Centering Prayer

I still my soul and make it quiet
Like a child upon its mother’s breast.
My soul is quieted within me.
Psalm 131:2

Centering Prayer has its roots in a rich contemplative tradition.  It is a method of entering Silence in order to “be still and know” God.

Mercy by the Sea sponsors two ongoing Centering Prayer groups, facilitated by Anne Simpkinson and Claire Rusowicz. A weekly prayer group is held every Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m. in the chapel. A second Centering Prayer session is held monthly on the first Saturday of the month (except on April 1, 2017 and holiday weekends such as Independence Day weekend in which case the group meets the second Saturday of the month) from 9:30  ̶ 11 a.m.

There is no charge for the sessions, however, free-will donations are always appreciated.

Cancellations or changes to the schedule are posted on the website and an email will be sent out to those on the Centering Prayer email list, kept by Claire.

No prior experience with Centering Prayer is required.  However, a simple 15-minute introduction to the practice is available before each session for those who have never had instruction or experience with this prayer method.  Please contact Claire to make arrangements at 203.245.0401, ext. 115, or crusowicz@mercybythesea.org.  You can also watch an interview about Centering Prayer with Anne Simpkinson.

Anne Simpkinson has been practicing Centering Prayer (CP) since 1996.  She facilitated CP groups at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Manhattan for several years, is certified as an Introductory CP Workshop leader, and served as co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York City. She is currently Director of Communications at Mercy by the Sea.

Claire Rusowicz, Program Associate at Mercy by the Sea, is a certified spiritual and retreat director, and spiritual director supervisor. She is responsible for program development and presentation as well as co-facilitating the Centering Prayer groups with Anne.

Check the list of Contemplative Practices to see if a day-long or weekend Centering Prayer program is offered.