About Us

Sharing the Wisdom of Benedictine Spirituality

The Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery remain convinced

that Benedictine spirituality can be a resource to today’s women and men as they strive to live faithfully in the world.

Our Story

The retreat ministry the Sisters have nurtured for more than 35 years has matured as a setting that blends peace and quiet, silence and conversation, personal study and shared programming. The Benedictine Center remains true to the Sisters' intention to share the monastic heritage of St. Paul’s Monastery with others.

A Vision For Benedictine Retreat Ministry

Since its founding in 1983, the Benedictine Center has carried forward the values envisioned by its founder, S. Veronica Novotny OSB: reverence for God, reverence for creation, hospitality toward all, beauty and simplicity, silence and prayer.

S. Veronica believed these values create a setting for those who seek to gain a deeper awareness of God, a greater understanding of self, and a special love for one another and the unity of all persons.

Why choose the Benedictine Center?

WHY CHOOSE THE BENEDICTINE CENTER?

Time-tested wisdom of Benedictine spirituality

In some way, every event, conversation, and service helps people live out Benedictine values.

WHY CHOOSE THE BENEDICTINE CENTER?

Intimacy of a living community

Solitude is enriched by the support and encouragement of the Sisters and others who pray with you.

WHY CHOOSE THE BENEDICTINE CENTER?

Stirring beauty in art and architecture

Artists lift our spirits and renew our attention to God's presence.

WHY CHOOSE THE BENEDICTINE CENTER?

From scratch cooking

Talented chefs find joy in creating wholesome and delicious meals, often made from local foods.

WHY CHOOSE THE BENEDICTINE CENTER?

Talented staff ready to help you

Each member of the staff attends to their own spiritual journey and finds joy in assisting others along the way.

Staff and spiritual directors

Benedictine Staff and Spiritual Directors

The ministry of the Benedictine Center is made possible by a core staff who work in cooperation with others at St. Paul’s Monastery, a team of spiritual directors, a cadre of talented adjunct presenters, as well as other faithful volunteers and partners.
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Testimonials

"The Center has been an immense contributor to my spiritual development . . . and I am on the path Home.”

Linda

"My first time at the Benedictine Center was a most wonderful experience! It was a time of quiet, solitude, and peace. I am coming back!"

Stephen