History, Mission, and Vision


In the late 1980’s, six people joined together in a quest to develop a transformational ministry in the contemplative stream. One of those five, described the hunger and personal journey which drew her toward the emerging KAIROS vision:

“KAIROS began in my own longing to experience more deeply the Christ within and to experience my prayer as contemplation–wordless and sensing the movement of Christ in my being and in my daily walk. I longed to validate my being drawn to solitude. I wanted to journey with others of similar spirit to share my journey and to be accountable for my journey.”

For three years this group met periodically for solitude, prayer and sharing in a common search for ways to offer a deeper experience of God to others.  The first KAIROS retreat year was 1992.

Then called “The School of Spiritual Formation and Friendship,” it met at St. Mary’s of Providence Retreat Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania. Announcements of the year’s program said: “Monthly events focused on deepening the Christian life and enabling persons to companion others on the spiritual journey are scheduled.” The next year the school moved to the attractive facilities and spacious grounds of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth at Wernersville, PA, where we continue to meet.


KAIROS envisions lives transformed by God’s love into a new way of seeing God, self, others, and the world by seeking out and growing in freedom and compassion.


Through teaching, practicing contemplative prayer, and community, Kairos invites all to an  experience of God’s transforming love. This profound transformation allows us to enter fully into the movement of God within and around us, for our sake and the sake of the world.


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