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Monastery Monthly

Honoring Founding Day

May 2024
Honoring Founding Day with the Priory Preserve Pilgrimage, Mass, and Cookout!June 22, 1948 was a momentous day for the Benedictine Community at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. On that day, 178 of its members courageously took leave of their home in central Minnesota and established a new foundation—St. Paul’s Priory—at 301 Summit Avenue…
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President’s Perspective

April 2024
Dear Hill-Murray Community,I am thrilled to share some updates at Hill-Murray with you. First, after a prayerful process of discernment, the Sisters of St Paul’s Monastery have re-elected Sr. Catherine Nehotte as their Prioress. We are thrilled for her continued leadership and support as she continues as Prioress for the next five years. Sister Linda will…
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News from Maple Tree Childcare Center

News from Maple Tree Childcare Center We greatly enjoyed celebrating the Week of the Young Child April 8-12.  Each day had a special focus: Monday – School Spirit Day – we wore our school colors (green and purple).Tuesday – Literacy Day – children were invited to bring in a favorite book to share.Wednesday – Parent Appreciation…
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A Message of Welcome

A Message of Welcome from Our Prioress Last month, I was elected to a second five-year term as Prioress at St. Paul’s Monastery.   Sister Linda Soler will continue to serve as Subprioress. Sister Lucia Schwickerath will serve as Canonical Treasurer.Sister Marie Fujan created a prayer for guidance. The words of this prayer called for discernment and direction through…
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Mother’s Day Reflections

April 2024
In honor of Mother’s day we are including some reflections from the Sisters. Sister Louise Inhofer, OSB; Sister Paula Hagen, OSB; Sister Marie Fujan, OSB; Sister Mary White, OSB; and Sister Linda Soler, OSB tell of their moms as a strength and inspiration. We pray your Mother’s day inspires warm and welcoming memories just as…
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You Would Make a Great Oblate

April 2024
You would make a great Oblate!If you are reading this article, chances are that one of the Sisters or an Oblate might have said this phrase to you. It could be that you have been coming to the monastery regularly for special events and retreats and people are starting to recognize you. Maybe you attended…
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Walking the Sacred Path of the Labyrinth at St. Paul’s Monastery

April 2024
Every year on the first Saturday in May thousands of people around the globe participate in World Labyrinth Day as a moving meditation for world peace and celebration of the labyrinth experience. Many “Walk as One at 1” local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy passing from one time zone to the…
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Mary

April 2024
"She was a virgin from a poor family in an obscure village in Galilee. Her responses to Gabriel reveals a young woman of unusual faith and humility. Her unqualified 'yes' to God's plan for her life entailed great personal risk and suffering. She must have endured seasons of confusion, fear, and darkness as the events…
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St. Paul’s Monastery Elects Prioress

April 2024
Announcing the Election of a Prioress Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB elected to a second term Prioress Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB leans into the guidance of our founder St. Benedict. The Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery joyfully announce that Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB has been elected to a second five-year term as Prioress of St. Paul's…
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Discerning with the Holy Spirit

April 2024
The month of April begins with a transition at the Monastery. At this moment the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery are in discernment over the Monastery’s direction into the near future and which Sister would be the best leader for whatever that direction happens to be.This is a frugal process that has been in…
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Benedictine CARE: Learning Directly from Benedictine Supermodels

For over 75 years, the Twin Cities have been gifted with the presence of the most remarkable and dynamic supermodels. Women who have courageously modeled humility, hospitality, community, and the search for God as the way to strengthen one’s being in a global culture that would rather prioritize individuality and separation.Notably, these Benedictine supermodels, our…
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An Oblate Book Review

I have a row of books about simplicity on my bookshelves. Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James. Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go by Richard Rohr. Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver. Any book with the word simple in it immediately draws my eye. One of the most helpful books on my simplicity bookshelf is…
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Easter Memories

Chocolate bunny candy; jelly beans; small wicker baskets with a handle; pink, blue, and yellow dyed hard-boiled-eggs; marshmallow peeps; brunch; etc. Does anything on this list remind you of Easter? Of course it does. The preparation sometimes fails to broaden our reasoning to the actual meaning of Easter. “He has risen, Alleluia!” All four Gospels…
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Upcoming Events at St. Paul’s Monastery and Benedictine Center

