Centering Prayer

"Silence is God's first language..."

"... everything else is a poor translation." - Thomas Keating

The Saturday morning contemplative prayer group has been meeting at St. Joseph’s parish since 1986 when Father Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O visited Seattle and began the Northwest Chapter of Contemplative Outreach. You may be new to Centering Prayer or have cultivated a practice for many years - no matter where you are on your journey - we invite you to join us in resting lightly in God's Love, centering our lives through our relationship with God, and increasing our awareness of God's presence in the world. While many of us are Catholic, our group is blessed with individuals from a wide-range of faith traditions. All are welcome!

We practice Centering Prayer, a form of silent contemplative prayer designed by Trappist monks specifically for ordinary laypeople (though many religious also practice it). Centering Prayer has spread throughout the world by the efforts of retired Trappist Abbot Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. and others through the organization Contemplative Outreach. If you are curious about Centering Prayer and cannot join us - there is also a free app available so that you can cultivate your practice at any time your phone is nearby!

Get Involved

The Centering Prayer group meets for ‘sits’ the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8:00 AM until 9:15 AM in the Brebeuf Room on the lower level of the Parish Center.

What you can expect when you join us:

  1. We start with a brief reading followed by a 20 minute ‘sit’ in silence.

  2. Then we take a brief and silent, meditative walk around the room.

  3. Then we return to our seats for another 20 minute ‘sit’ in silence.

  4. We close our time together with the same reading we started with and then, as we are able, we chat about other Centering Prayer activities around the region and enjoy fellowship.

For more information, please contact Tracy Bier at centeringprayer@