Benedictine Spirituality for Everyone

Online Retreats and Programs

Words into Flesh: Monastery Scribes IV eRetreat
Words into Flesh: Monastery Scribes IV eRetreat
November 30, 2020 to December 25, 2020

The news IS extraordinary: “Emmanuel, God with us, is coming.” But how can we prepare for Christmas, for this miraculous moment that marks the birthing of God into each member of the human race? “I think poetry, music and art are the truest companions for our Advent journey of wonder and hope,” said Mary Lou Kownacki, who will facilitate this eRetreat.
More information here.

Podcasts from Sister Carolyn

Seeking the Self

How is it to seek your self, your REAL self?

Pray with Us

November 29
Psalm 34

I will bless God
with constant words of praise.
I glory in God alone;
let the humble hear and rejoice.

Reverence the God of All Life;
together let us sing praise.
I seek the Holy One who answers me;
from all my fears I am set free.

Daily Rule of Benedict

The Daily Manual Labor
Chapter 48

On Sunday all are to be engaged in reading except those who have been assigned various duties. If any are so remiss and indolent that they are unwilling or unable to study or to read, they are to be given some work in order that they may not be idle.

For the serious seeker

Monastic Experience Program
Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience Program

Explore your life questions by living with our monastic community for 6-12 months. In the Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience Program you will immerse yourself in a daily rhythm of • prayer • work • outreach to the marginalized • communal life • hospitality • peace and nonviolence.

Become a Benedictine
The face of permanent members of monastic communities has changed over the centuries. In our time many people seeking permanent membership are professional women who long for a life that follows the Gospel of Jesus. They come from varied backgrounds and share the common desire to seek God and change the world.

The face of permanent members of monastic communities has changed over the centuries. In our time many people seeking permanent membership are professional women who long for a life that follows the Gospel of Jesus. They come from varied backgrounds and share the common desire to seek God and change the world.

Monasteries of the Heart
Monasteries of the Heart

Monasteries of the Heart is a new form of Benedictine life for our time. It is a monastic movement for lay people designed to respond to the great hunger and thirst for spirituality that exists in today’s world.

Oblate Way of Life

If you desire to
— deepen your relationship with God, with others and with yourself
— ground your spirituality in values based on simplicity, respect, hospitality, and reverence for all life
— enter into a distinct relationship with others and want to be sustained by others on a similar spiritual path

Consider the Oblate Way of Life
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Spiritual Directors

 
Spiritual Direction, sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, is an on-going relationship in which a person, desiring to be attentive to his or her spiritual life, meets with the spiritual director on a regular basis to become more attuned to God's presence and to respond more fully to that presence. Suggested offering is $30/session.

Sister Rosanne Loneck
Sister Rosanne Loneck, Spiritual Director

Sister Rosanne Loneck is a certified Mid-Life/Long-Life Directions consultant, spiritual director.

Sister Rose Ann Kolbas
Sister Rose Ann Kolbas, Spiritual Director

Sister Rose Ann Kolbas received her training and certification in spiritual direction from Shalem Institute in Washington, DC.

Sister Marian Wehler
Sister Marian Wehler

Sister Marian Wehler completed the Spiritual Guidance Program offered by Shalem Institute in 2011.

Retreat Leaders

 
Do you need a retreat or workshop leader? Contact one of these sisters.

Sister Anne McCarthy
Sister Anne McCarthy

MOH and Benetvision staff member, Sister Anne McCarthy holds a MA in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville in monastic studies and completed Shalem Institute’s program, “Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.”

Sister Mary Ellen Plumb
Sister Mary Ellen Plumb

Sister Mary Ellen Plumb has spent her professional life in secondary education as a Social Studies teacher, Director of Campus Ministry, Director of Discipline and Counselor. In these roles, she spends a good part of her time facilitating the spiritual and communal development of young people on high school and college levels.

Sister Marian Wehler
Sister Marian Wehler

Sister Marian Wehler, OSB, is co-director of Catholic Rural Ministry in the Oil City, PA, deanery of the diocese of Erie where she offers retreat and reflection days for parishes, youth groups, prisoners and an outreach program to the poor.

Sister Elizabeth Oettel
Sister Elizabeth Oettel

Sister Elizabeth Oettel, Associate Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Erie (Eastern Vicariate), is responsible for the education, training and spiritual enrichment of parish religious education leaders and catechists.