Tribute for Father Thomas Keating

It is with the deepest appreciation and reverence that we acknowledge the passing of Father Thomas Keating.  Our community would not exist were it not for the world changing vision he fostered.

Following is the beginning of the Contemplative Outreach tribute:


March 7, 1923 - October 25, 2018

To the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach,

It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our beloved teacher and spiritual father, Thomas Keating. Fr. Thomas offered his final letting go of the body on October 25, 2018 at 10:07pm at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. 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. 

Prayer for Father Thomas as he was in the thin place between life and death was a part of both the Te Moata and Vaughan Park retreats on Cynthia Bourgeault’s recent visit. Cynthia went home with a piece of pounamu carrying the heart felt love and gratitude for him from us all here in Aotearoa. Cynthia will plant it in the soil in Fr Thomas’s final resting place. She sent a photo of it to Snowmass Monastery which Fr Thomas saw and knew it was coming. Please know you were included in this.


Kua hinga te tōtara o Te Waonui a Tāne

(the tōtara in the great forest of Tāne has fallen)

As Cynthia taught when one great dies in the circle of those holding us spiritually everyone gets shunted along in their spiritual leadership.  May we prayerfully support Cynthia and other already tall trees having to stretch their branches further in to responsibility with his passing.  May we all grow with this sudden influx of light.

May Father Thomas Keating's legacy live on in our presence and action in Aotearoa.

Tribute for Father Thomas from Cynthia Bourgeault, James Finley and Richard Rohr

A lovely and detailed obituary for Father Thomas






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