Workshops & Classes
Vaccination, masks and social distancing
required for all attending retreats and workshops in-person at Queen of Angels Monastery.
We greatly appreciate your help and support in keeping the sisters and guests safe.
Monthly Book Talk via Zoom
Free • 3rd Saturday • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The group currently meets via Zoom. The next meeting is scheduled for June 18. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean to join. Click here for a complete book list with meeting dates.
June 18, 2022 @ 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Dream Group: Language of the Soul via Zoom
$20 • 3rd Saturday • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Listening to dreams in a group can help us pay attention to God's presence in image and word in our awakened life. Presenter is Clara Jean Dawson.
June 18, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
Prayer of the Heart
Free • 3rd Tuesday • 3:30 - 4:30 pm
All are welcome to join this contemplative prayer group. Meetings take place in the Chapel, located on the second floor of the Hospitality Center.
June 21, 2022 @ 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Taizé Prayer Service
Free • 3rd Sunday • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join us for our monthly Taizé Prayer Service in the Chapel. This special service features sung and chanted prayers, meditation and personal reflection. All are welcome!
October 16, 2022 @ 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
A Time To Journal
Free • 2nd Saturday • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
A Time to Journal (the Second Saturday of the month) and the Progoff Journal Workshops: Please contact Evelyn Wemhoff if you would like to participate. Call 503-845-9847 or email her here.
June 11, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.
Supervision for Spiritual Directors via Zoom
$20 • 2nd Friday • 9:30 - 11:30 am
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. Meetings taking place via Zoom.
September 9, 2022 @ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
The Creative-Spiritual Life Circle via Zoom
Free • 3rd Saturday • 1:15 - 2:30 pm • Zoom
A Benedictine-centered discussion group whose concept is simple: people who gather together on a regularly scheduled basis to share -- without interruptions or cross-talk -- whatever is gratifying us or amazing us or troubling us or puzzling us about the intersection of creativity and spirituality.
Click here to learn more and to register.
September 17, 2022 @ 1:15 p.m. via Zoom
Retreats & Events
June 11, 2022
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$65, includes lunch / Scholarships Available
"A Day with Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Evangelical Pastor, Nazi Resister, Faithful Witness" led by Rev. Terry Allen Moe
Outline for the Day
• Session One: Bonhoeffer’s Life and Times (1906–1945)
• Session Two: America: Union Seminary/Abyssinian Baptist (1930)
• Session Three: Finkenwald Seminary/Life Together (1935–1937)
• Session Four: Conspiracy and Imprisonment (1940–1945)
• Session Five: Bonhoeffer for our Times (2022–)
This retreat will be an overview of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought through short passages from some of his key writings at various turning points in his life. It is for our prayer and reflection how these events and writings might invite us to deepen our love of God and the world at the same time. No prior experience necessary.
1. To dwell on a few of Bonhoeffer’s writings at various points in his life;
2. To deepen appreciation for his thought and action in extraordinary times;
3. To consider his spirituality for ourselves in our times;
About Rev. Terry Allen Moe
Terry Moe is a Lutheran pastor, community organizer, and spiritual director based in Portland, OR. He served a mixed race congregation, Redeemer Lutheran, in NE Portland from 1981–2013, During this time he deepened his engagement in both spirituality and organizing in the IAF tradition. His recent memoir, The Bush Still Burns: How Spirituality and Organizing Transformed a Pastor and Congregation (Fortress Press: 2021), tells the story. Rev. Moe graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA, and was ordained in 1976. He took Spiritual Direction training from Steve Coffey from 1984–1986 coinciding with his first steps into community organizing. He has long been a friend of the Benedictine Sisters at Mount Angel. In 1998 he completed a Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. in “Spirituality and the Suffering of God.” For over twenty years he has been a student of Dietrich Bonhoeffer most especially under the tutelage of Rev. Dr. Mark Brocker, St. Andrew Lutheran, Beaverton, OR who is a Bonhoeffer scholar and editor of the 16th Volume of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works, entitled, “Conspiracy and Imprisonment : 1940–1945” While he hasn’t read all 16 volumes, he has been privileged to work through several with Dr.Brocker and others.
To register, call Benedictine Sisters, 503 845-2556 or send a check to Benedictine Sisters, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel 97362, Attention: Sister Dorothy Jean, 3 days before the retreat.
August 12 – 14, 2022
3:30 p.m. Friday – 1:00 p.m. Sunday
“The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology” presented by Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam via Zoom
This retreat will focus on chapter 7 of Douglas E. Christie’s The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology. We will consider the theme of Eros as it occurs in the classical Christian spirituality of the ancient Church. We will explore the major sub-themes of exchange, intimacy and reciprocity from both psychological and spiritual perspectives and how this exploration contributes to a contemplative ecology. Quotations from this chapter will be provided for reflection.
Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam, is an ordained monk of the Camaldolese community of California. 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 and together with Sister Antoinette Traeger, OSB, began the formation program in spiritual direction.
To register or for more information, email us or call (503) 845-2556 by August 9, 2022.
October 8, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Outdoors / Chapter Room
$50, includes lunch / Scholarships Available
“Exploring the Willamette Valley at Queen of Angels Monastery” presented by Gay Gomez, PhD.
This outdoor retreat will provide a guided bird hike in the morning and a tree/flower hike in the afternoon on the grounds of Queen of Angels Monastery situated in the Willamette Valley. Retreatants will enjoy discussions about the birds, trees and flowers that inhabit the monastery grounds as well as the ecosystem and geology of the monastery environs.
Presenter: Gay Gomez, PhD, is a retired professor of Geography, naturalist guide and author of two books on coastal wetlands. She now devotes her time to nature study in western Oregon, gardening and sampling craft beers.
Note: Please bring materials for note taking. Binoculars are welcome but not required. Limited to 12 participants. The retreat will be held rain or shine.
To register or for more information, email us or call (503) 845-2556 by May 4, 2022.
May 6, 2023
Outdoor Labyrinth, West End of Shalom Building
World Labyrinth Day: 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 6, 2023 at 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 the Benedictine Sisters' dining room. All are welcome!
To register, call Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, (503) 845-2556 or email her here.