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: Weds 10am Carpenter Hall, Room 51 (1stWednesday session meets at 10am at Kirkwood by the River Retirement Village)

Night Session: Tues 5:30-6pm in the Chapel 

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 or visit the Diocese of Alabama Centering Prayer website HERE.

Jan 19-21 Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat at Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center- Cullman, AL.  Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer that thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This retreat is for those seeking to learn this practice of prayer for the first time or for those who want to renew or strengthen their practice during this weekend of silence and reflection. The Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Chapter presenters are Sr. Mary McGehee, OSB, the Rev. Dr. Mary Porter and Joe Mahar. Joe will present an afternoon conference on Centering Prayer as the 11th Step for those attending any 12-Step Programs.  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.

Birmingham Area Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshops

Jan. 27 Peace of Prince Catholic Church

4600 Preserve Parkway Hoover 35226

9-2:30 Cost: $30. Deadline: Jan 22.

Sr. Mary McGehee, OSB will the presenter. Mail registration to Louise Meredith, 3776 Bainbridge Trace Dr. Irondale, AL 35210. Include contact information and selection of meat or veggie lunch. Please brown bag special diets, fee adjusted.

Please send a check to Louise Meredith, COB Coordinator

3776 Bainbridge Trace Dr. Irondale 35210 Questions? 


Feb. 10 St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church

7340 Cahaba Valley Rd 35242, Off Hwy. 119

9-2:30 Cost: $30. Deadline: Feb. 5.

Contemplative Outreach chapter presenters. Mail registration to Sheila Roche, 1104 Haven Rd. Birmingham 35242. 

Include contact information and selection of meat or veggie lunch.  Please brown bag special diets, fee adjusted. 

Sheila is a member of St. Mark and on our leadership team. Questions? Sheila,