Anne Maule Miller completed a Masters in Theology from St. Kate’s in 2007 and Spiritual Direction Training through the FSPAs in 2015. She is a Lay Minister for Spirituality/Theology at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in St. Paul. Over the past 20 years she has facilitated numerous educational sessions, retreats and group spiritual direction. Anne and her husband Lee share their lives with 6 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In addition, she now serves as a board member for her local watershed, gardens with Hmong farmers, and practices both Tai Chi and beekeeping.
Audrey Lucier is the director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wis. She holds graduate degrees in public health from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn. Audrey was certified and completed advanced training in the Enneagram Spectrum of Personality Types with Jerry Wagner, Ph.D., and has done additional training with Russ Hudson and Beatrice Chestnut. In addition to an introduction to the Enneagram, Audrey has presented on the Enneagram in relationships, emotional intelligence, leadership, and spiritual direction.
Along with his spouse, Susan, Chris James is the owner and lead farmer at Fresh Earth Farms, a community-supported agriculture farm in Denmark Township, MN. He began his career in the tech industry and made the transition to farming in 2002. Chris believes in farming with no synthetic chemicals and Fresh Earth Farms donates over 2000 pounds of produce to local food shelves each year.
Christine Jurisich’s work in retreat ministry began fifteen years ago as a participant of the Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery Ministry of Mothers Sharing (now Within Ministries). For ten years thereafter, the Sisters mentored Christine as she developed her ministry as a national retreat facilitator-trainer and writer. Christine is the author of Retreat, Reflect, Renew: A Sacred Journal for A More Peaceful You, and foundress of the Retreat, Reflect, Renew Ministry.
Christine Luna Munger serves as Coordinator & Professional Professor of Theology for the Spiritual Direction Certificate in the graduate department of Theology at St. Catherine University. She is a College of Saint Benedict alumna (’02) and graduated with a double major in Theology and Peace Studies. Christine completed her master’s degree in Christian Spirituality at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, with a certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Direction (‘06). Christine completed doctoral studies in Practical Theology at Saint Thomas University in Miami (’14). The title of her dissertation is Five Ordinary Movements for Practical Theological Spiritual Formation. Christine also completed training as a supervisor for spiritual directors through Together in the Mystery (2016). Christine is affiliated with Kaleidoscope Institute and is committed to intercultural awareness and practices of inclusion. She has interests in Ordinary Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality, Benedictine spirituality, Discernment, Spiritual Practice, Contemplative Practice, Intercultural Encounter, and intentional living communities. Christine is a wife and mother of two young children. She is bilingual (English & Spanish) and enjoys all forms of dance, swimming, and being outdoors.
Diane Boruff is a 30 year plus Centering Prayer practitioner who is grateful to have this prayer in her daily life. She now serves as a member of the Minnesota Contemplative Outreach Service Team and is a former Minnesota Chapter Coordinator. Currently commissioned by National Contemplative Outreach as a Presenter of Centering Prayer and the Welcoming Prayer, she serves on the national Formation Team and is a mentor for the Welcoming Prayer. She is a retired teacher and is grateful for her wonderful family: her husband, two adult children, two darling grand babies, and her mother.
Eily Marlow serves as the Program Associate for Vocation and Reflection in the Center for Civic Engagement at Macalester College. She enjoys working with people as they discover how their values and convictions inform their actions in the world. She understands vocational discernment as both a personal and communal activity and believes listening to and sharing life narratives to be transformational.
Ellie Hyatt is a communications trainer and retreat leader. Trained as a spiritual director, she also instructs people and groups in Mindful Self-Compassion. Ellie has experience as a social worker at both the county and state level, and drew on that experience to oversee the residential family program at The Retreat, a recovery educational program in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Fr. Michael Joncas is a prolific composer of contemporary Catholic music, a professor at the University of St. Thomas, and a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Jackie Bohrer has been working with children and youth for 25 years as a teacher and clinical social worker in Minnesota. She is as well an artist who has an ability to create meaningful liturgical experiences for a variety of communities with passion and enthusiasm.
Jody Reis Johnson, M.Div., MSW, is a retired mental health professional who worked in a variety of settings including ministry development, private practice, and with political refugees at the Center for Victims of Torture. She has a special interest in the intersection of spirituality and psychology. A longtime practitioner of Centering Prayer, Jody received her commissioning as a Presenter/Facilitator through National Contemplative Outreach in 2013 and now teaches contemplative theology and practice in a variety of contexts. She and her husband, Bryce, a retired United Methodist minister, live in Mahtomedi. They have three grown sons and five grandchildren.
Sister Kathleen Atkinson is a Benedictine Sister from the 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.
