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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.

Food and Faith Featured Events

Com-panions
Do This in Remembrance of Me

Fri., Oct. 19, 5p thru Sun., Oct. 21, 1p
with Norman Wirzba & Victoria Fritz

The word “companion” stems from the Latin “com-panis,” literally “together with bread.”  This retreat unfolds from the Friday evening celebration into exploring more deeply the stewardship of food and creation as spiritual practice. The schedule includes teaching times, hands-on kitchen practice, as well as a panel of local people working at the intersections of food and community. A central aspect of this retreat is being guided by the Monastery chef in the actual making and sharing of our five holy meals, from Saturday breakfast to Eucharist on Sunday and a special brunch. Come with whatever level of cooking comfort you have. The prayerful skills to be practiced are accessible to anyone, and as useful as our daily eating.

Full retreat includes Friday night potluck gatheringRegister online

Of the Garden
Reflecting at Farm and Food Shelf  

Fri., Oct. 19,  8:30a-4p
with Sam Rahberg and Kiely Todd Roska

Benedictines have long valued an intimate connection with land and food (and wine), but that spiritual and hands-on relationship with the earth too easily slips from the modern view. The ways that Americans process and consume food can cause us to become inattentive to the greatest mysteries of life and creation. It is time to get the soil of God’s earth back under our fingernails, to remember how life sprouts from seed by the gifts of water and light, and to embrace the just sharing of food as an expression of true community. This day of service and reflection opens with a bus ride to Fresh Earth Farms . There, the farming family will instruct participants in their chores for the day. Staff will continue to guide a reflection on our service over a home-cooked lunch. Participants will then travel to Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf to learn more about food insecurity and the role that food shelves play in our community. Register Online.

Taste and See that the Lord is Good
A Celebration of Food and Community

Fri., Oct. 19, 5:30-7:00p
Freewill Offering to Benefit Christian Cupboard Foodshelf

As theologian Norman Wirzba writes, “We can never only bite into one thing. Food is about the relationships that join us to the earth, fellow creatures, loved ones and guests, and ultimately God.” This evening of feasting together, co-sponsored by community partners, combines the best of a home-grown potluck with the richness of spiritual reflection. Come for the meal and, if you are able, bring something to share—as long as it has a story: Grandma’s recipe, harvest from your garden, foraged mushrooms, fish your children caught, or honey from your bees? Imagine the flavors and conversations. Then, if you like, stay for a lovely musical prayer in the style of Taizé. Because this event has been underwritten by generous sponsors, half of all donations will benefit the ministry of Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf. Register Online.

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Testimonials

“When I see all these people sharing their souls, I can’t help but wonder what mine has to say.”

Anonymous Patron

“Returning for the juried show each year helps me stay at my practice all year long.”

Anonymous Artist

“It’s so peaceful here. Even my body feels it when I walk through the door.”

Wendy

“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.”

Jim

“I am moved every time I walk in these doors and encounter a new exhibit.”

Mark

“I am an artist who just moved to town. I have found my people.”

Jill

“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.”

Nancy

"Our time was peaceful and beautiful and blessed."

Dianne

“I’ve been in spiritual direction for a long time. I wouldn't be without it.”

Carol

“My spiritual director helps me be me. I appreciate the way she encourages me as I sort through my relationship with God.”

Alan

“Sometimes I come and have no idea what I’m going to talk about. I am amazed to see what surfaces every time.”

Becky

“I’m not sure exactly why, but it just seemed like it was time to go on retreat.”

Glen

“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.”

Carolyn

"Thank you for the retreat. It was refreshing, renewing, restful, and helpful."

Dave

"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