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The availability of local LCG communities allow LCG members to receive additional support and experience fellowship among like-minded spiritual travelers. Local groups meet regularly for prayer, discussion, formation, and other activities that build community.
The existing local LCG communites are listed by location (city/area) and contain information about the group and contact persons. If you are interested in becoming a MEMBER of LCG, please contact the local coordinator who is nearest to the city in which you live: (Please click on the name of the city to get a description of the LCG group in that area.)
Greater Cincinnati, OH - Mike Johnson LCG503@aol.com
The Cistercian Lay Contemplatives community was formed in 1989 as the
original lay program affiliated with the Abbey of Gethsemani. We were a
group that strived to support and to provide resources for members in
living the Plan of Life, a guide for laypersons who desire to integrate
the values and practices of the Cistercian charism. Local communities
began to meet in Louisville and Cincinnati. In 2002 we became known as
Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey (LCG). The Greater Cincinnati LCG
community currently has twenty members.
Our community meets on the second Saturday of each month alternating between a day of prayer or a community formation day. We meet at the Poor Clare’ Monastery of St. Clare for days of prayer, and at Mercy Winton Center both located in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, a few miles north of Cincinnati. In the Spring we have an annual community retreat either at the Moye Spiritual Life Center in Melbourne, Kentucky or at the Abbey of Gethsemani.
We have formed a four member leadership team who coordinates screening and orientation of applicants for our community, initial formation for candidates, and planning for our yearly schedule of events. The team engages the participation of all community members in various functions that support our community’s growth as Lay Cistercians. For more information about our community visit our web site: www.gclcg.org
Columbus, OH - Marge Kielkopf firstname.lastname@example.org
The group was formed in November, 2004. They meet for prayer, sharing and discussion of various spiritual writings. We have time for sharing, centering prayer, exploring the cistercians charism and time to eat! The community gathers from 16 to 24 folks at each gathering.
Indiana has only a few LCG members and we are attempting to organize ourselves as a state grouping as well as a local Indianapolis community We hope to have a state mailing in the next few weeks and perhaps attract more LCG members to our Indianapolis community. As more members are added, we will have to change our meeting location.
Since we are so new, we have been discussing our thoughts about Cistercian spirituality and what has brought us to this change in our lives. We are sharing ideas on what we are reading and experiencing.
We will also be having a meeting on the 3rd Saturday of the month to meet the needs of those members unable to meet on Sundays due to ministry commitments or other reasons. There are about 25 individuals on our email distribution lists and most months approximately 8-10 people are able to attend the Sunday meeting.
Tennessee - Gray Matthews email@example.com
The coordinator of the Memphis group is Gray Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the coordinator for the Nashville group is John Duckett email@example.com. Feel free to contact either of them if you have particular questions or a desire to meet with either group. As coordinators for the Tennessee community, John and Gray serve as our representatives on the LCG Advisory Council. Memphis and Nashville are partners in seeking to cheer each other on, offer encouragement to stay the course, and exhort each other to greater discipline and commitment in learning what our cells teach us. We strive to support each other’s efforts to live a deeper contemplative life by sharing a life of mutual prayer, as well as our journeys and ourselves in humility. We have found the Cistercian tradition, in particular, to speak to all of us. We pray for the monks at Gethsemani, and we try to live in solidarity with Gethsemani. These efforts, we find, anchor us as we respond to the calls and recalls to remain committed, not to an organization or a single activity, but to God Alone.
Michigan - Larry Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
We study various books or Cistercian documents together, in order to grow in our knowledge of the Cistercian way. We have studied the Exordium, “Monastic Practices” as well as other books and documents on Centering Prayer, Lectio and other Cistercian tools.
We also share our lives deeply with one another at our meetings at various member homes, community work projects and as we get together two or three times a year for a social evening with our spouses. The current facilitator is Larry Wilson, email@example.com We are always interested in new members in Michigan.
Jane Endriss: JEndr@aol.com
Dan Erwin: firstname.lastname@example.org