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
Nov. 18-Dec. 1, 2014
Meditation: Carrying Silence

A story said to originate in a Russian Orthodox monastery has an older monk telling a younger one: "I have finally learned to accept people as they are. Whatever they are in the world, a prostitute, a prime minister, it is all the same to me. But sometimes I see a stranger coming up the road and I say, 'Oh, Jesus Christ, is it you again?' "


A 2014 pilgrimage to Wales underscored for the Benedictine Center 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).

Thank YOU for Giving to the Max on Nov. 13

The Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery appreciate your support of their ministries. Thank you to all those who made an online donation, joining other Minnesotans in making over 120,600 gifts to support nonprofits in our region. Your generosity makes it possible for the Benedictine Center to continue sharing monastic wisdom with a world that needs it more than ever.


We are grateful for your support.

Just Around the Corner...
The Way of an Iconographer
Tues., Dec. 2, 7-8:30p
Deb Korluka
Freewill offering
Orthodox Christian Debra Korluka will accompany the current exhibit of her work with a presentation about her personal experience as an iconographer. She will discuss Byzantine technique and how the learning of technique applies to the practice of iconography as prayer and as a tool for encountering the divine. She will introduce her book, Seeking the Face of Christ: The Way of an Iconographer, which will be availa ble for sale. Register online.

Christmas at the Monastery
Sat., Dec. 6
Join the Sisters for a charming event of delightful music, exclusive silent and live auction items, delicious food, inspirational prayer and warm fellowship. Experience the warm hospitality of the Benedictine Sisters, enjoy the beautifully decorated Monastery and celebrate Christ's birth. To register call the Development Office at 651.777.8181.

Fr Mike Byron The Christ Child's Destiny, Our Hope
Thurs., Dec. 11, 7-9p
Fr. Michael Byron
As Simeon held the child Jesus he sang to God in thanksgiving: "for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples...a light for revelation...and for glory" (Lk 2). Fr. Michael Byron, a talented theologian and a beloved pastor, will escort us toward the revelation of Christ's destiny, that along with Mary and Joseph we, too, might be stirred to amazement and hope. Register online.


Coming Soon...

Seeking the Face of Christ:
The Way of an Iconographer

The next exhibit, arriving in late November, features the work of iconographer Deb Korluka. The exhibit opens Nov. 26, 2014 and closes Jan. 24, 2015. Deb is also hosting a workshop on Dec. 2 in connection with her exhibit. Learn more.
Sharing the Pilgrimage to Wales
Explore for yourself the online pilgrimage through Wales (best viewed in Google Chrome).
If it leaves you with a taste for pilgrimage, consider the 2015 Pilgrimage in the Bold Steps of Benedictine Women Jun. 5-6, 2015.
S. Virginia Matter OSB and Her Pottery Were Recently Featured in the Catholic Spirit
The Catholic Spirit recently featured the work of S. Virginia Matter OSB in helping people pray through the practice of working with clay. Read the full article online. Scroll to page 24.


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. 

Download Latest Publication
Preview All 2014-2015 Offerings Online
If you would like a hard copy of the new Listen publication , please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, download a PDF copy 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

Poems that capture ideas that will not let go, including what it means to live up to the day we die. Available online.
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