The Benedictine Center shares the monastic heritage

of St. Paul's Monastery with all who seek

to live with the Gospel as their guide.






Something More

by Sam Rahberg, Director

Guests to St. Paul’s Monastery often say, “I find myself looking for something more” as they describe what has led them to the Benedictine Center.

Individuals may have noticed themselves to be frazzled and stretched or restless and full of questions. "Something more" seems to capture the impulse that draws them toward spiritual direction, a private retreat, or conversations with others about how spiritual things unfold into everyday life.

The monastic way of life creates both a rhythm and a sense of companionship that undergirds our common desire to be and to live in deeper relationship with God. Guests come to the monastery, not because Sisters and staff provide all the answers, but because those who seek “something more” feel at home here.

To explore the resources available to you through St. Paul’s Monastery, browse this website, plan a visit, and contact the Benedictine Center. God may just be inviting you to “something more.”

Email the Benedictine Center

or Call 651.777.7251

Welcoming All Guests

The Benedictine Center welcome guests to the monastic community's home at the northeast corner of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Reserve your personal or group retreat today by calling 651.777.7251 or emailing

Reflections from Others

"Our time was peaceful and beautiful and blessed."


"Thank you for the retreat. It was refreshing, renewing, restful, and helpful."


"My first time at the Benedictine Center was a most wonderful experience! It was a wonderful time of quiet, solitude, and peace. I hope to be back!"  


"The Center has been an immense contributor to my spiritual development...and I am on the path Home.”   


“I have had just the right balance of solitude and community. What a blessing to be able to be apart without feeling alone on my journey.”



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The School of Lectio Divina

Feb. 19-25, 2016 with Kathleen Cahalan

$700 includes lodging and meals

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The Way Forward: A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations was written by Victor Klimoski and edited by Samuel Rahberg.


Those new to Benedictine wisdom will find the invitation to move closer to a discerning life guided by the Gospel.

For those who already know well the Benedictine Way, these prayerful readings demonstrate the application of monastic values and provide encouragement for the long journey.


Co-Workers in the Vineyard: Words and Images of Ministry

various artists

Exhibit open 9a-6p daily thru May 31


(+ indicates additional dates)
20   Taizé Prayer
23 6/2 Pilgrimage to South Korea
8 7-8:30p

Reception for New Exhibit

On Community: A Collaboration Of Women Artists

14   Dementia Support Group
17   Taizé Prayer
12   Dementia Support Group
15   Taizé Prayer
9   Dementia Support Group
12 17 Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
19   Taizé Reflection: The Questions of Jesus
19   Taizé Prayer

Weekly Centering Prayer Group

11 12 Shape of the Divine: Retreat with Clay
13   Dementia Support Group
15   Great Conversation: How Do I Live into My Own Path of Merciful Loving?
16   Taizé Prayer
20   Attentive Companions: Spiritual Direction and the Journey with God
22   Autumn: A Sacred Season for Letting Go
27   Share the Harvest: A Creative Exploration


6   How Our Stories Determine Our Leadership
7   Labyrinths: Ancient Paths of Prayer
8   Intro to Centering Prayer
11   Dementia Support Group
13   Rhythms of the Soul: A Musical Reflection on the Spiritual Life
14 16 School of Discernment
21   Taizé Prayer
27   Benedictine Pilgrimage Reprise: South Korea, Land of the Morning Calm
3   Great Conversation: Cultivating A Heart For Community
4   A Time to Remember: A Retreat for Women Whose Mothers Have Died
8   Dementia Support Group
15   Our Human Condition and the Mercy of God
17   Give to the Max Day
18   Taizé Prayer
25 27 Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
27 + Advent: Let Us Pray
4   Embracing the Sacred Time of Advent
6   Awaiting the Messiah (Isaiah 11:1-5)
10   Christmas at the Monastery
13   Dementia Support Group
16   Taizé Prayer
31   On the Crest of a New Year
4   Weekly Centering Prayer Group
6 7+ More of the Ordinary: Encountering God in Everyday Life
10   Dementia Support Group
13 14 The Profound Young Adult Journey
17   Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership—A New Book Reading
19   The Grace of Benedictine Spirituality in 2017
20   Taizé Prayer
20   A Time to Remember: A Retreat for Women Whose Mothers Have Died
25   Seeing God: 2017 Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art
2   Great Conversation: How Do I Age with Dignity?
6 + Writing With My Authentic Voice
9   Preaching the Gospel with Our Lives
12   Visions of Nature in Paint and Clay
14   Dementia Support Group
17   Taizé Prayer
19   The Name of God Is Mercy
24 3/1 School of Lectio Divina
1 + Lent: Let Us Pray
6 + Shape of the Divine: Working with Clay as Spiritual Practice
10   Bio-Spiritual Focusing Basics
14   Dementia Support Group
15   Seeing the Word: Lenten Day of Reflection with The Saint John’s Bible
17   Taizé Prayer
19   Embracing the Holy Time of Lent
6   Great Conversation: Measured Speech: Speaking As Though Every Word Mattered
7   SoulCollage Retreat: An Exercise of Religious Imagination
11   Dementia Support Group
13   A Guided Journey through the Triduum
21   Taizé Prayer
22   A Day of Quiet and Solitude
23   On Care for Our Common Home
28   Together In the Mystery: Training for Supervisors of Spiritual Direction
2   Hearts Burning Within Us (Luke 24:13-55)
4   Prioress Dinner
9   Dementia Support Group
19   Living Waters: A Fly Fishing Retreat
19   Taizé Prayer
13   Dementia Support Group
16   Taizé Prayer
21   Summer Solstice on the Labyrinth
11   Dementia Support Group
14   Condensed School of Lectio Divina
21   Taizé Prayer
4 6 The Monastic Kitchen: Making Food for the Body and Soul
8   Dementia Support Group
11 16 Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
18   Taizé Reflection: The Adventure of Holiness
18   Taizé Prayer

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