Contemplative Outreach of New Jersey is a community of individuals and prayer groups who practice centering prayer. We teach centering prayer and offer events and educational programs to support those who practice centering prayer. We also teach other practices that promote a deepening of our relationship with God and support all of us attempting to live the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in daily life. All are welcome at our gatherings whether in person or on Zoom. We are a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a global interdenominational spiritual network founded by Fr. Thomas Keating, Fr. Carl Arico, and others.

Upcoming Events

Discover Your Path to the Heart of God*: Practices for Contemplative Living 

October 2023 – April 2024, 3rd Saturday of Each Month, In-Person – 9 AM – 2 PM

$20 per event; $115 for all 7 events

St. Walburga Monastery, 851 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ

Limited overnight accommodations available

Join a committed group of centering prayer practitioners to support each other on the contemplative path. Modeled after what was formerly known as the 9-month course, the program will be based on Julie Saad’s book Contemplative Life: Discovering Our Path to the Heart of God*. All are welcome.

Explore a different contemplative practice each month: The Fundamentals of Centering Prayer, Holy Listening, Guided Meditation, Logging, Spiritual Reading, Going Deeper in Daily Life, and Lectio Divina. December will celebrate an Advent Day of Prayer with Fr. Carl Arico, a founding member of Contemplative Outreach. For more information and online registration:  https://centeringprayernj.com/events/.

Centering Prayer Mini-Intensive

First Saturdays, from 8 am to 9:15 am, via Zoom

Two 25-minute periods of centering prayer separated by a 5-min contemplative walk followed by Lectio Divina and discussion.

Zoom room opens about 7:45-7:50 am; please enter in silence.

Click here to join: https://tinyurl.com/cs944brn

Facilitator Workshop, Contemplative Outreach Facilitator Service Team

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 11:30am to 2pm Eastern Time

For more information, click here.

Finding the Place of the Heart Centering Prayer Retreat

Monday October 16 – Sunday October 22, 2023
Holy Cross Abbey (HCA),  Berryville, VA

Led by: Father Bill Sheehan
For more information and to register, click here.


Lectio Divina and the Four Senses of Scripture

December 12–15, 2023
Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY

Led by: Leslee Terpay of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.
Conferences and prayer time will focus on one of the ultimate prayers of consent: Mary’s Magnificat. There will be an integrations of centering prayer and lectio divina prayer times. Form more information, click here.