• Retreat (commuting) – $75.00
  • Retreat, Single Room – $200.00
  • Retreat, Shared Room (two single beds) – $150.00
  • Handicap Accessible – $200.00

Date & Time Details: Fri., Feb. 28, 7p, thru Sun., Mar. 1, 1p

Location: Benedictine Center

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

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Everyday Prophets: How Small Acts of Courage and Compassion Change the World (Retreat)

With S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB and Rev. Zanne Ness

February 28 - March 1, 2020

“When we think ‘prophetic’ we need not always think grandly about public tasks. . . It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of imagination.” ― Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination

Being called a prophet may seem beyond the ordinary circumstances of our everyday lives. But what if it’s true? What if something needs to be done to confront the world’s numbness, and we’re the ones to do it? Even small acts of compassion and courage inspire hope. S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB and Rev. Zanne Ness are seasoned partners in ministry and skilled guides in awakening the imagination of ordinary people so that we might create more compassionate, just communities. Settle in to the prayerful monastic rhythms of St. Paul’s Monastery for a weekend, exploring how you are uniquely and meaningfully called to make a difference in the world. The retreat begins with Friday night’s presentation and continues through Sunday. Come for a prayerful and inspiring experience.

Being an everyday prophet begins with imagining What if . . .?

  • What if we allowed ourselves to see our work in the world as ministry?
  • What if we experimented with letting go of our need for certainty?
  • What if we stood free and hope-filled in a world gone fearful?
  • What if we practiced being bold and tender and joyful?
  • What if we allowed ourselves to think, imagine, dream, and envision a future that God will yet enact?


Sr. Kathleen and Rev. Ness will also lead a one-day workshop on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 9a to 3p: Beyond Fear: Helping Communities Choose Welcome. Register here for the Thursday workshop.


S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB
S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB is a Benedictine Sister from Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, ND. Nationally recognized as an energetic and creative leader in hunger and homelessness education, she has developed service learning experiences for all age groups and led service teams to a variety of foreign and United States locations. Kathleen has been a teacher at the elementary, secondary, university level and has served as director of catechesis for the diocese of Bismarck. In 2013 she founded Ministry on the Margins, working with at risk youth, prison inmates, the homeless, and others who are God’s poor among us. Ministry on the Margins currently serves over 800 people with 80-90 volunteers each week. Kathleen holds an MA in Theology from St John’s University and a Doctorate in Ministry from the St Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St Thomas. She is the author of several articles on spirituality and mission as well as two books published by Liguori Press – God is Always There. Psalms for Every Moment,  and Letting Go and Letting God. 21 Centuries of Faith. 
Learn more about S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB
Rev. Zanne Ness
Zanne Ness serves as the volunteer chaplain at Ministry on the Margins and as a volunteer at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.  She is an oblate at Annunciation Monastery and a spiritual director.  Following retirement from a career as a clinical psychologist, she was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2011 and served on the Bishop’s staff from that time until 2019.  Her education was completed at West Texas State University and the University of South Dakota as well as seminary courses at Providence Theological School.  She is married to Terrance and has three children and four grandchildren.
Learn more about Rev. Zanne Ness