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  • Barbara Sutton

    Barbara Sutton
    Barbara Sutton
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 16 - Aug 23, 2020 (190 days)
    $175 membership (come to as many Sundays as you like) $40 drop-in rate SoulCollage® Sunday Circle will provide open space for creating and exploring your SoulCollage cards with facilitator Barbara Sutton. It is a casual afternoon for those new to and experienced with SoulCollage participants to bring their circle wisdom forward each month!  Sessions will include a soulful reflection,…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020 (3 days)
    British playwright, Brian Clark has said that the secret to developing a writing practice is, well, to write.  Simple enough.  But writers talk about the tension between their desire to write and finding time.  This retreat is a dramatic decision to immerse oneself in the lovely, complex , frustrating, and exhilarating practice of writing.  We provide a hospitable space at St. Paul’s…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 24 - Apr 27, 2020 (64 days)
    Writing that comes from one’s encounter with nature carries with it a rich vocabulary that reconnects us to the Earth and her elements.  The more we become fluent in the language of nature, the greater our capacity to rekindle hope for the world, our communities, and ourselves.   In each session, we will read some of the best nature poems and essays, using them to guide our own practice of…
  • Think thoughts that make you happy. Do things that make you feel good. Be with people who make you feel good. Eat things that make your body feel good. Go at a pace that makes you feel good. Louis Hay
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2020 (6 days)
    Christian in its origin and ecumenical in its scope "It wasn't what I wanted. It wasn't what I expected. It was exactly what I needed." John The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery's School of Lectio Divina adapts the ancient monastic riches of sustained lectio divina to contemporary people. According to Dr. Kathleen Cahalan, "sustained lectio divina" is the dialogue with God through the…
  • Katy Wehr

    Katy Wehr
    Katy Wehr
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 11, 2020 (1 day)
    Every year during Holy Week, C.S. Lewis read through a moving set of plays by his friend, Dorothy L. Sayers. Now Katy Wehr, PhD, offers you the chance to share the same experience. Katy will introduce the plays and involve participants in reading from Sayers's “The Man Born to be King” - a radio play cycle on the life of Christ from 1940's England.  While the plays initially sparked protests,…
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2020 (3 days)
    “When we think ‘prophetic’ we need not always think grandly about public tasks. . . It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of imagination.” ― Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination Being called a prophet may seem beyond the ordinary circumstances of our everyday lives. But what if it’s true? What if something needs to be done to confront the world’s…
  • Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe

    Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe
    Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 13, 2020 (1 day)
    Temperaments, the general description of who a person is by nature, affect not only our personalities but also the ways we are most drawn into prayer. Utilizing the Myers-Briggs temperament inventory tool, Pastor Kathie Nycklemoe will help participants explore forms of prayer that are likely to resonate with the way individuals are wired to listen for God. A basic understanding of MBTI is helpful…
  • S. Virginia Matter OSB

    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Apr 6 - May 11, 2020 (36 days)
    Under the direction of an experienced potter and gentle teacher, learn how making hand-built vessels can be a process of meditation.
  • Rev. Paul Tillman

    Rev. Paul Tillman
    Rev. Paul Tillman
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 1, 2020 (1 day)
    Join the journey from text to pulpit as we follow the Spirit, through prayer and reflection, deeper into the Word of God and shed light on the challenges of life and the persistence of divine grace. Paul Tillman, an Oblate and pastor, guides this afternoon of “standing vigil” (no you don’t stand the whole time) of prayer, meditation, and conversation about the Sunday Gospel. Then join the…
  • S. Virginia Matter OSB

    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB

    S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB
    S. Virginia Matter OSB +1
    Your guides
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Jun 19 - 26, 2020 (8 days)
    Settle in for eight days of quiet and renewal, solitude within the rhythm of the monastic community. Each day you will meet one-on-one with a spiritual director who will accompany you wherever the Spirit leads. The remainder of the day you are welcome to join the Sisters for prayer, walk the labyrinth, take in the exhibit, explore the resources in the library, or simply enjoy the privacy of your…
  • S. Virginia Matter OSB

    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Apr 17 - 19, 2020 (3 days)
    After a common orientation, participants spend time in silence as they read, pray, meditate, and rest in the hospitality of the monastery. Guests enjoy a private room, prayer with the monastic community, lunch, and access to the monastic library, art exhibits, and grounds. Questions welcome. $150 includes lodging and meals Fri-Sun $25 for Saturday only, 9a-4p
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 27, 2020 (1 day)
    The foundation of welcome is the inherent dignity of the human person, as created in the image and likeness of God. We are called to welcome others with a presence that is more than just polite and that extends beyond our reservations. We are called to the kind of hospitality that is communal, revolutionary, and transforming. But there have always been challenges to such hospitality, like unknown…
  • S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB

