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Center for Contemplative Living

Activities and Events


(Participate when you can)

Lectio Divina

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm

More information HERE

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"Introduction to Lectio Divina Workshop"

Changed to ZOOM ONLY!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Register HERE by December 1st!


About the Center

Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Wisconsin operates a center where classes, days of prayer and other events are provided to the public. Our Center for Contemplative Living in Elm Grove, WI offers introductory workshops on Centering Prayer, as well as Father Thomas Keating’s in-depth, five-part Spiritual Journey Series. A variety of related classes and activities are also available.

Our Mission

To experience the renewal of the Christian Contemplative Tradition by providing basic and ongoing instruction in Centering Prayer and additional relevant courses and activities to build and strengthen the practice of Centering Prayer in community.


The Village Court, Building 1,  Suite 105

890 Elm Grove Rd.
Elm Grove, WI 53122

(262) 282 8622

Entrance to the parking lot is off Elm Grove Rd. on Wall Street.

(Please see map below)

Open on Events or by Appointment

Center News


The Center for Contemplative Living collaborated

with Prayer for Salesman to develop the silent prayer

component for their online prayer program

directed to individuals working in sales.

Tim Cornell, founder of Prayer for Salesman is a

successful salesman who grounds his work

on prayer and his Catholic faith.  He is also a

very accomplished musician.

For more information on Prayer for Salesman

please email



Tim Cornell, Founder of Prayer for Salesman


Claudine Willoughby, COSEW

Confirmation Retreat

The Center for Contemplative Living was invited to present on the Christian Contemplative Tradition and Centering Prayer to Junior High School students preparing for Confirmation.  Sr. Ann Koerner and Claudine Willoughby represented the Center together with Fr. Thomas DeVries.  A total of 41 students and 6 adult leaders participated.  The event took place at the St. Benedict Abbey on Benet Lake, WI.


The Center for Contemplative Living was invited to present on Christian Contemplation and Centering Prayer to 125 students at a local High School.

Uniting Prayer and Service

Sister Edna Lonergan, OSF, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care's founder and president, and Diane Beckley, Chief Operating Officer of St. Ann's Bucyrus Campus received a donation of blankets and soap and washcloth sets from the Center for Contemplative Living Ora et Labora knitting group.


Sister Ann Koerner, CSA, COSEW's coordinator and Claudine Willoughby, a member of the Knitting group presented the donation.

The blankets were made and donated to COSEW by

Ms. ELVINA MAYCOCK, 94-year-old!



Every item has a card with it which reads:


Lovingly hand knit. Praying while working.

Asking graces for the maker and the receiver of this gift.


Donations of winter items are welcomed!

Please bring them to the Center for Contemplative Living. 

Please see more Center pictures below!

Sr. Rass Contemplative Art workshop
Sr. Rass Contemplative Art workshop

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Jim Gill talk on Julian of Norwich
Jim Gill talk on Julian of Norwich

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Making Y-Necklaces
Making Y-Necklaces

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Sr. Rass Contemplative Art workshop
Sr. Rass Contemplative Art workshop

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