Com-panions: Do This in Remembrance of Me

  • Benedictine Center Benedictine Center
  • St. Paul's Monastery 2675 Benet Road St. Paul, MN 55109
  • Oct 19 - 21, 2018 (3 days)
  • Potluck, Retreat (commuting) - $75.00 Potluck, Retreat, Single Room - $200.00 Potluck, Retreat, Shared Room (two single beds) - $150.00 Handicap Accessible - $200.00

About us

The word “companion” stems from the Latin “com-panis,” literally “together with bread.” This bond is something more than mere dining in proximity, as we learn from Jesus. The celebration of the Eucharist, shared through bread and wine at his instruction, is a remembrance of God’s grace and a participation in the Body of Christ. This retreat unfolds from the Friday evening celebration into exploring more deeply the stewardship of food and creation as spiritual practice. The schedule includes teaching times with Dr. Wirzba, hands-on practice with Chef Victoria Fritz, as well as a panel of local people working at the intersections of food and community. These conversations and opportunities for prayer flow into and out of an inspired and soulful menu of from-scratch meals. More than just enjoy the food and sessions as spectators, a central aspect of this retreat is being guided by the Monastery chef in the actual making and sharing of our five holy meals, from Saturday breakfast to Eucharist on Sunday and a special brunch. Come with whatever level of cooking comfort you have. The prayerful skills to be practiced are accessible to anyone, and as useful as our daily eating.

Full retreat includes Friday night potluck gathering.

This retreat is part of a weekend-long series of events related to Food & Faith:

(Friday) Of the Garden: Serving and Reflecting at Farm and Food Shelf

(Friday Eve) Taste and See that the Lord is Good: A Celebration of Food and Community

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