Oneness: The Secret Embrace Thomas Keating’s final gift to the world.Global Zoom Conference featuring Cynthia Bourgeault

Oneness:  The Secret Embrace
Thomas Keating’s final gift to the world
April 30 – May 2, 2020

Cynthia Bourgeault will unpack Thomas Keating’s emerging final vision of Oneness. He saw it as a state of consciousness/selfhood, oneness among the religions and oneness in our fragile and embattled world. Paul calls this becoming a “New Creation”.

Just by living and growing in consciousness, we are becoming, growing in God’s Self, in God’s presence, in God-consciousness. The ultimate consciousness is total Oneness in which God is all in all.

“For Christians, it is to be a kind of fifth Gospel: to become the word of God and to manifest God … empty of self and full of God”
– Thomas Keating, The Human Condition

Offered in partnership with Contemplative Outreach of South Africa, this Zoom-video conference will be held from April 30th to May 2nd from about 12:30pm GMT/2:30pm South Africa Time and 8:30am Eastern (New York) Time each day and will include Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, teachings from Cynthia, and the opportunity to submit questions via the Zoom chat feature.  Each day will be about two hours long and participants are free to come and go as need be. The conference will be recorded and made available to all at a later date.

The program is free and open to all.  A donation of $35 USD is suggested for the conference and all donations are gratefully accepted. Please register using the form below.

Copies of The Secret Embrace are available here in the online store.

*watercolor by Charlotte M. Frieze

Special e-bulletin March

March 2020

“The concerns, distractions, achievements, ambitions, and other human activities are often monumental, awesome, and frightening. And yet, compared to God’s plan, they are nothing at all. The contemplative vision perceives God even in the midst of disaster, turmoil, or personal failure. It never loses hope because its hope is not based on human events but on the divine goodness, which is infinitely powerful and infinitely merciful. …
“Time spent in waiting for God, or waiting upon God, or in doing nothing, is not lost time.
It is cultivating the attitude of acceptance of our whole being. Our inmost being does not have to prove itself because it is already infinitely loved. At the deepest level it is free, joyful, full of love, compassion and an awareness of the unity of all that exists.Thomas Keating, Consenting to God As God Is 




Scheduling an at-home retreat is a great alternative to attending a directed retreat.
Here are a few suggestions:

  • Even a short time apart makes a difference. Block 1/2 a day, a full day, a weekend, or longer. During this time, refrain or limit exposure to news, social media and other distractions.
  • Create a sacred environment by lighting a candle, setting up an altar with sacred objects, burning incense or other ways meaningful to you.
  • Create a daily schedule including multiple Centering Prayer sessions with a meditative walk.
  • Read a spiritual book, practice Lectio Divina, view enriching videos and journal. You can find suggestions in “Our Store” section below or more in our online store.
  • Surround yourself with beauty: Listen to sacred music, walk in nature, make art or engage your creativity in some way.
  • Rest. Take naps.  
  • Participate in online video prayer groups via The Meditation Chapel.
  • Email uswith your questions; we now have a full panel of Q&A facilitators to support you.

Let the Spirit lead you into your retreat day as it unfolds.


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Second Saturday postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.


Centering Prayer for the Second Saturday in March, is postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.


Mayo 1st Tuesday meetings



The Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar . Mayo


Meeting: 1st Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. (except July, August and January. Facilitator Maura Flynn RSM


Contact: The Family Centre Phone: 094 9025900


February e-bulletin

February 2020

“The work of Lent is to face the unconscious values that underlie
the emotional programs for happiness and to change them.
Hence the need of a discipline of contemplative prayer and action.” 

Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ


I have climbed up to the highest that is in me, and see,
the Word is far, far above.
I have plumbed my own depths,
and the Word was far deeper than that.
I have looked outward, I saw the Word far beyond.
I looked inward, the Word was further in still.
And now I know what I have read is true:
that in this One we live and move and have our being (Acts 17: 28).
But blessed is the one in whom [s]he has Divine being, who lives for God
and is moved by God

Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 74, Song of Songs


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Second Saturday February 8th. Special Guest Speaker John F Deane




Special Guest Speaker John F Deane

One of Ireland’s most gifted and influential poets.

Come for Centering Prayer, Inspiration and hospitality.

