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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.

Featured Events

Condensed School of Lectio Divina [Online]

Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9
Samuel Rahberg, Sr. Virginia Matter, Kiely Todd Roska

Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of slowly engaging a sacred text over an extended period of time. When it is sustained in this way, lectio divina includes interrelated moments of reading, reflecting, responding to, and resting in the Word, all with the hope of nourishing and deepening our relationship with God. The Condensed School of Lectio Divina offers contemporary seekers an experiential opportunity to learn this practice with support. Participants in this weekend retreat will use Zoom for large group presentation, small group discussion, and times of prayer. They will also commit to sustain their practice of lectio divina by cultivating times to engage their sacred text offline and by exploring how they might integrate lectio divina into their lives in practical ways. The Condensed School of Lectio Divina serves as an excellent introduction to and/or a good review of the five-day School of Lectio Divina. 




Together in Contemplation

Tuesdays, Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 15   7:00-9:00pm
Jody Reis Johnson

Writers in the Christian contemplative tradition have long upheld the practices of silence and community as invitations into holy mystery. The starting point for a life of prayer is seeking God, and the practice of silence can open the heart and grow our awareness of God’s presence in daily life. Quiet down the noise and find companions along the spiritual path. Join Jody Reis Johnson for a 4-month spiritual growth group aimed at deepening your relationship with God through contemplative practice, spiritual readings, and discussion about the journey we share.  Participants will be asked to establish their own daily practice of silent prayer or meditation. This program will take place online via Zoom.  Register online.   

Writing in the Open 

Saturday, October 12, 9-11:30am
Victor Klimoski

One of the greatest sources of inspiration for writers is paying attention. Where better to do that than under an open sky and in a beautiful setting where our eyes discover beauty, mystery, and surprise. This workshop will be held at Silverwood Park in St Anthony, MN (near 694 and 35W) and will involve several activities based on wandering aimlessly, recording what we see, and composing a response in whatever form it asks.. Register online.

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