“God’s first language is silence. Everything else is a poor translation.”
Thomas Keating

In the late 1980s, the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center held a number of centering prayer and Lectio Divina workshops and retreats. Through these experiences, an interest in contemplative prayer and a desire of many for Contemplative Outreach opportunities grew in the Indianapolis area.

The Indianapolis chapter of Contemplative Outreach began January 13, 2007, when 35 people met with the leaders from Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. to discern their intention to form a contemplative community.

Below is a timeline of milestones in the history of our chapter.

  • January 13, 2007 – Contemplative Outreach of Indianapolis is established
  • 2007-2020 – Programming
    • Living Flame series on various mystics
    • Our spiritual practices include:
      • The Welcoming Prayer
      • The Prayer of Forgiveness
      • Lectio Divina
      • Attention/Intention
      • Praying with Poetry