News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current Love Cannot Wait by S. Mary Ann Osborne SSND
Apr. 8-21, 2014
Meditation: On Conversion by Bernard of Clairvaux
There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity.

There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity.

There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.


The reflections of Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th Century French Cistercian beloved for his poetic and pastoral writings, make a fine companion along the Lenten journey. Excerpt from Classics of Western Spirituality: Bernard of Clairvaux Selected Works (Paulist Press, 1987).
Lectio Divina: A Conversation with God
Twelve women and men participated in the Mar. 28-Apr. 2 School of Lectio Divina, during which Kathleen Cahalan described sustained lectio divina as a "dialogue with God through the text over time." Blessings to all whose journey toward Easter and conversation with God continues to be enriched by Scripture. The next School of Lectio Divina is Jul. 10-15, 2015 with S. Meg Funk OSB.
The Way Forward Now Available for Kindle
 The Way Forward: A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations is now available in both print and electronic forms. Purchase a print version and get the electronic edition free. Share it among friends. Proceeds benefit the ministries of St. Paul's Monastery's Benedictine Center and Saint John's Conversatio. Purchase print version or Kindle edition at
The Jesus Prayer
Tues., Apr. 8, 7-9p
George Dendias
The Jesus Prayer has been described as "standing before God with the mind in the heart." Learn about the Jesus Prayer from George Dendias, a Greek Orthodox Christian and teacher with Minnesota Contemplative Outreach. Register online.
Listening with the Ear of Your Heart
Thurs., Apr. 10, 6-9p
S. Paula Hagen OSB
Prepare yourself to have a grace-filled Holy Week and Easter celebration, learning to hear God's Word more clearly as it enriches your life and nourishes your soul. Register online.
Hermitage Retreat
Fri., Apr. 11, 7p thru Sun., Apr. 13, 1p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$150 includes lodging and meals
After a common orientation, participants spend the weekend in silence as they read, pray, meditate, and rest in the hospitality of the monastery. Limit 10 participants. Register online.
Day of Quiet and Solitude
Sat., Apr. 12, 9a-4p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
Those who are new to personal retreats or St. Paul's Monastery can explore how one might spend a day of quiet at the monastery. Begins with a tour and introductory session with S. Virginia Matter OSB. Questions welcome. Register online.
Carol Rennie Guided Retreat through the Triduum
Thurs., Apr. 17, 3p thru Sat., Apr. 20, 9p
S. Carol Rennie OSB
$160 includes lodging and meals
Join the Benedictine community in celebrating these holiest days of the Christian year and in deepening your appreciation of the narratives, symbols, and lived experience of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Register online.
Great Conversation
Thurs., May 8, 7-9p
Sam Rahberg Oblate
Freewill offering
Few adults under forty are interested in waiting for a mid-life crisis to get their priorities in order. This Great Conversation is dedicated to the possibility that we might claim a way of living, being, and contributing that feeds our souls and our relationships with God and others. Join Sam Rahberg for a reflection and dialogue exploring the potential we share. Guests are welcome to join the Sisters for evening prayer at 6:40p. Limited to 12 participants. Register online.
Fr Mike Byron
Easter Retreat: Believing Despite the Evidence
Sat., May 10, 9a-12p
Fr. Michael Byron
One of the most challenging definitions of hope is "believing despite the evidence." The resurrection is a lesson in hope. The suffering and death of Jesus had all the marking of a fatalistic endpoint. But across the centuries, Christians have believed that the tomb was not the end but the beginning. Living with a sense of hope - about our deepest religious beliefs as well as about our convictions about the dignity of all people, the call to justice, and work for peace - has its roots in the Paschal Mystery. Living hope takes discipline and practice. Its grace is in the mystery of resurrection itself. Register online.
Called to Trust and Transition with Our Daughters
Sat., May 10, 9a-12p
S. Linda Soler OSB and S. Carol Rennie OSB
$15 per person
Moments and seasons of transition invite mothers and daughters to experience and exercise their special bond in new ways. Through interaction and conversation, this three-hour retreat will explore Christ-like ways to foster trust in the midst of transition for grandmothers and granddaughters, mothers and daughters. Open to women ages twelve and up. Register online.
MaryAnnOsborneReception with the Artist: Love Cannot Wait
An Exhibit by S. Mary Ann Osborne SSND

Join Mary Ann Osborne for a reception and presentation about her exhibit "Love Cannot Wait" on Sun., May 18, 1-3p. Th exhibit is open 9a-6p daily through May 30. Freewill offerings are welcome. Learn more about Art and Spirituality through the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery.
MN Contemplative Outreach Announces Presenter Formation for Centering Prayer

Fri., Jun. 27, 9a thru Sun., Jun. 29, 4p

at the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery

Become a Presenter-in-Training for the Centering Prayer Introductory Program. This is a unique opportunity to deepen your practice and prepare yourself to share the gift of centering prayer with the larger faith community. 

Open Houses at St. Catherine's University
The Master of Arts in Theology Program is hosting a series of open houses in April. Click here to learn more.
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