    S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB
    S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 28, 2020 (1 day)
    Seven years ago, S. Kathleen Atkinson did something that she had often thought about doing but had never pursued. She picked up the phone, called the chaplain of the North Dakota State Penitentiary and asked if there was anything she could do as a volunteer at the prison. That phone call began a journey that has changed her life and set in motion Ministry on the Margins, a volunteer-based…
  • Samuel Rahberg

    Samuel Rahberg
    Diane Millis

    Diane Millis
    Samuel Rahberg +1
    Your guides
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Mar 26, 2020 (1 day)
    When pressures and limitations seem to outweigh our sense of strength and possibility, how do leaders avoid becoming disheartened? By learning how to tell a more life-giving story. Narrative Theory suggests that the ongoing discipline of leadership requires crafting a more genuine story, one that is both rooted in the reality of the moment and expands our sense of mission. During tough times, our…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Mar 21, 2020 (1 day)
    This writing workshop is for those who want to recharge their writing practice, have a place to connect with other writers, and perhaps rediscover the deeper reasons they create art with their words. The daylong experience begins with a period of meditation and offers periods for writing, conversation, and thinking forward.  The model assumes we are all learners and teachers, bringing our gifts…
  • Peter Watkins

    Peter Watkins
    Peter Watkins
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Mar 22, 2020 (1 day)
    This retreat is an invitation to holy renewal. Take time to go deeper during this Lenten season—deeper into your heart and deeper into your relationship with God. There will be time to listen to the Spirit through scripture, simple ritual, journaling, and conversation. Retreatants are also invited to join in a communal meal together at the end.
  • Jody Reis Johnson

    Jody Reis Johnson
    Carol Quest

    Carol Quest
    Jody Reis Johnson +1
    Your guides
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Aug 7 - 12, 2020 (6 days)
    Come immerse yourself in silence through the practice of centering prayer gently supported by lectio divina and prayer with the monastic community. Extended sessions of group centering prayer offer the opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and self. $375 includes lodging and meals  
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Jul 24 - 26, 2020 (3 days)
    Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of slowly engaging a sacred text over an extended period of time. When it is sustained in this way, lectio divina includes varied moments of reading, reflecting, responding to, and resting in the Word, all with the hope of nourishing and deepending our relationship with God. The Condensed School of Lectio Divina offers contemporary seekers an experiential…
  • Eily Marlow

    Eily Marlow
    Kiely Todd Roska

    Kiely Todd Roska
    Eily Marlow +1
    Your guides
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Apr 24, 2020 (1 day)
    “God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in robust love.” (Eph. 4:15) We often struggle to have important conversations, not for lack of good intention, but because of imbalance. If we speak bluntly, we can be unnecessarily hurtful. If we speak indirectly, we avoid the heart of the matter. The most healthy and life-giving communication involves both candor and care. Join…
  • Mary Martin

    Mary Martin
    Mary Martin
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Apr 30, 2020 (1 day)
    In addition to being steeped in Scripture and spiritual practices, St. Benedict was an astute student of human nature.  He realized that relying on good intentions would not be enough when he established a “school for the Lord’s service.” Rather, for people to live each day aware of God’s presence and their call to manifest Christ in all things, there was a need for purposeful rhythm so…
  • Audrey Lucier

    Audrey Lucier
    Audrey Lucier
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Jun 5 - 6, 2020 (2 days)
    It can come as a shock to realize the people with whom we exercise community do not always share our perspective. Whether we bump up against this fact as a parent, spouse, or co-worker, we have two options. We can either try to force others to our point of view or try the more successful approach of seeking to understand. It is in seeking to understand that the Enneagram tool becomes helpful. The…
  • Rev. Peggy Thompson

    Rev. Peggy Thompson
    S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB

    S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB
    Rev. Peggy Thompson +1
    Your guides
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    May 15, 2020 (1 day)
    This ancient spiritual practice is a Christian way of meditating that teaches one how to listen for God’s invitation to deeper relationship. Peggy and Jackie have trained closely with S. Virginia Matter OSB, a seasoned teacher and practitioner of centering prayer who was commissioned by Fr. Thomas Keating OSCO.
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Dec 4 - 6, 2020 (3 days)
    The School of Discernment is an opportunity to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit under the guidance of skilled teachers and listeners and with the benefit of wisdom from the monastic tradition. The framework includes a daily rhythm of prayer with the monastic community, sessions on the practice of discernment, reflection questions for quiet time, and one-on-one meetings. No one will be…
  • Samuel Rahberg

