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Weekly Reflections
August 24, 2014


Sister Simon Edelhuber, OSB

Blessed are they who praise God
In loving, faithful service.

Each of us must walk tall
And fulfill tasks yet unfinished.
Unique for each
So small the world little changes
With our doing of them.

But is not the universe made of atoms?

So, by the Divine Master it is decreed
That each task must be fulfilled
For each is needed
That so His works may not fail.

His Son showed us the way
And established the worth
In His fulfilling.

Time speeds
And others must take up
Our unfinished labors.
When evening makes us falter
Our shoulders stoop
And we no longer step firmly.

With them we must keep faith
And give them our unfinished work unspoiled
That so each may go forward
Staunch with hopeful vision
Fulfilling the heritage
Of my and your incomplete


Sr. Christine Eckart enters Eternal Life

Sr. Christine Eckart's Obituary

July 16, 2014

Sr. Columba and Sr. Dolorita Enter into Eternal Life

Sr. Columba Moseley's Obituary

Sr. Dolorita Thompson's Obituary

May 15, 2014
Simply Benedictine - Let God Lead The Way

Vocation Center Events

Date Event
September 12-14, 2014 Come & See Weekend
October 17-19, 2014 Come & See Weekend
November 14-16, 2014 Come & See Weekend
Available Anytime Vocation Parish Visits
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Seasons of Your Heart

September 7-13, 2014 presented by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

In our time together we will explore the spiritual seasons of our lives. Like the seasons that pass over our fields, the heart, too, has its seasons. We will be reflecting on those moments that grow out of our daily listening to God in the changing seasons of our lives. Drawn from her popular book, “Seasons of Your Heart,” each day we will celebrate a new season. (1) The season of wonder: taking off your shoes (2) The season of hope: standing on tiptoe (3) The season of love: washing feet( 4) The season of mystery: racing to the tomb, and (5) The season of faith: walking with strangers. Cost: $500.00. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is needed at the time of registration. Lodging and meals are included in the price.

2015 Silent Directed Retreat
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Silent Directed Retreat

3-Day: January 8-11, 2015 ($235); 5-Day: January 8-14, 2015 ($385); 8-Day: January 8-17, 2015 ($575)

This Retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This retreat is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this to strengthen your relationship with Him. In the silence you are better able to hear God’s invitation to open your heart and surrender your soul in a deeper way. Each day you will meet with a Spiritual Director to assist you in discerning God’s invitation and to offer suggestions to guide you during your silence. The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after lunch on Sunday for the 3-Day and after morning liturgy for the 5-Day and the 8-Day. Lodging and meals are included in the price. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.

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