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.
June 12, 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
The Blue Sapphire of the Mind
August 28-29, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday
Online Via Zoom
$55 per Person
Early Christian monastics recognized the penetrating presence of the Divine in creation, that place where we encounter our deepest selves. The call to care for the environment is deeply human and contemplative. This retreat is based on the work of Douglas Christie. Participants are encouraged to as least begin reading Christie's The Blue Sapphire of the Mind before attending. Public libraries have copies or you can listen to the audible book. Sister Laura will provide a booklet to assist you on reflecting on the book.
Presenter: Sr. Laura Swan, OSB, is a writer and spiritual director, who also serves her community as Formation Director. She is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Desert Mothers and The Wisdom of the Beguines.
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,
The Spirituality of Pope Francis and Its Implication on Our Lives presented by Owen Commins
September 12, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Chapter Room, 2nd Floor
$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.
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
November 7, 2020
9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chapter Room, 2nd Floor Main Building
$65 includes materials and lunch
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.
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.
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