News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit  "With Joyful Hope: The Art of Mia Eckes and Lisa Bierer" 
open 9a-6p daily through Jul. 1, 2017
May 22 - Jun. 6, 2017
Words to the Wise
"Certainty is missing the point entirely."
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
white cross within black circle to left of the words Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery

A New Logo for the Same Ministry

The Monastic Council has approved a new logo for their continued outreach through the Benedictine Center. This is one step among others to refresh the Monastery's web presence, a priority among others within the Sisters' strategic plan. The new logo will begin rolling out over the course of the summer.
Godspeed to Nancy Vaccaro

Nancy Vaccaro, the Benedictine Center Assistant since Jan. 2016, has informed us that her last day with the Benedictine Center will be Jun. 2. She has been a faithful partner in the good work of the Monastery and, while we will miss her, we respect her desire to be more present to her family and more active in her community. The Sisters will bless her transition at a gathering of Sisters and staff during her final week.

If you would like help with your personal or group retreat, please continue call 651.777.7251 or email
open 9a-6p daily thru Jul. 1

This mother-daughter collaboration colorfully articulates joy and hopefulness in a vibrant display of fiber art and paintings. The collaboration emerged from a desire to counter negative current events with words and images of truth, peace, hope, and joy. While we will encounter trials, we are always encouraged to "wait in joyful hope".

The Uncluttered Mind: A Day Retreat For Writers
The Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery (Maplewood)
Victor Klimoski, Facilitator
This summer I am experimenting with offering a different kind of writing workshop for those who want to recharge their writing practice, have a place to connect with other writers, and perhaps rediscover the deeper reasons they create art with their words.   This is a daylong experience beginning with a period of meditation and offering periods for writing, conversation, and thinking forward.   The model assumes we are all learners and teachers, bringing our gifts to be in service of one another.  I will provide ideas, structure, and guidance for the day.  The retreat can be held on a weekday as well as on Saturday.  Because of the Monastery's schedule, Sunday is not an option.  For those who may be at a distance, the Center generally has overnight accommodations depending on its program schedule.
Two opportunities are scheduled, Jun. 5 or Jun. 10. Register for one or the other. The cost is $65. The day begins at 7:30a and ends at 5p. The schedule is roughly as follows and is designed to support any form of writing. Questions? Email

Register online for either Jun. 5 or Jun. 10.
Coming Up . . .
Summer Solstice on the Labyrinth
Wed., Jun. 21, 7:30-9:30p
Sheryl Rose
And God said "Let there be light . . . ."

This evening mini-retreat will begin with a reflection on the very beginning of creation and the gift of light in our own lives; and end with a walk on the outdoor labyrinth, lit up to welcome the very beginning of summer. Come and walk the prayer path of St. Paul's Monastery on the longest day of the year. 

"The sun once glimpsed God's true nature / And has never been the same." Hafiz 

Condensed School of Lectio Divina
Fri., Jul. 14, 7p thru Sun., Jul. 16, 1p
Sam Rahberg and staff
$100 commuters, $150 shared lodging, $200 single

The Condensed School of Lectio Divina adapts the Benedictine Center's keystone experience retreat into a shorter, less-expensive format. The core teachings and the monastic experience remains intact. Sam Rahberg, in cooperation with S. Carol Rennie OSB and S. Virginia Matter OSB, leads five teaching sessions that distill the essentials of sustained lectio divina, making this an excellent introduction to the practice or a good review for past participants in the School of Lectio Divina. Maximum 20 participants as room arrangements allow. Register online.
Support the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
Every gift, no matter how great or small, helps the Sisters welcome guests in need of sacred space. Make a donation online today or send a check payable to St. Paul's Monastery. Please indicate your support specifically for the Benedictine Center.

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Latest Edition of the Benedictine Center's Listen
Download a PDF copy of the Benedictine Center's latest publication to explore online the upcoming opportunities for retreat, prayer and rich conversation. If you would prefer a hardcopy, please email the Benedictine Center.
Recommended Reading
The Gospel of John in Poem and Image

A collection of fifty-six reader's poems, combined with twenty-six original pieces of art printed in full color. Available online.
Margin Notes
Poems of the ongoing puzzlement over navigating the waters of daily life. Available online
Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Discipleship
Supporting and empowering women and men for lasting and effective Christian leadership. Available online.
The Way Forward:
A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations
Timeless meditations connecting Benedictine wisdom to everyday life. Available in print and digital editions.
Lamentation of
the Written Word
Reposition the dark periods of writing as moments to reclaim why it is important. 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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