RETREATS & GROUPS
Resource Meetings are held almost every Saturday on the same Saturday of each month in the same location generally from 9-12 noon. Different Saturdays of the month are held in different geographical areas of Houston. They are community led and consist of 30 min. DVD features of Thomas Keating presentations drawn from over 30 hours of his work.
Discussions and fellowship are held around the DVD and there are two 20 minute prayer sessions. Everyone regardless of faith is welcome.
Centering Prayer Contemplative Retreats are held in different retreat houses in the area and last from a weekend to 10+ days. They consist of 3-4 hours of group Centering Prayer sessions with 20-30 minute sits at a time. Each retreat consists of either grand silence, i.e. no talking or eye contact, or no talking except after dinner with spiritual readings during meals. The retreats are led by experienced commissioned presenters from Contemplative Network.
The Ruah Center also offers 24-hour Centering Prayer experience using the method taught by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.
Ongoing Contemplative Prayer Groups
While Centering Prayer is done privately most of the time, a weekly sharing of the experience in a small group (up to fifteen) has proven to be very supportive for those who are drawn to this format. The weekly meeting also serves as a means of continuing education and of accountability. Just knowing that one’s group is meeting together each week is an enormous encouragement to keep going, or an invitation to return to, the practice of centering prayer if circumstances such as illness, business, family problems, or urgent duties have prevented one from carrying out one’s commitment to daily practice for a time.
By sharing the experience of centering prayer with others, one’s own discernment of the ups and downs of the practice is sharpened. The group serves as a source of encouragement and can normally solve problems that might arise regarding the method. The collective discernment of the group tends to be well balanced. (Adapted from Open Mind, Open Heart, 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 173) .
ANNOUNCEMENT: During the current COVID uncertainty most prayer groups are no longer meeting in person. Please call the contact person for current details. If you are the contact person for a prayer group and would like your current information shared on this page, please forward that information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to join us in prayer on Zoom Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings for Centering Prayer. Zoom check-in begins 10 minutes before start time.
Location: Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 831 5433 0062
Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 pm Central
Location: Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 816 0439 2982
Times: Thursdays, 10:00 am Central
Contact: Jeannette Easley via email or (713) 928-9962
14703 Eagle Vista Drive, Houston, TX 77077
Wednesdays, 9:30am - 10:30am (Enter guest gate, park in guest lot, enter lobby and ask for Meditation Room)
St. Cecilia Catholic Church
11720 Joan of Arc, Houston, TX 77024
Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Room 201 in the Community Center)
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
5501 Main St. @ Binz/Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77004
Thursday, noon - 12:30pm (Chapel) & Sundays, 8:30am - 9:00am (Jones Building)
Chapelwood United Methodist Church
11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024
Mondays, 9:00am (Bride's Room)
St. Bernadette's Catholic Church
15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062
281-486-0337 ext. 317
Wednesdays, 6:00pm (except holidays); Brandsma Building, Room B213
St. Martha Catholic Church
2302 Oak Shores Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Sundays, 7:30am - 9:30am; Sid Smith Prayer Room, L25 (downstairs in the Parish Life Center)
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
2450 River Oaks Blvd. Houston, TX 77019-5898
Thursdays, 8:30am - 9:25am (except holidays)
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
Tuesdays, 10:00am (Jamail Family Center)
Ruah Center at Villa De Matel
6510 Lawndale, Houston, TX 77023