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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

On the Crest of a New Year

Sun., Dec. 31, 10a-7p

In the Gospel of John Jesus directs his disciples to “remain in me and I will remain in you.” This is an invitation to make the Word of God your home. This day-long retreat will encourage each of us to keep vigil with the Word on the crest of a new year as we become more aware of the Holy Mystery who is already keeping vigil with us. Questions that will accompany us on this retreat include: What are you looking for? Where are you staying?

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Divine Spark: Kindling the Fires of Ministry

Thurs., Jan. 11, 7-9p with Dr. Barbara Sutton
Fri., Jan. 12, 9a-4p with Victor Klimoski and Sam Rahberg

The ebb and flow of ministerial life can cause even the most resilient people to flicker. As Sam Rahberg has written, we discover enduring ministries when we notice and respond in good faith to the movement of God in it all. Thursday evening is a chance for pastoral ministers to consider this bold claim and decide how in this new year they will cultivate an enduring ministry. Based on their experience at this opening event, participants can choose to continue refining that decision by registering for the next day’s professional workshop. There participants will explore the tools for sustaining one’s commitment and craft a statement of ministry to which they might hold themselves accountable.

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The School of Lectio Divina

Fri., Feb. 23, 1p thru Wed., Feb. 28, 1p

The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery's School of Lectio Divina adapts the ancient monastic riches of sustained lectio divina to contemporary people. Through an intensive retreat experience set in the rhythm of life at St. Paul’s Monastery, participants receive teaching about lectio, spend time meditating on a sacred text significant for them, have the opportunity for individual spiritual direction, and participate in reflective conversation with other participants.

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