• $100.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: Fri., Dec. 4, 10a thru Sun., Dec. 6, 10a

Address: Online via Zoom


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School of Discernment [Online]

With Kathleen Cahalan, Samuel Rahberg, S. Virginia Matter OSB and Mary Martin

December 4 - 6, 2020

The School of Discernment is an opportunity to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit under the guidance of skilled teachers and listeners and with the benefit of wisdom from the monastic tradition, now available online. The framework includes  sessions on the practice of discernment, reflection questions for quiet time, and one-on-one meetings, all via Zoom. No one will be obligated to share publicly about the particulars of their own stories, but each will have the opportunity to do so as they choose. Spiritual directors will be available to assist with the process of discernment and any questions and insights as they arise.

This event will take place via Zoom.


Tentative Schedule 

Friday 12.4.20

10:00-11:30 am Session 1: Discernment as a Way of Life


2:00-3:15 pm    Session 2: The Anatomy of a Thought

Saturday 12.5.20

10:00 -11:30am Session 3: Working with Scripture and Personal Experience

 2:00-3:15 pm  Session 4: Listening for the Voice of God: Sorting Thoughts

Sunday, 12.6.20

  8:00-9:30 am  Session 5: Sustaining the Practice: Making a Decision

9:30-10:30 am  Shared Reflection and Closing Blessing


Kathleen Cahalan
Kathleen A. Cahalan is Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars and Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. She is the author of several books, most recently, Opening the Field of Practical Theology, eds. Kathleen A. Cahalan and Gordon Mikoski (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2014) and Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling with Laura Kelly Fanucci (Twenty-Third Publications, 2015), Call It What It Is (2016), Calling all Years Good, edited with Bonnie Miller-McLemore (2016), and Christian Practical Wisdom, with Dorothy C. Bass, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, James Nieman, and Christian Scharen (Wm B. Eerdmans, 2016).
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Samuel Rahberg
Sam Rahberg is former Director of the Benedictine Center and a spiritual director in St. Paul. He is author of Ice Break: A Collection of Poems (Aetos Publications, 2019), Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership (Liturgical Press, 2017), and The Gospels in Poem and Image (Aetos Publications, 2016-2019). Sam has experience in parish ministry and holds a master’s degree in theology from Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN). Through spiritual direction, individual and group ministerial reflection, and writing, Sam companions Christian leaders as they re-discover the sense of calling and giftedness at the heart of Christ-centered ministry. In his spare time, you will find Sam tending his family’s small tree farm or fly fishing for trout in Southeast Minnesota. Learn more at Email   Available for: Spiritual direction Speaking/Facilitation Supervision for spiritual directors       
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S. Virginia Matter OSB
Virginia Matter OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and came to the Center from the health care field. She worked in nursing and in pastoral ministry. Virginia has done significant preparation in the area of spirituality, Centering Prayer, Bio-Spiritual Focusing, retreats, and Spiritual Direction. She also has experience in pottery and Native American creative arts. Email: Available for: One-on-one spiritual direction Bio-spiritual focusing Pottery instruction Questions about Centering Prayer Read All Posts by Sr. Virginia Matter
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Mary Martin
Mary Martin received her training as a spiritual director at the Franciscan Spirituality Center (La Crosse, WI). She is a retired hospital chaplain who holds graduate degrees in theology, counseling psychology, and library science and has been in direction herself for over thirty-five years. She and her husband live in south Minneapolis and enjoy traveling (often to Ireland), and being in the outdoors kayaking, biking, or walking their dog. Mary writes, I have often described my own experience of spiritual direction as being an “incredible luxury and a radical necessity.” It’s a luxury in the sense of having the time to place the fragments, bits and pieces of my life before my director and to gaze with her, in the presence of God’s holy Spirit, at the contours, patterns, connections (and disconnections!) that are present. I experience direction as a necessity in that it helps me to be faithful to God’s promptings and my deeply held desire for ongoing conversion. Hunger, longing, dreams, disappointments, joys, questions all surface as we continue to mine the richness of our relationship with the Holy, with others, and with self. My own encounter with spiritual direction began when I was 28 years-old and discerning…
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