St. Paul's Episcopal Church Monroe, NC
St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchMonroe, NC


The Community


of the


Paschal Mystery:






Contemplative Living


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Welcome to this section of our church's website.  As the name indicates, The Community of the Paschal Mystery focuses on the passion of our Lord, who died and was resurrected.  This transformation helps us to understand that our life's journey entails the same trajectory and transformation; consenting to the Holy Spirit's work of dismantling the false self thus giving rise to the emergence of the true self, the imago dei.  We embark upon this transformative process through:

  1. centering prayer and the difficult work of addressing the emotional centers for happiness (esteem/affection, security/survival, power/control);
  2. the study of the rich tapestry of the contemplative Christian tradition (ancient and contemporary), as well as other religious traditions; and
  3. the application of what we discover to our daily lives.  The internal work we engage, must, if it is authentic, marry the call to serve others in the world.  Such is but a reflection of what it means for us to be complete as our Father is complete (Matthew 5:48).

For sure it is a transformation of a life time.  Serving in partnership with Contemplative Outreach Piedmont North Carolina, we are a community of individuals from within and beyond the walls of St. Paul's offering a variety of resources and opportunities to assist you.  Listen to the Spirit that prays within you with sighs too deep for words (Romans 5:26) and come walk with us in the Spirit.  Pax, Fr. Brad

Upcoming Events 2017

MARCH 17, 2017 - MARCH 22, 2017
Five-Day Lenten Centering Prayer Retreat

St. Mary's, Sewanee

Information & Registration


APRIL 7, 2017 - APRIL 9, 2017
Mindfulness on the Mountain - An Insight Meditation Retreat

St. Mary's, Sewanee

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JUNE 4, 2017 - JUNE 11, 2017
Eight-Day Centering Prayer Retreat
St. Mary's, Sewanee
JULY 7, 2017 - JULY 9, 2017
One River Wisdom Retreat: I am that I am: Reclaiming the Deepest Self Beyond Self
St. Mary's, Sewanee
JULY 30, 2017 - AUGUST 6, 2017
Eight-Day Centering Prayer Retreat
St. Mary's, Sewanee
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
One River Wisdom School - The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness
St. Mary's, Sewanee
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 - SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Contemplative Outreach Silent Retreat
St. Mary's, Sewanee
DECEMBER 1, 2017 - DECEMBER 3, 2017
One River Wisdom School - The Return of the Divine Mother: Lady Wisdom East & West
St. Mary's, Sewanee
DECEMBER 8, 2017 - DECEMBER 10, 2017
Three-Day Advent Centering Prayer Retreat
St. Mary's, Sewanee

Centering Prayer - Method

2016 June Newsletter - Contemplative Outreach

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*Below is a short video of Fr. Thomas Keating, the founder of Contemplative Outreach, discussing the method of Centering Prayer.

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