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  • 2015-16 Meeting Dates
  • September 20: Benedictine Dialogue
  • October 18: Dialogue with Diversity
  • November 8: Dialogue with the Environment (Pondering Laudato Si)
  • December 13: Dialogue with Hope
  • January 17: Dialogue with the Economy
  • February 14: Dialogue with the Family
  • March 13: Dialogue with the Self
  • Saturday April 9:
    Full-day Retreat with Susan Stabile
  • May 16: Dialogue with the Future
  • Pray at the monastery any day!

John Allen speaks on The Spiritual Roots of Francis’ Papacy

20 April 2016
John Allen

John Allen

John Allen will speak at the College of St. Scholastica on Wednesday, April 27. His presentation is titled  The Mercy Miracle: The Spiritual Roots of Francis’ Papacy. He is a well-known Vatican analysis and the editor of Crux, the newly-independent Catholic news site operated in partnership with the Knights of Columbus

  • Where:  Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica
  • When:  April 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: Free to the public

Pope Francis is an extraordinarily complex figure, Allen says, with a wide-ranging pastoral and political agenda. The heart of it all, however, is mercy, expressed in both his jubilee Holy Year of Mercy and his papal motto, “choosing through mercy.” In his presentation, John Allen will unpack how Pope Francis’ self-understanding as the “Pope of Mercy” lies underneath the entire scope of his activity as pontiff since his election in March 2013.

Allen is also the author of ten books on the Vatican and the Catholic Church, including “The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church” and The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution, just published in paperback.  


+Sr. Armella Oblak, R.I.P.

6 April 2016
Sister Armella at a community event

Sister Armella at a community event

Sister Armella Oblak died peacefully in the Benedictine Health Center on March 23, 2016.  She was in her 68th year of monastic  profession.

While she served in many ministries in health care and education, oblates are most likely to remember her for her warm welcome and generous care while she was the monastery Hospitality Director in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Services on Friday April 8

Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

  • Wake / Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.
  • Visitation follows.
  • Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m.,
    Fr Peter Lambert presiding
  • Rite of Committal in Gethsemane Cemetery

Crossing Lines – presentation by Rosalie Riegle

4 April 2016
Photo of Roasalie Riegle

Rosalie Riegle

Rosalie Riegle, peace activist and oral historian, will give a lecture at The College of St. Scholastica. Her recent oral histories are Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family and Community and a collection of dozens of peace activists telling their stories,  Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace.

She will speak at the Mitchell Auditorium on Thursday April 7 at 7:30pm.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Oblates, if you would like to come for Evening Prayer and supper, drop an email to Sister Edith.

Rosalie describes herself in her profile on Amazon:

“Here’s an informal biography, followed by Read more…

Retreat Registration Update

2 April 2016
Susan Stabile photo

Retreat leader Susan Stabile

The Oblate Retreat is next Saturday, April 9, 2016. Susan Stabile of the University of St Thomas will lead us, based on her book Growing in Love and Wisdom, in which she brings what she learned from her experiences with Tibetan Buddhism into her Catholic Christian faith.

The book is on sale at Monastery Books and Gifts already, at a discounted price.  It will be available on the day of the retreat as well.

Oblates, if you have not already registered (either at a meeting or by email), please send email to Sister Edith if you plan to attend the retreat.

Registration and refreshments will open at 8:30, and the Retreat will begin at 9 am.

The retreat replaces our regular Oblate meeting in April.  The last meeting before summer is on May 16, when we conclude our year of “Dialogue” with a Dialogue with the Future. 

Dialogue with Self – slides

14 March 2016

Here are the slides from the Oblate Meeting on March 13, 2016



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