RETREAT: Praying with The Saint John’s Bible:
Illuminating Your Advent Gaze
Friday, December 7 begins 9:00 a.m. and ends Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m.
St. Scholastica Monastery
Creation, Donald Jackson with contribution by Chris Tomlin, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.
Come and see! Ignite your imagination for praying through the Advent season using the illuminations of The Saint John’s Bible. Retreatants will learn the practice of visio divina and also be introduced to the medieval arts of calligraphy and artistic illumination. This practice of praying with visual images is called visio divina or “divine seeing.” It is adapted from the sixth-century Benedictine practice of Bible reading called lectio divina, using both the text and art to help the reader encounter the living Word of God. The rhythm of visio divina ignites the senses to ‘hear and see’ the Word of God as one listens, meditates, and prays with the sacred text. Join us for this profound three-day retreat that will bring the Season of Advent alive for you!
Dawn Carrillo is the current director for the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery. Her passion lies in the area of creating opportunities for others to awaken to the wonder and beauty of life in God and all of Creation.
Barbara Sutton works extensively with the illuminations of The Saint John’s Bible through retreats, workshops, publications and preaching. Barbara is the director of field education and ministerial formation at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, MN. She is completing a year as Visiting Scholar at Saint Paul Monastery and Benedictine Center, St. Paul, MN. She utilizes contemplative prayer, visio divina, and expressive arts as her spiritual practices.
Meridith Schifsky is a longtime leader in the Centering Prayer community, spiritual director, contemplative artist, and retired holistic nursing faculty member.
Program Cost: $210 (includes meals and materials)
$320 with overnight stay (includes meals and materials)