Beverly Hills, California — Father Thomas Keating ( ) is one of the three architects of the "Centering Prayer" movement, a method of contemplative prayer that focuses on interior silence. As one of the three Trappist monks at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, along with Father William Meninger and Father M. Basil Pennington, Abbot Keating has popularized the ideas of contemplative prayer and meditation with a focus on the intent to "consent to God's presence and action during the time of prayer."

Now, Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence ( ) tells the story of Father Thomas Keating's journey to becoming one of today's most influential spiritual leaders. The film combines historical footage, interviews with world religious leaders and conversations with Father Thomas himself.

The movie covers his life from his affluent New York childhood to his embrace of the Trappist monastic life to his rise to become a leader of his order.

Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence ( ) won the 2013 Audience Choice Award at the Aspen Film Festival. Many viewers felt that the movie impacted them on a deep level. The film debuted on March 7 in Beverly Hills, California, at the Laemmle Music Hall, located at 9036 Wilshire Boulevard. The movie will also air March 11 at 7:20 p.m. at the PEN Center USA ( ).

For more information, see the trailer for the movie at

About Father Thomas Keating:

Father Thomas Keating is the leader of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, and a recognized world spiritual figure. He is also the author of more than thirty books and one of the originators of Centering Prayer. He is also the co-author of Finding Grace At The Center. Father Thomas is recognized as a world leader in spiritual matters and has earned the respect of spiritual leaders of every denomination.

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