BENEDICTINE CENTER
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offerings for people new to the study of the spiritual life

as well as for advanced students

 

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Monthly Events

Freewill offerings, no registration necessary


Centering Prayer Group

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30a

S. Virginia Matter OSB
Centering prayer is a form of prayer that takes practice. Each week St. Paul’s Monastery hosts a time for those seeking to strengthen their practice of centering prayer under the guidance of S. Virginia Matter OSB.

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.

Dementia Support Group

Second Tuesdays 7-9p

Steve Arnold Oblate
Loving and supporting someone with dementia can result in exhaustion as well as grief from lost relationships, dreams and freedom. Come be with others on the journey. Chaplain and spiritual director Steve Arnold provides a time for caregivers to share stories, feelings, frustrations, and joys. Check-in and introductions are followed by discussion around various issues connected with dementia. Find full acceptance whatever the topic. Walk-ins welcome.

Taizé Prayer

Third Fridays 7p
Taizé prayer uses simple chants based on the Scriptures and periods of silence to create an environment for encountering the mystery of God. This time of quiet, gentle communal prayer can help dispel the accumulated burdens of the week and free one for the renewal of a weekend. No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

 

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Apr
28   Together In the Mystery: Training for Supervisors of Spiritual Direction
May
2   Hearts Burning Within Us (Luke 24:13-55)
4   Prioress Dinner
5   First Friday Prayer Vigil
9   Dementia Support Group
19   Living Waters: A Fly Fishing Retreat
19   Taizé Prayer
Jun
2   First Friday Prayer Vigil
16   Taizé Prayer
21   Summer Solstice on the Labyrinth
Jul
7   First Friday Prayer Vigil
14 16 Condensed School of Lectio Divina
21   Taizé Prayer
Aug
4 6 The Monastic Kitchen: Making Food for the Body and Soul
4   First Friday Prayer Vigil
11 16 Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
18   Taizé Reflection: The Adventure of Holiness
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For more information or to register

Email the Benedictine Center or call 651.777.7251

Registering last minute?

While we welcome walk-ins, it is helpful to call ahead so that a place may be prepared for you (651.777.7251 or 651.777.818).

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April

Together In the Mystery: Training for Supervisors of Spiritual Direction
Fri., Apr. 28, 8:30a thru Sun., Apr. 30, 3p (limit 10)
Spiritual directors seek supervision as they attempt to grow in their ability to notice and respond to God’s presence during their spiritual direction practice. This year-long training for supervisors is led by a team of facilitators from Together in the Mystery, who work in partnership with San Francisco Theological Seminary. The training is being hosted at the Benedictine Center in collaboration with the spiritual direction programs of St. Catherine University and Saint John’s School of Theology*Seminary among others. Learn more at www.togetherinthemystery.org.

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May

Hearts Burning Within Us (Luke 24:13-55)
Tues., May 2, 7-9p
Fr. Michael Byron
$25
As we go about our days mindful of our own worries and responsibilities, we are not unlike the disciples walking the road to Emmaus. Jesus the Christ, risen and present, comes nearer to us than we first realize and waits for us to see. He is patient and attentive and made known clearly in the breaking of the bread. How do we experience the presence of Christ in the modern day and what are we called to do with “hearts burning within us?” Fr. Michael Byron is a theologian and pastor of St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church in St. Paul. Register online.

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Prioress Dinner
Thurs., May 4
The annual gala celebrating the Sisters and their ministries will once again take place at the beautiful Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. Prioress Paula Hagen will host an inspirational evening of rejoicing in the Spirit of Easter. For reservations, call the Development Office at 651.777.6850.

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First Friday Prayer Vigil
Fri., May 4, 7p (first Friday of each month)
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Dementia Support Group
Tues., May 9, 7-9p (second Tuesday of each month)
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Living Waters: A Fly Fishing Retreat
Fri., May 19, 8a-7p
Sam Rahberg
$225 one angler, $380 two, $450 three
Something about fly fishing nourishes the contemplative spirit. You need not be an expert to ask: what does the sound of water, the movement of the fly, and the flash of a native Trout do to me? As a practice in attentiveness, fly fishing invites us to set down the busyness of our minds and our agendas and focus anew on what God is always doing within us. Take a day of streamside retreat with Sam Rahberg on his home waters in Southeast Minnesota. Immerse yourself in nature along with some spiritual reflection which renews you for life and ministry. The experience will be tailored to your interests and needs. Three anglers max. Equipment can be arranged.  Register online.

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Taizé Prayer
Fri., May 19, 7p (third Friday of each month)
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June

First Friday Prayer Vigil
Fri., Jun. 2, 7p (first Friday of each month)
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Taizé Prayer
Fri., Jun. 16, 7p (third Friday of each month)
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Summer Solstice on the Labyrinth
Wed., Jun. 21, 7:30-9:30p
Sheryl Rose
$25
And God said "Let there be light . . . .
This evening mini-retreat will begin with a reflection on the very beginning of creation and the gift of light in our own lives; and end with a walk on the outdoor labyrinth, lit up to welcome the very beginning of summer. Come and walk the prayer path of St. Paul’s Monastery on the longest day of the year. "The sun once glimpsed God's true nature / And has never been the same." Hafiz Register online.

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July

First Friday Prayer Vigil
Fri., Jul. 7, 7p (first Friday of each month)
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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.

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Taizé Prayer
Fri., Jul. 21, 7:05p (third Friday of each month)
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August

First Friday Prayer Vigil
Fri., Aug. 4, 7p (first Friday of each month)
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The Monastic Kitchen: Making Food for the Body and Soul
Fri., Aug. 4, 7p thru Sun., Aug. 6, 1p
Victoria Fritzkapps
$150 includes lodging and meals
After “It’s so peaceful here,” the most common compliments at St. Paul’s Monastery relate to the fine food. Guests notice that an excellent meal affects the quality of their experience not only through nutrition and flavor, but in the way it helps them understand Benedictine values in a practical way. In this unique retreat, a maximum of 12 participants are invited to join the Monastery Chef for a weekend of praying together, cooking, and reflecting on how best to infuse the daily aspects of preparing a meal that nourishes body and soul. Register online.

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Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
Fri., Aug. 11, 7p thru Wed., Aug. 16, 1p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$375 includes lodging and meals
$150 thru Sunday only
Experience a time of profound silence and praying the Scriptures as you enter into deeper relationship with God and self. Blends a rhythm of centering prayer, lectio divina, and prayer with the monastic community. Register online.

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Taizé Reflection: The Adventure of Holiness
Fri., Aug. 18, 10a-8p
S. Carol Rennie OSB
$40 includes lunch and supper
This day of conversation and quiet reflection is inspired by themes in a book written by Brother John of Taizé. Led by a spiritual director and Oblate of the monastic community, the experience concludes with prayer in the style of Taizé. Register online.

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Taizé Prayer
Fri., Aug. 18, 7p (third Friday of each month)
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For more information or to register

Email the Benedictine Center or call 651.777.7251

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