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Annual Symposium on Benedictine Spirituality 2016: 
Benedictine Wisdom and Sacred Humanitas, featuring Sister Donald Corcoran, OSB

November 4-5, 2016 | St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

Pope Francis has called for a new humanism, one grounded in the Christian understanding of human dignity and human potential. Pope John Paul II before him called for a renewed interest in sacred humanitas. What might this call mean, and how are we to respond? Sister Donald's response is grounded in an understanding of Benedictine teachings as a wisdom tradition.

Sister Donald recently gave a series of three lectures on this topic to the annual gathering of the American Benedictine Abbots. Her presentation for our Symposium will be based on those talks. Please make plans to attend on November 4th and 5th, 2016. This lively annual event will include time to engage with a panel of lay people and religious, and our customary Benedictine hospitality!  

Look for registration information later this summer.


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Benedictine Experience at Holy Cross Monastery

September 6-11, 2016 | West Park, NY

The Benedictine Experience at Holy Cross Monastery is coming up on September 6-11, 2016.  The Benedictine Experience offers the opportunity to live the rhythm of Benedictine life and experience its distinctive balance of time spent in prayer, study, work, rest, and community.  Daily conferences will be offered by the Brothers of Holy Cross Monastery, and much of our time will be spent in silence. 

Click here to learn more and register.

Recent Benedictine Experience at St. Mary's Sewanee

We are deeply grateful to the Sisters of the Community of St. Mary and to St. Mary's Retreat Center at Sewanee for their hospitality for our Benedictine Experience with them this April.  And we are especially grateful to Bonnie Thurston for her teachings and her prayerful presence with us.  


Upcoming Benedictine Experience Retreats

Holy Cross Monastery (West Park, NY): September 6-11, 2016 - with the Brothers of Holy Cross

Canterbury Cathedral (England): September 2017

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

Symposium 2015

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 hereFor more information about the Symposium, click here.

Rule of St. Benedict

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 WayBenedictine Experiences, and the Reading Room.


The Benedictine Way Groups

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.

Support the Friends of Saint Benedict
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.