Benedictine Center names scholar in residence

The Benedictine Center announced that Barbara Sutton, PhD has been named its Scholar in Residence for the next year. According to Sam Rahberg, director of the Center, “Dr. Sutton’s role is to build on the Center’s mission, providing opportunities that help us live out the Christian faith more deeply. She will focus on why we resist community life, belonging and conversion.”

Dr. Sutton will present workshops, retreats and other learning events that show how the wisdom of a sixth century monk can address the complexities of modern living. 

Dr. Sutton is director of field education and ministerial formation and an adjunct professor of Pastoral Theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville. She earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Saint Paul Seminary and School of Divinity and is a popular retreat leader and workshop presenter. Her primary interests are in church ministry and in developing leaders to build and sustain healthy communities.

“People yearn for community,” Sutton explains. “My goal is to listen to what they’re seeking, to nurture soulful leadership and to build communities that see and engage the world with the eyes of faith.”

Dr. Sutton will be making several presentations in the year ahead, including “How Do I Put Soul Back into My Leadership?”, “Renewing the Soul of Community,” and “Putting Art Back into the Practice of Ministry.”


Other opportunities

 The Benedictine Center in Maplewood is offering these upcoming enrichment opportunities in September:

• Shape of the divine: working with clay as a spiritual practice 

Participants will learn how making hand-built vessels can be a process of meditation. This six week program will be led by Virginia Matter, a Benedictine Sister, accomplished artist, spiritual director and Centering Prayer teacher. It will be held Thursdays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 19. The $150 fee includes materials.

• Taize prayer

Join others in this meditative prayer consisting of simple chants and periods of silence.  Then stay for refreshments and get to know some interesting and like-minded people. This event is held the third Friday of every month. The next opportunity will be Sept. 15 starting at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be accepted.


For more information, or to register online, go to and follow the link to the Benedictine Center.  Or call 651-777-7251 or email:  The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.


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