February 2021

“Surrender to the unknown marks the great transitions of the spiritual journey.
On the brink of each new breakthrough there is a crisis of trust and love.”

 —Thomas Keating,The Better Part


In Memoriam


Fr William Meninger OCSO died Sunday morning, February 14th at age 88 in his infirmary room at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. The day before his

death he led an international Zoom talk on the gospel of Mark.

Fr. Meninger was born in 1932 in Malden, Massachusetts, USA. He entered St. Joseph’s Abbey in 1963, made his solemn profession in 1970, changed stability to Snowmass in 1982 and changed his stability back to Spencer in 2020. He had been ordained a priest of the Diocese of Yakima, Washington in 1958. He had been in monastic vows for 55 years and 63 years a priest when the Lord called him.

Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Thomas Keating & Fr. Basil Pennington were the three principal architects of the Centering Prayer method and movement. 

Some of his books include St. John of the Cross for BeginnersJulian of Norwich: A Mystic for Today and The Loving Search for God: Contemplative Prayer and the Cloud of Unknowing.


“Everything is a Grace.
Everything … Everything … Everything.”

– Fr. William

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