News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit by Debra Korluka
Seeking the Face of Christ: The Way of an Iconographer
Dec. 16-29, 2014

I suspect that when modern Americans ask "what is sacred?" they are really asking "what place is mine? what community do I belong to?"


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).

Call for Artists
Seeing God: 2015 Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art

The Art and Spirituality Team of St. Paul's Monastery invites all artists to submit sacred art for the 2015 Seeing God juried exhibit. Entry Rules and an Entry Form are below. We seek works of art that: 

  1. are rooted in themes drawn from religious traditions, Scripture, nature, the human journey, and/or an interpretation of the mystery of life.
  2. show how art reveals a deeper sense of wonder.
  3. are appropriate for the environment that greets the Sisters and guests daily.

Download Entry Rules     Download Entry Form (Word)     Download Entry Form (PDF)


2015 Key Dates

Exhibit is open Jan. 29 thru Mar. 6


1/14      Submissions Due
1/21      Acceptance Notification
1/24-25 Delivery of Art Work
1/28      Opening Reception
3/6        Exhibit Closes
3/7-8     Pick-up of Art Work

Benedictine Center Releases New Publication
Explore the early 2015 Offerings Online
The latest edition of Listen will be mailed just after the New Year. If you would like a hard copy of the new Listen publication and have not received one by Jan. 5, please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, download a PDF copy now or  explore online the upcoming opportunities for retreat, prayer, and rich conversation.

Current Exhibit...

Seeking the Face of Christ:
The Way of an Iconographer

The current exhibit features the work of iconographer Deb Korluka. Debra is convinced that, "Icons proclaim the truth of the Incarnation in color and wood." The exhibit opens is open until Jan. 24, 2015. Visit Korluka Studios online.
Just Around the Corner...
On the Crest of a New Year

Wed., Dec. 31, 10a-7p
S. Carol Rennie OSB and Pat Kilbane Oblate
$50 for the day with meals
$80 for the day, meals, with optional overnight
When hikers reach the crest of a hill, they pause to consider where they have been even as they look toward the horizon that awaits them. In that spirit, we invite you to spend New Year's Eve Day in a retreat designed to draw on your experiences in 2014 and enter more mindfully into all that waits in 2015. Those who prefer to extend this time of reflection and prayer have the option to spend the night, leaving after Morning Prayer and breakfast on New Year's Day. Register online.


Weekly Centering Prayer Group

Wednesdays beginning anew Jan. 7, 6:30-7:20a
S. Virginia Matter OSB
Freewill offering
Centering prayer is a form of prayer that takes practice. Each week the Monastery hosts a time for those seeking to strengthen their practice of centering prayer under the guidance of S. Virginia Matter OSB.


Dementia Support Group

Tues., Jan. 13, 7-9p (second Tuesday of each month)
Click here for description.

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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