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Centering Prayer

Silent Meditation and Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience a divine presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer or meditation. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all practice and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive practice of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Carol McKiernan

Carol McKiernan
Carol grew up at Chautauqua and says that her love of mystical practices began here on the grounds. She was formally introduced to meditation many years ago at an off-season yoga and meditation retreat let by Subagh Singh Khalsa and has been practicing Centering Prayer daily ever since. She has attended many seminars, workshops, and retreats offered by Contemplative Outreach, founded by Dom Thomas Keating, a Trappist Monk, who resides at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado and who has written many books on Centering Prayer. In October 2011, Carol attended a 10-day intensive retreat at St. Benedict's and was coached by Fr. Keating on leading Centering Prayer.

Carol practices Centering Prayer with weekly groups in Campus Ministry at Villanova University and St. David's Episcopal Church. She leads Centering workshops in the areas surrounding Philadelphia and weekly meetings at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish. She is a member of the Augustinian Affiliates, the lay order of the Augustinian Priests, and is a volunteer for the Augustinian Friars at St. Thomas Monastery in Villanova. Carol is a board member and the former Treasurer of the Chautauqua Catholic Community and a Co-Captain of the Chautauqua Fund.