Kathy Fleming serves as Artist Coordinator for the Benedictine Center and Co-Chair of the Art and Spirituality Committee. Learn more about her work online at www.kflemingart.com.
Katy Wehr wrote her PhD dissertation on The Man Born to be King by Dorothy L. Sayers and graduated from the University of St Andrews’ Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in Scotland. She is currently working on a related book and has published a number of scholarly articles about Sayers. She is also a folk musician and has a recent album on women in the Gospels entitled And All the Marys. Information about her research and music can be found at www.katywehrmusic.com.
LeAnn Linder-Scholer is a career and life planning professional, meditation instructor, compassionate listener, and spiritual guide. She trained at the Shalem Institute (Maryland) and has extensive experience with Centering Prayer and teaching. LeAnn maintains a special love for accompanying young adults and parents on the spiritual journey.
Mary Lapham is Co-Coordinator of Minnesota Contemplative Outreach. She is on the 12-Step Spirituality team and the National Contemplative Outreach Welcoming Prayer Team. She is grateful everyday for her health, family, and life.
Michael Rowe is an Oblate of St. Paul’s Monastery and a practitioner of Centering Prayer.
Norman Wirzba is Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies at Duke Divinity School. He studied history at the University of Lethbridge, theology at Yale Divinity School, and philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago. His writing and teaching focuses on understanding and promoting practices that equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Dr. Wirzba was raised on a farm in Southern Alberta, which shaped his passion for being outdoors and growing food. Married to Gretchen Ziegenhals, and also the father of four children, he enjoys baking, cooking, woodworking, and playing the guitar. He also says of himself, “I once was a good athlete!”
Rev. Paul Tillman serves as lead pastor at Heartwood Church in Oakdale. Paul has earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Grace School of Theology and Ministry, a B.A. in Humanities and Religious Studies from California State University Sacramento, and a M.Div. from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is ordained in The Wesleyan Church and, as of 2016, an oblate of St. Paul’s Monastery. Paul has been blessed to live in multi-cultural communities, growing up and ministering in the San Francisco Bay Area, later in the Sacramento Metro Area, and now in Minneapolis St. Paul Metro Area. Paul blogs at Imitatio Dei. His seminary emphasis was spiritual formation in multi-generational and multi-ethnic contexts. Husband to a strong wife. Father to two creative daughters. Servant of the life-giving God. Contact Pastor Paul at email@example.com
Rev. Terri Hansen, BA, MDiv, is Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Central Baptist Church in St. Paul. She is a graduate of Bethel University, both the college and seminary. She recently completed a two-year certificate with the Renovare Institute of Spiritual Formation. Terri does a variety of teaching and facilitating of groups, retreats, and individual spiritual direction, and loves creating space for sacred encounters and quiet reflection. She also directs a non-profit that provides after-school programming to youth in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul.
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.
Joanne is a native Minnesotan, having grown up in St. Michael. She and her twin brother are the youngest in a family of six children. Her years with the School Sisters of Notre Dame have spanned a wide variety of activities and ministries. With extensive skills in teaching and training, she also has wide-ranging pastoral experience in parish and retreat settings. Joanne began spiritual direction ministry over forty years ago. Since 1994 she has been a team member at Loyola, where she has conducted retreats and served as spiritual director for a large and diverse clientele. The depth and width of her experience, coupled with her easy presence and inquiring intelligence enhances her professional qualifications as a spiritual director. Joanne received a Masters Degree in Ministry from Seattle University, after receiving training in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Development. She also studied Bio-Spiritual Focusing through the Institute for Bio-Spiritual Research. In addition, Joanne’s ministry often touches on issues related to grief, mid-life changes, aging, death and dying. Joanne is also a supervisor for spiritual directors in training through Creighton University. Being creative, imaginative and artistic are important to her, and they find expression in activities like watercolor, photography and…
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.
Michaela Hedican OSB is former Prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery (St. Joseph, MN), former Prioress of St. Bede’s Monastery (Eau Claire, WI) and former President of the Federation of St. Benedict. She was named one of the outstanding Catholics of the Year 2016 by Our Sunday Visitor.
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 www.samuelrahberg.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Available for: Spiritual direction Speaking/Facilitation Supervision for spiritual directors
Mary White, OSB is both a licensed psychotherapist and a skilled teacher of Christian meditation. Her work draws on the wisdom of the world’s great spiritual traditions as well as her extensive background in psychology and sociology. She is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery.
