CO-KY Leadership Team

Coordinator: Judy Sharer
Newsletter: Dot Poppe
Secretary: Doreen Josephs
Treasurer: Jeannie Younger
Service Teams:  
  Annual Events Elayne Roose
  Formation Mary Otho Ballard, OP
  Introductory Workshops Mary Otho Ballard, OP
  Retreats Judy Sharer
  Team Sharon Allen, Susie Babin, Jean Johnson, SL,  Millie McElroy, Bill McGiveney

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Contemplative Outreach of Kentucky
Centering Prayer Groups

New members welcomed. Please contact facilitator for meeting place and time.

St. Monica Church
Phyllis Bowling



Christ Episcopal Church
Judy Sharer

First Presbyterian Church
Anne Swope    270-307-8687


Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
Paul Kuerzi



Loretto Motherhouse
Sr. Jean Johnson, SL


Cor Unum Spiritual Center
Elayne Roose

St. Bernadette Church
Vickie Speer 502-494-4539  

Epiphany Catholic Church
Sharon Allen
Dot Poppe

Holy Trinity Church
Susie Babin

Maple Mount  

Ursuline Motherhouse
Sr. Marie Julie Fecher, OSU


St. Catharine  

Dominican Motherhouse
Sr. Mary Otho Ballard, OP


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Upcoming Events

Ongoing Saturday Morning Prayer at Cor Unum

  Date: Every Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
  Includes: Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer and Scripture Study
  The Scripture Study: DVD presentation and discussion.
  Location: Cor Unum Spiritual Center
1908 Tyler Lane, Louisville, KY
  Contact: Elayne Roose 502-451-1738

Fall Enrichment Weekend

Friday Otober 6: The House of Bethany
Saturday October 7: The Power of Formative Thought and What is Transformation?

Presented by Susan Komis

SUSAN KOMIS began her service to Contemplative Outreach in 1990. Since her retirement in 2016 as the Director of Chapter Programs & Service, Susan continues to provide enrichment and formation opportunities to the Contemplative Outreach community.

Transformation of the world demands first and foremost the transformation of self. Reawakening the soul in the world is a global venture of first “re-forming” our personal consciousness through our deepening relationship with God.    …Thomas Keating

  Dates: Friday, October 6th, 7 PM - 9 PM
    Saturday, October 7th, 10 AM - 4 PM
  Cost: Friday: Donation
Saturday: $25, includes catered lunch
  Location: Ursuline Campus Library
3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY
  Registration: Elayne Roose 502-451-1738
Sharon Allen
    Download Flyer

Living Flame - A National Level Formation Program

This extraordinary program includes seven full-day offerings of in-depth spiritual study presented over a seven month period by commissioned presenters of various national Service Teams of Contemplative Outreach, LTD.

Designed to teach the vital conceptual background needed to support a faithful practice of Centering Prayer, the program also offers encouragement and support in a small community setting, heightens the awareness of the purification process, helps discern when psychological skills can be helpful tools and provides the opportunity to give and receive spiritual companionship.

  Location: St. Bernadette Catholic Church
Parish Center, Prospect, Ky.
  Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; on the 3rd Saturday each month
Dates Topics
Oct. 21, 2017 The Refinement of Centering Prayer: Therese Saulnier
Exploring the sacred symbols (word, breath, glance) • Active/Breath Prayer • Minute Book
Nov. 18, 2017 Lectio Divina: Leslee Anne Terpay
Scholastic method • Christian prayer rooted in Scripture • Relationship
  Skip Dec.  
Jan. 20, 2018 The Human Condition: Jim McElroy
True self/false self • Emotional programs for happiness
Feb. 17, 2018 Divine Therapy: Rickey Cotton
Understanding the Spiral Staircase • The healing process initiated by Centering Prayer
Mar. 17, 2018 The Dark Night of Sense: Susan Komis
Signs/Temptations • Mourning
Apr. 21, 2018 The Welcoming Prayer Practice: Mary Dwyer
Consent on the go • Mary and Martha
May 19, 2018 The Discernment Practice: Cherry Haisten
Advantages/disadvantages • Refining our question
  Fee: Program fee is $275.
   Non-refundable $75. deposit with registration
   Deposit included in program fee.
For your convenience, payments may be made as follows:
   Second payment - $100. due May 31, 2017
   Final payment - $100. due August 31, 2017
  Registration: Mail name, address, phone number, and email with deposit to:
   Judy Sharer
   556 Gates Road
   Elizabethtown, Ky. 42701
Check payable to: Contemplative Outreach of Ky.
Registration ends Sept. 15, 2017
  Contact: Judy Sharer 270-765-7108 home or
Jan Carter 859-533-7497 cell
    Download Brochure & registration form


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Our History

Contemplative Outreach of Kentucky is a local chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Founded in 1984 through the leadership of Fr. Thomas Keating, Contemplative Outreach is a worldwide spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel through the practice of daily Centering Prayer.

In 1993, Ruth Dundon, a Centering Prayer group facilitator, relocated to Kentucky and was searching for a small faith community. Through Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, Ruth connected with others who earlier had attended a Centering Prayer workshop lead by Gail and Fr. Carl Arico in Louisville. A new Centering Prayer group was formed and later, the same year, CO-KY.

CO-KY offers support to members through local centering prayer groups, Lectio Divina, eNewletters, Days of Prayer and Fall Enrichment Programs. Resources, books and tapes related to Centering Prayer are available at Cor Unum Spiritual Center in Louisville. CO-KY also offers periodic Introductory workshops, Centering Prayer retreats and formation programs.

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