Benedictine Center Events

A Weekend Hermitage

Have you ever wondered what being a hermit would feel like? The Benedictine Center is offering a weekend “Hermitage Retreat” from Friday, April 26, thru Sunday, April 28. The $150 cost includes lodging and meals. A $25 cost is for Saturday only.

According to Sam Rahberg, director of the center, participants will leave their busy lives behind and spend the weekend in silence, reading, praying, meditating and resting in the hospitality of St. Paul’s Monastery, which includes access to the monastic library, art exhibits and grounds. Led by Virginia Matter, who is a Benedictine Sister, spiritual director, and long-time teacher of centering prayer.

On Tuesday, April 23, starting at 7 p.m. join the Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery for the rare opportunity to hear Dr. Nadia Mohamed share her experiences as a Muslim woman who practices the Islamic Faith.  She is a distinguished professor of World Religions at Minneapolis College. Mohammad will explain Muslim Pillars of Faith, Sharia Law, the similarities between the Qur’an and the Bible and the common misconceptions about Islam. There will be time for dialog.  You are invited to come to expand your understanding of Muslims and the Islamic Faith. A free will offering will be accepted. Space is limited. Call 651-777-8181 or 651-717-5889 to register.


Abide in My Love

The event is Tuesday, May 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. It costs $25 to join. Participants will explore how Christ’s invitation to love can be infused with their everyday lives even as they cope with the stresses of the 21st century. It will be led by Father Michael Byron, theologian and pastor of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie


Introduction to Centering Prayer

The event is Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost, which includes lunch, is $25. Participants will learn about this ancient form of prayer that will help them hear God’s invitation for a deeper relationship. It will be taught by Rev. Peggy Thompson and Sr. Jackie Leiter. Thompson is a chaplain, spiritual director and artist. Leiter is a Benedictine Sister and teacher in the St. Paul Public School System.

To register or for more information, 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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