For many people who would never consider themselves monastic, a Benedictine Experience cultivates and nourishes that monastic dimension within them. A Benedictine Experience is a carefully planned and ordered attempt to bring together in community men and women, lay and clerical, to study and experience the balanced way of life as envisaged in the Rule of St. Benedict, giving due attention to body, mind, and spirit. To allow participants to fully experience this balance, Benedictine Experiences range from a long weekend to a full week.
Participants take part in an ordered day of prayer, study, work and leisure. The framework of each day is the daily worship of God, including prayer offices that begin with Morning Prayer, continue with Eucharist, Evening Prayer, and Compline or Night Prayer at the close of the day. Daily lectures or meditations are led by a gifted faculty, with time following for questions and discussion as well as for silence and meditation. Because the work of the hands is a vital part of the Benedictine way, participants are encouraged to take part in a work project. Evenings allow time for group reflection and discussion, as well as communal silence. The day finishes with Compline and then we enter the Great Silence, which continues until after breakfast the following morning. This daily rhythm of prayer, work, study, and rest allow us to deepen our prayer life and reflect on Benedictine values of listening, attentiveness, humility, love, hospitality, and community.
Upcoming Benedictine Experiences
For more information, contact The Friends of St. Benedict at
202-363-8061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John's Abbey and Episcopal House of Prayer, (Collegeville, MN): September 22-27, 2015
Holy Cross Monastery (West Park, NY): November 17-22, 2015
St. Mary’s Sewanee (Sewanee, Tennessee) with Bonnie Thurston: April 4-8, 2016
The Bishop's Ranch (Healdsburg, CA) with Sr Mary Donald Corcoran, OSB, and John Renke: June 20-26, 2016
Holy Cross Monastery (West Park, NY): September 6-11, 2016
House of Prayer at St. John's Abbey (Collegeville, MN): September 20-25, 2016