School of Lectio Divina
Christian in its origin and ecumenical in its scope
“It wasn’t what I wanted. It wasn’t what I expected. It was exactly what I needed.” John
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. According to Dr. Kathleen Cahalan, “sustained lectio divina” is the dialogue with God through the text over time. 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.
In addition, the Benedictine Center will provide a variety of on-going support activities and resources after the retreat to help participants make sustained lectio core to individual prayer and spiritual development. Limit 12. Apply online or email email@example.com.
7:00a Shared Silence
8:00a Morning Prayer with the Monastic Community
8:30a Session 3: The Literal Voice
9:45a Lectio Companions
11:30a Midday Prayer with the Monastic Community
1:30p Session 4: Thoughts of the Body
2:40p Shared Silence
3:20p Session 5: Thoughts of the Body (cont.)
5:00p Vigil with the Monastic Community
6:00p Desert Practice
Based on the observations of master teachers of lectio divina, this experience works best for those who have had some initial experience with the practice of lectio divina and seek to foster a commitment to sustaining it. Participants need to be comfortable with silence, willing to trust the process, and contribute to mutual learning. Familiarity with the Benedictine tradition is helpful, but not essential.
Because of the intense nature of this experience, we limit enrollment to 15 participants. The application process helps clarify expectations and enables the staff to determine whether there is a good match between people’s personal goals and backgrounds and the outcomes of this spiritual development process.
All information provided in the following application will be held in confidence. We review completed applications for the Schools of Lectio Divina on a revolving basis. You may use this form to apply for any upcoming School. Early applications will receive first consideration; once the retreat capacity is reached, a waiting list will be opened.
- Complete your application online. (Some guests find it easier to preview the questions, type their responses in another program, and then cut and paste when they are completely ready.)
- Provide two letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A $50 deposit will be requested of those who are accepted to a School of Lectio Divina.
Interested in a Shorter Version?
Consider the Condensed School of Lectio Divina Jul. 19-21, 2019.
Thanks to the generosity of Benedictine Center guests, some scholarship assistance is available. Please contact the Benedictine Center to learn about requesting support.
Sometimes a conversation with one of the team members can be helpful. Simple call 651.777.7251. Otherwise, email email@example.com.