Join the Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery for the many 2024 upcoming events this spring and summer that mark our Benedictine way of life here at the Monastery. Volunteers are needed to help make each of these a success (see links in each event for more information or contact Jason Wittak, Events and Volunteer Coordinator…
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Benedictine Associates Renew Their Commitment

On Thursday March 21, the feast day of St. Benedict’s death, we had the annual ritual where the Benedictine Associates (BA) make their annual commitment. Linda Anderson and Mary Lou Kozmik shared their witness as BAs with the community at evening Liturgy of the Hours. They both spoke on some of the Benedictine values they…
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Year 40 of the Benedictine Center

February 2024
The Benedictine Center came into being in 1983, founded by Sister Veronica Novotny, OSB. She wanted to create a setting for “those who seek to gain a deeper awareness of God, a greater understanding of self, and a special love for one another and the unity of all persons (Benedictine Center 2024)”.In August 2023, just…
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Interview with Sister Mary White, OSB

In our past two newsletters we have included information about Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman. Today we reflect on the Sisters’ similar efforts through an interview with Sister Mary White, OSB.Tell us about the Sisters providing sanctuary to a family fleeing violence.In 2008, we began communications with a family in need,…
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Who is Teri Rose, Creator and Director of Benedictine CARE Wellness Program?

In 2022 the Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery and Teri Rose, MS, LN, OblSB developed a new approach to preventative healthcare backed by the 1500-year-old Benedictine tradition. This program is called Benedictine CARE. CARE stands for Community, Awareness of God, Respect for persons, and Ecumenical. This is a health-education program designed around Benedictine monastic values…
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Good Times at Mac’s Diner

February 2024
Situated on the corner off of historic 7th Avenue E and Margaret Street in North St. Paul, Mac’s Diner serves up delicious food all day serving the community with big smiles and warm hearts.On February 12, St. Paul’s Monastery was selected to be their community give back partner. By bringing our Monastery community to Mac’s…
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Listen

February 2024
Listen “Let anyone with ears listen”! (Matthew 11:15)Sometimes I wonder if people are awake and making an effort to hear. When I have made a doctors’ appointment, I give all the information they ask for: name, birthdate, address, telephone, email, insurance, etc. I tell them and then they ask for it again, which I give…
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Crossing Ending and Beginning

February 2024
Crossing, Ending, and Beginning  In most Catholic parishes around the world, if you were to attend Mass this March 21, the celebration would be that of a normal weekday in Lent. And if you were to ask the liturgist when St. Benedict’s feast day is, the most likely answer would be July 11. It’s a…
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Harriet Tubman

January 2024
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer… you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman Born into slavery in 1820 in Maryland, amidst the chaos and violence of the Civil War, Harriet’s dream was to cast off the yoke of slavery for…
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Maria Varsho, 2024 St. Scholastica Honoree

January 2024
      In 2018, the year of their 70th anniversary, the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Paul’s Monastery established the St. Scholastica Honor. The honor celebrates the virtues of St. Scholastica (Community, Hospitality, Listening, Dignity of Work, Respect for Persons, Stability, Justice, Awareness of God, Stewardship, and Moderation), and this honor is presented…
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Humility, The Eleventh Step

“The eleventh step of humility is that you speak gently and without laughter, seriously and with becoming modesty, briefly and reasonably, but without raising your voice, as it is written: “The wise are known by their few words.”    RB 7:60-61 Speaking is a primary way in which we communicate and interact with others. The words…
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Again We Keep This Solemn Fast

The hymn “Ex more docti mystico”, attributed to Gregory the Great (d. 604) is a classic reflection on the meaning and practice of Lent. The translation in our hymnal at St. Paul’s Monastery, “Again we keep this solemn fast,” describes Lent as “a gift ... which binds us … to faith and hope and charity”.…
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A Seat at the Table

The Rule mentions a lot about how mealtimes and table rhythms should work for the Community, but here’s the deal—food and fellowship are experienced directly, and words fall a little short. When the pandemic started at the Monastery, a lot of stuff got disrupted, including meal patterns. When I started, I was half-time, and I…
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Psychological Mindfulness vs. Contemplative Spirituality

These healing words are easy to find today in descriptions for various healthcare and wellness services. This is a positive movement as researchers confirm more of what has been intuitively known- that our lifestyles directly influence our health. Teaching individuals techniques to better regulate their physiology (like heart rate and brain signaling) naturally through breathing and…
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Kindness

