All spiritual directors are welcome to attend the monthly supervision meetings for on-going formation and education featuring lively discussions of pertinent spirituality topics, prayer and skills of the ministry.
February 12, 2021, 9-11 a.m. via Zoom
Prayer of the Heart
Pray at Home
While we can’t join together here at the monastery, keep praying and being in silence for the healing of our world and church.
$20 per Person
Dream Group: Language of the Soul
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Cancelled until we are open again. Keep dreaming and recording your dreams.
Retreats & Events
Everything Ablaze: Teilhard's Mystical Vision presented by Fr. Stephen Harding Coffey, OSB.Cam via Zoom
February 19 - February 21, 2021
Via Zoom Video Conference
$90 per person
This weekend retreat will serve as an introduction to the spirituality of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, scientist and mystic. Teilhard believed that a vibrant Christian life can set the world on fire. We will explore six key themes that are central to his vision: God in world and matter; a spirituality of evolution; love and loving; our inner depths; the cosmic Christ, and the Sacred Heart of the universe. Each conference will be followed by time for meditation and prayerful reflection. The format will follow David Richo's Everything Ablaze, a rich resource for meditating on our call to discover the universe's Sacred Heart.
Presenter Stephen Harding Coffey, OSB. Cam, an ordained monk of the Camaldolese community of California, resides at Monastery of the Risen Christ, San Luis Obispo, CA. He is engaged in extensive retreat ministry as well as spiritual direction for priests, religious, and laity. He formerly served on the staff of Shalom Prayer Center, Mount Angel, and together with Sister Antoinette Traeger, OSB, began the formation program in spiritual direction.
“A Contemplative Geography “ is a series of thematic sessions that uses guided observation of natural landscape to further personal contemplation using a method of geographic analysis that can be applied to any environment. This is a direct result of a reading/ discussion group of Douglas Christie’s book, The Blue Sapphire of the Mind. The application of the “5 Themes of Geography” will enable one to observe God’s Earthly creation in a richer, deeper level, and in doing so also add dimension to our contemplative work. If you like doing outdoors learning on your own schedule, this is just for you! (Note: It is not necessary to read the book, The Blue Sapphire of the Mind, to engage in this retreat.)
About the Presenter: Doug Force is a retired educator, having taught History, Geography, Education and Multi-Culturalism courses of learners as young as preschool to Post- Graduate college level. He was the first Teaching Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education for Middle Level Instruction. He is a multi-cultural Spiritual Director and a professional storyteller.
To register and/or more information, call 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to Benedictine Sisters, Attn. Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR 97362, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by March 1, 2021. Scholarships are available.
Progoff Intensive Journal Workshops presented by Evelyn Wemhoff
March 17-18, 24-24, April 7-8, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with breaks
Via Zoom Video Conference
$225 per session, $625 all 3 sessions
This ongoing program enables individuals, to draw their life into focus and enlarge their capacities. The process is non-judgmental and non-diagnostic. It honors privacy as well as the dignity of each person. The Progoff Journal is more than a Journal. It is an Inner Workbook.
In a deep and quiet atmosphere, you will learn techniques to enable you to use the Intensive Journal workbook. The workbook is the active instrument of the program. Its structure makes it a dynamic vehicle for journal feedback techniques The Journal clarifies and helps to self-adjust the needs and potentials of your life. There are Three Workshops:
Life Context provides the means of focusing our life and beginning to shape a perspective of our full life history. We learn basic techniques for using the Journal, focusing our life, and beginning to answer the question, “Where am I in the movement in my life?” This workshop is a prerequisite for any of the two workshops. March 17-18
Depth Contact gives us opportunities to draw upon our unconscious depths of dreams and imagery for active feedback procedures The focus is the more than personal and is grounded in process meditation. It can give energy for personal change and consideration of inner directions. March 24-25
Life Integration (Prerequisite: Depth Contact) gives opportunity to use integrative techniques to build a momentum and energy to generate unpredictable insights. It promotes connection between the areas of your life. April 7-8
Program Presenter: Evelyn Wemhoff has a history of working with individuals and groups in a great many situations of teaching, leadership, spiritual direction, consultation and discernment. She has led Intensive Journal Programs for more than 30 years.
To register, contact Evelyn Wemhoff 971-273-0700 Mail: PO Box 21083 Keizer , OR 97303.
Seeing The Environment Through the Lens of Spirituality
This Event Has Been Postponed
Date & Time TBA, 2021
$25 includes lunch
The Benedictine Sisters are pleased to announce an upcoming all day symposium on the environment and spirituality to be held in Agatha Hall. Starting at 9:15 a.m., staff members from Shalom at the Monastery will present their appreciation of nature’s ability to enrich and empower their spirituality. In the afternoon, responders working within the environmental resources will discuss the bountiful gifts that their work safeguards. Participants will be invited to dialogue within the topic.
