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Heart of Texas Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO) is the local chapter of Contemplative Outreach, a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice.
New St. Clare Prayer Room at Cedarbrake Retreat Center  

HoTCO Library Give-Away   
We are in the process of weeding out our chapter’s library and we have the following items available free for the asking:
VHS Tapes
  • Contemplative Outreach:  Reaching Out to the World (9 min.)
  • Keating "The Psychological Experience of Centering Prayer" (Spiritual Journey Series)
  • Keating Prologue: "The Method of Centering Prayer" (Spiritual Journey Series)
  • Keating Prologue: "The Psychology of Centering Prayer" (Spiritual Journey Series)
  • Keating "Living Ordinary Life with Extraordinary Love" (46 min); Fitzpatrick-Hopler "Celebrating a Year of Practice" (19 min)
  • Fitzpatrick-Hopler "The Divine Therapy"
  • Keating "Living the Contemplative Life" (47 min); Fitzpatrick-Hopler: Homily / Sermon (21 min)
  • Sister Bernadette Teasdale & Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler:  "The Practices That Bring the Fruits of Centering Prayer into Daily Life"
 Cassette Audio Tapes
  • Father Thomas on Forgiveness (Church of Conscious Harmony)  Sun 6/27/04 (2 copies)
If you would like any of these items, please contact Pam Rossman.  The HoTCO library also contains many DVDs available on loan to Centering Prayer leaders to use with their Centering Prayer groups.  Please contact Pam if you would also like to check out an item for your group.
The Abbey on the Isle of Iona, birthplace of Christianity in Scotland

12-Step Outreach is led by Emily Haeussler and presenters are being trained.  If you are interested, please contact Emily at
Welcoming Prayer workshops are now available to the HoTCO community.  If you are interested in a one-day workshop or a series of evening workshops, please contact Pamela Begeman for more information.

Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, TX

Upcoming Centering Prayer Activities
  1. Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop – Oct 12
  2. The Four Consents Contemplative Workshop – Oct 19
  3. Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat – Nov 16
  4. Save the Date:  3-Day Contemplative Advent Retreat – Dec 6-8
  5. Save the Date:  7-Day Centering Prayer Advent Retreat – Dec 6-12
1.  Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop – Oct 12
The Church of Conscious Harmony
Saturday, Oct 12, 9am – Noon.  Doors open at 8:30am.  This is a 7-week course in forming a daily Centering Prayer practice. The cost is $35. The class will meet on Saturday and then for 6 consecutive Monday evenings from 7:30-9pm.  Please register with the church office or call 512-347-9673.
2.  The Four Consents:  A Journey Into the Fullness of Life – Oct 19
Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio, TX
Saturday, Oct 19, 9:30am – 3pm.  Facilitating this workshop offered by Contemplative Outreach of San Antonio, Mary Anne Best will explore the Four Consents of life.  Two periods of Centering Prayer will also be included.  For more information and to register, please visit this link.
3.  Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat – Nov 16
The Church of Conscious Harmony
Saturday, Nov 16, 8:30am – 4pm.  The day includes a light breakfast and fellowship during registration, and the program begins at 9am with a morning prayer session of 2 thirty-minute prayer periods, Lectio Divina, the option of either an afternoon prayer session of 2 thirty-minute prayer periods or a Fr. Keating lecture video, several periods of silence and solitude and lunch in silence on the beautiful church grounds. Please bring your lunch with a suggested love offering of $20.  Please pre-register before Nov 15 by calling 512-347-9673.
4.  Save the Date:  3-Day Contemplative Advent Retreat – Dec 6-8
Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio, TX
During this weekend retreat led by Pamela Begeman, attendees will practice Incarnation through intentional silence, solitude, listening and community reflection.  The retreat will include periods of Centering Prayer, music, Lectio Divina in community, silence, free time, and optional soul friending.
Please pre-register by Dec 2.  A $25 discount is available for early registration by Nov. 18.  Single room is $325; double room is $250 per person.  For more information, please contact Karen Jones (210-854-7818) or Timothy Koock (830-997-9554).
5.  Save the Date:  7-Day Centering Prayer Advent Retreat – Dec 6-12
Cedarbrake Renewal Center, Belton, TX
This advanced Advent retreat begins on Friday, Dec 6 (check-in between 4-5pm) and ends Thursday, Dec 12 by noon.  Please register in the office at The Church of Conscious Harmony or call 512-347-9673.  Please visit the HoTCO website for more information.
Other Upcoming Contemplative Activities
The following events are not focused on Centering Prayer specifically but share the theme of contemplative spirituality and might serve to enrich the spiritual life of Centering Prayer practitioners.
Healing the Blind Spot of Leadership Through Contemplative Practice – Wednesdays
Seton Cove, Austin, TX
Wisdom teachers and thought leaders such as Otto Scharmer, Cynthia Bourgeault, Parker Palmer, Marc Lesser and Richard Rohr all say that some amount of time spent in silence each day is absolutely necessary if we are to work and lead from our Source or True Self.  Join us on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm in this weekly meditation group as we support each other in holding the space for discussion of transformative leadership practices and 30 minutes of silent meditation.  This event is free and no registration required.  For more information, please visit this link.
Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers – Nov 9
Seton Cove
Saturday, Nov 9, 9am – 3pm, Dr. Anna Vu Wallace will lead this workshop where attendees will learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stress based. For more information and to register, visit this link.
HoTCO’s Mission is to support individuals and groups in our area who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer. This Newsletter encourages the spirit of a larger contemplative community by communicating and promoting activities that serve this mission.  Visit the HoTCO website for information on contemplative services, prayer groups, introductory workshops, retreats, and events.  Connect with the HoTCO Facebook page or the HoTCO MeetUp page.
Centering Prayer Resources:  HoTCO has resources for prayer groups, such as the 28 DVD set of The Spiritual Journey with Fr. Thomas Keating, a collection of appropriate books to sell at workshops and retreats, and trained presenters willing to conduct a seven-week course on The Introduction to Centering Prayer.  For more information, please contact Chapter Coordinator Linda Whiteside.

If your church or organization has information on contemplative activities that are appropriate for the newsletter, please submit information to  If you would like to be more involved with HoTCO, please consider attending a quarterly membership meeting.
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