Kindness is a word I would like to bottle and sprinkle all over the world. We seem to have forgotten the meaning and the ways to use it. I believe it comes from the heart and is given in love. Those who raise us, our family; or teachers toward their students, or coaches in sports,…
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Christmas at the Monastery 2023 Gallery

December 2023
Christmas at the Monastery 2023 Just a week has past since our last celebrations for Christmas at the Monastery 2023. The Sisters and staff had an enjoyable time as you will see in the photos below. The Sisters are all smiles. This event featured a wine tasting with Jack Farrell of Haskel's, a gallery exhibit…
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Reflection on Gratitude

November 2023
Reflection on Gratitude November is a wonderful month to be on the spiritual journey with each of you who are such a deep part of our lives. We often need to stop to be present to truly appreciate all that has been given to us over the year.   Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB November--All Saints Day…
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Thanks Be to God

Thanks Be to God The next holiday is approaching fast. It is the day when everyone comes home to celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy the family getting together. Yes, the turkey meal is also at the top of the list. The true meaning? What is the purpose? We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving…
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Humility The Seventh Step

Humility The Seventh Step The seventh step of humility is that we not only declare with the tongue but also believe in our hearts that we are inferior to all of less value, humbling ourselves and saying with the prophet: I am truly a worm, not human, scorned and despised by the people (Ps 22:7).…
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Tell of a Life Through Hands

Remember the deceased Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery with a gift to the All Souls' Day appeal. DONATE Tell of a Life Through Hands Sister Carol Rennie, OSB Later, I’ll dwell on her hands, but the most vivid image is of her arms, outstretched in welcome on a sunny, warm morning in June, as a…
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Experiences in Oblate Formation

Experiences in Oblate Formation The first part of our second meeting of Oblate Formation session was a history lesson. We started in chapel and then proceeded to a morning brunch where we sat in groups and got some introductions on what would happen for the day. We learned that Sister Louise Inhofer would come and…
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Benedictine CARE for the Holidays

Benedictine CARE for the Holidays In Benedictine CARE, the focus is on what we can add to our plates for health vs focusing on restriction. The upcoming holiday season provides a wonderful time to practice this gentle approach. Focus on nourishing foods to ADD and enjoy alongside traditional favorites like: In-season fruits like pomegranate, clementines,…
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Gratitude

Gratitude "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.…"  just kidding! (and my apologies to any Star Wars fans out there!). It was not in a galaxy far, far away, it was right here in the Twin Cities; and it wasn’t a long time ago, but it was a while ago. I’m talking…
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Pilgrimage to Grave of Mother Benedicta Riepp

Remember the deceased Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery with a gift to the All Souls' Day appeal. DONATE Pilgrimage to the Grave of Mother Benedicta Riepp Icon of Mother Benedicta Riepp by Sister Mary Charles McGough (St. Scholastica Monastery) In 1852, responding to the need to educate the children of German immigrants, Mother Benedicta (Sybilla)…
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Associates Update

October 2023
Associates Update The Benedictine Associates spent a beautiful summer evening around the fire ring.  Our gathering was blessed with our guest Julie. Nellie and Nick stopped by with the twins to say hello.  The twins, Dottie and Betty, kept their eyes on the fire.  They shared their smiles and gurgles with us. We had a…
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Enjoy Free Benedictine CARE recipes

October 2023
Enjoy Free Benedictine CARE Recipes Enjoy Free Benedictine CARE Recipes Brisk winds, shorter days, and football playing in the background all contribute to that unique lure of fall inviting us to spend more time in the warmth of the kitchen. Warm hearty soups, casseroles, and skillets provide nourishment to our bodies and souls. Our kitchens are vital partners…
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Remnants by Karen Fleming

Remnants Life consists of past, present, and future. Future is a secret that only God knows, but we have lived in the past and are now a part of the present. I love writing memoir and often think of my past, but now after COVID, I think of the Benedictine Monastery, and how I grieved…
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Perfecting the Art of Listening

Perfecting the Art of Listening Not long ago, we had a small change in our prayer routine at St. Paul’s Monastery. Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, we had kept the doors of our chapel propped open, so that all could come and go without touching the doors. We still keep the doors open throughout…
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2nd Sunday Mass & Brunch

