BENEDICTINE CENTER
Prayer and Meditation

hearing the voice of God in one's life

Guests are welcome to join the monastic community for daily prayer

from the current exhibit

Seeing With The Eyes Of The Heart

by S. Virginia Matter OSB

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Jun
21   Taizé Prayer
24   Men's Group
Jul
11   Benedict in Changing Times: A Practiced Christianity
5 10 School of Lectio Divina
19   Taizé Prayer
22   Men's Group
Aug
9 14 Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
16   Taizé Prayer
26   Men's Group
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
           

For more information or to register

Email the Benedictine Center or call 651.777.7251

Registering last minute?

While we welcome walk-ins, it is always wise to call 651.777.8181

to insure that an event has not been filled or cancelled.

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Monthly Prayer

Taizé Prayer

Monastic Community No charge

7–8p (Third Friday of each month)

Taizé prayer uses simple chants based on the Scriptures and periods of silence to create an environment for encountering the mystery of God. This hour of quiet, gentle communal prayer can help dispel the accumulated burdens of the week and free one for the renewal of a weekend. No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

The Taizé community is an international and ecumenical community founded in 1940 by Brother Roger in France. Click here for a video introduction.

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Men’s Group

Free Will Offering

7–9p (Fourth Monday of each month)

This monthly group helps men integrate contemplative spirituality into their active lives. Regular and occasional participants alike describe the evening as a comfortable place to dig deep with other men. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Daily Prayer

Come and Pray

Guests are welcome between 7:30a and 8:30p each day (Saturdays 8:30a-8:30p) to make use of the Meditation Chapel or public spaces for private prayer. Guests are welcome to join the monastic community for the liturgy of the hours. See the daily prayer schedule for details.

Lectio Divina

“Divine Reading” or “Praying with Scripture” is a way of responding to God’s invitation and entering into the Word of God with a listening ear. Through slow readings and silence, one is open to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Michael Casey describes Lectio Divina as a 'means of setting aside the superficial to reach the heart of reality' in his book Sacred Reading.

Weekly Prayer

Centering Prayer

When words and activity become too much, it is time for quiet in the arms of God. Centering Prayer teaches a person how to respond to God’s invitation to deeper relationship through contemplative stillness. Its roots are within the Christian heritage as taught by the Desert Fathers and Mothers and shared at the Benedictine Center through the work of Minnesota Contemplative Outreach. A regular centering prayer group meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:20a. Contact Sr. Virginia Matter for more details.

Pray with the Labyrinth

An outdoor labyrinth on the west side of the Monastery is open to the public. A hand made finger labyrinth is also available in the chapel. Since the middle ages many Christians have used the labyrinth as a way to draw closer to God in the journey of life.

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Benedict in Changing Times
A Keynote Series Celebrating the 30th Anniversary
of the Benedictine Center

The Benedictine way emerged from within an ancient period of political and social unrest, calling men and women to live steadfast in a biblical vision of discipleship. Across changing and challenging centuries, the Rule of St. Benedict persisted with timeless wisdom. The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery continues to share that wisdom as it helps people learn to live as disciples in the midst of busy, complex lives, helping women and men re-discover the power of prayer and community in ways that can endure. In 2013, the Sisters celebrate thirty years of their retreat ministry with four events. Click on the title below to register for each event.

What Monasticism Teaches the World (S. Mary Forman OSB, Jan. 25)

Art and Scripture (Esther de Waal, Mar. 21)


Jul. 11, 2013 A Practiced Christianity (S. Meg Funk OSB)


In an age of disposability, uncertainty, and amidst an absence of mutual respect in public dialog, the virtues and practices of Benedictinism speak with prophetic urgency. Author and teacher of monastic spirituality S. Meg Funk OSB brings to light a vision for discipleship still persuasive after 1500 years.


Fall 2013 Festival of Readings and Hymns with Exhibit of The Saint John's Bible
Benedictine monasteries have been places where art in all its forms inspires devotion to God. This closing event of the 30th Anniversary Celebration lets sacred art and hymns proclaim the presence of God that anchors the retreat ministry

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JUNE

Exhibit: A Benedictine Artist: Practicing Her Craft with All Humility

(S. Virginia Matter OSB) now open

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Taizé Prayer
Fri., Jun. 21, 7-8p
Taizé prayer uses simple chants based on the Scriptures and periods of silence to create an environment for encountering the mystery of God. Walk-ins welcome.

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Men’s Group
Mon., Jun. 24, 7-9p
Freewill offering
This time of prayer and conversation is for men seeking to integrate contemplative spirituality into their active lives. The evening includes time with Scripture and silent prayer, as well as dialogue about men’s spirituality and personal experience. No experience with contemplative prayer is necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

JULY

Benedictine in Changing Times: A Practiced Christianity
Thurs., Jul. 11, 7-9p
S. Meg Funk OSB
$30
In an age of disposability, uncertainty, and amidst an absence of mutual respect in public dialog, the virtues and practices of Benedictinism speak with prophetic urgency. Author and teacher of monastic spirituality S. Meg Funk OSB brings to light a vision for discipleship still persuasive after 1500 years. Register online.

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School of Lectio Divina
Fri., Jul. 5, 1p thru Wed., Jul. 10, 1p
S. Meg Funk OSB
$700 includes lodging and meals
The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery is offering the School of Lectio Divina to adapt the ancient monastic riches of sustained lectio divina to contemporary people. Through an intensive retreat experience set in the rhythm of life at St. Paul’s Monastery, participants receive teaching about lectio, spend time meditating on a sacred text significant for them, have the opportunity to connect with a lectio companion, and participate in reflective conversation with other participants. In addition, the Center will provide a variety of on-going support activities and resources after the retreat participants make sustained lectio divina core to individual prayer and spiritual development. Limit 15 guests. Application materials available online or by contacting the Benedictine Center.

Click here for a description of the School of Lectio Divina.

Click here for a PDF copy of the application form.

Click here for a Word copy of the application form.

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Taizé Prayer
Fri., Jul. 19, 7-8p
Monastic Community
Freewill offering
Taizé prayer uses simple chants based on the Scriptures and periods of silence to create an environment for encountering the mystery of God. Walk-ins welcome.

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Men’s Group
Mon., Jul. 22, 7-9p
Freewill offering
This time of prayer and conversation is for men seeking to integrate contemplative spirituality into their active lives. The evening includes time with Scripture and silent prayer, as well as dialogue about men’s spirituality and personal experience. No experience with contemplative prayer is necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

AUGUST

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
Fri., Aug. 9, 7p thru Wed., Aug. 14, 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.

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Taizé Prayer
Fri., Aug. 16, 7-8p
Monastic Community
Freewill offering
Taizé prayer uses simple chants based on the Scriptures and periods of silence to create an environment for encountering the mystery of God. Walk-ins welcome.

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Men’s Group
Mon., Aug. 26 7-9p
Freewill offering
This time of prayer and conversation is for men seeking to integrate contemplative spirituality into their active lives. The evening includes time with Scripture and silent prayer, as well as dialogue about men’s spirituality and personal experience. No experience with contemplative prayer is necessary. Walk-ins welcome.



For more information or to register

Email the Benedictine Center or call 651.777.7251

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