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Living Spiritual Teachers Project:

Thomas Keating
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

• co-founder of the Centering Prayer movement

• master teacher of contemplative prayer and devotion

• Catholic abbot and participant in multifaith dialogues


Father Thomas Keating is one of the foremost teachers of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition. He was born in New York in 1923 and converted to Catholicism while a student at Yale University in the 1940s. He entered a cloistered Roman Catholic monastery of the Cistercian order. Keating is the former abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, and has resided at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.

Father Keating, along with M. Basil Pennington, is co-founder of the Centering Prayer movement and of Contemplative Outreach, a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the practice of this Christian form of meditation. He has presented the Centering Prayer method and its related mystical theology to gatherings of non-Christians, Protestants, and Roman Catholics worldwide. He has also taken this ministry to seminarians, priests, lay people, and prisoners. Father Keating also frequently participates in dialogues with contemplatives of other religions.


Read For:
• Authoritative explanations of contemplative prayer.

• Insights into the spiritual practices of attention, silence and listening.

• Lengthy treatments of ways to combat the false self and open to the divine therapy of grace.

• Guidelines for Christian life, growth and transformation.

Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Keating
A Lenten e-course on the work one of the foremost teachers of contemplative practices in the Christian tradition.


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