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Current exhibit:  Magnificat: Illuminations of Mary's Song of Praise 
by Kelly Kruse and Kathryn Heidelberger (open 9a-6p daily thru Nov. 1)
Aug. 29 - Sept 11, 2017

Words to the Wise

"The spiritual life is not a special career, involving abstraction from the world of things. It is a part of every man's life; and until he has realised it he is not a complete human being, has not entered into possession of all his powers. It is therefore the function of a practical mysticism to increase, not diminish, the total eficiency, the wisdom and steadfastness, of those who try to practice it." (Evelyn Underhill, 1875-1941, Practical Mysticism)


New Exhibit

Magnificat: Illuminations of Mary’s Song of Praise by Kelly Kruse and Kathryn Heidelberger

(open 9a-6p daily thru Nov. 1)

Mary’s Hymn of Praise, commonly known as the Magnificat, is found in the first chapter of The Gospel of Luke and is one of the most beloved and excerpted hymns in the entire Bible. Mary’s spirit filled hymn brims with images of a Messiah who will bring God’s Mighty Kingdom to earth and tip the world’s hierarchies upside-down to glorify God and save his people.  In this exhibition, artist Kelly Kruse drew inspiration from the ancient art of scripture illumination, creating a visual response to each line of the Magnificat. In collaboration with Kelly, theologian Kathryn Heidelberger responded to each line of Mary’s song with a prayer. Together they have created a feast of scripture, prayer, and visual art that they hope will be an encouragement to all souls.

LCWR Condemns Racism in All Forms

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.

We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and all people of goodwill. We mourn with all who have lost loved ones, with all who live in fear, with all whose dignity is threatened by hate and violence. We lament the racism that continues to afflict our communities and threaten the values that we hold dear. Read on . . .

A Series for Those Who Want to Age Boldly

Dr. Steve Arnold, a resident of St. Anthony Village for the past 5 years, is presenting a series of four monthly workshops at the Benedictine Center in Maplewood called The Life Journey: Aging with Dignity.  Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 5, from 7-9p.  Remaining sessions are on Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.  The cost for all four sessions is $80.

“Participants will examine misperceptions about aging and focus on aging as a gift of God,” explains Sam Rahberg, director of the Center.  Sessions will include presentations on issues of aging, reflections, contemplative prayer and conversations based on questions that come up, such as "Who am I as my roles change?" or Where is God in the aging process?"

Arnold is a spiritual director, Lutheran deacon, and serves as one of the chaplains at Crest View Senior Communities in Columbia Heights.   He has a PhD in Curriculum Development with a focus on adult development and gerontology.  Dr. Arnold has completed the training to be a certified dementia specialist and has provided teaching and training  sessions throughout the United States as well as sites in northeast Minneapolis.  Dr. Arnold has facilitated a faith-based support group for those caring for someone with dementia for the past 5 years at St. Paul’s Monastery and has led numerous training sessions at churches throughout the country.

“The workshops are for people who want to age successfully,” Arnold explains, “which means being all they can be while facing the reality of aging.  Their bodies may not be working the way they want them to work, and they wonder where God is when their bodies are not working as they once did.  How can I accommodate these changes with grace?”  These will be interactive sessions.

The goal of this series, he says, is to help participants explore the aging process, accommodate its changes with grace and build a life that has purpose and depth.  This is a focus upon launching into the third-third of life.

For more information, call 651-777-7251 or email:

Coming Up

Shape of the Divine: Working with Clay as Spiritual Practice
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30a
Sept. 14 thru Oct. 19
S. Virginia Matter OSB
Art Speaks Into Life
Tues., Sept. 26, 7-9p
Laurie Phillips & Susan Gansei
Ask a question about your life and discover insight through art.
Attentive Companions: Spiritual Direction and the Journey with God
Tues., Sept. 19, 7-9p
Spiritual Direction Staff
An intro to the practice.
Great Conversation:
What are You Learning about Wholehearted Living?

Thurs., Oct. 5, 9a-1p
Diane Millis



For registration call 651.777.7251 or email


Explore the Benedictine Center's fall 2017 publication including retreats, meaningful conversations, and other spiritual growth opportunities. Register at 651.777.7251 or

Of Related Interest

Join the MN Contemplative Outreach 2017 Fall Retreat: Deepening Compassion, led by Ellie Hyatt and Jody Reis Johnson.


WHAT: Periods of silent prayer and sessions that explore the concept of compassion in contemplative thought and practice. We will identify obstacles to self-compassion and offer experiential exercises that can help open us to the outpouring of God’s love for us, and for all creation.

WHEN: Fri.,Nov. 10, 3p thru Sun., Nov. 12, 1p

WHERE: Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, Minnesota

RATES (early-bird before August 31):
Private room: $230
Shared room: $200 (per person)
Scholarships are available

We have already filled 2/3rds of the available rooms, so register soon. To learn more, and to register online or by mail, click here.

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The Benedictine Center shares the monastic heritage of St. Paul's Monastery with all who seek to live with the Gospel as their guide.
Samuel Rahberg, Director
S. Carol Rennie OSB
S. Virginia Matter OSB
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