Indianapolis, Indiana

"God's first language is silence. Everything else is a poor translation."

Thomas Keating

Indianapolis Chapter Servant Leadership Team

Linda Farley Coordinator
John Drake Treasurer
Mary Kendall Communications
Lyn Reece Chapter Program Contributor
Marilyn Webb Centering Prayer Into Workshop Organizer
Mary Beth Riner Chapter Program Contributor
Centering Prayer Groups Upcoming Events About Us

About Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is part of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Contemplative Outreach was established in 1984 by Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk. It is a worldwide spiritual network made up of individuals and small faith communities committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life and to teach the method of Centering Prayer.

Numerous Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina workshops and retreats were held at Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center in the late 1980's; through these experiences, an interest in contemplative prayer and a desire of many for Contemplative Outreach opportunities grew in the Indianapolis area. The chapter of Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis began January 13, 2007, when 35 people met with Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. leadership to discern their intention to form a contemplative community. Today the Indianapolis CO chapter has an active leadership team identifying the needs of the chapter for on-going growth. As a chapter we have facilitated 2 Living Flame series with National Contemplative Outreach teachers, several day retreats exploring St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Kelly. As a chapter, we have prayed with and learned about the Welcoming Prayer, the Prayer of Forgiveness, Lectio Divina, Attention/Intention and praying with poetry. In addition, we experienced many videos of Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating, James Finley, and Richard Rohr that were very enlightening. During the last year, we have met utilizing ZOOM twice a month praying and sharing Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. We are looking forward to gathering on ZOOM the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Again, we as a community will celebrate our past, plan for our future to continue to offer opportunities to nourish and support one another in our practice of Centering Prayer as well as discern new leadership within our Indianapolis CO Chapter in September.

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis continues to offer many opportunities to nourish and support one another in our practice of Centering Prayer and the process of Divine transformation.

For more information, please contact Linda Farley on the Leadership Team.

Scheduled Events

Centering Prayer Introductory Program Workshop

Anyone interested in hosting a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop may contact Marilyn Webb at

2021 Programming

CO of Indianapolis will meet on Zoom the second Saturday of the month for Centering Prayer and special programing and on the fourth Saturday of the month with Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.

The Interior Castle written by Teresa of Avila, in Spain in the 16th century is a celebrated book on mystical theology. Using the image of a castle with many rooms, she highlights the soul’s progression into communion with God. In July and August, Mary Beth Riner will lead us in listening to and then discussion on sections of James Finley’s podcast about Teresa and her views on the interior life.

CO of Indianapolis On ZOOM

July 10, 2021 8:45-10:45M

August 14, 2021 8:45-10:45 AM

On the fourth Saturday of the month will be on Zoom where we will Center and share Lectio Divina. An invitation e-mail with the link to Zoom will continue to be sent out prior to the Saturday gathering to the e-mail list.

CO of Indianapolis on ZOOM

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

July 24, 2021 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

August 28, 2021 9:00-10:00 AM

September 25, 2021 9:00-10:00 AM

November 27, 2021 9:00-10:00 AM


Our CO of Indianapolis Chapter has roots going back to 2006 and much has happened since then! This day will have the opportunity to give thanks for what has been possibilities for our future, and the Holy discernment of new leadership for our chapter.

CO of Indianapolis Celebrates a Visioning Day

September 11, 2021 8:45-12 noon


CO of Indianapolis is hosting an Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat October 6-10, 2021

Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is providing an in-depth retreat opportunity for those with experience with Centering Prayer who wish to enter into a more profound level of spiritual practice. The retreat enables the participants to deepen their contemplative journey in the contemporary world. Integration of contemplation and activity are cultivated in the silence, solitude, community support and guidance.

Requirements for Making the Intensive Retreat:

Contemplative Outreach requires that those who participate in the Intensive Retreat be regular practitioners of Centering Prayer.

Contact for registration form and retreat fee information.

CO of Indianapolis Lectio Divina Workshop on ZOOM

October 24, 2021 8:45-2:30 PM

Contact for registration form and information on registration fee.

Do you know the difference between the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit? Join us as John Drake leads the viewing of portions of video and then discussion of the book by Father Thomas Keating called "Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit.'" This book is the results of his over 50 years as a Father, Abbot and Monk. If you are looking to go deeper in developing your spiritual gifts, please join us as we learn about what Father Keating shared about the gifts experienced in his life of service.

CO of Indianapolis


November 13, 2021 8:45-10:45 AM

December 11, 2021 8:45-10:00 AM

January 8, 2022 8:45-10:00 AM

The following Centering Prayer groups meet in the Central Indiana area.


Facilitator Contact

Meeting Times

St. Thomas Aquinas
535 W. State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana
Becky Dick
Mondays, 5:30 p.m.
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolic, Indiana
Donna Sandage
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
First United Church
2420 E. Third St.
Bloomington, Indiana
Br. Ramon Garcia
Zoom Centering Prayer
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit Church at Geist
10350 Glaser Way
Fishers, Indiana
Helen Jean Bluemle
2nd Wednesday, 12:45 p.m.
Northwest Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Marilyn Webb
3rd Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
4600 N. Illinois Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
Karen Spear
Thursday Evenings
Discussion at 6:00 PM
Centering at 6:30 pm
Zoom gathering at this time--may be moving to face to face
St. Mathew Catholic Church
4100 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Judy Hipskind
Centering Prayer and book discussion Zoom gathering at this time--may be moving to face to face
Monday Evening 7-8 PM
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
600 Paul Hand Boulevard
Franklin, Indiana
Church office at:
Alternate Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.