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Speakers Bureau

We have speakers who will come to your church or organization and provide a short presentation, with DVD, explaining how the Christian tradition of centering prayer, contemplation, and Lectio Divina is helping people today deepen their relationship with God. To schedule a speaker contact Mary Broglie.

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Introductory Workshops

We offer introductory workshops on centering prayer which leads to contemplation. The workshops can be adapted for your group but usually consists of a five hour Saturday workshop which is followed by five follow-up sessions that are recommended, but not required. The follow-up sessions can be scheduled on days or evenings that best meets the schedules of the group. A registration fee of $20 to $25 per person covers the workshop, materials, and follow-up sessions. Scholarships funds are available and no one is turned away.

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Days of Prayer & Reflection

We offer various days of prayer and reflection throughout the year, typically hosted by one of our prayer groups.  One yearly event is the United in Prayer Day that is a shared day of prayer for Contemplative Outreach communities.

We also organize retreats at a local retreat center featuring a theme and presenter. Cost is determined for each event and events are posted on our website as well as publicized via our monthly eNews sent via email.

Contemplative Outreach also lists events on their website HERE.


Lending Library

We offer a lending library for centering prayer groups that includes books, DVDs and CDs that can be used for group discussion and enrichment. For a list of available resources click HERE (Resources). To inquire about borrowing the DVDs or CDs please contact  Mary Broglie (mjbroglie@gmail.com)

Jail Ministry

Since 2014, Contemplative Outreach Pittsburgh has had a centering prayer ministry at the Allegheny County Jail.  Each week, two COP volunteers facilitate a group, teaching the participants centering prayer in a class called “Finding God Within.”  The COP team practices with the men, encouraging them to center regularly so this important practice can become a stabilizing support when they re-enter community life.  The men in the class are part of the HOPE Pre-release Program in which the participants attend classes such as parenting and anger management.  After these required classes are complete, the men have the option to take “graduate classes,” including the centering prayer class.  For more information about this ministry, please contact Nana Wilson.