November Events at the Spirituality Center●Studium

Introduction to Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a simple method of silent prayer rooted in the Christian tradition. This workshop consists of four sessions (two on each date) presenting the method in relationship to other forms of Christian prayer. Each session includes time for questions, discussion and two or three 20-minute periods of Centering Prayer.

Dates: Thursdays, November 5 and 12
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Facilitator: Katherine Howard, OSB
Fee: $75. Registration and payment are due by October 29.

Stewarding and Passing on the Gifts of Life: A Heritage Writing Workshop

At this moment in our communal history, life is both precious and precarious, and people sometimes die without the chance to say their last words or tell their story to listening ears. Now, it seems more important than ever to gather the knowledge, hard-won wisdom and untold stories of our own lives and the lives of those we love. We will explore the meaning of these gifts for ourselves and for future generations. We will experiment together with different ways of putting these experiences into words that will reach across the generations (memoir, poetry, letters, hybrid forms, etc.). Sister Mara Faulkner will read and respond to your writing and will be available for individual phone or Zoom conferences.

Dates: Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Facilitator: Mara Faulkner, OSB
Limit: 12 participants
Fee: $90. Registration and payment are due by October 30.

140 Years of Benedictine Women in Science

Since you can’t come to our 2020 museum exhibit, we are offering a virtual tour of Uncovering and Sharing Secrets of Science. We are celebrating the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ document of care of our common home, Laudato Si’. We wanted to explore how we are and can live that document, and we realized that for 140 years, our sisters have been teaching the sciences on all levels of education.

Through study we discover how we can best care for our earth. We have focused on teaching the sciences to women in the past, and we continue to encourage, support and educate women in the sciences today. We invite you to a brief virtual tour of what 140 years of teaching science looks like.

Tour Guides: Sisters Moira Wild, Judy Kramer, JoAnne Backes and Gen Maiers

This virtual tour will be posted on our YouTube channel at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18. No registration is required.

Advent Directed Retreat

You are invited to enter this holy season where darkness is a companion of light and light brings us to hope.

O God of darkness and light, you come into our nights and days in Christ your Son. Keep us watchful and alert for the dawn of his presence each day so that we may welcome him when he comes in our final hour and at the end of time. Amen.

Katherine Howard, OSB, “Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas, Waiting in Joyful Hope” 2005–06, page 3. Used with permission.

This retreat opens via Zoom on Sunday, November 29, at 7 p.m. Each morning, November 30, December 1 and December 2 at 9 a.m., we will gather, via Zoom, for a time of shared prayer. Monday through Wednesday, you will have scheduled time to meet with your spiritual companion. This time will be mutually agreed upon by companion and retreatant.

Dates: Sunday, November 29, through Wednesday, December 2
Facilitator: Josue Behnen, OSB, and Mary Catherine Holicky, OSB
Limit: 10 participants
Fee: $125. Registration and payment are due by November 23.

All offerings through the Spirituality Center●Studium will be held virtually as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to participate in these virtual offerings, participants will need access to a device such as a computer with a webcam, iPad, smart phone, etc. You can register online below or call (320) 363-7112.