News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
Morning Prayer (adapted) by Karen Kurka Jensen
from the recent exhibit "Atmosphere" by Karen Kurka Jensen
Oct. 21 - Nov. 3, 2014
Meditation: Carrying Silence

"We learn to live with a hard reality: nothing lasts. As a pastor friend who has served in the Dakotas for nearly thirty years recently wrote to me, 'Dakota civilization does not support the idea that institutions will live on and we with them...quite possibly what we value so highly might not even outlast us.' Maybe the desert wisdom of the Dakotas can teach us to love anyway, to love what is dying, in the face of death, and not pretend that things are other than they are."


The summer pilgrimage to Wales underscored the impact landscape has upon our spiritual lives, a theme carried forward richly in Kathleen Norris' much praised Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (Houghton Mifflin, 1993).

S. Jeron Osterfeld OSB Dies at Age 92

S. Jeron (Elizabeth) Osterfeld died on October 9, 2014. She was 92 years old. She professed her monastic vows on July 11, 1943.

Sister Jeron was the fifth child in a family of six, four girls and two boys. She received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation at St. Clement's Church. She graduated from St. Anthony of Padua High School in 1940, and entered the Scholasticate at St. Benedict's Convent in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Sister was a charter member when 178 Benedictines from St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN established St. Paul's Priory at 301 Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN, on June 22, 1948. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1954, and received an M.A. from the University of St. Thomas in 1967 and a teaching certificate from the St. Paul Diocesan Teachers' College (DTC).

S. Jeron began her ministry as an educator at St. Mary's Cathedral School in St. Cloud in 1943, continued at St. Bernard's in St. Paul, and continued at seven other parishes. In 1970 Sister Rose Alice Althoff appointed her Director of the Community Renewal Process to carry out the directives and implementation of Second Vatican Council. During her semi-retirement years she gave liturgical lectures in various Twin City parishes and continued to conduct scripture studies and reflections until a few months before her death.

S. Jeron was an avid reader, a lifelong learner, and teacher in the areas of liturgy and reading. She received many awards for her commitment to education. She received the "John J. O'Neill Teacher of the Year" award twice.


We rejoice with her as Christ welcomes her into Eternal Life where love does not fail, and goodness reigns.


The following reflection was written by Pat Kilbane as part of her own practice of lectio divina. Pat is an Oblate of St. Paul's Monastery and a graduate of both the School of Lectio Divina and the School of Discernment.

I gave myself to Him.
 "Yes, Lord I do believe you are Christ the Son of God."


 Then as Symeon the New Theologian taught me -

I awoke in Christ's body.  

It happened to Paul first-

"It is no longer I that lives but

Christ lives in me."

There is no longer a me.

Jesus said this would happen -

We would become one with Him.


"May they be one Father, as we are one."

The love with which the Father loved Jesus

is in me.


Jesus also proclaimed,

The Holy Spirit would come to me

And teach me all things.


Now I am living in the light, as John proclaimed:

The true light that enlightens


Not just me. Everyone.

You, too.


Church people call it the Incarnation.

Jesus' life and light in us.


Love, Joy and peace in me,

You, too.

Give to the Max Day (Nov. 13)

Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event.

Before the end of October, visit the pages for St. Paul's Monastery and the Benedictine Center specifically. They'll later be simplified to streamline the functionality of the website on Nov. 13.

Just Around the Corner
Sharing the Pilgrimage to Wales
Wed., Oct. 29, 7-9p
Freewill offering
A group of fifteen pilgrims from the Benedictine Center journeyed to Wales in early 2014 to explore the rich spiritual landscape and the unique Benedictine spirituality of the country's Cistercian monastic tradition. Through their stories, images, and songs now you, too, can share the pilgrimage. Come experience the sights, sounds, and maybe even flavors that stirred the pilgrims' souls. Hear also the insights of those we met, including the authors Esther de Waal and Chris Webb. Register online.


Holy Moments: Finding Ways to Be More Present
Thurs., Nov. 6, 7-9p
The Rev. Nancy Brantingham
"Holy moments" are not reserved for the rare occasions when the world falls quiet, the incense starts burning, and our minds finally begin to clear. Instead, we are called through various means to notice that the moment before us is, in fact, being made holy. Nancy Brantingham is an Episcopal priest, a grandmother, and person who practices living into that holiness. Join her for a prayerful conversation and find ways to become more present to the people and experiences in your own life. Register online. 

Exhibit Adjustment
Morning Prayer (adapted) by Karen Kurka JensenThe recent exhibit Atmosphere: As High As The Heavens Are Above the Earth was closed on Oct. 18, a few weeks earlier than expected, when the artist Karen Kurka Jensen and her husband made a job transition. We look forward to Seeking the Face of Christ, an icon exhibit by Deb Korluka, which will open in late November.


Position Opening at St. Paul's Monastery


St. Paul's Monastery is hiring a full time Healthcare Center Nurse Manager. The job posting may be viewed at the MN Council of Non Profits job board  at, or you may call Sue Larson in Human Resources at 651.233.4674 for more information. 

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Preview All 2014-2015 Offerings Online
If you have not received a hard copy of the new Listen publication and would like one, please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, download a PDF copy using the link below 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 values with everyday life. Available in digital and paperback.

Matters of Life and Death Poems by Victor Klimoski

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