September 2023
Volunteers welcomed home to the Monastery Minnesota did not disappoint on Sunday, September 10. The sun rose through crisp air over the Monastery, birds chirped flitting from tree to tree, and the signs of the Monastery coming to life on a Sunday morning were everywhere. Mission Advancement kicked off the first "2nd Sunday Mass and…
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Humility: Step 6

August 2023
Sister Jacqueline Leiter, OSB writes on Humility. Step 6 of this section is being content with the lowest and most menial treatment.
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Speeches from the Benedictine Center 40th Anniversary

View the remarks as recorded on August 15 at the Monastery for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Benedictine Center on the Sisters' Facebook page. FORTY YEARS OF CELEBRATION THE BENEDICTINE CENTER Reflection by Sister Virginia Matter, OSB Welcome and thank you for your presence, I am delighted we are all here to…
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August 2023 ENewsletter

August 2023
As we consider the momentous occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Benedictine Center on August 15, 2023, we are grateful for the many gatherings and retreats that have occurred in this sacred space over the last four decades. These retreat experiences have changed lives—whether it is a parish group that comes together for a weekend to listen to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit speaking through their priest, minister or one another, or a dazzling classroom program such as the School of Lectio Divina or the School of Discernment.
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Enewsletter July 2023

July 2023
July 2023 Enewsletter features reflections on the Benedictine theme of Conversatio Morum and updates of Monastery events.
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June 2023 ENewsletter

June 2023
Founding Day, June 22, 2023 As we prepare to celebrate with friends and family on Saturday, June 24, (I hope that you can join us!) we reflect on the courage of our founding members to choose to found a new community. We thank God for their vocations. Some people provide a DNA sample in order to learn more about their ancestry. The gospel of John 15:1-8, speaks of our spiritual family tree. Jesus uses the analogy of a vine and its branches. This image describes the relationship that exists between Jesus and his followers.
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May 2023 Enewsletter

May 2023
This year, the monthly newsletter features themes from Benedictine values. This issue highlights the Stewardship of Gifts.
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April 2023 E-Newsletter

April 2023
This April issue of the 2023 E-newsletter explores the Benedictine value of silence. It also provides a thank you to our volunteers and a description of further volunteer options. The newsletter also reviews past events at the Monastery.
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March 2023 E-newsletter

March 2023
March 2023 Enews is a compilation of articles and events about happenings at St. Pauls Monastery and the Sisters of St. Benedict.
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February 2023 eNewsletter

February 2023
In February, we love to retell the story of Gregory the Great's story about Benedict and Scholastica's last visit together (Benedict and Scholastica’s last visit together). The twins had a yearly custom of gathering together in a small house at the bottom of a mountain between their monasteries. After visiting and sharing stories together all day, it grew dark. Scholastica wanted to continue visiting with her beloved brother all night, but Benedict rejected her request, for it was unacceptable to be away from his monastery overnight.
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January 2023 eNewsletter

January 2023
When I was a child, we would play Christmas songs and the image of Santa was a welcoming one—until December 25—then it was all about Jesus; no more Santa. As a child that brought me sadness because I was such a believer in Santa...
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December 2022 eNewsletter

December 2022
“How is it December already!?” You’ve heard it. You’ve thought it. Time goes by fast. And, yes! It’s December already! Advent is a liturgical season beloved by the Church, but is often lost in the quick passing of days. The symbol of the evergreen wreath with its four candles—a wheel of Advent time marked by longing, hope, and faith—is present in our congregations and our homes. The snow still has its novelty and is another symbol of time set aside for quiet stillness and waiting.
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November 2022 eNewsletter

November 2022
November is the time that we offer thanks for all the blessings of life. I happened upon this blessing when I was in college studying for final tests at around 1:00am. It was in a little prayer booklet that I received from my mother. Jesus obviously had worse things to deal with than finals and it was truly a moment of grace for me to discover this.
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October 2022 E-Newsletter

