Centering Prayer Course - CE Credits

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Prayer as a Path to Deepen Your Relationship with God

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Course objectives:

  • Define the history and nature of Centering prayer with roots in the Contemplative Christian tradition through online video, audio and written presentations.
  • Practice the formal method of Centering Prayer utilizing online practice sessions, inspirational poetry, and music.
  • Utilize, reflect upon, and answer online questions pertaining to the relevance of Centering Prayer as it relates to one's own life.
  • Discuss and outline the psychology of Centering Prayer, including the "seven moments" of Centering Prayer along with the four levels of awareness.

Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.

A Prayer Practice Inspired by the Christian Mystics

Father Thomas Keating, answering a life calling, sought to renew a prayer practice that goes beyond asking for aid or offering praise—one that invites you to enter into a deeper relationship with God. Based on the wisdom sayings of Jesus and inspired by teachings from the classic 14th-century text The Cloud of Unknowing, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, and others, Centering Prayer is a method of four guidelines that has sparked the modern renewal of contemplative Christianity. “Centering Prayer does not replace other types of prayer,” teaches Keating. “Rather, the practice gives a new depth of meaning to all forms of prayer.”

Training from a Respected Voice in the Revival of Contemplative Christianity

This eight-part intensive learning program features invaluable teaching sessions with Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues from Contemplative Outreach, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico. The course also includes private journaling. You will receive over nine hours of downloadable audio and video instruction, plus a rich selection of written exercises and information that you can fill out on your computer or print at home.

Centering Prayer provides precise, direct training in contemplative practice—as well as a treasury of wisdom from Father Keating himself. His teachings, stories, and insights reveal the fruits of fully engaging in this path of complete consent to God’s presence and action within. Join him as you learn this simple yet transformative method for taking prayer to its deepest level—and inviting the grace of the Divine to live through you.

Centering Prayer Highlights

  • Eight sessions of personal training in the path of Centering Prayer
  • Guided video teaching sessions with Contemplative Outreach instructors Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico
  • A private journal to track your progress and deepen your practice
  • Downloadable audio, video, and printable written lessons
  • Personal reminders and notifications to keep your practice on track
Format Details
CE Credits
Contents 9.5 CE Credits
Product Code CE02837
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Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

About Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler is a founding member and current president of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. She found the convergence of her Christian background and her Buddhist contemplative experience in the contemplative Christian heritage and the practice of Centering Prayer. As a layperson, Gail is experienced in balancing the activities of an ordinary life with the contemplative path of silence, solitude, and service.

Father Carl Arico

About Father Carl Arico

Father Carl Arico is a founding member and the current vice president of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Father Arico has practiced Centering Prayer since 1975 and taught the prayer since 1978. He is known for his humor and his ability to bridge the gap between the clergy and laity.

Father Thomas Keating

About Father Thomas Keating

Father Thomas Keating draws from over 60 years of study and prayer as a Trappist monk in sharing the wisdom of 20 centuries of the contemplative Christian tradition. One of the principal architects of the contemplative Christian prayer movement, Father Keating co-founded the Snowmass Interreligious Conference and Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., and is author of many books, including Open Mind, Open Heart.


Listen to Tami Simon's in-depth audio podcast interviews with Father Thomas Keating:
Inviting the Presence of the Divine »
Inviting the Presence of the Divine, Part One »
Inviting the Presence of the Divine, Part Two »