Benedictine Spirituality for Everyone

At the Monastery

Stillpoint Day of Reflection
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
April 8, 2017

The Stillpoint Contemplative Retreat Day is silent and includes eight sitting sessions with chanting, contemplative walking and teachings. Dress comfortably and bring your own lunch.

Mid-life/Life-Long Retreat
Mid-Life/Life-Long Directions Retreat
May 5, 2017

Mark your calendar now for a weekend experience to refocus in the midst of life's changes with a Mid-Life/Long-Life Retreat for Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults from May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017.

Online retreats and programs

A Month with Mary of Nazareth
May 1, 2017 to May 27, 2017
A Month with Mary of Nazareth

May is the month traditionally devoted to Mary. Spend it with Joan Chittister as she takes a new look at the significant events in the life of Mary and Jesus. NOTE: You must have a free membership account at Monasteries of the Heart to register.

Podcasts from Sister Carolyn

Transforming Moments

Transformation is what happens when we pay attention to the Present Moment.

Pray with Us

March 30
Canticle: Genesis 12:1-2

God said to Abram,
"Leave your country, your family
for the land that I will show you.

I will make of you a great nation,
and I will bless you.
I will make your name great,
so that you will be a blessing.

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
Read more here

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.