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Workshops & Classes

Monthly Book Talk


Free • 3rd Saturday • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

The group currently meets in person. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean to join. Click here for a complete book list with meeting dates.

October 21, 2023 @ 9:30 a.m. Agatha Hall

Dream Group: Language of the Soul


$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.

October 21, 2023 @ 10:00 a.m. Dining Room

Please Note

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.

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.

October 17, 2023 @ 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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 regular to share, without interruptions, whatever is gratifying us or amazing us or troubling us or puzzling us about the intersection of creativity and spirituality. September through May.

Click here to learn more and to register.

October 21, 2023 @ 1:15 p.m. via Zoom

Spiritual Companion Meeting for Spiritual Directors


$20 • 2nd Friday • 9:30 - 11:30 am

All spiritual directors are welcome to attend the monthly 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.

October 13, 2023 @ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Retreats & Events


September 29 - October 1, 2023
3:30 pm Friday - 1:00 pm Sunday
via Zoom
Scholarships Available

Exploring Teilhard de Chardin's 'Human Phenomenon"
presented by Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s book The Human Phenomenon developed many of the fundamental scientific concepts of his evolutionary thinking.  They provided the foundational ideas for his integration of evolution with Christian theology and spirituality.  This retreat will explore connections between Teilhard’s evolutionary scientific ideas and his spirituality and theology.


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.

To register, call Benedictine Sisters, 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to Benedictine Sisters, Attention: Sister Dorothy Jean, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362, two days before the retreat.


October 28, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm (rain or shine)
 Outdoor Labyrinth (west end of Shalom Building)

Walking the Labyrinth in Wonder, Exploring the Season of Autumn presented by Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB

In the twists and turns of the labyrinth, God invites us into sacred space for walking in awe and enjoying the beauty of the autumn season. In these challenging times, the labyrinth of old invites us anew to engage Mystery and receive clarity for our lives in a complex and confusing world.  Come, walk in wonder, as the seasons turn and change. Come harvest the more within.

The day will start at the outside labyrinth at the east end of the Shalom building (now Chesterton Academy).  If it is raining, we will start at Agatha Hall.

The day will consist of walking both the labyrinth and the monastery grounds to enjoy and absorb the colors, fragrance, sounds and the "feeling' of autumn. There will be time for quiet reflection, journaling and sharing with other "travelers" on the retreat.

This afternoon retreat will be led by Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB.

To register, call 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to Benedictine Sisters, Attn: Sister Dorothy Jean, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362, three days before the retreat.


NEW DATE December 2, 2023
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Chapter Room
Includes Supplies, Bring Your Own Lunch, Scholarships Available

Finding Treasure in Ancient Practices: Walking the Labyrinth and Making Mandalas presented by Susan Black

What treasure do we seek in our lives, and where can it be found?


As people of faith, we seek God, the ultimate treasure.  And our faith tells us that God can always be found, anywhere and everywhere, including within ourselves. “Seek and you shall find,” the Gospel assures us.


The search can be daunting!  We often shy away from the kind of deep introspection that can lead to true self-knowledge and reveal God’s intimate presence.  But remember that the Gospel also assures us: “Do not be afraid.”


In this retreat, you will learn about two time-honored practices known for their ability to bring us closer to God.  You will discover how to fold these meditative practices into your lives, gently and easily.  You will enjoy time spent walking the Monastery’s labyrinth (accessible alternatives available), making your own mandalas (all materials supplied) and sharing new experiences with others also seeking to find the treasure that is God.


The retreat will be led by Susan Black, who also leads our monthly Zoom-based discussion group, the Creative/Spiritual Life Circle.  She will facilitate “The Virtue of Holy Surprise” retreat on June 24.  Earlier this year, Susan conducted the “Enter the New Year with Joy” retreat.  Susan is an Oblate, an artist and a writer; to learn more about her, go to the website


To register, call 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to Benedictine Sisters, Attn: Sister Dorothy Jean, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362, three days before the retreat.


May 4, 2024
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 4, 2024 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.

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