December Programming Opportunities at the Spirituality Center•Studium

Take time for yourself this Advent with us at the Spirituality Center•Studium.

Advent Sacred Pause

Gather to share common prayer of lectio divina (prayerful reading) using the Gospels of the Sundays of Advent. Prayer is followed by a shared meal and fellowship. Optional: Meeting with a sister spiritual companion for 30 minutes each week of Advent.

Dates: Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Facilitators: Mary Catherine Holicky, OSB, and Eunice Antony, OSB
Limit: 8 participants
Fee: $100

Advent Centering Prayer Retreat

This is a silent retreat with several periods of Centering Prayer and one teaching session each day. Optional group reflection times are provided.

Dates: Friday, December 2, 7 p.m., through Sunday, December 4, 1 p.m.
Facilitator: Hélène Mercier, OSB
Limit: 10 participants
Fee: $275 (includes meals and overnight accommodations)


Celebrating, Singing and Praying Advent

Markedly different from the “pre-Christmas” season of our culture, Advent is a season of waiting, watching and praying. This four-hour long Advent retreat will use the gift of music as a tool for worship, meditation and community building. It will be a time for singing, silence and fellowship.

Date: Monday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Carol Meier
Carol Meier is an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Liturgical Music Minister presently studying at the Saint John’s School of Theology. She is a Studium guest who enjoys working at the intersection of spirituality and music as a composer.
Limit: 10 participants
Fee: $90 (includes noon meal at the monastery)


The Eucharist in the World: “This is My Body [Given] for You” (1 Cor. 24)

Reflect on the Eucharist as celebration of Christ’s  life, death and resurrection and what that means in our lives and world. The Eucharist “is the living center of the universe, the overflowing core of love and inexhaustible life” (Pope Francis in Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home 236). Active participation in the Eucharist can transform us and our world—a world so rich, varied and beautiful, and yet so challenged by suffering and death, violence, and hatred.

Registration is due Monday, December 6.

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 9–11 a.m.
Facilitators: Christian Morris, OSB, and Katherine Howard, OSB
Limit: Minimum of 4 participants; maximum of 12 participants
Fee: $60


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