Spiritual Direction



Spiritual direction provides a non-judgmental environment for honest sharing about spiritual matters. Whether in one-on-one sessions or in a group, participants in spiritual direction describe an improved sense of how God is working in their everyday lives.


Spiritual directors are trained to be exceptional listeners, paying attention to the movement of the Spirit and helping people move deeply into their own spiritual journeys. They can help a person choose resources, pray, and process times of transition or discernment.

There are no set number of meetings for spiritual direction, nor a need to commit to a certain length of time. Together with your director, you determine how this ancient practice can best be most helpful to you.

Most often guests meet monthly for about an hour, either at the monastery or at a more mutually convenient location.

Call 651.777.7251 or email Sam Rahberg to be connected with a spiritual director for a brief conversation to see if spiritual direction is right for you.

Direction Donations

The recommended donation for spiritual direction is 60.00 per hour. Those who are able often give more. Thanks to such generosity, assistance is available for others.

Waiting List for
Group Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors are available to provide group direction for up to six people at a time, using two-hour sessions, and at a cost 35.00 per person. Facilitated praying, sharing, and listening help participants notice God’s guidance and presence. Contact Sam Rahberg with interest and a new group will begin with four to six individuals.



“Sometimes I come and have no idea what I’m going to talk about. I am amazed to see what surfaces every time.”

“My spiritual director helps me be me. I appreciate the way she encourages me as I sort through my relationship with God.”

“I’ve been in spiritual direction for a long time. I wouldn't be without it.

Download a spiritual direction brochure

Spiritual Directors
S. Carol Rennie OSB completed the spiritual direction program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisc. and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. She is available for directed retreats, peer supervision (one-on-one or group) and ongoing spiritual guidance.
S. Virginia Matter OSB is a spiritual guide and member of Spiritual Directors International, retreat director and teacher of Centering Prayer and meditation. She has experience in Native American creative arts, Christian spirituality, praying the Scriptures (lectio divina), spiritual direction and directed retreats.
Mary Martin received her training at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisc. and is a hospital chaplain. She holds graduate degrees in theology, counseling psychology, and library science and has been in direction herself for over twenty-five years.
Sam Rahberg is the director of the Benedictine Retreat Center and was trained as a spiritual director through the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisc. He is an Oblate of St. Paul's Monastery, married, and the father of two children.
Peter Watkins, M.Div. was trained as a spiritual director through the Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality. Peter has been a Philosophy and Theology teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall High School for the past eighteen years and is a published author in the area of men’s spirituality. He is married and the father of three sons.

For more information or for a no-obligation conversation

Email the Benedictine Center or call 651.777.7251

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