Benedictine Spirituality for Everyone

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Mid-life/Life-Long Retreat
Mid-Life/Life-Long Directions Retreat
September 8, 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 September 8-10.

The Loving Search for God Retreat
The Loving Search for God Retreat
September 15, 2017 to September 16, 2017

The Loving Search for God Retreat will be directed by William Meninger, OSCO. Fr. Meninger, Trappist monk, prolific author, retreat leader, is one of three principal architects of the Centering Prayer movement. Participation is limited.

Online retreats and programs

Gifts of a Scarred Soul eRetreat
July 3, 2017 to July 28, 2017
Sister Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister will provide tools to help you analyze your own stories of struggle in this eRetreat at Spirituality & Practice. She will suggest the gifts that each struggle can give as you move toward hope and transformation. "Most of us live everyday between struggle and hope," she writes, "and the way we deal with struggle has something to do with the very measure of the self, with the whole issue of what it is to be a spiritual person."

Register now at Spirituality & Practice

Podcasts from Sister Carolyn

Open to Rebirth

Rebirthing...when something that seems impossible becomes reality.

Pray with Us

June 26
Psalm 12

Help, O God,
for good people have vanished.

Faithfulness has vanished
from among the people.
Falsehood they speak one to another,
with lying lips and a false heart.

Daily Rule of Benedict

The Discipline of Psalmody
Chapter 19

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and "that in every place the eyes of God are watching the good and the wicked (Prv 15:3)." But beyond the least doubt we should believe this to be especially true when we celebrate the divine office.

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.