David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God, is a contemplative spiritual director at the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver, in Boulder, Colorado, as well as for clients worldwide. He co-created and co-led a contemplative retreat community for 10 years, has an MA in transpersonal counseling psychology, and is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University.
David’s spiritual father for thirty years has been Father Thomas Keating, the founder of Centering Prayer. In his preface to David’s book, Fr, Keating writes, “David is a careful student of the Christian mystical life, having pursued it through years of prayer and solitude and, even more importantly, by having his prayer life purified, enriched, and expressed in community and in the service of others…His lived experience of being a contemplative in ordinary daily life will be invaluable to those who aspire to do the same thing. He is an excellent advisor in practical affairs upon who judgment I am happy to rely. He is one of God’s greatest gifts to the work of centering prayer and to me.”
Having been trained in and served Fr. Keating’s work teachings on Centering Prayer, David’s primary interest is in developing ongoing resources, practices and supports for advancing contemplatives, and supporting a unitive approach to meditation that includes body, mind and heart as well as spirit.
Although David still dedicates significant time each day to solitary contemplative prayer, after spending much of the last thirty years in monastic retreat, he increasingly experiences God when engaged in the ordinariness of everyday life. He enjoys travel, music, film, ocean-side walks, coffee shops, and life in Oregon with his wife, Donna.