The Benedictine Center shares the monastic heritage

of St. Paul's Monastery with all who seek

to live with the Gospel as their guide.






in the Bold Footsteps of Benedictine Women


Fri., Jun. 5, 8a thru Sat., Jun. 6, 3p (option to stay through 6p for Vigil and supper)
$175 for double lodging
$200 for single lodging (limited availability)


In this pilgrimage, we trace the bold footsteps of the women we have come to admire, from the founding of St. Paul Priory on Summit Avenue to St. Benedict's Monastery, and then the journey back toward St. Paul as if we were among the founding members. Along the way we will be joined by expert storytellers who will help us see how the past continues to shape the present and future of St. Paul's Monastery. The pilgrimage departs from and returns to St. Paul's Monastery. Includes transportation, meals, and overnight accommodations at St. Benedict's Monastery. Ideal for Oblates, volunteers, and friends of St. Paul's Monastery. Register online.


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.”



For Information and Registration

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or call 651.777.7251

9a-4p M-F

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The School of Lectio Divina

Jul. 10-16, 2015 with S. Meg Funk OSB

Feb. 19-25, 2016 with Kathleen Cahalan

$700 includes lodging and meals

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Submitting to Natural Beauty

by Fred Somers

Exhibit open 9a-6p daily thru May 14

(+ indicates additional dates)
2 4 A Guided Retreat through the Triduum
10 12 Hermitage Retreat
11   A Day of Quiet and Solitude
14   Dementia Support Group
17   Taizé Prayer
21   Christ in Our Presence: True Community
23   Prioress Dinner
1   Imagination and Adversity
2   Monastic Wisdom for the Sake of the Planet
12   Nurturing Beauty on Your Spiritual Journey
12   Dementia Support Group
14   Great Conversation: How Do Our Limits Set Us Free?
15   Taizé Prayer
31   Understanding the Refugee/Immigrant Experience
5 6 Pilgrimage in the Bold Footsteps of Benedictine Women
9   Dementia Support Group
19   Taizé Prayer
26   A Taste of Benedictine Spirituality
9   Unceasing Prayer: An Introduction to Various Forms
10 15 School of Lectio Divina
14   Dementia Support Group
17   Taizé Prayer
7 12 Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
11   Dementia Support Group
21   Taizé Reflection: Abiding in the Holy One
21   Taizé Prayer




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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