News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit  "Cultural Incarnation as Proclamation: Paintings of He Qi"
 open 9a-6p through Apr. 30, 2017
Mar. 28 - Apr. 10, 2017
Words to the Wise
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past,  not to worry about the future,  not to anticipate troubles,  but to live in the present  wisely and earnestly. 

S. Pat Collins OSB Dies at Nearly 89 Years Old

S. Pat Collins OSB died on Mar. 10, 2017 among her Sisters who were keeping vigil.

S. Pat was a faithful teacher for many years and gave willing service in the monastic community by directing novices, editing newsletters, overseeing the archives, and assisting with administration in many forms.

She was Irish and proud, which made it fitting for the Sisters to celebrate her memorial on Mar. 17, with bagpiper and all.

"May the road rise to meet you; May the wind be always at your back; May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand." 

Thank You for Supporting the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery

Have you ever experienced one of those times when you just needed to get away for a while, clear your head, and refresh your sense of God's presence? In those moments, the Benedictine Center stands ready to welcome you

We ask your support to continue making ready for your arrival and for other guests who need to regain their bearings. 


Your donation supports:


  • Scholarships for those with financial hardships
  • Artwork and experiences that cultivate a sense of beauty in the world
  • The exploration of new ways to help people learn and practice Benedictine values
Every gift, no matter how great or small, helps the Sisters welcome guests in need of sacred space. Make a donation online today or by sending a check payable to St. Paul's Monastery. Please indicate your support specifically for the Benedictine Center.
St. Paul's Monastery
Benedictine Center support
2675 Benet Road, St. Paul, MN 55109
St. Paul's Monastery  Offers Prayer Vigil for Peace
First Fridays, 7p (next vigil Apr. 4)
Karin Barrett, musician and liturgist for the monastery was convinced of the need to assemble to pray for the concerns of our time, and gathered interested community members, Oblates and sisters to help create the prayer. "We want to extend a wide invitation and create a welcoming environment for people to come to pray what is on their hearts."   

One person who attended reflects: "The peaceful twilight outside was matched by the by a palpable sense of calm as the monastic community welcomed others to join with them in a vigil for peace.  Soothing music greeted us as we gathered.  Reflective prayers for peace were read and a litany was sung all of which helped to direct our minds and hearts to the work of peace."
For more information, call 651-777-8181 or email: St. Paul's Monastery is located at 2675 Benet Road, St. Paul, MN 55109.

open 9a-6p daily until Apr. 30

For many Chinese people Christianity is a Western religion.  In his work, He Qi represents Jesus as Chinese - a Jesus who speaks their language, is part of their culture, and is one of them.  The vibrant colors of his art mirror the greater story of God's conspiring with humanity for the purposes of God's Shalom. Learn more about Art and Spirituality at the Benedictine Center.