Susan Stabile is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and an adjunct instructor in Theology at St. Catherine’s University. She previously held the position of Director of the University of St. Thomas Office for Spirituality. Susan is a spiritual director and retreat leader trained in the Ignatian tradition. She offers individual spiritual direction and conducts retreats, RCIA and adult faith formation classes, and other programs at parishes, retreat houses and other venues. Susan is the author of Growing in Love and Wisdom (Oxford University Press) and the blog, Creo en Dios!, on which she posts spiritual reflections and podcasts.
Victoria Fritz is a professional chef and former restaurant owner. She is a Benedictine Oblate and serves as manager of the kitchen at St. Paul’s Monastery. Victoria and her team cook all of the meals at the Monastery from scratch, building the menu around the produce from the CSA shares from Fresh Earth Farms. She loves her “Magic” Combitherm Oven that cooks with steam and traditional convection at the same time.
Winnie Williams is longtime volunteer at the Christian Cupboard food shelf and a former master gardener volunteer. Her work to address food scarcity is inspired by a family member who struggles with mental illness, and who was dependent on food shelves. She sees her work as helping to “pay it forward” for others who may need similar support.
Jeff Dols is the Director of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery. He has a long history with the Benedictine tradition, going back to his childhood in St. Joseph, MN, where he was educated by the Sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Jeff is an Oblate of the Monastery and has previously served in several advisory roles, including the Benedictine Center, Oblate and Mission Advancement Advisory Committees. Professionally, Jeff has experience in both the for profit and nonprofit sector, having held leadership roles in multiple strategic planning and organizational development efforts over the past 20+ years, for companies such as Optum, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank. Jeff also served as Executive Director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University in La Crosse. CONTACT t | 651-777-7251 e | email@example.com
Kiely Todd Roska is a former Associate Director of the Benedictine Center. Kiely holds an M.A. in Religion and Theology (United Theological Seminary) as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has worked in faith-based nonprofit and congregational settings for over 20 years. Kiely loves to bike, knit, swim, dance, and bake bread. She also believes in trying new things as a spiritual practice.
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. CONTACT e | firstname.lastname@example.org Available for: One-on-one spiritual direction Bio-spiritual focusing Pottery instruction Questions about Centering Prayer
Victor Klimoski, Ph.D. is the former Director of Lifelong Learning at Saint John’s School of Theology and provides consulting services for the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery. He holds a doctorate in adult education from the University of Minnesota and works extensively as a group facilitator and project consultant. He is also author of a number of poetry collections, most recently Revisited, Gleanings (contributing editor), Margin Notes and Lamentation for the Written Word. Email Victor Available for: Facilitation Consulting Coaching for writing
Barbara Sutton has been Adjunct Professor of Theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary (Collegeville, MN) since 2007 and served as a visiting scholar at the Benedictine Center during the 2017-2018 program year. She holds a doctorate in ministry from Saint Paul Seminary and School of Divinity (St. Paul, MN). Barbara maintains research interests in Christian leadership, forming women and men for ministry, and helping people cultivate community. With Victor Klimoski she edited the Illuminating Ministry Series (Liturgical Press). She was also instrumental in the development of the Seeing the Word materials that accompany The Saint John’s Bible. Email Barbara Available for: speaking and facilitation
Chris Folkenson works behind the scenes with guest services, ensuring every guest arrives to a comfortable room.
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).
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…
Peter Watkins is a spiritual director and retreat leader at the Benedictine Center. He holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from the University of St. Thomas/School of Divinity and supervises spiritual directors in training at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality. In addition to regular spiritual direction, Peter is also trained in giving the Ignatian spiritual exercises. Peter has been a high school theology teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall high school in St. Paul since 1993, where he especially loves leading student justice trips to Guatemala and pilgrimages on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. He has taught adult classes in Old Testament Theology, and Adolescent Psychology and Spirituality, and has co-authored a high school text book, Guarding the Fire: A Spiritual Guide for Young Men (Good Ground Press). Peter helps lead ministry discernment groups for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, he is a life-long runner, and is active in his church as a Sunday school story teller.
Sheryl Rose has been in parish ministry for over 25 years. She started her relationship with the Benedictine Center ten years ago when she had the privilege of being enrolled in the iLLUMINARE program for professional lay ministers in the Catholic Church. Sheryl holds an MA in Organizational Leadership and Spirituality from St. Catherine University, was certified as a Labyrinth Facilitator at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and was trained at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse as a Spiritual Director. In addition to the Benedictine Center, Sheryl is available to see people in her Richfield home. For her own ongoing spiritual journey, she incorporates contemplative walking on her yard labyrinth in the summer and her many finger labyrinths in the winter.
