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Prayer Groups

Participants who attend a Centering Prayer introductory workshop may decide to join an existing prayer group or form one of their own. The groups generally meet weekly or every other week to share their experience of Centering Prayer and growing relationship with God. Many groups decide to view videos or read and discuss books by Fr. Thomas and others to deepen their individual understanding of their spiritual practices. Formats usually include a session of Centering Prayer and discussion and sharing. These small faith communities build trust and unity while encouraging and supporting members on their spiritual journey. If you would like help finding a prayer group, please contact the facilitators’ team leader at: groups@centeringprayerchicago.org

Prayer Groups (listed by city)

Chicago

Monday, 7:00 PM
  • St. Michael’s (Old Town) 1633 N Cleveland, Chicago, IL 60614, Rectory chapel, second floor
  • Al Krema, (630) 369-6624, alkrema@gmail.com
 Monday, 7:15 PM
  • North Park Covenant Church, 5250 N. Christiana, Chicago, IL 60625
  • Louise Deske, (773) 588-1907 ldeske@ameritech.net
Tuesday, 6:00 PM – Please call first
  • Grace Place Episcopal Church, 637 Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60605, Second floor sanctuary
  • Marilynn Rochon, (312) 371-3702, rochonmj1@gmail.com
Wednesday, 11:00 AM
  • Resurrection Retirement Community, 7262 W. Peterson, Chicago, IL 60631, Chapel
  • Judith Reyes, (773) 792-4268, judith.reyes@presencehealth.org
Saturday, 9:30 AM
  • St. Clement, 642 W. Deming Place, Chicago, IL 60614.
  • Free parking in church lot. Ask receptionist for location when you arrive.
  • Claire Prucher Epperly, (773) 318-8948, cp-epperly@comcast.net

Arlington Heights

Saturday, 8:30 AM
  • St. Simons Episcopal, 717 Kirkhoff Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
  • Jerry Shields, (847) 847-275-6897, jshields1413@gmail.com

Deerfield

Thursday, 7:00 AM Second and Fourth Thursdays
  • St. Gregory Episcopal, Wilmot and Deerfield Rds. Deerfield, IL 60015, Chapel
  • Mary Maraist, (847) 945-0416, minkmoose52@aol.com

De Kalb

Wednesday, 5:00 PM
  • First Congregational UCC, 615 N. First St., De Kalb, IL 60115
  • Judy Harris, (815) 758-0691, revjch@hotmail.com

Downer’s Grove

Saturday, 9:00 AM (2nd and 4th Saturday)
  • Home of Jo Ann Meadows Matejczyk, call for directions.
  • Jo Ann Meadows Matejczyk, (630) 852-7107

Elk Grove Village

Tuesday, 7:30 PM
  • St. Julian Eymard Parish, 601 Biesterfield Road, Classroom A
  • Ed Tummillo, (847) 895-3758, aeterra@gmail.com

Evanston

Monday, 7:00 PM
  • Sheil Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60201
  • Aubrey Wise, aubrey.goodell@gmail.com
Thursday, 8:30 AM
  • Sheil Roman Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60201, Chapel
  • Annabelle Carone, (847) 869-6045, carone88@yahoo.com
Saturday, 8:30 AM
  • St. Luke Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Ave. Evanston, IL 60202
  • Tim O’Brien, Tim0707@aol.com

Grayslake

Tuesday, 6:00 PM
  • United Protestant Church, 54 W. Whitney St. Grayslake, IL 60030
  • Ed Krostal, (847) 223-8131, (847) 395-3214, edfrog@comcast.net

Joliet

Tuesday, 1:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave. Joliet, IL 60435, Room 210
  • Chuck Tomashek, (815) 729-4532, (815) 954-6276, chuck_tomashek@msn.com

Libertyville

Tuesday, 7:30 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church, 219 W. Maple Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048
  • Lori Sundberg, (847) 271-5773

Machesney Park

Monday, 11:00 AM
  • Home of Pat Walker, please call for directions
  • Pat Walker, (815) 637-4677, patpat3030@aol.com
  • Dina Lauman, (815) 209-6036, braddina@comcast.net

Oak Brook

Sunday, 5:00 PM
  • Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York, Oak Brook, IL 60532 Basement Chapel
  • Rich Butler, (630) 209-9310, rjbutler48@aol.com

