Spiritual Retreatsat Benet House
Retreat Center, Rock Island, Illinois
The Word Among Us
Read, reflect, pray and share with other committed Christians seeking to grow through the challenges of Scripture in everyday life. Participants are given a guide and encouraged to study a Scripture passage each day. We share a new book each month. Presenter: Sr. Charlotte Sonneville, OSB. 2 Mondays monthly Jan.7-May 20; 6:45-8:15 pm; Fee: $5/session plus cost of books. For more information call (309) 283-2109.
Silent Directed Retreat: “Do Whatever He Tells You”
A retreat designed to help you deepen your relationship with God, these days allow time to ponder the Scriptures, such as Mary’s almost audacious request, “Do whatever he tells you.” In addition to daily Eucharist and a conference with a Spiritual Director, there will be opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Centering Prayer, personal prayer, silence, rest and walking the grounds. Spiritual Directors: Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB; Sr. Mary Schmidt, OSB; Fr. Mark DeSutter. Sun. Jan. 20, Check-in: 4-6:30 pm; Retreat: 7 pm-Wed. Jan. 23, 4 pm; Register and pay in full by Dec. 20: $250. Registrations after Dec. 20: $265.
Valentine Evening: Bring Out the Best in Your Relationship
Men’s Retreat: Becoming a Better Christian in this Busy World
Lenten Day of Prayer: Our Life Journey and a Burst of Light
Morning at the Monastery
Viewing the New Creation Story with Faith-Filled Eyes
We will view the video “Journey of the Universe” and consider how our new creation story affects our understanding of God and our role in the universe. Time for quiet reflection and sharing will be included. Presenter: Sr. Sandra Brunenn, OSB, Prioress St. Mary Monastery. Sat. Mar. 16, 9 am-3 pm; Fee: $33 (incl. lunch).
Holy Week Retreat
Participate with the monastic community in silence, prayer and the solemn liturgies of the Last Supper, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thurs. Mar. 28, 4 pm-Sun. Mar. 31, 1 pm. (Contact Sr. Catherine at (309) 283-2118 or email@example.com to discuss participation that works for your schedule.) Fee: $160.
Centering Prayer Retreat: The Journey Continues
The Spirituality of Gardening
Do you recognize your garden as a true blessing? As each seed breaks forth and sprouts, do you stand in awe of God’s gift of life? People in many ways are gardens, too, needing nourishment and warmth for growth. Join us to reflect on and celebrate the gift of life sprouting forth in our midst. Presenter: Sr. Mary Schmidt, OSB. Thurs. April 18, 9 am-12 pm; Fee: $20, plus an option for lunch $8.
Evening at the Monastery
Mary, Our Model
Women’s Retreat: Seeing with New Eyes - A Woman’s Spiritual Journey
Silent Directed Retreat: Listen with the Ear of Your Heart
As Christians, we all believe that God is speaking to us to teach, console, and guide us. Listening on a deep level is a skill that can be learned and improved, so we hope you will join us for a few days in July. God speaks exactly what we need to hear, but we are often blocked by many factors. Come with an open heart and be amazed at what God wants to say to you. Meet daily with a certified spiritual director: Sr. Mary Schmidt, OSB; Abbot Philip Davey, OSB. Sun. July 21, 4 pm-Wed. July 24, 5 pm; a limited number of retreatants will be accepted, so call soon. Fee: Register and pay in full by June 22: $250. Registrations after June 22: $265.
Vocation Retreats 2013
Vocation Retreats: Benedictine Experience Weekends
Join other single women exploring your religious vocation. There is time for prayer and interaction with the Benedictine Sisters as well as discussion and quiet time. Facilitator: Vocation Director Sr. Bobbi Bussan, OSB. Choose from several dates: Fri. Mar. 1, 7 pm-Sun. Mar. 3, 1 pm; Fri. April 26, 7 pm-Sun. April 28, 1 pm; Fri. May 31, 7 pm-Sun. June 2, 1 pm. There is no cost; you are our guest!
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