The Southern Tier Chapter of Contemplative Outreach offers day and weekend workshops, instruction and continuing support for the contemplative practices of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and the Welcoming Prayer, also referred to as the Prayer of Surrender. Workshops are facilitated by trained presenters and are open to anyone.


Our chapter also regularly organizes events that focus on Christian spiritual formation, highlighting contemplative practices and spiritual disciplines. We have hosted both nationally and internationally recognized authors and speakers, presenting on a wide range of topics that encourage, enlighten and deepen our walk with God.


Contemplative Outreach has chapters throughout the United States, Canada and foreign countries. Workshop and retreat opportunities abound! A schedule of these events can be found on their website,



Deacon George Welch, Chaplain, at St. Joseph’s Hospital

607-733-6541 ext. 425