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DFW Chapter
Contemplative Outreach

Serving Dallas/Fort Worth & North Texas

Welcome to Cell of Peace.  This is the home page of the DFW Chapter of Contemplative Outreach serving the greater Dallas & Fort Worth area.  Many people in today's world practice different forms of meditation faithfully.  They experience its transforming power and value the benefits of resting in silence, a silence too deep for words (insights on scriptural prayer).  Small faith communities are powerful places to foster the practice of these forms of prayer as they radiate Love and positive energy.  Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network designed to nurture the practice of Centering Prayer and to help build and facilitate prayer groups .  We also practice and teach Lectio Divina, the slow meditative reading of the Scriptures.

It is my hope, that this web site will provide information, ideas, insights and ways of building a spiritual network for you -- for your support on the Spiritual Journey.

Sandy Guancial, Coordinator

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Listen to Radio Interview with Sandy

On August 4, 2014, Sandy appeared on the "Good News" radio program in Dallas (KATH 910 AM) hosted by Stacie Blazek.  Sandy was asked to comment on several topics and questions.  Stacie asked Sandy to talk about the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Contemplative Outreach and how it got started; how does traditional prayer compare to centering prayer; and is it difficult for some people to practice silent meditation like centering prayer.  Sandy also talked about the upcoming William Meninger workshop on the enneagram (September 5 & 6) and about her monthly Visual Journaling group.  You will find Sandy's interview both insightful and entertaining.  Click the play button on the audio player below to listen to the interview (about 20 minutes in length).

Email your comments to Sandy.

Online Store

The conference videos of Fr Bill Sheehan and Fr William Meninger are now available for purchase.  Visit the Store to view the DVD selections.  You can also preview some of the conference DVD's before you make a purchase.  We have added the convenience of paying for your purchase by either a credit card or debit card.

 

New Event Planning Team

The chapter's new service team, Event Planning Team, is always looking for suggestions for new conference or workshop topics, speakers and retreat leaders.  Send your suggestions to Michelle & Monica -- they welcome your input.  Please limit suggestions to the general subject of contemplative spirituality and meditation.

 

Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop Service Team

If your group or church is interested in hosting a one-day Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop, please contact Paul who will work with you to plan & schedule the workshop.

 

Prison Outreach Program

In 2012 the Chapter started a prison outreach program lead by the efforts of Dennis Mc Cain.  Please visit the Prison Outreach web page which is devoted to our prison ministry.  There you can read about the prison ministry and view photographs of the many inmates who participate in the centering prayer programs offered to them.  You can also make a donation to support the ministry and, as always, we welcome your feedback.

 

View video recordings of Fr Thomas Keating speaking on various topics from the centering prayer method to the value of contemplation to inter-religious dialogue.

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Add your name to the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Mailing List to obtain timely information about workshops, retreats and newly formed centering prayer groups in the DFW metropolitan area.

Navigating the DFW Chapter Website

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Contemplative Prayer Groups.   You are invited  to join one of the many Dallas/Fort Worth area Centering Prayer Groups.  Most groups meet weekly.  The prayer gatherings are open to all who are striving to embrace a daily practice of Silent Prayer and Lectio Divina using the methodology developed by Fr Thomas Keating and others.

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Workshops, Retreat Days and Special Events are scheduled throughout the year.  To view the complete 2014 Events Calendar, please click the HERE.

Upcoming Events:

 

2015 Calendar

See what is planned for 2015.

Event Calendar

 

View photographs from previous events

 

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Follow the Reflections link for some interesting readings and prayers that you may find useful for your meditation. Instructional information on Centering Prayer is included as well.

See the list of weekly scripture readings to help with your practice of Lectio Divina.

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The Centering Prayer Method is briefly explained in the words of Fr Thomas Keating.  

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Reading List A list of recommended books has been compiled that you can find on the Book Page.  Many of the books are authored by Father Keating himself.  Other well known authors, who write on Centering Prayer and contemplative spirituality, are represented in the list. Each book title has a short review or summary provided by the book publisher that you may find helpful.

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Go to the Links page for some interesting and informative web sites on spirituality.         

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Contemplative Outreach.  Learn about Contemplative Outreach and how the local and international organizations can provide resources and support to those who practice centering prayer.

Do you wish to learn about Centering Prayer?

Ask about how to arrange for a speaker to learn about Centering Prayer.  You can arrange for a one hour presentation to introduce Contemplative Prayer and the method of Centering Prayer to your group or organization.  For a more in depth presentation, arrange for a one-day "Introductory Workshop to Centering Prayer".  Custom or special presentations on Contemplative Prayer may also be arranged.

To make arrangements, contact Sandy via Email or
call at 1-972-722-6029.

You can also reach Sandy via regular mail at

Sandy Guancial
Contemplative Outreach
P.O. Box 752
Rockwall, Texas  75087

Sandy is the coordinator for the DFW Chapter of Contemplative Outreach.  To learn more about her background, click Biography.

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