St. Benedict with Raven Saint David's Parish · 5150 Macomb Street, NW · Washington, DC 20016 · (202) 363-8061

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The 2015 Symposium with Laurence Freeman, OSB was a tremendous success!  Many thanks to all of the volunteers and supporters who made it possible.  The Friday night lecture on Work: Sacred and Secular and the Saturday morning workshop with Fr. Laurence and three Christian laymen talking about Work in light of Benedictine practice and values have been recorded and can be viewed by clicking here or below.

For more information about the Symposium, click here.


We are deeply grateful to the Brothers of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY for their hospitality for our first Benedictine Experience with them November 17-22, 2015.  The rhythm of prayer, work, study, and recreation helped all of us to grow in our self-knowledge, experience community, and deepen our prayer life.  We hope to schedule another Benedictine Experience at Holy Cross very soon.  



St. Mary's Retreat Center (Sewanee, TN): April 4-8, 2016 - with Bonnie Thurston

The Bishop's Ranch (Healdsburg, CA): June 20-26, 2016 - with Sr. Donald Corcoran and John Renke

To learn more about the Benedictine Experiences and to register, click here.



The Rule of St. Benedict is a timeless document - in so many ways as fresh and relevant as it was when it was written almost fifteen hundred years ago. Although written for monastics, many of the issues addressed in the Rule can be applied to life in the world outside the monastic community. The qualities which make up a valued life - humility, patience, simplicity, solitude, caring for others, and living in community - concern everyone. These specifics of the Rule, and the framework it provides, have great meaning for people who are seeking to live out their faith in the world today.

The Friends of St. Benedict offers programs and resources to individuals and groups seeking to apply the Rule of St. Benedict to their daily lives: The Benedictine Way, Benedictine Experiences, and the Reading Room.


Interested in joining or starting a Benedictine Way group? 

Click here to see a listing of current Benedictine cells, groups, gatherings, and fellow pilgrims. Even if you do not find a group in your area, you can connect with current leaders and maybe even  explore creating your own gathering.

To Make a Donation:
Donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated.  We accept
online donations, as well as online payments for our Benedictine experiences.  We welcome your donation by check made payable to "Friends of St. Benedict" and mailed to the address listed under Contact Us.  We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your contribution will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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