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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.

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Sightlines, Crucibles, Improvisation, Light and Beauty: Putting Art Back into the Practice of Ministry

Thurs., Mar. 8, 7p thru Sat., Mar. 10, 1p with Dr. Barbara Sutton

The poet David Whyte, in “Sweet Darkness” writes, “When your eyes are tired / the world is tired also.” Especially in these challenging times, those who serve nonprofit organizations, faith communities, and other similar settings need light and beauty to refresh their visions and re-energize their hearts for ministry. Dr. Barbara Sutton is convinced that art serves an essential purpose, and has prepared this retreat to help participants immerse themselves in art’s revitalizing gifts. Join her to explore how putting art back into the practice of ministry enriches both you and those you serve.

Photo of S. Virginia Matter's clay Madonna and child.

(CALL FOR ARTISTS) Seeing God: A Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art

Submissions due Jan. 17 | Reception Jan. 31, 7-8:30p

Sacred art contributes to keeping us mindful of God’s abiding presence. This exhibit features contemporary artists who work in that spirit. The Art and Spirituality Team of St. Paul’s Monastery invites all artists to submit sacred art that:

(1) is rooted in themes drawn from religious traditions, Scripture, nature, the human journey, and/or an interpretation of the mystery of life.

(2) shows how art reveals a deeper sense of wonder.

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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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