A School of Benedictine Spirituality

(320) 363-7172 or benedictineschool@csbsju.edu 

For persons seeking to learn the Benedictine way for daily living

Saint Benedict of Nursia was a visionary who saw life as a journey of seeking God. He shared his insights in a small book called The Rule of Benedict. His Rule is based on the values of Jesus Christ that he integrated into a way of life we know as The Benedictine Way.

We intend to establish a school for the Lord's Service ... RB Prol 45

statue of benedict 1.jpgThis School offers support for spiritual growth, guidance for living the gospel, and a community for learning.

The Sisters of Saint Benedict invite you to become a part of the School of Benedictine Spirituality and join other seekers in exploring the dynamic world of the Benedictine way.

The School provides four courses, each of which will include 16 hours of class time. Courses will be offered in a variety of formats.

A minimum class size is eight and a maximum is 20 students.

Volunteers and oblates, please call (320) 363-7172 or e-mail benedictineschool@csbsju.edu to learn about discounted rates. Some restrictions apply.



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Living Benedictine Values introduces The Rule of Benedict as a guide to living a committed life that integrates gospel values such as prayer, hospitality, community, respect for all creation and beauty. Benedictine spiritual practices such Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina and spiritual companioning will be introduced. This course will be offered Spring and Summer 2017.  Instructor: Mary Reuter, OSB

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Fall 2017

Lectio Divina (prayerful reading) explores a way of prayer as a central spiritual practice of the monastic tradition. Participants will learn to listen with the ear of their heart to scripture and other aspects of their lives to help them discover God’s presence and action (Rule of Benedict). This practice is one of the Church’s treasures gifted through the ages by Benedictines. This course will be offered Fall 2017. Instructor: Hélène Mercier, OSB

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Fall 2017


Psalms and the Liturgy of the Hours: Praying the psalms constitutes the core of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily common prayer of Benedictines. This course will incorporate study and prayerful reflection of the psalms in the biblical, liturgical dimension of Benedictine prayer. Classes will emphasize the origins and poetic-prayerful nature of the psalms as they offer life-meanings today as faithfully as they have through 3,000 years. This course will be offered Fall 2017. Instructor: Theresa Schumacher, OSB

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Fall 2017

Spirituality of the Benedictine Tradition covers the sweep of the Benedictine tradition from the 6th century to the present and examines its impact on the development of Western monasticism and Christian spirituality. Leading figures from the tradition will be introduced as spiritual guides along with the study of selected formative texts that they authored. The art, music and architecture of the tradition will also be represented. Instructor: Ephrem Hollermann, OSB. This course will be offered in Fall 2017.

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Fall 2017

Winter 2018


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Mary Reuter, OSB, PhD
Ephrem Hollermann, OSB, PhD
Hélène Mercier, OSB, MA
Theresa Schumacher, OSB, MA

Spiritual Companioning Consultant

Josue Behnen, OSB, MA