Tuesday, November 17 – Sunday, November 22
Co-sponsored by Holy Cross Monastery and the Friends of St. Benedict
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. We will pray alongside the monks for the full round of the daily office and be in silence for most of our time. We will have daily conferences led by two of the Brothers, which will help us to cultivate the practice of “listening with the ear of the heart.” Each day we will also spend time engaged in practical or manual work and in private study or reflection. After Compline each evening, we will enter the Great Silence until after breakfast the next morning. This time spent fully living into the monastic rhythm of life will, we hope, inculcate Benedictine values of listening, humility, silence, and hospitality, and help us to find a way to reorder our everyday lives.
The Friends of St. Benedict is an ecumenical organization that seeks to make the ancient wisdom and practice of Benedictine spirituality accessible to modern people. The Friends have been hosting Benedictine Experience retreats at Canterbury Cathedral and a few “thin places” in the US for more than thirty years. To learn more about the work of Friends of St. Benedict, please visit www.benedictfriend.org.
Cost: $595, deposit: $80