COCEMO, has been serving the contemplative community in Central MO since 2012.  Our mission area coincides with the boundaries of the Diocese of Jefferson City.  We are a chapter of Contemplative
Outreach, Ltd., an international spiritual network with offices in Butler, N.J. 

 Our mission is to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support
those who’s Spiritual Journey includes a practice of this prayer.
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of verbal prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.​​
The source of Centering Prayer, as in all
methods leading to contemplative prayer, is
the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the
deepening of our relationship with the living
Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are
ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build
communities of faith and bond the members
together in mutual friendship and love.

 COCEMO presents a
Pre-lenten Urban Retreat
Feb. 22nd - 23rd, 2020
Columbia, MO

Click here for more information

28th  Annual
United Day in Prayer.

COCEMO invites you to join the Local Contemplative Outreach Chapters as we join the worldwide family of chapters by uniting in a single bond of prayer.  On this day we celebrate and support all those who seek to deepen and embrace the contemplative dimension of the spiritual life.  

Presented by: Diocesan Moderator for Spiritual Formation, Fr. Matthew Flatley.

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2020
Regestration:   8:30 a.m.
Time:  9:00 a.m.  Conclusion at 12:30 p.m.
Locatio n:   Flanagan Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia

 "When we do find something we think will make us happy, we can’t get enough of it, which is concupiscence”

Universal Christ:​​​​
The Divine Therapist Who came to heal

Fr. Matthew Flatley, May 17th, 2019 Article.

Click to watch a photo slide show of
COCEMO's 27th  Annual United Day in Prayer!
It was held on March 16, 2019
The theme was Forgiveness;

The Path to Freedom …
the Freedom to Choose Love.

Watch Father
Keating's beautiful
19 minute memorial video.

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Download the free
Centering Prayer App.

The Centering Prayer app. will support your daily prayer practice commitment. Beautiful and peaceful, the app includes an adjustable timer, as well as opening and closing prayer options that you may read before and after your silent prayer time. An assortment of sounds and backgrounds allow you to choose the type of environment you want to create for your prayer time. Brief instructions for learning Centering Prayer are also included. 

Click here to be directed to the App Store.

 COCEMO's own Fr. Flatley had a wonderful article on Centering Prayer published in the June 2018
Catholic Missourian.
Click here to view.

"...when you pray,
go to your inner room,
close the door and pray
to your Father in secret.
And your Father,
who sees in secret,
will reward you."