Benedictine Center Events
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 event line-up include a wide array workshops, retreats, and meaningful conversations rooted in Benedictine insights about the life lived well. Whether your interests are primarily about life & work, prayer and meditation, community and connection, or art & spirituality, there’s something coming up for you.
Benedictine Discernment Retreat
August 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
“Listen” is the first word of the rule of Benedict and listening is at the heart of discernment. Join other single women, ages 18-50, and Benedictine sisters from St. Mary Monastery Rock Island, IL, St. Scholastica Monastery Duluth, MN, and St. Paul’s Monastery, St. Paul, MN and learn more about discernment and Benedictine life.
Register: Please contact Sister Lisa Maurer, OSB by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Labyrinth Walk & Spiritual Reflection
August 29, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Come join us in walking the beautiful labyrinth path on the grounds of the monastery! We will use the labyrinth to help us journey through our personal and shared experience of the COVID pandemic quarantine. Explore learnings and new yearnings as a result of this unprecedented time. How is God healing us and enriching us as a result of this enforced “pause?” How can we “be gentle with ourselves as we re-enter the world” as Mary Elizabeth Ilg reminds us?
Women As Spiritual, Christ-Centered Friends
September 26, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
For Single, Catholic or Christian Women, Ages 22 and older.
Join for a time to pray and reflect together to:
- Learn more about the value of real women friends.
- Reflect on your God-given potential to be a friend to other women.
- Discuss the value and skills needed to be a Christ-centered friend.
There is limited admission to this event! To sign up now, click here.
The Courageous Journey to Renewed Hope
October 16, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Overnight stay available for an additional $50 a night.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11
We invite you to join us for a day of exploring how we each need courage to face the future
full of the hope our faith calls us to. Amid the loss, turmoil, and questions of our time, how may you connect with an inner strength to face the future with hope in God’s unconditional love and mercy? How can embracing St. Benedict’s steps to humility help you become a more courageous person? What are the practical steps you can take to cultivate hope in your daily life? Join Sr. Paula Hagen, OSB and retreat facilitator Christine Jurisich for a special day of prayer, reflection, and sharing. Pray and eat with the Sisters who gather and pray 3 times a day for courage and hope.
Spiritual Direction (Virtual Only)
Spiritual direction offers a non-judgmental environment for honest sharing about spiritual matters and an improved sense of how God is working in everyday lives. At this time, Benedictine Center spiritual directors are available to meet via phone or via Zoom or Skype.
Benedictine Center Spiritual Directors are also willing to work with you to set up a directed retreat (meeting daily for a series of days) in your home. MORE INFORMATION.
Seeing God: An Exhibit of Sacred Art (Online)
Seeing God: An Exhibit of Sacred Art is virtual for 2021. To continue this important, long-standing exhibit, we have moved it online this year. While the Gallery at St. Paul’s Monastery is not physically open to hang this exhibit, we still need art, especially now. Artists' work speaks to the following questions: What challenges and what blessings are you experiencing as you live and make art now? How are you Seeing God during this unprecedented time? Where are you Seeing God? Entries were posted throughout February and March and continue to be available for viewing. VIEW ALL SEEING GOD 2021 POSTS.
“When I see all these people sharing their souls, I can’t help but wonder what mine has to say.”
“Returning for the juried show each year helps me stay at my practice all year long.”
“It’s so peaceful here. Even my body feels it when I walk through the door.”
“Wow. What can I say? I cannot thank you enough for the way that you helped me. This was a wonderful experience—one of a lifetime.”
“I am moved every time I walk in these doors and encounter a new exhibit.”
“I am an artist who just moved to town. I have found my people.”
“We found the spiritual atmosphere, architecture and interaction with the community of St. Paul's Monastery as asset to our work . . . the Benedictine Center keeps our focus on the spiritual dimension of life as it unfolds.”
Dr. Mel Kimble
“As a staff we were amazed at the quality of our experience together.”
Fr. Chuck Brambilla
“God has breathed empowering courage into my life and ministry through times of silence in this beautiful center.”
Pastor Ruth Conrad
“The Benedictine Center made our retreat with college students nothing less than spectacular. What we encountered was a true sense of Benedictine hospitality and prayerfulness.”
Aaron Miller, Campus Minister
“I can’t believe I slept for twelve hours straight. It must have been what my body needed.”
"Our time was peaceful and beautiful and blessed."
“I’ve been in spiritual direction for a long time. I wouldn't be without it.”
“My spiritual director helps me be me. I appreciate the way she encourages me as I sort through my relationship with God.”
“Sometimes I come and have no idea what I’m going to talk about. I am amazed to see what surfaces every time.”
“I’m not sure exactly why, but it just seemed like it was time to go on retreat.”
“I have had just the right balance of solitude and community. What a blessing to be able to be apart without feeling alone on my journey.”
"Thank you for the retreat. It was refreshing, renewing, restful, and helpful."
"The Center has been an immense contributor to my spiritual development . . . and I am on the path Home.”
"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!"