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Center for Contemplative Living

Activities and Events


October 6 - November 10, Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Spirituality in Everyday Life, Course 3 in the Spiritual Journey Series

Fee $25

More information HERE

Register HERE

Starting October 7Every Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm

Lectio Divina 

More information HERE

Register Free or with Donation 

(Donation serves as registration)

Starting October 15, Every Thursday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sharing the Journey Group

More information HERE

Register Free or with Donation

(Donation serves as registration) 

October 17, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop

Information and Registration HERE

November 7, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Centering Prayer as an 11 Step Practice

for persons in 12-Step recovery groups

Information and Registration HERE

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

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!

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