Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including"Everything Belongs," "Adam s Return," "The Naked Now," "Breathing Under Water," "Falling Upward," "Immortal Diamond," and"Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi." Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.
Cistercian monk and priest Thomas Keating established a program of ten-day intensive retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer after retiring as abbot of St. Benedict Monastery in 1981. He is founder of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and its spiritual guide. He participates on an international level in religious dialogue and is also a well-known author of books, audios, and videos."show more