Contemplative Outreach of Central Florida
welcomes you to:
Introduction to Centering Prayer

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:30 – 2:30
St Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall
414 Pine St, Titusville, FL 32796

Donation $10. Bring your own Lunch; Beverages Provided
8:30 Welcome – Coffee/Beverages and Snacks Provided

Do you seek the small, still voice of God?
Long for silence in a noisy world?
Wish you had peace within?
This event will help you to find God within and to hear with the ear of the heart.


Introduction to Centering Prayer is the foundation of Contemplative Outreach program offerings and is conducted by volunteers commissioned by the International Office of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.  Following the workshop there will six weekly follow up sessions offered to experience the prayer and deepen your understanding, to be held at St. Gabriel’s.

You’ll learn about prayer as relationship, the simple method of Centering Prayer, how to deal with thoughts during prayer and how to deepen your relationship with God.

You’ll also have an opportunity to experience Centering Prayer together with others.

Centering Prayer is:  A time of silence, a time of healing, a way of letting go of past hurts, a life of bearing fruit for the Lord, and a deepening relationship with God.   Discover this prayer practice of the early Christian community, reborn out of the desire of the modern soul, which seeks the Still Small Voice of God.

Introduction to Centering Prayer is a Christian Ecumenical event, open to all.

Invite a friend and save your places, by registering before February 26.
Send your name and contact information to:

Susan Arneson, Facilitator — E-mail:
Or you may call St. Gabriel’s Office and Leave a Message: 321-276-3545

Registration Form download/print  Registration Form, PDF Version


Nestor De Armas

My Centering Prayer journey began in 2005 when friends invited me to an Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop.  The speaker, a monk I had never heard of, turned out to be Thomas Keating.  His description of Centering Prayer promised to be the answer to the longing for resting in God I had been experiencing for some time.  For the next seven years, I practiced Centering Prayer in my room, by myself.  My wife, Donna, was the only person who knew I was Centering.  About five years ago, I began attending the three-day retreats our Chapter was sponsoring.   My first retreat was truly transformative.  With more training and help from other local and national servant leaders, Centering Prayer has become the fulcrum of my spiritual journey, along with serving the needs of our Centering Prayer groups. For the past three years, it has been my joy to facilitate Level 1 and 2 Facilitator Formation Workshops in the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic.

Sheryl Hirshey

Sheryl was introduced to Centering Prayer in 2013 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park by Nestor de Armas, a friend and fellow parishioner. She felt a yearning within, a desire to form a deeper and more intimate relationship with God, and she began to attend Wednesday night Centering at All Saints. In addition, she studied materials on the Contemplative Research website including Fr. Thomas Keating’s book, Open Mind, Open Heart.  Gradually, she began to understand what it means to find peace through silence, to rest in God. The practice of Centering Prayer has become an important anchor in her spiritual journey.  In February 2017, Sheryl attended Presenter Formation classes and she plans to become a Commissioned Presenter within the next year.

Liz Lefevre

Liz has practiced Centering Prayer for over twenty years and served as a Facilitator for the Centering Prayer Group at St Patrick’s in Mt. Dora for eight years. She became a Commissioned Presenter in 2016.  Praying with others and witnessing the transformation of fellow practitioners is a powerful fruit of Service for Liz.

Liz retired from teaching in 2012 and lives with her husband Chuck in Mt. Plymouth. Enjoying four lively grandchildren keeps them young.