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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

SoulCollage®:A Creative, Contemplative Expression of Self [Online Gathering]

Sunday, June 14, 1:30-3:00pm
Barbara Sutton

Take some time to engage your creative spirit.  SoulCollage® will provide some space to play with images and allow the intuitive part of your mind and heart to come alive and create a space for your ever-present soul wisdom to be seen and heard. This is for anyone who has the urge to playfully explore the spacious, creative quality within yourself and experience the gentle guidance and wisdom that resides there for you.

Register at least a week in advance so you can receive your supplies in the mail. If you have SoulCollage® cards, bring them and we will read some of them. Register online. 

 

 

 

Writing with a Mission

Tuesday, June 9   8, 9:00a-3:00p
Victor Klimoski

Sometimes we talk ourselves out of writing.  You know the inner conversation:  I can’t do it, I am no good, I have no imagination, my brain is dead, who wants to hear what I have to say.  This online workshop invites writers to articulate their mission as writers.  What is it that grounds us in this practice of writing?  With some introductory comments about writing, mission statements, and failed good intentions, Vic Klimoski will facilitate a conversation around what other writers say about their missions.  Then working is small groups and individual, each participant will draft an initial mission statement.  

This event will be offered twice on Tuesday, June 9.
Morning: 10-11:15am     OR       Evening: 7-8:15pm.     
[Please register for one or the other]. Register online.

Living with Uncertainty 

Wednesday, June 24, 7-8:30pm
Eily Marlow and Kiely Todd Roska
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Our new reality is requiring us to awaken to the precariousness of life. In times of uncertainty, we crave answers. Instead, we are being forced to learn to live with ongoing ambiguity. Yet this moment gives us an opportunity to ask better questions about who we want to become. Come and share how you are holding uncertainty, what you are learning, and what you hope to carry forward into the next phase of your life. We will explore how we might hold steadfastly to our values while also becoming more flexible about how those values are lived out. Through prayerful practice, writing and small group conversation we will explore what each of us can learn about ourselves and the world we want to live into. 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