Steven (Steve) F. Arnold is a Deacon within the Lutheran confessional movement of the Church catholic. Steve is certified as a Director of Christian Education and as a Lutheran Teacher and has served the Church through parish ministry, teaching at a Lutheran high school, and serving on the faculty of a Lutheran university where he taught parish leadership and lifespan faith formation. Steve currently serves as a Chaplain at Crest View Senior Communities. Steve is a Spiritual Director, in the Christian tradition, and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Steve continues in ongoing personal formation as a spiritual director. Steve’s formation as a Spiritual Director took place through The Christos Center. Steve has served as an organizational consultant and also has served on many boards and committees over the years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wittenberg English Ministry and on the Board of Directors for Venite Ministries in Minneapolis. Steve is a teacher, retreat leader, speaker, author, chaplain, tour leader and bridge-builder. His work has included a number of cross-cultural and international experiences of bringing Christians together from around the world to learn and grow together. Steve’s doctoral work and research are in the areas of adult…
Kami Pohl received her training as a spiritual director from the Franciscan Spirituality Center (La Crosse, WI) and currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement at Messiah Church in Plymouth. Kami has experience in classroom teaching, being a full-time Mom, organizational development and training, and she holds a master’s degree in human resource development from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband live in Plymouth and enjoy time with family, friends, taking long walks, listening to live music and reading. Kami writes: My own experience with spiritual direction began in the fall of 2012. Due to some health issues with a family member, I chose to set aside my work to care for them. As their physical health improved, I felt stuck. I realized in the time away from work that I did not feel that I was living out my call from God. I longed for my spiritual journey to be woven into the way I lived each day. I needed help to figure out how to pick up my life, change my perspective and move forward with God. Meeting with a spiritual director provided a place to unpack and examine my life with God. Having someone…
Kathie Nycklemoe has served in public ministry since 1989, and as a pastor since 1995. Her training in contemplative practices began at the Shalem Institute (Baltimore, MD) under the direction of Tilden Edwards and Gerald May, and she received her training to be a spiritual director from the Franciscan Spirituality Center (La Crosse, WI). She is Associate Pastor of St. Stephen’s Lutheran (Bloomington, MN) a pastor and spiritual director who regularly leads retreats for clergy and lay folks. She also serves as a clergy coach through the Fairview Clergy Health Center and as a mentor/teacher with the Spiritual Direction Certification Program at the Lutheran Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC). Kathie loves to spend time with her husband and three young adult children, be outdoors as much as possible, read, travel, and . . . embrace her inner sloth. CONTACT e | email@example.com Available for: Spiritual direction Clergy coaching Speaking/Facilitation Supervision for spiritual directors
In addition to being on the Spiritual Direction team at the Benedictine Center, Tod Twist also serves as a Guest Services Assistant, preparing the space for guests. Tod trained as a Spiritual Director through the program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI. Prior to that, he spent some time as a freelance writer as well as a workshop guy (with leatherworking and woodworking) while being a stay-at-home dad. He studied Hebrew and Semitics at UW–Madison, and also biblical studies at Bethel Seminary in the Twin Cities. While he values formal study programs, Tod has found new joy in the experiences that he’s had at spirituality centers, and he’s excited about being a part of offering retreats and spiritually-oriented presentations to people. Tod writes: Some tumultuous events in my teen years set me on a path of trying to make sense of what had happened to me, and I eventually wound up trying to be a Bible teacher after having been redirected away from a couple of other paths of service. It had been a couple of decades worth of rough road getting to that sense of calling and meaning, and when it didn’t work out, I took…
Rev. Peggy Thompson (known as Margaret Carroll in the art world) is a chaplain, spiritual director and artist who enjoys combining creativity and spirituality in her own work and with her clients. Peggy received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, an M.Div. from United Theological Seminary, and certification in spiritual direction from The Cenacle Retreat Center. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is board certified in The Association of Professional Chaplains. Peggy has been an Oblate of St. Paul’s Monastery since 1993 and has been trained to teach Centering Prayer. She maintains a studio in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis where she paints, as well as a family cabin in the North Woods where she finds rest and renewal. Learn more at www.mcarrollartist.com.
Sister Carol Rennie, OSB is a former prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery who served for many years as a spiritual director and an anchor for Benedictine Center hospitality. Although retired, she continues to encourage the Benedictine Center staff in the mission she supported so faithfully.
Benita Gerold, OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and has an associates degree in Applied Science from the Univ. of Crookston. Prior to her employment at the Center as hospitality minister, Sister Benita served as Director of Food Center at St. Paul’s Monastery and at St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center.