Have No Fear, Be Not Afraid: It is all about Love
presented by Nancy Hendricks
April 24, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Onsite or via Zoom (depending on pandemic)
$50 per person
We will be discussing the approximately 350 times it says in Scripture to not be afraid. We will be walking through Scripture highlighting all the times that God assures us that we are always in God's care.
About the Presenter
Nancy’s career began in horticulture, raising berries and vegetables on the family farm. With her husband, she slowed down when they sold their produce stand in 2016. She decided at that time to pursue her Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Portland, and graduated in May, 2020. Nancy has been attending retreats at Shalom since 1987. She has been an oblate with the Queen of Angels Monastery since 2012. She looks forward to walking on our spiritual journeys together as she offers retreats at Shalom at the Monastery.
To register and/or more information, call 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to Benedictine Sisters, Attn. Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR 97362, or email email@example.com. Please register by Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
World Labyrinth Day: Take Steps Together for Peace
May 1, 2021
Outdoor Labyrinth, West End of Shalom Building
Come and celebrate World Labyrinth Day with the Benedictine Sisters at Mount Angel, Oregon! Let us take steps together for peace!
The Benedictine Sisters at Shalom at the Monastery invite you to walk with them their outdoor labyrinth on Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m. Please gather at the labyrinth at the west end of the Shalom building.
At 12:45 p.m., there will be a brief explanation of the Peace Walk on the labyrinth. We will then walk the 20-minute Silent Peace Walk, using the format of Benedictines For Peace. Following the walk, refreshments will be served in Benedictine Sisters’ Dining Room. All are welcome!
To register, call Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, 503 845-2556 or email dorothyjeanb7@gmail. com
Pain, Suffering and Saying Yes to Life presented by Dean Schlecht via Zoom
Physical or emotional pain can often be a powerful driver of sadness, fear and anger, deadening our spirit and disconnecting us. However, it can be a catalyst for spiritual and emotional growth. Through lectures, Active Imagination and personal sharing, we will explore how to transcend our pain and live joyfully in the midst of it.
Dean Schlecht, M.Div. is the retired manager of a 19-bed psychiatric crisis respite facility. He also was an LMFT with practices in Oklahoma and Texas. He currently maintains a private practice offering spiritual direction. Dean has offered numerous retreats and workshops at Shalom and elsewhere.
To register, call Benedictine Sisters, 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to Benedictine Sisters, attn.: Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362, by September 3, 2021.
The Spirituality of Pope Francis and Its Implication on Our Lives presented by Owen Commins
Postponed to 2021
$65 includes materials and lunch
This retreat will focus on the spirituality of Pope Francis, and especially his understanding of “accompaniment.” To achieve this purpose, we will present a biographical context for the Pope, and some understanding of his key encyclical letters. The Catholic blogosphere shows some criticism of the Holy Father and even at times some outright hostility. The retreat will attempt in charity to understand such positions also. By the end of the retreat day the hope is that all participants will embrace Pope Francis as the Catholic leader needed for our times.
Presenter: Deacon Owen Cummings, the Regent's Chair of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon, is a native of Glasgow, Scotland. Author of numerous spirituality/theology books, he received a doctor of divinity degree during the course of his studies in theology in Dublin, Ireland.
Mark Your Calendars for these Great Retreats Next Fall!
Retreats may be Online via Zoom or in Person
“Retreat on Cardinal Basil Hume: A Pilgrim’s Search for God”
October 1-3, 2021
Retreat on Cardinal Basil Hume: A Pilgrim’s Search for God (Gracewing, 2019) presented by the author, Sister Gertrude Feick of the Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of the Redwoods Abbey, Whitethorn, CA. The retreat will focus on the gift of Cardinal Basil Hume, Benedictine monk, Archbishop of Westminster, pastor, preacher and resounding voice of Benedictine spirituality.
“Ammas, Monks, Archetypes” presented by Father Stephen Harding Coffey, OSB.Cam
November 5-7, 2021
This retreat will take a look at 4 monastic figures: Amma Syncletica, St. Benedict, St. Hildegard, and Thomas Merton and their corresponding archetypes: the warrior, the sage, the visionary, and the inner monk. It will include an introduction to the figure, lectio divina on the theme, visio divina of an icon of the figure, and personal reflection on the archetype and its shadow through mandala making. Let figures from our sacred tradition become relevant to our lives as they help us to illuminate parts of ourselves that need further development to grow in wholeness and in our relationship to God