News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit 2016 Seeing God: Juried Exhibit Of Sacred Art
Feb 9-22, 2016
Words to the Wise
Prayer cannot be measured on a scale of success or failure because it is God's work--and God always succeeds. When we believe we have failed at prayer, it is because we decided what shape our prayer should have and are now frustrated that there is nothing we can do to implement our ambition. Prayer is nothing more or less than the interior action of the Trinity at the level of being. This we cannot control; we can only reverently submit.


Michael Casey, Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer 

Three Events, One Keynote Speaker
S. Donald Corcoran OSB
S. Donald Corcoran is a member of Transfiguration Monastery in Windsor, New York. She holds a PhD in theology from Fordham University and has served as co-director of the Institute of Religious Formation and director of the MA program in spirituality at St. Louis University, where she continues to teach. She maintains research interest in Jungian studies, Thomas Merton and the contemplative Benedictine tradition.


Psyche and Spirit: The Monastic Archetype and C. G. Jung
Thurs., Mar. 10, 9a-1p
$30 includes lunch
Under the leadership of a Benedictine with great interest and personal study Jungian analysis, participants will explore the rich symbolism of the monastic archetype as it relates to the spiritual journey. The professional day is well-suited for spiritual directors, leaders in ministry, Oblates, and others who are drawn to the intersection of Benedictine spirituality and the work of C. G. Jung. Register online.


Thomas Merton: Solitude, True Self and Compassion
Fri., Mar. 11, 7-9p
Thomas Merton continues to speak into modern thought about the contemplative Christian life. S. Donald, herself a hermit, offers in this public lecture a general overview of Merton's contribution, as well as some specific themes that might serve as helpful interpretive keys to reading his writings. Whether you are new or familiar to Merton's work, this talk will help you return to his writings with fresh perspective, pray and meditate in keeping with the vision of Christian discipleship he encouraged, and put his teachings into practice. Register online.


The Benedictine Way: A Wise, Generous and Compassionate Tradition
Sat., Mar. 12, 9a-3p
$40 includes lunch
Enjoy a day-long retreat helping you sink down into the Benedictine tradition. Even if you have general familiarity with the Benedictine tradition, S. Donald can enrich your understanding of the context, implications and spiritual tools which are embedded in this fine tradition. The talks and experiences together will empower you to reclaim the tradition's treasures faithfully. Three main talks will be interspersed with opportunities for quiet reflection, dialogue or questions. Register online.

Announcing the Winners
of the 2016 Seeing God Juried Exhibit

Artists, patrons, friends and Sisters gathered on Jan. 27 to open the fifth annual Seeing God: Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art at St. Paul's Monastery Gallery. The exhibit features the work of over forty talented artists. The exhibit follows in the footsteps of Nick and Heille, who founded and led the Northeast Minneapolis Spiritual Art Show for eleven years. The work of these artists has a home at St. Paul's Monastery because Benedictines have always prized the way God speaks through artists.

First Place: Robin Sand-Anderson, In God's Image
Second Place: Rita Corrigan, Opening In The Clouds
Third Place: Barbara Bend, Compassion
Merit Award: Fred Somers, Where You Ought To Be
Honorable Mentions: Lucy Brusic, S. Jackie Leiter OSB and Beth Andrews

The exhibit is open from 9a-6p daily through Mar. 4.
1st In God's Image
Robin Sand-Anderson
2nd Opening In The Clouds
Rita Corrigan
3rd Compassion
Barbara Bend
Coming Up . . .
Shape of the Divine: Retreat with Clay
Sun., Feb. 14, 1p thru Mon., Feb. 15, 1p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$100 includes lodging, meals, and materials
Under the direction of an experienced potter and gentle teacher, learn how making hand-built vessels can be a process of meditation. If participating in S. Virginia's six-week pottery series has seemed just out of reach, this retreat is especially for you. Register online.
Tending the Artist's Heart
Sat., Feb. 27, 9a-1p
The Rev. Peggy Thompson Oblate
$40 includes materials and lunch
Whether we make something ourselves or encounter another's work, we know good art by the way it stirs our hearts. Peggy Thompson knows this and trusts this and has always encouraged beginning and experienced artists to stay in touch with what God is doing in their hearts. Explore habits and possibilities for tending the artist's through a hands-on morning with an experienced artist and teacher. Limit 10 participants. Register online.

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Befriending Your Limits
Fri., Mar. 4, 1p thru Sat., Mar. 5, 1p
Sam Rahberg Oblate
$100 includes lodging and meals
It hurts to run smack dab into our limits. For all our daily efforts to outrun time constraints and reasonable expectations, the truth is that we are not invincible physically, mentally, nor spiritually. The uncomfortable realization of that fact actually bears the potential for a new beginning. This retreat blends refreshing quiet with meaningful conversation about befriending your limits and stepping forward.
This theme draws on Sam Rahberg's forthcoming book Enduring Ministry. Register online.
Job Posting: Administrative Asst. for St. Paul's Monastery
St. Paul's Monastery is seeking a PT Administrative Assistant, 20 hours per week.
Explore the New Benedictine Center Publication
To request a hardcopy, please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, Download a PDF copy to view the new edition or  explore online the upcoming opportunities for retreat, prayer and rich conversation.
Recommended Reading
The Way Forward:
A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations
Timeless meditations connecting Benedictine wisdom to everyday life. Available in print and digital editions.
Matters of Life and Death by Victor Klimoski
Poems that capture ideas that will not let go, including what it means to live up to the day we die. Available online.
Illuminating Ministry
A Journal, Vol. III
An opportunity for church leaders to join in prayer and reflection with The Saint John's Bible. Available online.
Upcoming Events
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Continuing Learning Opportunities
Sponsored by St. Catherine University, MA in theology program


Sam Rahberg, Director


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