SATURDAY, November 16, 2019


5050 Milton Street, San Diego, CA. 92110

 9:00 am (hospitality begins),  9:30 am Centering Prayer, 10:00 am -3:00 pm program begins.

Presented by Fr. Stephen Coffey OSB

Fr. Stephen Coffey will introduce the spirituality of Thomas Keating during his final years.  Two videos  of Keating’s Series, “God is Love” The Heart of All Creation” will be shown. In addition to periods of Centering Prayer, there will be time for Visio Divina on two paintings by artist William Congdon and Lectio Divina relevant to the day’s theme of Keating’s cosmology. The day will include teachings on Eucharist as well as periods of wisdom sharing.

Suggested Donation: $20.00.  Please bring a bag lunch.  RSVP:

Stephen Coffey is a monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict. He is Director of Oblates, a retreat leader, and a spiritual director at the Monastery of the Risen Christ in San Luis Obispo. He is also involve in other ministries at the Hermitage in Big Sur and at San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez. Please come and join us!

 Seven Day Centering Prayer Retreat

April 13th -April 19th 2020

Intensive -Post Intensive Retreat

Sponsored by COSD

To be held at Prince of Peace Abbey, 650 Benet Hill Rd, Oceanside CA 92058

The Intensive-Post Intensive Retreat provides an opportunity to deepen the practice of Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of profound silence and community support. There are six 30-minute Centering Prayer periods daily. An established centering prayer practice is high recommended. The retreat begins Monday April 13th with dinner at 6pm and ends Sunday April 19th mid-morning with the closing session. The fee  is $620 which includes the retreat, meals and overnight accommodations. Please make checks payable to Contemplative Outreach San Diego.  Reservations are limited and will be taken in the order in which they are received. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required with registration and is due by December 1, 2019. Please contact: Kathy Di Fede at 619-840-3781 or email her at for more information. For more information, feel free to download this flyer.







For 30 years Contemplative Outreach has been dedicated to transmitting the living tradition of the Contemplative Christian Heritage through the teachings of Father Thomas Keating and through programs and offerings that support the contemplative life. The primary purpose of Contemplative Outreach of San Diego is to teach the method of Centering Prayer and its immediate conceptual background. If you are interested in having a Centering Prayer workshop at your church, community, or organization, contact Karen Downs, We are available weekends and weekdays.


The purpose of the Half-Day of Prayer is to provide spiritual and moral support to members of the COSD community who have attended a Centering Prayer introductory workshop and are actively practicing this prayer form. This activity is generally sponsored by a COSD prayer group and is provided in a facility during a three hour period on Saturday mornings. The format includes two periods of Centering Prayer and a spiritual presentation with group discussion.


Retreats provide an environment conducive to spiritual growth for persons who have attended an introductory workshop on Centering Prayer. Generally the retreats are three days of silence with five to seven periods of Centering Prayer each day. Personal spiritual direction is provided and a group dialogue is held on the final day.

In a retreat setting the length of the periods of Centering Prayer can be extended. Lengthening or multiplying periods of Centering Prayer can help to deepen the experience of interior silence and promote the grow in intimacy with God.  There are 3-day, 5- day and 8-day retreats offered locally and nationally.