FAITH: Benedictine Center events

• Advent: Let us Pray: Running daily starting Sunday, Dec. 2, and free, join the Benedictine Sisters for morning, midday and evening prayers during this sacred season of year as you wait together for the coming of Christ.  Call 651-777-8181 or visit for the schedule.

• Songs of Advent: The Season of Waiting: Tues, Dec. 4, 7 to 9 p.m.  The cost is $25. Explore how the sacred hymns, prayers and blessings of this season express the mystery of the coming of Christ at the end of history and the mystery of His coming into history.  This session will be led by Father Michael Joncas, a composer of Catholic music, a professor at the University of St. Thomas and a priest of the St Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese.

• “Solitude & Friendship: Developing an Alternative Script,” a mini retreat for single men and women, will be held Tuesday Nov. 27 starting at 4 p.m. at the Benedictine Center. The session is designed to help singles sort out “old scripts” and reimagine what God is doing in their lives. Its led by the Benedictine Center’s resident scholar Dr. Barbara Sutton, a single woman who works extensively to help people express and practice effective community, and is living out the values she promotes. 

• “School of Discernment” will be held Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Benedectine Center. Admittance costs $250, which includes lodging and meals. The weekend is for those waiting to be guided by the Holy Spirit, and how to pay attention to God’s movement in their lives. It also will help participants reveal patterns, grow in trust, and make better decisions. The weekend include sessions on the practice of discernment, reflection, quiet time and one-on-one conferences with a spiritual director. Led by Dr. Kathleen Cahalan, who is an author and  professor of Theology and director of Collegeville Institute Seminars at St. John’s University in Collegeville.


The Benedictine Center is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood. For more information  651-777-7251.

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