News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit On Community: A Collaboration of Women Artists
Jun. 21 - Jul. 18, 2016
Words to the Wise

It is a serious misuse of language to use the word 'orthodox' to mean conservative or, even worse, rigid. Orthodoxy does not lie in the unvarying and thoughtless repetition of received formulas. As Karl Rahner pointed out, that can be a form of heresy. Orthodoxy is speaking about our faith in ways that keep open the pilgrimage towards the mystery. Often it is hard to know immediately whether a new statement of belief is a new way of stating our faith or its betrayal. It takes time for us to tell.


Timothy Radcliffe, What Is The Point Of Being Christian? 

Current Exhibit
On Community: A Collaboration of Women Artists
Over the last year a circle of women artists has been gathering regularly for conversation and reflection on the theme of community, a central value of the Benedictine monastic tradition. These women, bringing their perspectives from different religious traditions, have been exploring their own and their shared interpretations of community, and have created original works of art that communicate their discoveries. Exhibit open 9a-6p daily thru Aug. 25.
Directed Retreats
Consider spiritual direction along with your personal retreat if you would appreciate a companion and guide to the experience. Whether you meet once or daily, spiritual directors can help create a non-judgmental environment for attending to the presence of God in one's life. Call 651.777.7251 or email to explore the options.
Opening: Mission Advancement Manager
St. Paul's Monastery is hiring a full time Mission Advancement Manager.  The job can be viewed on the  MN Council of Non Profits job board at
Communication To Build and Sustain
Healthy Workplace Relationships
A workshop for Church Staff Teams
August 18, 2016  8:30a-3:30p
Benedictine Center
Ask a church staff what would most help increase morale and enrich the environment for their work, and at the top of the list is communication.  It is the fundamental building block for a sense of common purpose, mutual understanding, life-work balance, and managing the toxic impact disagreements and conflicts can have.  But effective communication takes constant intention and effort.  Workshop leaders, Mary Jo Wimmer and Vic Klimoski,create a safe setting for church staffs to reexamine what they really want in terms of communication and to identify realistic expectations and practices for communication that set positive change in motion. For further information:
Coming Up . . .
Virginia Matter
Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
Fri., Aug. 12, 7p thru Wed., Aug. 17, 1p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$375 includes lodging and meals
$150 thru Sunday only
Experience a time of profound silence and praying the Scriptures as you enter into deeper relationship with God and self. Blends a rhythm of centering prayer, lectio divina, and prayer with the monastic community. Register online.

Carol Rennie
Taizé Reflection: The Questions of Jesus
Fri., Aug. 19, 10a-8p
S. Carol Rennie OSB and Mary Janssen Oblate
$40 includes lunch and supper
This day of conversation and quiet reflection is inspired by the provocative questions of Jesus found in the Gospels. Led by a spiritual director and Oblate of the monastic community, the experience concludes with prayer in the style of Taizé. Register online.
St. Catherine University Announces Ministry Tuition Remission for Spiritual Direction Training
The Spiritual Direction Certificate program at St. Kate's is offering a new funding incentive for people who are doing church ministry and who are interested in becoming trained in and studying the ministry of spiritual direction.  Having been training spiritual directors for nearly 20 years, this new initiative specifically benefits clergy and ministers.
Here's how: this new initiative, Ministry Tuition Remission, allows qualified candidates to pursue studies in the spiritual direction graduate certificate at St. Catherine University at a reduced tuition rate of 50%.  Furthermore, if qualified candidates already have graduate degrees in theology (which is the case for clergy and most ministers), up to one-half of the required core theology credits can be transferred in, which reduces the overall duration and cost of the program.
As you can imagine, St. Kate's is eager to share this opportunity and incentive with prospective students. Pass the word--the initiative begins in fall 2016! For more information:
Explore the Benedictine Center's Latest Publication
To request a hardcopy, please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, Download a PDF copy to view the new edition 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.
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Sam Rahberg, Director


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