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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Beneath the Surface

by Chuck + Peg Carlson Hoffman

Exhibit open 9a-6p daithly thru Nov. 22

(+ indicates additional dates)
12   Caring for Words (change in date)
13   Dementia Support Group
16   SoulCollage: An Exercise in Religious Imagination
16   Taizé Prayer
17   Intro to Centering Prayer
18   With the Gospel as Our Guide: The Prologue to the Rule of St. Benedict
27   Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listen and Leading with Purpose, Meaning and Joy
30 Nov. 1 School of Discernment
2 + Moving Line: Learning to Draw as Spiritual Practice
5   Great Conversation: What Does a Christian Do with Polarized Conversation?
6   A Time to Remember: A Retreat for Women Whose Mothers Have Died
10   Dementia Support Group
12   Give to the Max Day
19   Thomas Merton: Christianity and the True Self
20   Taizé Prayer
29 + Advent: Let Us Pray
1 + Seeing the Word: Praying through Advent with The Saint John's Bible
6   Embracing the Holy Time of Advent
8   Dementia Support Group
12   Christmas at the Monastery
15   Event with Fr. Michael Byron
18   Taizé Prayer
31   On the Crest of a New Year



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.

Proceeds benefit the ministries of St. Paul's Monastery's Benedictine Center and Saint John's Conversatio.


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