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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 partners with talented presenters to offer 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.
Life Transitions: Finding God in the Center of the Unknown [A five-week online retreat]
Saturday, January 16 - Saturday, February 20
Sister Paula Hagen, OSB and Christine Jurisich
Change is a part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Have you experienced dramatic changes and loss? Or are you sensing something subtle from within as a result of having more quiet time? However, your life has been impacted this year, it is important to give yourself the sacred time and space to honor, reflect on, and discover new life in this time of change. Receive three emails a week that will connect you to personal reflections and a supportive place to share. The majority of the retreat format is self-paced writing, but there are two live zoom sessions marking the retreat beginning and conclusion on January 16th and February 20th from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Register Online.
Spiritual Direction Information Session [Online]
Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m.
Kami Pohl, Sheryl Rose, and Tod Twist
No one can walk our spiritual journey for us. We enter, one by one, into the presence of the mystery of God and listen wholeheartedly to what God asks of us. But that journey need not be alone. There are times when having a companion who listens to us (and who helps us to listen to ourselves) sharpens our ability to listen to the voice of God. This workshop offers information about the Benedictine Center's approach to spiritual direction. A panel of Benedictine Center spiritual directors will offer insights and answer questions. Register by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay Tuned for More Virtual Events!
Online programming is being added regularly.
While the Benedictine Center is closed to onsite guests until further notice, we will be continue to offer select online events. Please continue to check back for updates. Additionally, we are currently offering spiritual direction via phone or web.
“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!"