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.
October 9, 2020, 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
Develop a More Meaningful Life: Using the Progoff Intensive Journal Program via Zoom
October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Via Zoom Videoconference
$210 - $625
This program was developed in1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff and is being offered nationally and internationally to provide participants the opportunity to lead more fulfilling lives. As you gain a foundation and a perspective of the continuity and direction of your life, the Journal can be your honest friend in the creative process of shaping your life.
The program consists of three workshops. Each of these workshops is held on
Wednesday/Thursday of 3 consecutive weeks. This format is planned to maintain energy for the most helpful completion of the workshop(s) you will be attending.
Part 1: Life Context (Oct 14-15, $225)
You learn how to use the Intensive Journal method through a direct experience in your own life.
Part 2: Depth Contact (Oct 21-22. $210)
You will learn Dr. Progoff’s unique method to develop symbolic experiences and a more meaningful life. (Prerequisite Part 1)
Part 3: Life Integration (Oct 28-29, $210)
You realize integration and connection between areas of your life. (Prerequisite Part Two)
All three courses available for $625.
About the leader: Evelyn Wemhoff is a presenter of retreats and workshops at Shalom at the Monastery in Mount Angel. OR. She is a spiritual director, a retired licensed counselor and was director of WomanSpirit Center in Seattle area that offered programs for women seeking to develop their lives. Evelyn has led Intensive Journal workshops for over 30 years
To register: call 971-273-0700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To pay: Make your check to Evelyn Wemhoff
Mail to: Evelyn Wemhoff, PO Box 21083 Keizer, OR 97303
Full payment is required at least 2 weeks before workshops. Jon Progoff will mail a new journal notebook and paper to persons attending the Life Context workshop.
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.
Love’s Dual Foundation: Exploring Love’s Human Roots and Its Deep Significance
Presenter Dean Schlecht Via Zoom
November 7, 2020
9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Via Zoom Videoconference
$50 per attendee
Love is the foundation of existence. Everything arises from love and is permeated with love. At the level of human consciousness love is characterized by five qualities that are seen with greatest clarity in the maternal infant bond and later in life in romantic bonding: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection and allowing. This essence of love is more than just a gift from our mother or romantic partner, it is a constant, active energy welling up from our own depth. Love embraces us, welcomes us, nurtures and heals us from within. Ideally, our most important outer relationships reflect this deep inner reality and the two reinforce each other. Nevertheless, even those who have never known healthy maternal love or a positive romantic bond, still long to be loved and that longing is met by an even stronger longing from within to love them.
Learning to let go into love itself is the most important thing anyone can ever do. Surrendering to the embrace of love enables us to live in a state of ongoing gratitude, joy, and meaning. No matter how challenging our external circumstances may be, when we are filled with love, we have an unshakable foundation. Many have had the direct experience of love itself and know beyond any doubt that they are not only loved but are themselves an expression of love. They realize that separateness is an illusion and that connection is everything.
Through lecture and experiences, this workshop will help participants become more open to the presence of love in their lives and identify the roadblocks that hinder their ability to fully let go into love.
Presenter: 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. He served as President of the Oklahoma City C.G. Jung Study Group from 1983 through 1988 and has offered numerous retreats and workshops.
To register and/or more information, call 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to
Benedictine Sisters, Attn: Sister Dorothy Jean, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR 97362, or email Please register by Monday November 2, 2020.
Everything Ablaze: Teilhard's Mystical Vision presented by Fr. Stephen Harding Coffey, OSB.Cam
February 19 - February 21, 2021
Chapter Room, 2nd Floor
$199 Single Occupancy
$336 Double Occupancy
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.
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
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.