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Benedictine Spirituality
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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.

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Invitation into the Images of the New Testament

Thurs., Apr. 26, 7-9p with Kirsten Malcolm Berry

Join artist and oblate Kirsten Malcolm Berry as she takes us on a visual journey through the New Testament with a series of her paintings.  We will hear the specific Biblical text behind each piece, and also see where this work connects to the Rule of Benedict. Along the way we will draw on the practice of Lectio Divina to seek and reflect upon the words, phrases or images that most compel us, paying close attention to how the Holy Spirit extends invitations to us through them. Register online

image of Kirsten Malcolm Berry's "Left the Tomb"
image of burning log turning to colorful glowing coals

Great Conversation: How Might I Cool My Anger and Warm My Sadness?

Thurs., Apr. 5, 9a-1p with Samuel Rahberg

Anger tends to flash with hot intensity and can burn long after it has served its most noble role. Sadness, it seems, can burn too far out and leave us far beyond the ordinary chill of loss and sadness. God-given feelings of anger and sadness do serve a good purpose. What are some ways we might learn to turn toward them, when appropriate, or move away from them if that would better serve our growth? How might we tell the difference?  And what confidence might I expect to gain through experience. Register online

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The Condensed School of Lectio Divina

Fri., Jul. 20, 7p thru Sun., Jul. 22, 1p with Samuel Rahberg

Learn the art of sustained lectio divina, "a dialogue with God through the text over time" (Kathleen Cahalan). The Condensed School of Lectio Divina adapts the Benedictine Center’s keystone experience retreat into a shorter, less-expensive format. The core teachings and the monastic experience remains intact. Sam Rahberg, in cooperation with S. Carol Rennie OSB and S. Virginia Matter OSB, leads five teaching sessions that distill the essentials of sustained lectio divina, making this an excellent introduction to the practice or a good review for past participants in the School of Lectio Divina. Maximum 20 participants as room arrangements allow. Learn more

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