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Contemplative Outreach
of SouthEast Wisconsin

Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Wisconsin, COSEW, has served Greater Milwaukee, the Fox Valley and other regions of Wisconsin since 1989.

We are a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a spiritual network founded by Trappist monk, Fr. Thomas Keating. It consists of contemplative communities and individuals across the world.

The method is rooted in the earliest Christian teachings of Jesus Christ and based in scripture, the ancient practices of the desert mothers and fathers, as well as Christian mystics and saints such as John Cassian, Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and Thomas Merton.

Our mission is to teach centering prayer, a process of Divine transformation, and to support those groups and individual who have centering prayer as their spiritual practice.

Read more about the history and activities of Contemplative Outreach on their website, .

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Helping you with Centering Prayer and the process after the Divine Transformation

This Wisconsin chapter has an active servant leadership team identifying the needs of the chapter for on-going growth. Many members of the chapter serve on service teams that offer opportunities to nourish and support one another in the practice of Centering Prayer and the process after the Divine Transformation.


Our Coordinating Team is available to help you and answer any questions you might have. Please contact them below.

Coordinating Team

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Jack Dierks

Introductory Workshops

(414) 688.1677


Ann Koerner, CSA
(414) 477.8430

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Kathryn Ann Kobelinski, SSND
Lectio Divina
(414) 282.7310

Our Team

Carol Ann Meverdan
Retreats & Introductory Workshops


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Kenny Kohberger
Eleventh Step CP & Prison Outreach

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kenny who was called to God on August, 2023 after a short battle with cancer.  We will miss his lightheartedness and creativity in serving COSEW."


Our History in Photos

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