October 2022
It’s October, and the days are growing crisp and cool. The sunlight is growing shorter. Summer’s vibrant greens are melting into autumn’s brilliant hues. The gold, orange, red, yellow, and even purple leaves dance in the sunlight. We marvel at the beauty of the trees’ foliage. We rarely take time to wonder at the science and lessons behind this transformation in the trees around us. The green color of the leaves in summer comes from chlorophyll, a substance that helps the plants absorb light energy from the sun to make food for the tree. Leaves contain other pigments, but chlorophyll’s green obscures them from our view. With autumn’s shorter hours of sunlight and cooler days, the tree prepares for winter. The tree stops making chlorophyll, and the colors of the other pigments become visible. We see yellow xanthophylls and orange carotenoids. These substances were already present within the leaf, helping the chlorophyll absorb light while protecting the leaf from damage from too much sun. Only now, as the chlorophyll breaks down, do we get to see the hidden beauty of their colors.
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September 2022 E-Newsletter

September 2022
September 2022 Enews tells us of September as the month of beginnings. Summer seems to pass all too quickly in Minnesota, but we find ourselves—one more time—at this month of beginnings. The school year begins with fresh school clothes, new shoes, and the excitement and energy of a new grade. Parish life resumes after the summer rest with faith formation, Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA), and higher attendance again at Sunday Mass after all our summer travel.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB

August 2022
Wisdom, knowledge, a passion for her work and life as a sister, and a quick wit are a good summary of Sister Catherine, current Prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery. An example of her wit is when meeting on Zoom to plan for this article, and this writer’s microphone wasn’t working, Sister Catherine commented that this was some “real Benedictine silence!”
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August 2022 E-Newsletter

July 2022
God does speak to us through presence, dreams, visions and our thoughts. Further, God will use events and circumstances to speak with us. More often than not, God uses the people placed in our lives to speak to us. God is good, and St. Benedict reminds us on the Awareness of God by looking not in the abstract but in the ordinary events of every day. Stated in the Rule of Benedict (Chapter 19), “We believe that the divine presence is everywhere.
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July 2022 E-Newsletter

July 2022
Lately, I have been reflecting on the idea of commitment. The Community of St. Paul’s Monastery witnessed the final oblation of seven Oblates on June 5. The word Oblate has its origins in the word “offering.” The signing of the final oblation document on the altar is similar to that of the commitment that each vowed monastic makes when she places her document on the altar and signs her commitment to the Monastic Way.
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June 2022 E-Newsletter

May 2022
In June we observe Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. After his Resurrection, Jesus appeared to his followers in the Upper Room where they were hiding and afraid. Jesus breathed on them. He had two messages for them: Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Mary Lou Dummer, OSB

May 2022
In the Benedictine contemplative tradition, we are called to learn to balance prayer and work, Ora et Labora, balancing our being and our doing. For those who lean toward “doer”, this balancing act can be a bit of a challenge. This was the case for Sister Mary Lou Dummer, OSB, at least until the Spirit invited her into a space of “being” as a result of the COVID pandemic and its impact on the community of St. Paul’s Monastery.
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Reflection of St. Paul’s Monastery

May 2022
Reflection of St. Paul’s Monastery Written by Ann Siverling, OblSB As a Benedictine Oblate of St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood, MN, I have enjoyed the hospitality, support, and love of the Sisters for the past nine years. I can honestly say that there is no other place on this earth where I have felt so…
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May 2022 E-Newsletter

April 2022
Do you find yourself excited when you are unexpectedly gifted a book? When I accepted the Director of Mission Advancement position here at the Monastery I received a copy of John Mark Comer’s The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry from a dear friend. It’s a captivating read and imbued with Benedictine wisdom, values, and spirituality (even if not outrightly stated by the author).
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Louise Inhofer, OSB

April 2022
Sister Louise Inhofer has served as the Monastic Librarian of St. Paul’s Monastery since 2011. She brings her great love of learning and reading to others in her role as Library Manager, and orders new books each year to maintain a diverse and enriching library collection. She takes pride in arranging an interesting assortment of books based on seasonal liturgical themes for the Sisters and challenging them to read and appreciate new material. The Monastery library is tastefully decorated throughout the year for the holidays: angels and bells at Christmas and stars for the Fourth of July. Currently, the library shelves are adorned with glittery purple butterflies, harbingers of a long-awaited spring.
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April 2022 E-Newsletter

