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 September 17. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean to join. Click here for a complete book list with meeting dates.
September 17, 2022 @ 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
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.
September 17, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. Agatha Hall
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.
July 19, 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.
July 9, 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
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.
September 24, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$65, includes lunch
“Engaged Spirituality: East and West, Meditating with Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton” presented by Peggy Lindquist & Terry Moe
On May 28, 1966 two monks from separate corners of the world met. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist Zen Master in the Order of Interbeing, on a visit to the United States sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation traveled to meet Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and priest. They met at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky where Thomas Merton, then 51 years old, embraced Thich Nhat Hanh. then 39, as a brother.
“I have said Nhat Hanh is my brother, and it is true. We are both monks, and we have lived the monastic life about the same number of years. We are both poets, both existentialists. I have far more in common with Nhat Hanh than I have with many Americans, and I do not hesitate to say it.”First published in the magazine Jubilee in 1966, and later reprinted in Thomas Merton’s essay collection, Faith and Violence (1968).
This day retreat offers
Spiritual practices from their respective traditions.
Reflections on their lives and writings especially from the period 1966–1968.
Focus on the meaning of their meeting and subsequent teachings especially related to an engaged spirituality east and west.
An invitation for personal and collective discernment around the practices of an engaged spirituality for 2022 and beyond.
Presenters: Peggy Lindquist, Order of Interbeing, and Terry Moe, Lutheran Pastor, have worked together 2007 – 2012 piloting a variety of seminars and retreats featuring Buddhist and Christian practioners and teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton, Joanna Macy and Thomas Berry, Thich Nhat Hanh and Ilia Delio, to name a few.
To register, call Benedictine Sisters, 503 845-2556 or send a check to Benedictine Sisters, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362, Attn: Sr. Dorothy Jean, 3 days before the retreat.
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.
October 21-23, 2022
3:30 p.m. Friday – 1 p.m. Sunday
$99 / Scholarships Available
"Teilhard de Chardin's The Divine Milieu presented by Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
This weekend retreat will focus on Teilhard de Chardine's masterpiece, The Divine
Milieu. We will consider the major themes of this seminal work, which the Jesuit
scientist and mystic wrote during his exile in China. Special attention will be paid to his
cosmic Christology and the centrality of the mystery of the Incarnation in his thought.
The retreat will include extended periods of lectio divina on key texts from the The
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.
February 11, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$50, includes lunch / Scholarships Available
"Living the Beatitudes" presented by Nancy Hendricks
Jesus' most important instruction to us is to love one another. In this retreat, we will delve into the Beatitudes of Jesus. We will explore how to live this teaching of love in our everyday, ordinary lives with the Beatitudes as our guide.
About the Presenter
After a career farming vegetables and berries for over thirty years, Nancy Hendricks discerned to shift from feeding people’s bodies with food to journeying with people on their spiritual paths by leading retreats. Nancy received her Master’s in Pastoral Ministry in 2020 from the University of Portland. Nancy has been attending retreats at Shalom since the 1980s and is happy now to be able to lead retreats on a variety of topics.
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 4 days before the retreat.
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.