Oak Lawn

Monday, 6:45 PM Second and Fourth Mondays
  • St. Germain Catholic Church, 9711 Kolin Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453, Presentation Room.
  • Jim White, (773) 322-2518, jimmy61@comcast.net

Oak Park

Saturday, 8:30 AM
  • Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304
  • David Anderson, (708) 848-2703, ext. 235, d.anderson@ascensionoakpark.com
Saturday, 9:30 AM
  • St. Edmund’s, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
  • Don Giannetti, (708) 848-4417 ext. 205, dgiannetti@stedmund.org

Orland Hills

Wednesday, 7:00 PM
  • The Cornerstone
  • St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Corner of 167th St. and 94th Ave. Orland Hills, IL 60487
  • Marge Quinn, (708) 460-5357

Palatine

Wednesday, 7:00 PM
  • Home of Wendy Shafer
  • Wendy Shafer, (847) 630-1546, winterone@ameritech.net
  • Diane Kelly, (847) 409-9444, diane@dkhomes.com

Park Ridge

Wednesday, 7:00 PM
  • Mary Seat of Wisdom, 1335 S. Clifton, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Clark Ministry Center Chapel
  • Phil Jackson, (847) 698-5298, Jaxon900@aol.com

Princeton

Wednesday, 5:00 PM
  • Open Prairie United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St. Princeton, IL 61356
  • Mary Gay McKinney, mgm_7@comcast.net

Rockford

Tuesday, 4:45 PM
  • St. Anskar Episcopal Church, 4801 Spring Creek Rd. Rockford, IL 61114, Fireplace room through Parish Hall
  • Andrea Wight, (815) 877-1226, rector@stanskar.org

St.Charles

Second Friday of Each Month, 10:30 AM
  • Healing Gardens, 37 W. 249 Dean St., St. Charles, IL 60175
  • Deborah Marqui, (630) 377-1846, deb@dmarqui.com

Schaumburg

Wednesday, 1:30 PM
  • Friendship Village of Shaumburg, 350 W. Shaumburg Rd. Shaumburg, IL 60194, Woodfield Room in Bridgewater Place
  • Chaplain Shawn Kafader, (847) 884-5650

Schererville (Indiana)

Monday, 6:00 PM
  • St. Michael’s Catholic Church, One Wilhelm St. (Rte. 30)
  • Rose Dubec, (219) 613-4049 rdubec@purduecal.edu

Sugar Grove

First Tuesday of each month, approx. 8:30 am
  • St. Katharine Drexel Church, 8S055 Dugan Rd, Sugar Grove IL 60554
  • Lori Dressel, lorijdressel@gmail.com

Waukegan

Thursday, once a month, 6:30 pm
  • First United Methodist Church, 128 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Waukegan, Il 60085
  • Mary Haas, maryhaas@gmail.com

Western Springs

Monday, 10:30 AM
  • St. John of the Cross, 5005 S. Wolf Rd. Western Springs, IL 60558, Library, Room 7, 11th step of 12 step program, all are welcome
  • St John of the Cross groups practice Christian Meditation rather than Centering Prayer
  • Marianne Firlit, (708) 912-7601, mgfirlit@stjohnofthecross.org
Wednesday, 2:00 PM
  • St. John of the Cross, 5005 S. Wolf Rd. Western Springs, IL 60558, Library, Room 7
  • St John of the Cross groups practice Christian Meditation rather than Centering Prayer
  • Marianne Firlit, (708) 912-7601, mgfirlit@stjohnofthecross.org
Wednesday, 7:30 PM
  • St. John of the Cross, 5005 S. Wolf Rd. Western Springs, IL 60558, Library, Room 7
  • St John of the Cross groups practice Christian Meditation rather than Centering Prayer
  • Marianne Firlit, (708) 912-7601, mgfirlit@stjohnofthecross.org
Thursday, AM
  • First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs, IL 60558
  • First Congregational Church practices Centering Prayer
  • Paula Benson (708) 246-1900
Saturday, 7:00 AM
  • St. John of the Cross, 5005 S. Wolf Rd. Western Springs, IL 60558, Library, Room 7
  • St John of the Cross groups practice Christian Meditation rather than Centering Prayer
  • Marianne Firlit, (708) 912-7601, mgfirlit@stjohnofthecross.org

Woodstock

Saturday, 9:15 AM – Please call first
  • St. Ann’s, 503 W. Jackson, Woodstock, IL 60098
  • Bette Chwalisz, (815) 236-9193, bette.chwalisz@gmail.com

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