Fr. Thomas Keating, Founder and Spiritual Guide, Dies October 25th, 2018

It is with great sadness that we have to pass on the news that Fr. Thomas Keating, the founder and much-loved spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach died on October 25th 2018 at the age of 95. For the last 34 years he has laboured unceasingly to make the contemplative life available beyond the confines of monastic walls, believing that divine transformation is the vocation of all of us. He has inspired us not only through his retreats and publications but also by his simple presence. In addition to being the centre around which Contemplative Outreach circled he was very active the field of inter-spiritual dialogue. We mourn his loss but in the hope and expectation that his light will continue to shine on the global community he founded as it grows in love.

A full appreciation of Fr. Thomas’ life can be read on the US website where there are also links to obituaries in the New York Times and National Catholic Reporter.

The monks of St. Benedict’s Monastery will be co-hosting a memorial service in Denver, Colorado on Friday, November 16th at 11:00am, local time. This service will be live-streamed by the Centre for Action and Contemplation so you can participate anywhere in the world. The video runs in the UK from 18:00 – 19:30 GMT and can be accessed here.

If you would like to leave a prayer or message telling us what Fr. Keating has meant to you please use the comments field below.

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