Jacqueline Leiter, OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and a teacher in the St. Paul Public Schools. One of her original works of art won first place in the 2017 Seeing God Juried Exhibit at St. Paul’s Monastery Gallery. CONTACT e | firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Anderson is a Benedictine Associate of St. Paul’s Monastery with experience in parish ministry. She serves as a Hospitality Assistant for the Benedictine Center, welcoming the guests who come to the monastery for retreats, workshops, and other events.
Sharon Schiller, OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and has been a teacher in childcare centers and also a secretary. She is now part of the hospitality team of the Benedictine Center.
Mary Elizabeth Ilg is Executive Assistant to the Prioress at St Paul’s Monastery and serves as a Hospitality Assistant for the Benedictine Center. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and has written a novella about her experience walking the labyrinth. She is also part of the hospitality team, and enjoys praying with the Sisters and attending Mass at the Monastery.
Carol Quest has been practicing Centering Prayer for over 25 years and is an active member of the St. Olaf centering prayer group. As a part of the Minnesota centering prayer network, she is a member of the Minnesota Contemplative Outreach Service Team, a former chapter coordinator and a commissioned presenter of the Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop. Nationally, she serves as a member of both the Contemplative Outreach Mentor Team and the Centering Prayer Introductory Program Service Team.
Michael Dennis Browne came to the United States in 1965 from England, where he was born, of mostly Irish ancestry, in 1940. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he taught at Iowa, Columbia, Bennington, and the University of Minnesota. He is now a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for thirty-nine years, served a term as director of the creative writing program, and was a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Browne’s poems have been published in many magazines and anthologies, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Two of his collections have won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry. His most recent collection of poems, The Voices, was published by Carnegie Mellon in the 2016 As a librettist, he has written many texts for music, working for many years with composer Stephen Paulus. Their post-Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by the Minnesota Orchestra. Other composers he has worked with include John Foley S.J., Carolyn Jennings, Juliana Hall, Tim Takach and Craig Hella Johnson, with whom he recently collaborated on Considering Matthew…
Paula Hagen, OSB is a former prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery and has experience as a national retreat leader. She is the co-founder of Ministry of Mothers Sharing.
We are a community of 37 Sisters, 2 Benedictine Associates, 185 Oblates, family and friends. We belong to a Federation of Benedictine Communities located throughout the world. Our life consists of prayer and service. We work in schools, parishes, nursing homes and our Benedictine Retreat Center which offers retreats and spiritual direction. Maple Tree Monastery Childcare Center is located on our campus. We support the spiritual growth of people of all faith traditions and help them find God in their daily life. Please join us for prayer, programs, retreats or special events. All are welcomed as Christ. My motto as the 11th Prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery is, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.” (Rule of St. Benedict: Prologue) S. Paula Hagen OSB, Prioress
Fr. Michael Byron is a theologian and the pastor of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie. He often hosts an Advent and Easter reflection at the Benedictine Center.
Kirsten Malcolm Berry’s paintings combine image and text from the Greek New Testament. She has shown her art in 65 solo and two-person exhibits, and a similar number of group shows. Religious periodicals, book covers, and Augsburg Fortress Sunday bulletins have featured her work. Kirsten lives in Minneapolis with her husband Paul; they have two married daughters and three toddler grandkids.
Diane M. Millis, PhD, is an educator, author, spiritual director, and leadership coach. She is the founder of Companions on a Journey at the College of Saint Benedict, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Journey Conversations Project. Diane has also served as a coach and consultant for the Lilly Endowment, Inc., working with leadership teams at colleges, universities, and theological schools throughout the United States. Diane currently teaches Narrative Leadership at United Theological Seminary, and coaches leaders in a wide array of sectors—educational, congregational, philanthropic, health care, non-profit and corporate. She is the author of three books, Re-Creating a Life (SDI Press, 2019), Deepening Engagement (SkyLight Paths, 2015), and Conversation–The Sacred Art (SkyLight Paths, 2013). She lives in Minneapolis and shares her life with her husband, Mark, and their son, Ryan. She is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes faith community. more info, visit www.dianemillis.com.
Cathy Scherer Stubbs is a writer and musician who grew up on a farm west of the Twin Cities and presently lives in Stillwater. She received her B.A. in Communications from St. Catherine University and her M.A. in Theology/Pastoral Ministry from Saint John’s University and has served as a pastoral minister at several parishes. Her book, Fields of Grace, Everyday Encounters with the Holy, is a collection of poetry and photographs that illustrates the movement of God’s Spirit in everyday life. She has also recorded 2 CDs: “Simple Bouquet, Ballads of Faith & Everyday Life,” and “Lullaby & Goodnight” all of which are available on amazon.com.