Condensed School of Lectio Divina

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 varied moments of reading, reflecting, responding to, and resting in the Word, all with the hope of nourishing and deepending 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 receive an introduction to sustained lectio divina, enter times of solitude to meditate with a sacred text significant for them, engage in reflective conversation with other participants, and discuss ways they might integrate lectio divina into their own lives in a sustainable way.  The Condensed School of Lectio Divina serves as an excellent introduction to the practice and/or a good review for past participants in the longer School of Lectio Divina. Maximum 20 participants as room arrangements allow.

Sample Schedule


5:30p    Dinner

6:30p    Vigil

7:00p    Session 1: A Sustained Lectio Framework

8:30p    Desert Practice


7:00a     Shared Quiet

7:30a     Breakfast

8:30a     Morning Prayer

9:00a    Session 2: Four Voices of Scripture

10:00a     Break

11:45a     Midday Prayer

12:00p     Lunch

1:30p    Session 3: Eight Thoughts

2:30p    Break

2:40p    Shared Quiet

3:00p    Break

3:20p    Session 4: Relationship Between Text and Thoughts

4:30p    Break

5:00p    Evening Prayer (Feast of St. Benedict)

5:30p    Dinner

6:00p    Desert Practice


7:00a     Shared Quiet

7:30a     Breakfast

8:00a     Session 5: Lectio Divina as a Way of Life

9:00a    Break

10:00a     Shared Reflection and Closing Blessing

11:00a     Eucharist

12:00p     Brunch, Leave taking with blessings on your journey

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Location: Benedictine Center

Address: St. Paul's Monastery 2675 Benet Road Maplewood, MN 55109

Date & Time Details: Fri., Jul. 24, 5p, thru Sun., Jul. 26, 1p

  • Commuter – $100.00
  • Single – $200.00
  • Shared (two single beds) – $150.00

Costs are per person and include meals.

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