Welcome, Retreat and Spirituality Seekers
“As soon as anyone knocks the porter of the monastery replies, ‘Thanks be to God’ or ‘Your blessing, please’. Then the porter provides a prompt answer with the warmth of love.” (RB 66:3-4)
Embodying this vision of hospitality, the Benedictine Center is a threshold between St. Paul’s Monastery and the wider world. Staff members serve as Benedict’s porter, ready to welcome each guest with all the gentleness that comes from God.
A Note Regarding COVID-19 . . .
These days, one phrase from the Rule of Benedict has been guiding our discernment: “The monks should try to be the first to show respect to the other, supporting with the greatest patience one another’s weaknesses.” This, Benedict says, it the “good zeal which monks must foster with fervent love” (RB 72). As a matter of respect and fervent love for the vulnerable members of the Monastery and the wider community, the Benedictine Center is taking steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19. We hope you will join us in taking steps in your own life to help keep the vulnerable among us healthy.
The Benedictine Center will be closed to guests through Monday, May 11. This closure includes all programming, individual retreats, spiritual direction meetings, and conference groups. By April 27, the Benedictine Center will evaluate a plan for resuming ordinary forms of welcome.
The Benedictine Center staff will be notifying individuals and group leaders of these cancellations as soon as possible. All deposits for cancellations before May 11 will be refunded in full. In addition, we refund in full the deposits for those who request their own cancellations for events before August 31.
No Two Spiritual Journeys Are Alike
Ready to step into a quiet retreat space and remember what is really important?
At The Benedictine Center, we believe that each spiritual experience is as unique and personal as the individual seeking fulfillment. Our staff will help you explore options so that your time with us is rich with healing and renewal.
Interested in finding a companion for your spiritual journey?
The Benedictine Center’s spiritual direction team is comprised of experienced, knowledgeable spiritual leaders trained to be exceptional listeners, paying attention to the movement of the Spirit and helping individuals deepen their own spiritual journeys.
Looking for just the right mix of professionalism and personal touch and for your group’s next retreat?
The Benedictine Center works to ensure that conference guests enjoy a deeply rewarding and inspiring experience. Whether your group designs its own agenda or draws on our wide range of resources, we’re confident your group will be enriched by their time at the Monastery.
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The Benedictine Center shares the monastic heritage of St. Paul’s Monastery with all who seek to live with the Gospel as their guide.
The Benedictine Center is a sacred threshold between St. Paul’s Monastery and world. In the name of the Sisters, it creates a space for people to experience peace of mind and peace of spirit. The Benedictine Center forms a “school for the Lord’s service” in the tradition defined by St. Benedict and flourishes in the midst of a monastic community that bears witness to the power of hospitality, conversation, and mutual service. Through prayer, study, and discernment, the Benedictine Center guides people in developing a contemplative heart open to the message of the Gospel and the discovery of God’s presence at the core of their lives.
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