FAITH: Opportunities offered at Benedictine Center

 The Benedictine Center in Maplewood is offering these upcoming opportunities in March:

Art exhibit — Saturday, March 3, through Tuesday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In this exhibit, called Magnificat, the art of Robyn Sand Anderson  reflects a transformation in her life after she was healed from rheumatoid arthritis and thought she would never paint again. Her work moved from representational watercolors to acrylic abstract expressionism reflecting “those things that are hard to understand or explain.”

Singles retreat — Tuesday, March 6, from 4 to 9 p.m. 

This evening retreat and conversation will show how a single man or woman can find and contribute to a sense of true belonging in the world community. This retreat will cost $40, which includes supper, and will be led by Resident Scholar Barbara Sutton, PhD, 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.

Putting art back into the practice of ministry — Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10.

This retreat is geared for workers serving nonprofit organizations, faith communities and other similar settings. Participants will see how putting art into their ministry can enrich themselves and those they serve. This retreat will be led by Barbara Sutton, PhD, resident scholar at the Benedictine Center, and will cost $100 for commuters or $225 for single rooms.

Great conversations: virtue and living a public life — Thursday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants will talk about the practice of virtue and the impact it has on changing the status quo. The session will include a brief reflection, discussion and summary of insights emerging from the conversation. This event will be led by Victor Klimoski, a poet, teacher, editor and former director of Lifelong Learning at Saint John’s School of Theology. Freewill offerings will be accepted.

For more information or to register online, go to, 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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