Benet House Retreat Center

Benet House Retreat Center

Upcoming Programs

Benet House Retreat Center at St. Mary Monastery

— Henri Nouwen Reading Group: (virtual) If you find Henri Nouwen’s books help you strengthen your
Christian faith and draw closer to the heart of God; you are not alone!  Materials from the Henri
Nouwen Society will be used to enhance our reading. We are committed to reading all Henri’s
books. 1 st Tuesday each month. Next session: Tues. Jan. 3; 1:30-3 pm; Leaders: Sr. Bobbi Bussan,
OSB and Lorene Knobbe. Fee: $15/session; purchase own book.


— Lectio Divina: Weekly Prayer: (virtual) Lectio Divina is the foundation for Benedictine prayer.
Consider making it a steady prayer in your life. Slow sacred reading of Scriptures, poetry, nature
and art; the Word of God comes to us in many forms. With contemplative reading, listening and
seeing, we can learn to recognize the Divine Presence in all things. Join us each week to savor God’s
voice in your daily life and share with others. Tuesdays: Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; 9-10 am;
Leader: Linda Clewell, SMM Oblate. Fee: Free will offering.


— Break-a-way: Day of Prayer and Quiet: (onsite) Take time out from your busy! Join the
Benedictine Sisters on their monthly Prayer Day with a day at Benet House. Wed. Jan. 4; 9 am-
Opening Reflection (Optional); 3:30-Closing Prayer (Optional). Retreat Leaders: Benet House
Staff. Fee: $15; Bring own lunch or purchase one for $12.


— Centering Prayer: (virtual) Wednesdays: Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 1-2 pm; Leader: Linda Clewell,
SMM Oblate. Free will offering.


— The Word Among Us: (onsite) Jan. 9 and 23; 1-2:30 pm; Retreat Leaders: Sr. Mary Schmidt, OSB
and Lorene Knobbe, Benet House Program Assistant. Fee: $50 series. Participants order own
subscription to Word Among Us Publication.


— Silent Directed Retreat (onsite): “Now I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God.” (Jn.
1:29-34). Register now for this popular retreat. Participants will receive daily personal time with a
Spiritual Director. In addition to daily Eucharist, there will be opportunity for the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, Centering Prayer, and Liturgy of the Hours. Sun. Jan. 15 (Arrival: 4 pm; Vespers: 5
pm; Dinner: 5:30 pm; Conference: 7 pm)-Wed. Jan. 18, 4 pm. Spiritual Directors: Fr. Mark
DeSutter, Toni Petersen, SMM Oblate, Rick Davis. Fee: Registration and payment in full by
December 15: $375. Registration and payment after Dec. 15: $390.


— Merton Group: (virtual) Merton wrote over 60 books and hundreds of poems and articles on
topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolence, and the nuclear arms race. Join
Sr. Bobbi and others to learn about Merton’s life and writings. 3 rd Monday of month. Next session:
Jan. 16. 6:30-8:30 pm. Retreat Leader: Sr. Bobbi Bussan, OSB. Fee: $15/session.


— Spirituality and Poetry: (virtual) 3rd Thursday each month. Next session: Jan. 19, 9-11 am.
Retreat Leader: Lisa Breger. Fee: $25.


— Bookmarks: The Whole Language by Fr. Greg Boyle (virtual): Facilitator: Maureen Bennett, SMM
Oblate and Volunteer; Dates: Jan. 19, 26; and Feb. 2, 9; Time: 6:30-8 pm; Virtual Fee: $40.


— Wisdom Women Series: Rejoice in and Discover Our Wisdom: (virtual) Join this new group! We
will nurture our Wisdom by reflecting on and discussing Wisdom in Scripture; Wisdom Women in
the Bible and throughout history; Wisdom Women today and our Wisdom. Articles, books, videos,
and music will inspire our discussion. 3rd Thursday each month. Next session: Thurs. Jan. 19, 9:30-11. Retreat Leaders: Sr. Bobbi Bussan, OSB and Lorene Knobbe. Fee: $15/session; books purchased on your own.

— Finding Resilience While Embracing Grief to Recreate Life (virtual and onsite): This workshop will
explore the bitterness of grief and offer ideas to discover the sweet gift of resilience and new life
after a loss. Resurrection is for the living as well as the dead. During this time, participants will
connect with each other and their individual stories of grief. They will engage in personal activities
for reflection and learning. Workshop will explore three insights for the work of grief and mourning,
to “grieve deeply, live fully, and love greatly.” Leader: Elaine K. Olson. She recently published her
memoir, My Walk with Grief, about her ten-year journey through grief and finding new life. Date:
Sat. Jan. 28; Time: 9 am-3:30 pm; Virtual Fee: $55; Onsite Fee: $70, includes lunch.

For more information: Sr. Jackie Walsh, OSB
Phone: 309-283-2108
Email: retreats@smmsisters.org
Web: www.smmsisters.org/retreats