Sadly, a statement was just received from the Contemplative Outreach, announcing the passing of Trappist Thomas Keating, a pioneer in centering prayer, interfaith dialogue, and co-founder of that organization. Keating, who was 95 years old died yesterday, October 25, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts where he was transferred in March for “enhanced medical support.”
Keating will be remembered for his global work in interreligious dialogue and Christian contemplative prayer. He also garnered international acclaim for his extensive writing, lecturing and teaching on the contemporary practice of meditative prayer and interfaith dialogue.
Contemplative Outreach’s announcement of Keating’s passing included this statement: “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our beloved teacher and spiritual father. He modeled for us the incredible riches and humility borne of a divine relationship that is not only possible but is already the fact in every human being. Such was his teaching, such was his life. He now shines his light from the heights and the depths of the heart of the Trinity. Details will be forthcoming for a 24-hour, worldwide prayer vigil.”
Please click here for additional details and biographical information on Thomas Keating published in the National Catholic Reporter.