Sam Rahberg

Sam Rahberg is the Director of the Benedictine Center and a spiritual director. He is author of Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership (Liturgical Press, 2017) and The Gospel of John in Poem and Image (Aetos Publications, 2016). Sam has experience in parish education and administration and holds a master's degree in theology from Saint John’s University, Collegeville. Learn more / Email Sam

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Virginia Matter OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and came to the Center from Health Care. Virginia has done significant preparation in the area of spirituality, Centering Prayer, Bio-Spiritual Focusing, retreats, and Spiritual Direction.  She also has experience in Native American creative arts and pottery.  Email Virginia

S. Carol Rennie OSB is former prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery and a member of the Benedictine Center’s spiritual direction team. She is a teacher of teachers, an experienced retreat leader, and has a special interest in group spiritual direction. Email Sr. Carol.

Nancy Vaccaro is the Benedictine Center Assistant. She has a degree in management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and has held a variety of positions in management, project leadership, communications and information systems in both profit and nonprofit organizations. Email Nancy.
Victor Klimoski, Ph.D. is the former Director of Lifelong Learning Saint John's School of Theology and provides consulting services for the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery. He holds a doctorate in adult education from the Univ. of Minn. and works extensively at the national level as a group facilitator and project consultant. He is also author of a number of poetry collections, most recently Margin Notes and Lamentation for the Written Word.

Benita Gerold OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and has an associates degree in Applied Science from the Univ. of Crookston.  Prior to her employment at the Center as hospitality minister, S. Benita served as Director of Food Center at St. Paul’s Monastery and at St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center.

Chris Folkenson works behind the scenes with guest services, ensuring every guest arrives to a comfortable room.

Karen Sames OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and is a trained nurse. She works full-time for the American Red Cross and provides hospitality for guests in her spare time.

Sharon Schiller OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and has been a teacher in child care centers and also a secretary. She is now part of the hospitality team of the Benedictine Center.

Benedictine Center Presenters

Cindy Abbot is an Oblate of St. Paul's Monastery.

Steve Arnold, Ph.D. is a chaplain at St. Anthony Senior Living and a spiritual director. His doctoral work is in adult education and educational gerontology.

Fr. Michael Byron is associate professor of theology at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas. He is also pastor of St. Cecelia’s parish.


Kathleen Cahalan, Ph.D., is professor of theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology∙Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. Her most recent book is Introducing the Practice of Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2010). She is currently teaching a course on contemporary spiritual practices.

S. Joanne Dehmer SSND is a spiritual director on the staff of the Loyola Spirituality Center.


S. Paula Hagen OSB is a member of St. Paul's Monastery, a national retreat leader, and the co-founder of Ministry of Mothers Sharing.

Pat Kilbane is an Oblate of St. Paul's Monastery.

Mary Martin is a spiritual director and a hospital chaplain. She holds graduate degrees in theology, counseling psychology, and library science and has been in direction herself for over twenty-five years.

Barb Sutton is Adjunct Professor of Theology is Associate Professor of Theology at Saint John's University School of Theology*Seminary and the Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and Outreach.

Peggy Thompson is a teacher and retreat leader in arts and spirituality. She is known in the art community as Margaret Carroll.

Peter Watkins, M.Div. is a high school teacher of twenty years, author, musician, spiritual director, and little-league soccer coach. He is presently in the midst of raising three sons. Peter is a member of the Benedictine Center’s spiritual direction team.

S. Mary White OSB is both a licensed psychotherapist and a skilled teacher of Christian meditation. Her works draws on the wisdom of the world’s great spiritual traditions as well as her extensive background in psychology and sociology. Email Mary.


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