Coming Up . . .
Lent: Let Us Pray
thru Sat., Apr. 15
No cost
Guests are always welcome to join the Sisters for prayer, but Lent is a particularly beautiful time to mark our waiting for the resurrection with prayer together. The Sisters prayer morning, midday and evening daily. Come, let us pray. Call 651.777.8181 for the schedule.
Great Conversation: Measured Speech: Speaking As Though Every Word Mattered
Thurs., Apr. 6, 9a-1p
Sam Rahberg
Freewill offering
Conversation flourishes when people are attentive to the impact of their words. Just talking, filling up airspace with words, can derail shared meaning and even create barriers to mutual learning. St. Benedict wrote in the Rule about the importance of what we might call "measured speech." It is an invitation to being attentive to what we want to say, how we say it, and how we learn from our conversation partners whether we have been heard. Register online.
First Friday Prayer Vigil
First Fridays. 7p
Karin Barrett, musician and liturgist for the monastery was convinced of the need to assemble to pray for the concerns of our time. "We want to extend a wide invitation and create a welcoming environment for people to come to pray what is on their hearts." No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome.
SoulCollage Retreat: An Exercise of Religious Imagination
Fri., Apr. 7, 9a-3p
Dr. Barbara Sutton
$75 includes materials
"The soul speaks in image," according to C. G. Jung. How are you seeking to create a soulful life? What contemplative practices nurtures you? Teacher and facilitator, Barbara Sutton, who has worked extensively with The Saint John's Bible, will introduce SoulCollage as a process to explore the human dynamics and the communal dimensions of one's life. The act of creating collages forms a basis for seeing with the eyes of faith what God is up to in our lives. We will also use journaling, guided imagery and small group sharing during this retreat to support our collage-making and engage the spiritual journey more deeply. Come as a beginner! No previous experience necessary. Register online.
A Guided Journey through the Triduum
Thurs., Apr. 13, 3p thru Sat., Apr. 15, 9p
S. Carol Rennie OSB
$160 includes lodging and meals
Come enter the silence and experience the rich liturgies of the Triduum Retreat with the monastic community at the Benedictine Center with St. Paul's Monastery, St. Paul, Minnesota. These three days commemorate the Paschal Mystery of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. This Holy Week begins at 3 p.m. on Holy Thursday and ends at 7 p.m. on Holy Saturday so you are able to be back home with your friends for Easter Day. Register online.
Condensed School of Lectio Divina
Fri., Jul. 14, 7p thru Sun., Jul. 16, 1p
Sam Rahberg and staff
$100 commuters, $150 shared lodging, $200 single

The Condensed School of Lectio Divina adapts the Benedictine Center's keystone experience retreat into a shorter, less-expensive format. The core teachings and the monastic experience remains intact. Sam Rahberg, in cooperation with S. Carol Rennie OSB and S. Virginia Matter OSB, leads five teaching sessions that distill the essentials of sustained lectio divina, making this an excellent introduction to the practice or a good review for past participants in the School of Lectio Divina. Maximum 20 participants as room arrangements allow. Register online.
Immigration: Moving from Political Rhetoric to the Moral Discourse of Pope Francis (presenter: Bernie Evans, Ph.D.)
Apr. 6, 6-9p at Pax Christi Church, Eden Prairie, MN

2017 Edition of the Benedictine Center's Listen
Download a PDF copy of the Benedictine Center's latest publication to explore online the upcoming opportunities for retreat, prayer and rich conversation. If you would prefer a hardcopy and do not receive one by the end of the first week of the year, please email the Benedictine Center.
Recommended Reading
The Gospel of John in Poem and Image

A collection of fifty-six reader's poems, combined with twenty-six original pieces of art printed in full color. Available online.
Margin Notes
Poems of the ongoing puzzlement over navigating the waters of daily life. Available online
Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Discipleship
Supporting and empowering women and men for lasting and effective Christian leadership. Available online.
The Way Forward:
A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations
Timeless meditations connecting Benedictine wisdom to everyday life. Available in print and digital editions.
Lamentation of
the Written Word
Reposition the dark periods of writing as moments to reclaim why it is important. Available online.
Illuminating Ministry
A Journal, Vol. III
An opportunity for church leaders to join in prayer and reflection with The Saint John's Bible. Available online.
Upcoming Events
Other Events/Resources of Related Interest
Power, Control and Pluralism: Being Church in a Secular Age
Presenter: William Cahoy, Ph.D.
Mar. 30, 6-9p - Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, MN
May 11, 6-9p - Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Maple Grove, MN

From The Heart As It Is: A Spring Harvest of Poems and Songs
Featuring Angela Shannon, Laura MacKenzie, Sharon Chmielarz, and Michael Dennis Browne
Thurs., Apr. 6, 7-9p (Wisdom Ways, St. Paul)

Love and Tenderness in Action: The Vision of Pope Francis
Presenter: Vincent Smiles, Ph.D.
Apr. 20,  6-9p - Saint Frances Cabrini Church, Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 28,  8:30a-1p - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

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