“Contemplative prayer is a way of tuning in to a fuller level of reality that is always present and in which we are invited to participate.” Thomas Keating (Open Mind Open Heart)
Contemplative Outreach of Eastern Ontario extends an invitation to any individual who wishes an intimate relationship with God through faith in the Indwelling of Christ, and to consent to the healing action of the Spirit through the practice of Centering Prayer. Contemplative Outreach of Eastern Ontario is part of the Contemplative Outreach Canada Centering Prayer network.
We are led by a small volunteer steering committee dedicated to making available the contemplative Christian heritage. We host an annual Lenten Silent Retreat, a series of Retreat Days (Pilgrim’s Way) as well as other offerings listed here on our website.
Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community.
Today, Contemplative Outreach annually serves over 40,000 people; supports over 120 active contemplative chapters in 39 countries; supports over 800 prayer groups; teaches over 15,000 people the practice of Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices through locally-hosted workshops; and provides training and resources to local chapters and volunteers. We also publish and distribute the wisdom teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and other resources that support the contemplative life.