    Samuel Rahberg
    Samuel Rahberg
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Aug 13 - 15, 2020 (3 days)
    Whether wandering through lush forests, burned-out woods, or groves of ancients gnarled by wind and snow, human beings cannot escape the allure and mystery of trees. Trees stand deeply rooted in rich soils, or they cling bravely to rocky ledges and branch upward and outward as best they can, modeling the courage and stability any soul would admire. The more we learn about the nature of trees, the…
  • Fr. Michael Byron

    Fr. Michael Byron
    Fr. Michael Byron
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Apr 23, 2020 (1 day)
    Into the disciples’ fear and restlessness following the Passion, the Risen Christ stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” He found them behind locked doors and spoke into the very heart of their circumstance. With this assurance and breathing the Spirit upon them, he then sent them into the world. Join Fr. Michael Byron, a theologian and pastor of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden…
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Ongoing package (3 days)
    A Peace Retreat helps you settle in to the calm that greets you at the monastery doors. Day 1 helps you familiarize yourself with the beauty and resources. Day 2 allows you the freedom to linger without travel. Day 3 allows you to ease back into normal life. The Peace Retreat helps you begin to feel at home. Some guests find it helpful to meet with a spiritual director during a Peace Retreat. If…
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Ongoing
    Often people who are feeling called to integrate the disciplines of silence and spiritual practice into their lives choose a retreat of three nights or more. A Sustaining the Practice Retreat invites a person to set aside a significant window of time (between 3 and 7 nights) for renewal and growth. One can explore the riches of solitude while benefiting from the rhythm of monastic life and the…
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Ongoing package (2 days)
    A Day of Prayer is a simple way to step into some quiet. Enjoy a private room and whatever degree of solitude you prefer. Some guests join the Sisters for morning (8a), midday (11:30a), or evening (5p) prayer and visit with them at lunch. Others prefer to journal, read, pray and walk the grounds at their leisure. The monastic library, art exhibit, and outdoor labyrinth are all at your disposal,…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Ongoing package (3 days)
    Looking for a chance to spend time with your inner writer? This individualized retreat, guided by an experienced poet, provides space and support to explore ways of enriching your writing practice. Over the course of the 48 hours, you will have the opportunity to meet with writing coach Victor Klimoski to discuss your poems, the practice of writing poems, and ideas for deepening your development…
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Ongoing package (2 days)
    A Quiet Retreat gives you one night away from responsibilities. The room and three home-cooked meals are prepared with a personal touch. You are welcome but not obligated to join the Sisters for morning (8a), midday (11:30a), or evening (5p) prayer. Take in the art, read, or walk the labyrinth as you choose. The time is yours. Some guests find it helpful to meet with a spiritual director during a…
  • Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Jan 29 - Mar 13, 2020 (45 days)
    Opening Reception, Wed., Jan. 29, 7-8:30p with refreshments and awards announced at 7:45p. Sacred art contributes to keeping us mindful of God’s abiding presence. The annual Seeing God Juried Exhibit features contemporary artists who work in that spirit. Over the centuries, Benedictines have encouraged women and men who use color, form, sound, and word to express the beauty one experiences in…
  • Kathy Fleming

    Kathy Fleming
    Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Kathy Fleming +1
    Your guides
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 9, 2020 (1 day)
    We bring artists and writers together to share their insights into what inspires their art-making and to help deepen our appreciation for the movement of the Spirit that inspires beauty in its many forms. Each conversation begins in the gallery as we experience in a fresh way what the exhibiting artist or artists are setting before our eyes.
  • S. Paula Hagen OSB

    S. Paula Hagen OSB
    S. Paula Hagen OSB
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Feb 18, 2020 (1 day)
    Benedict called for stability because he recognized that each human person needs to be grounded to form trusting relationships with God, self, and others. While it naturally includes stability of place, Benedict taught various forms of stability, internal and external, that contribute to fostering community and nourishing those who are seeking God together. S. Paula Hagen OSB is former Prioress of…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Apr 16, 2020 (1 day)
    Someone has remarked that a cynic is often an idealist with a broken heart. In an era in which the fires of social anger, fear of The Other, intolerance in all its forms, and concern over what seems to have been lost burn out of control, the path to cynicism is smooth and all downhill. In this conversation we explore how we balance our troubling concerns with our deepest convictions about what is…
  • Kathy Fleming

    Kathy Fleming
    Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Kathy Fleming +1
    Your guides
    Benedictine Center – Saint Paul Minnesota Saint Paul Minnesota
    Apr 17, 2020 (1 day)
    Day Away is an opportunity for artists and writers to set aside a few hours to enter a creative space of quiet and beauty. After a brief gathering in the morning with one of the hosts, participants have the day to work on/think about their art and ideas. The day closes with a time of reflection with the host.

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