The COCI service team is requesting that event attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, or bringing scented candles to our programs as we have some folks who are allergic and cannot enjoy the event.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

COCI Meeting Schedule

Meditations on the True Vine

Saturday, June 24, 2023, 09:00am - 02:00pm
Iowa Arboretum

1875 Peach Ave, Madrid, IA

Come spend a day of quiet set in the beautiful Iowa Arboretum as we contemplate our relationship with the divine as found in John 15:5, 6

"Abide in me as I abide in you.
Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you unless you abide in me. 
I am the vine; you are the branches.
Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit,
because apart from me you can do nothing."

Registration includes lunch.
Please register by June 17 so we may order lunches.

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Toward Emptiness: A Post-Intensive,
8-Day Centering Prayer Retreat

July 14-21, 2023
Benet House, Rock Island IL

This Post-Intensive Retreat will consist of continuous periods of Centering Prayer from before sunrise until the dinner hour, with breaks for meals. Attendees may participate in as much prayer as they are called to. Short pauses for entering and leaving the silence will be offered every 30 minutes. There will be no teaching and no reading during this immersion in silence. Veteran retreat leaders Chris Frantsvog and Paul Witmer look forward to hosting you for this journey into deep silence.

Cost: $780 single includes all meals and private bathroom
           $710 double occupancy (limited number of rooms available)

Note: All retreatants must be fully vaccinated. You will be contacted after registration with information on how to provide proof. Each registrant must also complete a short Covid questionnaire upon arrival, and wear a mask when going through the buffet line at the monastery.

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Registration for this event has been filled.
To be placed on a waiting list, please email Chris Frantsvog at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



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