Benedictine Spirituality Time-tested Wisdom
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.
Spiritual Direction Information Session [Online]
April 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
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 made 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. Members of the Benedictine Center spiritual direction team will offer insights and answer questions. To register, email the Benedictine Center Office.
Courage for the Call: An Invitation to Trust
Begins May 31, 2021 (4-week online course)
Christine Jurisich and Sister Paula Hagen
God is always calling you to a deepening awareness and connection with the Divine. Sometimes that call can feel scary. Am I worthy? Will I get hurt? What will I have to let go? But within that beckoning is the grace to respond when you allow yourself to surrender into the merciful arms of God. This is a four-week, facilitator-led, self-paced retreat. MORE INFORMATION OR REGISTER.
Seeing God: An Exhibit of Sacred Art
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!"