Education and Spirituality Commission

Centering Prayer Group

Centering Prayer is 20 minutes of centering in silence followed by a short reading, reflection, and sharing. Groups come together to support one another in this practice.

Meets Monday afternoons, 12:30-2:15pm, Prayer Room.

For more information, contact:

Thea Coats, lead 256-461-0628

Gail Green, co-lead 256-325-3151


Latest News
 All are welcome to join us at any time of the year.

Past Events

Centering Prayer is a means to deepen one’s prayer life by learning to “rest in God.” It is a method of consenting to the presence and action of Christ in the stillness of our being. It leads one into silent communion with God beyond concepts, words and images. Centering Prayer, part of the Catholic Contemplative tradition for hundreds of years, is a simple and disciplined waiting lovingly on God.

In an Introductory Workshop one learns this way of prayer by means of lectures, discussion, and practicing the method of prayer. The day has a beautiful atmosphere of silent listening from the heart. There are four talks during this daylong workshop: Prayer as Relationship; the Method of Centering Prayer; “Thoughts” and the Use of the Sacred Word; Deepening our Relationship with God and Integrating Prayer into Daily Life.

There will be the opportunity to attend follow-up sessions. These will include praying Centering Prayer as a group, listening to a 30-minute video by Fr. Thomas Keating, and discussing the content of the video. These six weekly Centering Prayer follow up sessions usually last one and a half hours. They will help ground one in the daily practice of Centering Prayer.


Sister Mary McGehee has been a Benedictine Sister at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama since 1960. She is a retreat and spiritual director at the Benedictine Sisters’ Retreat Center. She serves on the Monastic Council, the Planning Committee, and the Initial Formation Team at the monastery.

Sister Mary has a Masters in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and has done extended further study in various areas of spirituality. She is also a licensed massage therapist, a certified Healing Touch practitioner, and a yoga instructor.