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Thomas Keating

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Fr. Thomas entered Our Lady of the Valley in Rhode Island in January 1944. Following a fire that destroyed  the monastery in March, 1950, the community moved to Spencer, a small town in Massachusetts, and founded St. Joseph's Abbey there.  He was sent to Snowmass as St. Benedict's  first superior from 1959 to 1961, when he was elected Abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey. Returning to that community, he led it through the post-conciliar renewal called for by Vatican II. He resigned as Abbot in 1981 and moved to St. Benedict's Monastery where he now resides.  In 1984 he formed a support network for Centering Prayer called Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international organization dedicated to reclaiming the Christian tradition of contemplative prayer and the mystical theology that supports it.  He continues to write and lecture on the contemplative life and to support the worldwide work of Contemplative Outreach.

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