News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit Submitting to Natural Beauty by Fred Somers
Apr. 21 - May 4, 2015
Meditation: Tools Matter

Tools Matter is about staying awake . . . We try to pray, but our thoughts are like distant rocks and trees. Sometimes we feel as if we are going mad, that we are "out of our minds" because our thoughts are always conditioned to keep us in stale, starched patterns. We are not our thoughts. When stilled, our minds are warm and wonderfully in the Presence.


This excerpt is from S. Meg Funk's book Tools Matter: Beginning the Spiritual Journey (Liturgical Press, 2013. S. Meg returns to St. Paul's Monastery on Jul. 9-15 for Unceasing Prayer: An Introduction to Various Forms and the School of Lectio Divina.

Fr Mike ByronChrist in Our Presence: True Community
Tues., Apr. 21, 7-9p
Fr. Michael Byron
After the resurrection, while the disciples were yet frightened and filled with doubt, Jesus came and stood among them saying, "Peace be with you" (Lk 24). Today's Christian is no less subject to fear and uncertainty than the first disciples, and yet our experience of Christ's presence is of a different kind. We are assured that Christ is among us in Word and Sacrament, but what does that mean in relationship to experience of imperfect communities and lingering doubts? Join Fr. Michael Bryon for a rich reflection in the spirit of Easter. Register online.

Nurturing Beauty on Your Spiritual Journey
Tues., May 12, 6-9p
S. Paula Hagen OSB
Beauty has the power to cut through the fog of everydayness, and call our attention to this one incredible moment which is no less than a gift from God. Come learn to more intentionally seek out and notice ways that beauty speaks into and enriches your own unique spiritual journey. Register online.
See also S. Paula's Jun. 26-28 retreat A Taste of Benedictine Spirituality.


Group Spiritual Direction Around Topics in Aging


The Benedictine Center has been partnering with Dr. Steve Arnold, a Deacon, chaplain, and spiritual director to explore the intersection of Benedictine values and the experience of aging. Steve is offering five-session experiences in group spiritual direction around similar themes. . .


Transitions In Aging


Dr. Steve Arnold former chaplain at St. Anthony Health Center and Chandler Place Assisted Living, and, Spiritual Director through  Pivot Point Ministries (,  now offers a Group Spiritual Direction opportunity, concentrating on transitions of aging.  The group, for those 50 and older, focus on listening prayer.  Each session is two hours in length, and groups meet for five weeks.  It is vitally important to commit to being present for all sessions.


The group has a minimum of three participants and a maximum of seven. The group will meet on Thursdays from 1-3p, beginning April 30 and ending May 28. The first session will be an orientation and get acquainted session. Sessions will be held at Steve's home, 3454 Silver Lane NE, St. Anthony Village, MN 55421.


The orientation session is free.  The other four sessions are $80 per person for the entire series, payable in full to Pivot Point Ministries on April 30.  You can register by email at OR by calling  651-261-9853.

School of Lectio Divina
Fri., Jul. 10, 1p thru Wed., Jul. 15, 1p
S. Meg Funk OSB

(also Feb. 19-25, 2016 with Kathleen Cahalan)
$700 includes lodging and meals 


The Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery is offering the School of Lectio Divina to adapt the ancient monastic riches of sustained lectio divina to contemporary people. Through an intensive retreat experience set in the rhythm of life at St. Paul's Monastery, participants receive teaching about lectio, spend time meditating on a sacred text significant for them, have the opportunity for individual spiritual direction, and participate in reflective conversation with other participants.


Limit 15. Download materials online or email


Click here for description. Download a brochure.


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Click here for Word application


Current Exhibit
Submitting to Natural Beauty
Fred Somers
Freewill offering
Open 9a-6p daily

Fred Somers is a man whose encounter with God through nature and Scripture becomes visible through his canvases. Convinced that the Spirit moves in us through Creation, he paints to share what he himself has experienced and to invite others to submit to the beauty around them. Enjoy Fred's current exhibit at the St. Paul's Monastery Gallery. The exhibit is open 9a-6p daily through May 14.
The Latest Benedictine Center Publication

The latest edition of Listen is now available. To request a copy, please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, download a PDF copy now 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
Other Events/Resources of Related Interest


City House, a nonprofit organization offering spiritual listening to those on the margins is seeking a new program director. Email for details.


Sam Rahberg
Sam Rahberg, Director
The Benedictine Center shares the monastic heritage of St. Paul's Monastery with all who seek to live with the Gospel as their guide.
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