Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a practice of prayer that is simple, restful and easy to understand. The length of time recommended is 20 minutes. It is a silent prayer, practiced individually and/or in a group.

Day session: 10AM Carpenter Hall, Rm 51. Weeks 2-5. First week session meets at 10AM at Kirkwood by the River Retirement Village.


Night Session In the chapel, Tues 5:30-6:00 pm.  Call Louise 205-529-7080, for more information.

Centering prayer comes out of the Christian Tradition. It is drawn directly from THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING, written by an anonymous 14th century author as well as writings by St. John of the Cross. In the early 1980’s centering prayer was rediscovered and formatted to be used by lay people. Father William Meninger, Father Thomas Keating & Basil Pennington as well as other lay persons are responsible for the present-day, world-wide connection of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach.

For more information, contact: Louise Meredith at 205-970-1892 or



Sept 1-3 "Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat" at Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center- Cullman, AL 

This retreat is for those seeking to learn this practice of prayer for the first time for those who want to renew or strengthen their practice during this weekend of silence and reflection. The Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Chapter presenters are Jane Latture and Beverly Brasell. Registration questions, call 256/734-8302 or Register by check. $60.00 to Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE Cullman, AL 35055.Total cost: $245.