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Upcoming Programs

            COSD up coming events

Half Day of Prayer with Fr. Justin Langille 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Unity church of El Cajon, Hammons Hall, 350 Prescott Street. El Cajon, California.

Empty yourself and sit waiting, content with the grace of God”. 

Fr. Justin is an ordained catholic priest of the diocese of San Diego.  For fifteen years he served as the spiritual director and regional coordinator for Contemplative Outreach San Diego   helping to establish centering prayer groups throughout metro San Diego and North County.  Fr. Justin has traveled throughout North America offering intensive contemplative retreats, days of prayer,  workshops and various presentations on the richness of the Christian mystical heritage, offering practical ways to sustain a deepening spiritual life. Come join the COSD community and celebrate our rich and lengthy friendship with Fr. Justin as he shares his great joy in growing in the contemplative life.

Register early for this event as it will fill up quickly by contacting : Anne Clark prayer group facilitator  cannec@cox.net . Suggested donation $20. 

Directions to Unity Church:

Exit I-8 to Magnolia Ave. south.

continue south on South Magnolia through several traffic lights (crossing Main Street).

Turn left on Lexington Ave. (the fire station is on the corner).

Continue east on Lexington to Prescott (two blocks).

Turn right on to Prescott and right into the first parking lot.

The Meeting will be held in the building facing Prescott (Hammons Hall). Entrance is on the west side of the building.




INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP,              SVLC_ChurchFront2017

October 14, 2017  9 am to 12:30 pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, La Mesa.  The Church’s address is 10842 Fury Lane, La Mesa ,  91941, and easily reached from the 94 to Avocado offramp.

If you have not yet taken an introductory workshop, if you are new to Centering Prayer, or just would like to refresh your understanding of Father Keating’s teaching, this short workshop (with two experiences of Centering Prayer) will help to assist you to develop the practice of quiet prayer and grow in the benefits that flow from 




Weekend Silent Retreat.  October 20 through 22, 2017 Prince of Peace Abby , Oceanside California.  Cost is $200, check the CONSD website for complete information.

Extended information on Retreats and Workshops.

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, kdowns2@san.rr.com. We are available weekends and weekdays.

Half-Day of Prayer

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.