St Johns Bridge in Portland

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New Centering Prayer Group

In-Person 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
9:30-11:30 am

Franciscan Spiritual Center
Clark Commons – Willow Room
3162 Furman Drive
Marylhurst, OR 97036

For more information, contact Vicki Hess-Smith

Purple Crystal Cluster

No Frills Second Sits

Mondays through Fridays 

(Mon. June 5 – Fri. Sept 1)

4:30-5:00 pm (Pacific)

No chit-chat, no extras.
All are welcome.
Drop in any time

Contact for login information.

Photo by Daniel Olah

Close up of a large succulent.

New Spiritual Journey Course - Zoom

Spiritual Journey Course

Every Tuesday night 5:00 – 6:00 pm
(right after NoFrills – same link)

Community building through guided Lectio, video, and discussion.

Come to all in sequence or drop in.

June 2023

Contemplation and the Divine Therapy

photo by lycheeart

Music Score in church

Franciscan Spiritual Center Taizé in Person

A gathering for communal prayer
and Taizé chanting.
Come early for a simple meal together.
First Fridays monthly. Free.

In Person
Friday, June 2
7:00 pm

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Free monthly on-line Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop.

Each monthly Intro will have two experience practitioners presenting the workshops. Register to join any or all sessions.

Next event: Saturday, June 3, 9:00-11:30 am Pacific

Franciscan Spiritual Center

The Journey Continues...

Contemplative Outreach of Portland has established a relationship with the Franciscan Spiritual Center at their new home on the old Marylhurst University campus. Much gratitude to our gracious hosts!

Our three events were well received by COOP and the larger community. Over 20 people attended the Day of Prayer and we have been asked to do it quarterly. Another 20 people attended the introductory workshop, and many have continued with the zoom follow up series or joined the new Centering Prayer Group there on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Black and White Buddha statue in a garden by a tree

Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat
Eight-Day Retreat
June 25 – July 2, 2023
Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino, California

photo: Benneth Husted

Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

With Mary Dwyer

September 5, 2023 – September 10, 2023

This 6-day retreat will explore the dance between
Welcoming Prayer and Forgiveness.

There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer, Silence & Solitude.

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Living Flame: Special 30th Anniversary Event

2023: Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4,
2024: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 2, Apr. 6

The Living Flame Service Team is pleased to offer a one-time-only event to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Living Flame program.


Mercy Center Auburn

Centering Prayer Retreat

9-Day Silent Intensive & Post Intensive
Nov. 29 – Dec. 7, 2023
Auburn, CA

Come rest in the stillness of prayer with other contemplative companions, away from the busyness of daily life, and allow the mind, body, and spirit to surrender to God’s presence and action within.

Fall Leaves lined up on a wood board

2024 Retreats

March 6 – 14, 2024    Auburn, CA   Registration will open Mar. 2023
Oct. 16 – 24, 2024     Auburn, CA    Registration will open Oct. 2023

Antique book plate with bees in color and plants in black and white

Why am I reaching again for the brushes?
When I paint your portrait, God,
nothing happens.
But I can choose to feel you.

At my senses’ horizon
you appear hesitantly,
like scattered islands …

All creation holds its breath, listening within me,
because, to hear you, I keep silent.

Image: Art by James Hope Stewart 

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