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
6   Great Conversation: Measured Speech: Speaking As Though Every Word Mattered
7   SoulCollage Retreat: An Exercise of Religious Imagination
7   First Friday Prayer Vigil
11   Dementia Support Group
13   A Guided Journey through the Triduum
20   Poems for the Earth
21   Taizé Prayer
21 23 Hermitage Retreat
22   A Day of Quiet and Solitude
23   On Care for Our Common Home
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
18   Taizé Prayer
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
         
         

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

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.

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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.

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First Friday Prayer Vigil
Fri., Apr. 7, 7p (first Friday of each month)
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Dementia Support Group
Tues., Apr. 11, 7-9p (second Tuesday of each month)
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A Guided Journey through the Triduum
Thurs., Apr. 13, 3p thru Sat., Apr. 15, 9p
S. Carol Rennie OSB
$160 includes lodging and meals
Join the Benedictine community in celebrating these holiest days of the Christian year and in deepening your appreciation of the narratives, symbols, and lived experience of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The schedule includes worship, group spiritual direction, rest, and free time. You will have the option of one on one spiritual direction and will be home again for Easter Sunday. Register online.

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Poems for the Earth
Thurs., Apr. 20, 7-9p
Victor Klimoski
Freewill offering
The Earth moves unnoticeably beneath and around us until those moments when we are captivated by her beauty or by her power to upend our assumptions about human control. God speaks through nature, whether or not we are listening. Poets and artists have tried to respond on our behalf throughout time. Let us join them. This sensory-rich evening enables us to come together in celebration of God’s work through creation and leads us to pray and act with greater commitment to environmental stewardship. Register online.

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Taizé Prayer
Fri., Apr. 21, 7p (third Friday of each month)
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Hermitage Retreat
Fri., Apr. 21, 7p thru Sun., Apr. 23, 1p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$150 includes lodging and meals
After a common orientation, participants spend the weekend in silence as they read, pray, meditate, and rest in the hospitality of the monastery. Limit 6 participants. Register online.

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A Day of Quiet and Solitude
Sat., Apr. 22, 9a-4p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$25
For little more than the cost of food, this opportunity provides those who are new to personal retreats or St. Paul’s Monastery an opportunity to explore how one might spend a day of quiet at the monastery. After a tour and introductory session with S. Virginia Matter OSB, guests enjoy a private room, prayer with the monastic community, lunch, and access to the monastic library, art exhibits, and grounds. Limited to 6. Questions welcome. Register online.

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On Care for Our Common Home
Sun., Apr. 23, 1-3p
Deacon Glenn Skuta
Freewill offering
Glenn Skuta, bringing his long experience as a Deacon of the Archdioceses of St. Paul and Minneapolis and also Watershed Division Director at State of Minnesota Pollution Control agency, will summarize key themes in Pope Francis’ important encyclical about caring for our brothers and sisters and the natural world. Deacon Glenn will also help participants explore what the encyclical means for our society and world and find practical applications for our daily lives. Come listen and discuss issues critical to our planet and to us all. Register online.

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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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