About Us

Who We Are


This is a group focused on the contemplative dimension of life, Centering Prayer, the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating, the Christian contemplative heritage, and other contemplative practices like Lectio Divina.


We welcome you to community if you have attended an introductory workshop on Centering Prayer or if you are visiting the northern Nevada area and have an established Centering Prayer practice. We hold several introductory workshops each year. We also hold several days of reflection, a Lenten silent retreat at Lake Tahoe for a weekend, a lengthier silent retreat at Lake Tahoe in the fall, and weekly and biweekly prayer groups in Carson City, Gardnerville, Reno, and Sparks.



Commissioned Presenters of the Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop for Contemplative Outreach


Deacon Dennis and Patty Schreiner have been involved with Contemplative Outreach, founded by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, since 1992, practicing Centering Prayer and guiding others in the way of prayer. Deacon Dennis has been an ordained deacon since 1990 for the Diocese of Reno. Patty attended the deacon training with her husband for four years and is a master Catechist.  Patty has been certified as a Spiritual Director after completing a 2-year training program through Christian Formation & Direction Ministries in May of 2018.


Therese Coen is a volunteer with Contemplative Outreach and has been practicing Centering Prayer for more than 20 years. She retired to the Carson Valley in 2010 with her husband, Tom, and is a parishioner of St. Gall's in Gardnerville. She is originally from Ireland and has been a member of Centering Prayer groups in Ireland, San Francisco, Carson City, and St. Gall's.

Centering Prayer Group Facilitators


Deacon Dennis and Patty Schreiner facilitate two prayer groups, both at St. Teresa of Avila in Carson City. One meets Monday evenings 7-8:30. Another meets Wednesday mornings 9:15-10:45.


Therese Coen facilitates a prayer group at St. Gall's in Gardnerville Tuesday evenings 6-8.

Joan Peyser and Judy Anderson facilitate a prayer group at Trinity Episcopal Church Tuesday afternoons 12:00-1:00. Their group started as a contemplative prayer sit and became a Centering Prayer support group after Trinity Church hosted a Centering Prayer introductory workshop in October 2013.  Joan is a spiritual director, having received her training in Pennsylvania in 2003. She has been a centering prayer practitioner since that time.  Joan completed two years studying with the Living School for Action and Contemplation, a course taught online and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Fr. Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley. Judy has been involved with Contemplative Outreach Northern Nevada since March 2013, when she attended her first Lenten retreat at Tahoe.


Terry Norman and Ann Steckline facilitate a prayer group at Our Lady of the Snows in Reno on Thursday afternoons at 12:15. Practitioners of Centering Prayer for a number of years, they have participated in the annual Lenten retreats at Lake Tahoe every year since the retreats started in 2011. Ann and Terry are parishioners of Our Lady of the Snows. Terry attended deacon training with her husband, Dave Norman, a deacon with Our Lady of the Snows.

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