April 2022
We, as Benedictines, look forward to the month of March for it gives us the opportunity to celebrate one of the two feast days set aside to remember St. Benedict. On March 21, Benedictines around the world celebrate the “transitus” of St. Benedict, the day Benedict entered eternity. “Transitus” in Latin means passing from one state to the next— death is not the end of life, but the transition into eternity with God. It is one of two days that St. Benedict is recognized on the Benedictine calendar. Since this feast day is always during Lent, another commemoration date was set when Pope Paul VI declared St. Benedict the Patron of Europe at the rededication of the Church at Monte Cassino on July 11, 1964. July 11 is the Feast of St. Benedict for the Universal Church. Only Mary, the mother of Jesus and John the Baptist are remembered with both their birthdays and their day of entry into heaven.
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March 2022 E-Newsletter

March 2022
We, as Benedictines, look forward to the month of March for it gives us the opportunity to celebrate one of the two feast days set aside to remember St. Benedict. On March 21, Benedictines around the world celebrate the “transitus” of St. Benedict, the day Benedict entered eternity. “Transitus” in Latin means passing from one state to the next— death is not the end of life, but the transition into eternity with God. It is one of two days that St. Benedict is recognized on the Benedictine calendar. Since this feast day is always during Lent, another commemoration date was set when Pope Paul VI declared St. Benedict the Patron of Europe at the rededication of the Church at Monte Cassino on July 11, 1964. July 11 is the Feast of St. Benedict for the Universal Church. Only Mary, the mother of Jesus and John the Baptist are remembered with both their birthdays and their day of entry into heaven.
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Lent Is Around The Corner by Karin Barrett

February 2022
Lent calls us to repent or turn from of all that obscures God’s life within us, and to believe in and turn toward the Good News of the Gospel. Lent calls us to life, to become more in touch with God’s plan for us and for the wider community through practices which are meant to focus our attention on God’s presence.  Lenten fasting, prayer and almsgiving provide a sustained opportunity during Lent for us to grow closer to God, to allow God to work in us, and to recognize our own need for connection to each other.
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Mary’s Hope: Our Hope by Travis Salisbury

Every year, on March 25—exactly nine months to the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus—the Christian Tradition joyously celebrates Mary’s faith, trust, and hope through the Solemnity of the Annunciation. As the feast approaches, we pause to reflect on our own faith, trust, and hope at the Monastery through the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
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February 2022 E-Newsletter

January 2022
Happy New Year to you! At the Monastery, we do not celebrate with loud noisemakers and cheering at midnight to welcome in the New Year, nor do we celebrate New Year’s like the Romans by offering sacrifices to Janus (a Roman god), exchanging gifts, attending parties, and decorating with laurel branches. As a monastic community, we do not celebrate in the shadow of the secular world. Instead, we celebrate a Holy Day of Obligation, The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God who is the Author of Life in the mystery of salvation. "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me."
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Virginia Matter, OSB

January 2022
Sister Carol Rennie, OSB is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota and came from a family of eight.  She Carol graduated from St. Joseph, High School in St. Cloud Minnesota and fondly remembers her siblings: Richard, John, Catherine, Mary Jane, and David.  Sister Carol was “lucky number five” and the youngest girl.
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Saint Scholastica Honoree 2022: Pat Swanke

The Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Paul’s Monastery established the St. Scholastica Honor in 2018, the year of our 70th Anniversary.  This honor celebrates the virtues of St. Scholastica and is presented to someone exhibiting the qualities and dedication to the Benedictine way of life in support of St. Paul’s Monastery. We are honored…
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Online Winter Marketplace

January 2022
From January 15-30, 2022, St. Paul's Monastery is hosting an Online Winter Marketplace, featuring unsold items from Christmas at the Monastery 2021 with significant discounts. Shop now before these items run out!
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January 2022 E-Newsletter

January 2022
Happy New Year to you! At the Monastery, we do not celebrate with loud noisemakers and cheering at midnight to welcome in the New Year, nor do we celebrate New Year’s like the Romans by offering sacrifices to Janus (a Roman god), exchanging gifts, attending parties, and decorating with laurel branches. As a monastic community, we do not celebrate in the shadow of the secular world. Instead, we celebrate a Holy Day of Obligation, The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God who is the Author of Life in the mystery of salvation. "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me."
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Carol Rennie, OSB

December 2021
Sister Carol Rennie, OSB is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota and came from a family of eight.  She Carol graduated from St. Joseph, High School in St. Cloud Minnesota and fondly remembers her siblings: Richard, John, Catherine, Mary Jane, and David.  Sister Carol was “lucky number five” and the youngest girl.
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December 2021 E-Newsletter

