Silent Day of Prayer

Saturday, January, 21 2017
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

St. Basil the Great Catholic Church
8700 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
(At the Parish Life Center behind the church.)


March 11, 2017

Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop

Saturday, March 11, 2017 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Federated Church
76 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022


March 18, 2017

United in Prayer Day

Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Drive
Hudson, OH, 44236

Click here for more information about United in Prayer Day.


April 6, 2017

Webinar Trinity: the Soul of Creation

Thursday through Saturday, April 6 – 8, 2017 
St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, Brecksville, Ohio

A live broadcast of the conference Trinity: the Soul of Creation, being presented by Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault and William Paul Young in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Click here for more information about the topic of the conference.


June 10, 2017

Silent Saturday

Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Several sessions of sitting Centering Prayer, readings and quiet reflection.


August 11 – 13, 2017

Retreat/Conference
St. Theresa of Avila and the Interior Castle

Friday through Sunday, August 11 – 13, 2017

River’s Edge
3430 Rocky River Drive
Cleveland, Ohio
[link to website]

A special Retreat / Conference weekend presented by Susan Komis, allowing sacred space and time to explore the Seven Mansions of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. Together we reflected on the light of Teresa’s timeless insights into the human soul, its journey towards God, and how Teresa’s teaching is relevant to our personal contemporary spiritual journey. This retreat/conference included presentations, small group discussion with periods of Centering Prayer, reflection and silence. Suggested reading for this special event was “The Interior Castle,” from the Collected Works of Teresa, Vol. II, translation by Kavanaugh & Rodriguez.


September 30, 2017

Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop

Location and Directions

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church
3100 Old Weymouth Road
Medina, Ohio 44256
[link to church website]

Date and Time

Saturday, September 30, 2017 
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
(Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., the Workshop begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Follow-up sessions October 7 and October 14.

Contact Information

To RSVP or for more information, contact Kate Valentine at email valentinekate@yahoo.com or by phone at (330) 659-6356.


October 7, 2017

Silent Saturday

Location and Directions

St. Christopher’s Parish
20141 Detroit Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116
[link to church website]

Date and Time
Saturday, October 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Centering Prayer beings at 9:00 a.m.)

Contact Information

To RSVP or for more information, contact Darlene Sasz at email darlesa4@aol.com or by phone at (440) 331-0903.


December 7, 14 and 21, 2017

Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop

Location and Directions

Church of St. Dominic
3450 Norwood Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
[link to church website]

Date and Time

Thursday, December 7, 14 and 21, 2017 
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(Please plan to arrive early so the workshop can begin promptly at 7 o’clock.)

Contact Information

To RSVP or for more information, contact the parish office at St. Dominic via email parishoffice@stdominicchurch.net or by phone at (216) 991-1444.