Zoom:Introduction to an 11th Step Prayer Practice: The Method of Centering Prayer for those in 12 Step Programs
With Gordon Coffey, Adina Meyer and Sr. Anna-Camille Wooden, OSB
October 30, 2021
The primary purpose of the 12-Step outreach team of CONW is to deepen our practice of the 11th step: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” We try to pass on the simple method of Centering Prayer to others in recovery.
Centering Prayer is a type of prayer that has been used over the centuries, but it is different from what we may think of as prayer. It is simply moving deep within ourselves, in silence, saying nothing, asking for nothing, just being and allowing our Higher Power to be with us. For those who are working a recovery program, parallels can be found between the transformation that Centering Prayer brings and the process of growth facilitated as we work the 12 Steps. We believe that, when applied as a daily supplement to the 12 Steps, Centering Prayer opens us to the deepest dimension of spirituality.
This half-day Zoom workshop will introduce people in recovery to the practice of Centering Prayer, with time to learn and practice the method, ask questions, and learn about local and national resources for continuing and deepening your practice.
Sister Anna-Camille Wooden left the school system to enter the monastery after 40 years of public-school teaching. As a member of the St. Placid Community, she is the Oblate Director, a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach. works in the priory archives and makes sure the bird feeders are full.
Learn more about Sr. Anna-Camille Wooden, OSB