Saturday, February 8, 2020. 10 a.m. – 12 noon        

Venue: The Pastoral Centre, Navan Rd. Dublin

Location: The Pastoral Centre is next door to Our Lady Help of Christians Church.

All are welcome


January E-bulletin


“Everyday is a new unfolding of our life in Christ.
Surprises are always happening.” 

Thomas Keating,                   The Mystery of Christ







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The Sacred Breath
by Corey Krupowicz

Throughout most of my contemplative practice, the breath has been my natural access point into realms of Divine expansion. So much so that it has become my sacred symbol of consent during Centering Prayer.

Over the years, I have also studied and practiced many eastern breathing techniques and have found they are easily incorporated into my Centering Prayer practice as a way to embody and deepen relationship with the heart of the Divine. Read More>

December e-bulletin


“Now is the time of salvation …
Now is the time when the whole of divine mercy is available …
Now is the time to risk further growth.
The light of Christmas is an explosion of insight
changing our whole idea of God.” 

Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ


A Christmas Message from the Contemplative Outreach Staff


The theological foundation of Centering Prayer
is the Divine Presence in every member of the human family.

– Theological Principle #3


Every Monday, the staff of Contemplative Outreach gathers via Zoom video for our weekly staff meeting. We start our time with intercessory prayer and silence, praying for members of our community and others in need.  After this, we move into a time of Lectio Divina with one of the theological or administrative principles of Contemplative Outreach, and share what touched our hearts.  And then we move into the tasks of serving the community and each other, grounded in prayer and the principles that have guided this organism for over 30 years.
It is our deepest prayer that the Incarnation becomes a lived reality in each of your hearts this season – that the Incarnation continue in you, as you, and transform the heart of the world.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!


With joy,
Claire, Donna, Isabelle, Kathleen, Marie, Mary Anne, Pamela & Pat


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November e-bulletin


November 2019



“The Word of God was always present beyond time. In the incarnation, He became present in time. He enfolds us, therefore, both within the temporal sphere and beyond it, at one and the same time.” 

Thomas Keating, The Heart of the World

by Rainer Maria Rilke

The leaves are falling, falling as from far
Where distant with’ring gardens grace the skies,
Theyr’e falling with a gesture that denies.

And in the nights the heavy earth falls by
Into the loneliness, from a far star.

We all are falling. This hand falls, as it extends.
And take a look at others. It’s in them all.

And yet there’s One, holding this fall
With endless gentleness in both his hands.

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Overview of Retreats November 2019 – September 2020


Contemplative Outreach Dublin –Overview of Retreats November 2019 – September 2020

Further details and booking information on our Retreat Page

November 9th-10th, 2019.

A Merton Retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

Nov 30th-Dec 1st, 2019

An Advent Retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

Saturday December 7th, 2019

An Advent Retreat Day

Time: 10 a.m. – 3:00 P.M.

with Sr. Fionnuala Quinn

at the Margaret Alyward Centre, Glasnevin, Dublin

February 22nd – 23rd, 2020.

Living and growing with Parkinson’s

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

March 21st -22nd, 2020

The Gift of Life:

Life and Living; Death and Dying.

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

March 30th – April 3rd, 2020

The Gift of Life:

Death and Dying, Life and Living

Centering Prayer Retreat

Facilitators: Fionnuala Quinn O.P. and Lesley Ann O’ Connor

Kylemore Abbey, Benedictine Monastery

Connemara‎, ‎County Galway, Ireland

May 16th-17th, 2020

A Silent Weekend

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

June 7th–13th, 2020

That We May Be One (Christian Non – Duality)

Centering Prayer

Facilitators: Fionnuala Quinn O.P. & Suzanne Ryder RSM

Star of the Sea, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.

June 21st-26th, 2020

Heartfulness Retreat: Transformation in Christ

5 Day silent retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

June 28th – July 3rd, 2020

Centering Prayer as Practice and Process

Facilitators: Fionnuala Quinn O.P. and Lesley Ann O’ Connor

Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork,

July 5th-10th, 2020

An Intensive Silent Week of Centering Prayer 5 Day silent retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin


August 23rd-28th ,2020

God is Love: The Heart of All Creation
5 Day silent retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

September 19th – 20th, 2020

Healing and Spirituality (The Twelve Steps)

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc. Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin