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Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW)


"In the Shadow of Your Wings"

“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge, until the times of destruction pass.”

PSALM 57:1

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Fr. Vincent Pizzuto

Author of Contemplating Christ, the Gospels

and the Interior Life

The world is moving into a liminal space, a time of great transition. As the global pandemic wanes under the assault of our vaccines there is renewed hope of a return to ‘normalcy,’ yet for many of us there are new questions emerging as well. What have we learned from a year of isolation: about ourselves, our society, and the counter-cultural nature of our contemplative practice? Undoubtedly in a post-COVID world, we will continue to face ongoing social and ecological upheaval. In light of these challenges, Fr. Pizzuto will discuss the importance of cultivating what he calls “a contemplative refuge of spiritually intimate communities that embody Christ in the world.” With the psalmist, we too are summoned to take refuge in the protective shadow of God’s wings, if we are to hold out the light of hope, healing, and ecological restoration. 


Father Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is Professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Mysticism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. As an Episcopal priest Vincent also serves as Vicar of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and Retreat House in Inverness, California. Working for the advancement of contemplative Christianity, he has reinvigorated the mission and ministry of St. Columba’s through the introduction of contemplative eucharistic liturgies, public lectures, online courses, directed retreats, thought provoking sermons, an online blog and a weekly online study of his book through the Peace Chapel. Entitled "Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life," his book seeks to bring his readers into a lived realization of the Christian doctrine of deification – that is, the affirmation that through the Incarnation, we have all be made partakers of the Divine Nature.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

1 - 4 pm ET

Via Zoom

Led by COMW Team Member 

Bill Haardt


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Registration is Required

Suggested $30 goodwill offering per Half-Day Retreat

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email providing information

on how to make your goodwill offering and instructions

on how to join the Zoom retreat.

Support COMW with a Goodwill Offering

Click the button above to make a Goodwill Offering for the May 15th retreat via PayPal/credit card. Suggested Half-Day Retreat offering is $30 for this retreat.


Contribute by check made out to COMW and mailed to:

Kathleen Blank Riether, COMW Treasurer

5265 Winter View Dr., Alexandria, VA, 22312




Interested in joining the COMW Coordinating Team?

Contact COMW Chapter Coordinator Benedicte Vibe Christensen.

Please read the following Contemplative Outreach Ltd documents: Vision Statement and Theological principles of Contemplative Outreach. As stated in the Guidelines of Contemplative Outreach Service; the ministry of a chapter of Contemplative Outreach Ltd is "to support existing Centering Prayer groups, foster the formation of new Centering Prayer groups, and offer training for Group Facilitators and Presenters of the Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop."




Click here for a listing of Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW) groups offering centering prayer via Zoom or conference call.


COMW October 24-29,

2021 Centering Prayer Retreat

Click here for details. This retreat is now full. Contact Kathleen Blank Riether to get on the wait list. Please contact Suzi Kindervatter for further information.


COMW Spring 2022 Overnight Facilitating Workshop

May 20-21, 2022

Please refer to FACILITATOR TRAINING / ENRICHMENT information below. Please contact Marjorie Centofanti a for further information. Rescheduled from May 2021.



In partnership with our national organization, Contemplative Outreach Ltd. (COL), COMW offers a hybrid path for Facilitator training/enrichment for those in our Maryland/Washington DC area. It combines:

  • COL’s online training program (available for a fee here).
  • As an enrichment, you can download free slides and handouts and exercises from a more recent online facilitator training retreat, but no videos are available.
  • A COMW mentoring period, as suggested in The Facilitator’s Handbook
  • COMW’S in-person, overnight Facilitating Workshop, May 20-21, 2022.

For details and registration information click here.

Contact Marjorie Centofanti for further information.




Second Saturday Morning of Centering Prayer. Visit CONOVA Website for details. The next program is scheduled for

May 8th. Click here for more information.



led by L.J. Milone

The Gospel of Mark - A Contemplative Commentary. Sundays 3-4 pm, 8 sessions

March 7 - May 2. Click here for info and register in advance.

Contemplative Outreach Ltd March e-Bulletin Click here

Contemplative Outreach Ltd Quarterly Volunteer January e-Newsletter

"The Voice" Click here

Contemplative Outreach 12 Step Program Click here

Center for Christogenesis - Ilia Delio Click here

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Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW)

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. 

This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

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