December 2021
Angels played an important role as messengers in the sacred scriptures. They announced new life to Sarah and Abraham, Elizabeth and Zachariah, Mary and Joseph. In the Magnificat, or Canticle of Mary (Luke 1: 46-49, NRSVCE), we are reminded: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me."
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Catherine Schoenecker, OSB

November 2021
Sister Marie Fujan was born five days before Christmas and was named Mary Bell since she was deemed the new Fujan family Christmas bell. Sister Marie was the middle child of five with three brothers and one sister. Growing-up on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, to Bohemian parents, Frank and Marie Fujan, her childhood was robust and filled with chores, chickens and gardening.  One of her favorite childhood memories was playing football with her brothers. She remembers wearing her snow pants even in summer to protect herself from getting tackled in the backyard. Another special family memory was being a junior bridesmaid for her sister, Delores, who was eight years older. Sister Marie was very elated to be selected and adored the honorary blue hooped skirt dress for the special occasion.
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Calling All Artists!

It’s never too early to make art for Our Seeing God Exhibit held every year at St. Paul’s Monastery.  We encourage all to enter and join this large group of artists for this exhibit experience.  Dates of the exhibit are  January 24, 2022 through March 25, 2022. 
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November 2021 E-Newsletter

October 2021
Every November, we have a special day set aside to be thankful. Our tradition is rooted in the tradition and practice of ancient Israel, where gratitude was not once a year, but a part of daily life. Many of the psalms we pray today show the people’s remembrance of God’s blessings not only in their own lives, but also throughout creation and in the lives of their ancestors who had come before them. They remembered God’s action and presence in their lives and all the gifts they had by God’s grace and love.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sisters Andrine & Andriette Schommer, OSB

October 2021
Sisters Andrine and Andriette Schommer were born in Munich, North Dakota, in a family of nine children of German heritage. As identical twins, they shared everything. Twins ran in their family on their Father’s side. When asked what’s life like as a twin, they respond by saying “What’s life like not being a twin?  We’ve never known it any other way!” 
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October 2021 E-Newsletter

As the warm green season of summer blends into a cooler, golden autumn, the frosty winter lays ahead of us. Here in Minnesota, black bears have long been preparing for the cold months of winter. As early as  midsummer, bears begin digging holes for a den or searching out a small cave or hollow tree trunk. Bears may spend up to twenty hours a day eating and gaining weight for nourishment during the coming winter months.
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September 2021 E-Newsletter

August 2021
Say what? Alleluia in September and it’s not even the Easter Season. As the Monastery continues to navigate the pandemic and Say what? Alleluia in September and it’s not even the Easter Season. As the Monastery continues to navigate the pandemic and challenge our norms, we move forward and enter what some call a “new norm.”
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Summer Events at St. Paul’s Monastery

June 2024
Summer Events at St. Paul's Monastery Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery in 1948 at 301 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul The Sisters are excited to welcome you to several events over the course of the summer! June is Founding Month. On June 22, 1948 the foundation of St. Paul's Priory was canonically erected when 178…
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The Hand of God

May 2024
The Hand of God I sit on my three-season porch and gaze. May is a great time to take in the accountability of God’s promise of creation. In the very early morning, I wake to hear birds chirping with the cheerful voice of their song. It is not an irritation to my ears but more like…
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Congratulations to Our New 2024 Oblates

Congratulations to Our New 2024 Oblates Oblates express a commitment to the Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery and to following The Rule of St. Benedict (The Rule) in their daily lives in accordance with their abilities. This present group of candidates participated in monthly meetings headed by spiritual leaders who engaged them in discussion on…
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Beautifying the Monastery Grounds

May 2024
The Monastery on Pentecost Morning After an epic thunderstorm early in the morning, the clouds cleared as the sun rose over the Monastery. Walking the grounds before Morning Prayer signs of life and spring made their presence known: birds, squirrels, rabbits, even a quick red fox! Each year, the Monastery hosts a spring grounds clean-up…
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Standing in the Sacred Sliver of Space Before a Choice

May 2024
Standing in the Sacred Sliver of Space Before a Choice excerpt from: Benedictine CARE Chapter 1: Stability of IntentionIn Benedictine CARE, we are practicing bringing our relationship with the divine into the most ordinary of daily lifestyle choices around food, fitness, and fun. We are exploring together a simple practice of “Turning Towards” our inner…
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