Date and Time Details: Tues., Sept. 19, 7-9p

Location: Benedictine Center

Address: St. Paul's Monastery
2675 Benet Road
St. Paul, MN 55109

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Attentive Companions: Spiritual Direction and the Journey with God

With Samuel Rahberg, S. Carol Rennie OSB, S. Virginia Matter OSB, Mary Martin, Peter Watkins, Kami Pohl, Rev. Peggy Thompson, Steve Arnold and S. Jackie Leiter OSB

September 19, 2017

No one can walk our spiritual journey for us. We enter, one by one, into the presence of the mystery of God and listen wholeheartedly to what God asks of us. But that journey need not be alone. There are times when having a companion who listens to us and who helps us to listen to ourselves sharpens our ability to listen to the voice of God. This conversation offers those new to spiritual direction a place to start and those experienced with spiritual direction insight into making the most of each session.

A panel of Benedictine Center spiritual directors, including new members of the team, will offer insights and assist with questions.


About the Leaders


Samuel Rahberg

Sam Rahberg is the Director of the Benedictine Center and a member of the spiritual direction team. He is author of Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership (Liturgical Press, 2017), The Gospel of Mark in Poem and Image (Aetos Publications, 2017) and The Gospel of John in Poem and Image (Aetos Publications, 2016). Sam […]

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S. Carol Rennie OSB

S. Carol Rennie OSB is former prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery and a member of the Benedictine Center’s spiritual direction team. She is a teacher of teachers, an experienced retreat leader, and has a special interest in group spiritual direction. Email srcarol@stpaulsmonastery.org. Available for: One-on-one and group spiritual direction Supervision for spiritual directors

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S. Virginia Matter OSB

Virginia Matter OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and came to the Center from Health Care. Virginia has done significant preparation in the area of spirituality, Centering Prayer, Bio-Spiritual Focusing, retreats, and Spiritual Direction. She also has experience in pottery and Native American creative arts. Email virginia@stpaulsmonastery.org. Available for: One-on-one spiritual direction Bio-Spiritual Focusing […]

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Mary Martin

Mary Martin received her training as a spiritual director at the Franciscan Spirituality Center (La Crosse, WI). She is a retired hospital chaplain who holds graduate degrees in theology, counseling psychology, and library science and has been in direction herself for over thirty-five years. She and her husband live in south Minneapolis and enjoy traveling […]

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Peter Watkins

Peter Watkins is a spiritual director and retreat leader at the Benedictine Center. He holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from the University of St. Thomas/School of Divinity and supervises spiritual directors in training at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality. In addition to regular spiritual direction, Peter is also trained in giving the Ignatian spiritual […]

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Kami Pohl

Kami Pohl is an active contemplative who finds purpose and meaning in life by walking with others as they seek to go deeper on their spiritual journeys. She is a spiritual director who received her training from the Franciscan Spirituality Center (La Crosse, WI) and currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement at Messiah […]

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Rev. Peggy Thompson

Rev. Peggy Thompson (known as Margaret Carroll in the art world) is a chaplain, spiritual director and artist who enjoys combining creativity and spirituality in her own work  and with her clients. Peggy received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, an M.Div. from United Theological Seminary, and certification […]

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Steve Arnold

Steven (Steve) F. Arnold is a Deacon within the Lutheran confessional movement of the Church catholic. Steve is certified as a Director of Christian Education and as a Lutheran Teacher and has served the Church through parish ministry, teaching at a Lutheran high school, and serving on the faculty of a Lutheran university where he taught […]

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S. Jackie Leiter OSB

S. Jackie Leiter OSB is a member of St. Paul’s Monastery and a teacher in the St. Paul Public Schools. One of her original works of art won first place in the 2017 Seeing God Juried Exhibit at St. Paul’s Monastery Gallery. Email S. Jackie

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