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November 6, 2019—November 10, 2019

Fr. Carl Arico, Mary Anne Best, and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler: Centering Prayer and Heartfulness

A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still, and come to know deeply that the Christian contemplative journey is about opening and consenting to the divine presence and action in a process of interior transformation. One’s way of seeing reality changes in this process and a restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers one to perceive, relate, and respond to everyday life with acts of love and increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything that happens. Centering Prayer is about transferring the will to the heart; it might be called the practice of “Heartfulness.”

A silent retreat that includes:

  • Showing of DVD Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ by Fr. Thomas Keating 
  • Contemplative teachings on the human condition, the pursuit of happiness, suffering, the capacity to see God in everything, the spiritual journey, and the practice of Centering Prayer as a heartfulness practice
  • 3-1/2 hours of Centering Prayer daily in common
  • Celebration of the Eucharist 
  • The practice of Lectio Divina
  • Daily prayerful movement/yoga 
  • Opportunity to meet individually 
  • With retreat leaders for spiritual companioning
  • Silence and solitude


Fr. Carl Arico is a founding member of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and a member of the Gift Committee which is entrusted with works of Fr. Thomas Keating. He is an editor and contributor of the Contemplative Life Program, the Heartfulness, The Gift of Life, God is Love and the newly-released That We May Be One series. He is well-known and beloved for his gift of transmitting teachings on the spiritual journey in a down to earth, practical, compassionate, and sometimes humorous manner. 

Mary Anne Best serves as finance and development director of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. overseeing the stewardship of financial resources and fundraising. Mary Anne also is an editor and coordinator for the development of new works by Fr. Thomas Keating, organizes and directs Centering Prayer retreats, and is a principle writer for online courses and the Contemplative Life Program (CLP). She is a member and trustee of a contemplative Christian community in Austin, Texas; mother and grandmother of two beloved grandchildren; and enjoys the silence, walking, yoga, nature, and travel with beloveds to faraway places.

Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler is a founding member and served as President and executive director of Contemplative Outreach over her thirty-three year career. She chaired the Gift Committee which is entrusted with works of Fr. Thomas Keating.  She was an editor and contributor of the Contemplative Life Program, and the Heartfulness, The Gift of Life and God is Love series. Gail has authored numerous articles on the contemplative life and was one of the principal writers for online course offerings.  Gail retired from her position with Contemplative Outreach in December 2016 and continues her work as an international speaker and retreat director focusing on contemplative living and practice.   

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