Silent Prayer Groups
The important aim in Christian
meditation is to allow God's mysterious and silent
presence within us to become more and more not only a
reality but the reality which gives meaning, shape and
purpose to everything we do, everything we are.
John Main OSB.
Fr. John Main OSB founded the World
Community for Christian Meditation and he believed that
the contemplative experience creates community. He
recovered the teaching of pure prayer of the desert
His successor is his disciple and fellow
monk, Fr Laurence Freeman OSB who is the director
Meditation is the missing dimension
of much of Christian life today. It does not
exclude other types of prayer and indeed deepens
reverence for the sacraments and scripture.
Laurence Freeman OSB.
There are many Christian meditation
groups across London, the rest of the country and
throughout the world. For more information visit the
website by following the link above.
A recent initiative is the establishment
of the Meditatio
Contemplative Prayer is the world in
which God can do anything. To move into this realm is
the greatest adventure. It is to open to the Infinite
and hence infinite possibilities. Open Mind:
Open Heart by Thomas Keating OCSO, founder of
The primary purpose of Contemplative
Outreach is to teach the method of Centering Prayer and
to offer practices to bring its fruits into daily life.
We help individuals and groups establish a contemplative
practise by offering Centering Prayer workshops,
retreats and formation programmes. Our programmes are
designed to bring the richness of the Christian
Contemplative Heritage into a contemporary and
Contemplative Outreach Ltd is now a
world wide movement with a growing number of groups here
in the UK.
For links to information world-wide contact Contemplative
The Julian meetings foster the teaching
and practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian
tradition; encourage people to practise contemplative
prayer in their daily lives, and to explore ways of
doing this which are appropriate for them; and support
the individual ecumenical Julian Meetings - groups whose
members meet regularly to practise Christian
contemplative prayer together.
For information about the Julian
Meetings e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This link will take you to a leaflet
published by the Retreat Association listing silent
prayer groups in the UK.
Action and Contemplation
Fr Richard Rohr OFM, who spoke in the first series of
Silence in the City talks, is the founder and director
of the Centre for Action and Contemplation in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Contemplative Spirituality Network
encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer ...
and offers a consistent and balanced path for
spiritual growth and transformation rooted in prayer,
silence, mindful work and in the 1500-year old wisdom
of our Benedictine contemplative heritage. Dr
Cynthia Bourgeault, who has given several talks in the
Silence in the City series, is Principal Teacher for the
The Contemplative Spirituality Network is a
response to our contemporary search for God. Through it
we attempt to express our interdependence and
interconnectedness, as well as reflecting the need to
deeply ground our spiritual search in the heart and
wisdom of a living tradition. The Network seeks to offer
support, companionship and resources for the journey of
transformation towards wholeness and unity within the
Retreats with James Finley, who gave Silence in
the City talks in November 2008 and September 2011.
The Christian Retreat (a Roman Catholic
Congregation) was founded in 1789 by Fr. Anthony Receveur.
In an age when faith and moral values were in decline, he
offered to ordinary people a means of drawing closer to
God. Through practising meditation and making a spiritual
retreat, lives were transformed.
Today the Sisters, the Retreat team and their friends,
carry out his vision by their work and mission in the
House of Prayer.
The House of Prayer is ecumenical and welcomes
Christians of all denominations and people of good will.
Just This Day
In November 2013, Just this Day, which
organises an annual day of quietness, marked its 7th
An Anglican retreat centre set in the peace of
the Leicestershire countryside.
A retreat centre in Monmouthshire.
Christian Meditation Centre
The centre has an active programme of talks on
meditation and silent prayer.
Places of peace and beauty, world-wide, which
are available for silent prayer and meditation.
The website of the Irish Jesuits. It includes a
daily prayer and meditiation.
Page updated by PAJH on 15 November 2013