Current Program Schedule


Centering Prayer (Ongoing)

2nd & 4th Tuesdays:  Beginning September 12 and ending December 12, 2017 (7 sessions) @  10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

McCabe Renewal Center - 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, MN  55803


Join us for a group experience for Centering Prayer practitioners who have completed “Introduction to Centering Prayer.”  Deepen your Centering Prayer practice with us!

Facilitator: Lezlie Oachs is a practitioner of Centering Prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member.

$5 per session or $35/all sessions


Evening Centering Prayer (Ongoing)

1st & 3rd Tuesdays: Beginning September 19 and ending December 19, 2017 (7 sessions) @ 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

McCabe Renewal Center - 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, MN  55803

Join us for a group experience for Centering Prayer practitioners who have completed introduction to Centering Prayer.  Deepen your Centering Prayer practice with us!

Facilitator: Jim Reinke is a long time Centering Prayer practitioner.

$5/session or $35/all sessions


“All Things Apple”

An event for children in the 3rd and 4th grade

Thursday, October 19 OR Friday, October 20,2017 (Two identical sessions)   @ 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 Noon

McCabe Renewal Center - 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, MN 55803


“I’m bored, isn’t there anything to do during these two days of no school?”  Look no further than McCabe Renewal Center.  Come pick apples off the trees.  Make apple treats!  Create apple art!  Sing about apples and more.

Facilitator: Sister Dorene King, OSB is a MN licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center.

$20  Register early, openings limited to 10 children per session.  Scholarships available.

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Lives of Courage, Compassion and Connection

Saturday, October 21  @ 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

McCabe Renewal Center - 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, MN  55803

We are all made of strength and struggle.  What’s keeping you from showing up and living courageously in the most significant arenas of life?  If you desire a deeper awareness of your authentic self and a greater sense of belonging, this retreat day based on The Daring WayTM methodology of Dr. Brené Brown is for you.   The retreat will be centered on the words and example of Jesus to help us recognize what it takes to get back up after we fall and to claim our stories of courage.   We will explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, worthiness, compassion, and wholehearted living.

Facilitator: Kerry Sopoci is a licensed psychologist in Duluth, with degrees in counseling, psychology, theology and spirituality.  He is also certified in spiritual direction.

$75 (includes lunch and refreshments)

The divine dance

Book Discussion Group                                     

The Divine Dance; The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr, OFM

Mondays beginning October 23 and ending November 27, 2017 (6 sessions) @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Conference Room, Monastery Ground Floor - 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, MN  55811

“Rediscovering the Holy Spirit in the 21st Century.” Come pray, learn and discover new insights on the Blessed Trinity as the divine movement of love into which we are all drawn to participate.  The discussions will be based on the best-selling book The Divine Dance by Father Richard Rohr which expands our knowledge of how the three-in-one relational God provides the key to our own spiritual transformation and that of society.

Participants are required to have a copy of The Divine Dance (available through by the first session or may request the facilitator to order a copy for you—no later than October 16.

Contact: or call her at 218-723-6646.

Facilitator: Sister Mary Catherine Shambour, OSB is a longtime member of St. Scholastica Monastery,  retired secondary and college instructor and vocation director.

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Grief & Loss Retreat

"Remembering the Ebb & Flow of Life"

Saturday, October 28 @ 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Conference Room, Monastery Ground Floor - 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, MN  55811

This retreat seeks to help us understand the experience of Grief and Loss in our lives.  Through prayer, reflection, video discussion, writing and presentations by the facilitators, we will walk this Journey of Grief and Loss. We will consider the process, tasks and diverse emotions of grief that we experience.  Together we will reflect on the         re-shaping and re-framing of relationships and dreams that takes place in our lives as we face losses, transitions, and necessary adjustments.

We will learn ways of coping and walking this journey of healing within a community of support and faith.  Through prayer and a ritual of remembrance, we will seek peace as we “Remember the Ebb and Flow of Life.”

Facilitators: Sr. Pauline Micke, OSB earned her Master’s in Theology degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. She has been a Spiritual Director since 2008, and has served as a counselor for Addiction/Recovery Treatment Groups & Initial Assessment for nine years.  Currently, she is the outreach coordinator for the Center for Spirituality and  Enrichment at the monastery.

Kerry Sopoci is a licensed psychologist in Duluth, with degrees in counseling, psychology, theology, and spirituality.  He is also certified in spiritual direction.

$75 (includes lunch and refreshments)


Spirituality and Rosemaling 

Thursday, November 2 through Saturday, November 4, 2017  @ 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lake Superior Conference Room, Monastery Ground Floor - 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, MN  55811

This Telemark Rosemaling class is designed for beginners or fairly new rosemalers interested in the           Telemark style.  Master Instructor Teresa McCue Thompson will teach participants how to draw a traditional design and how to make it suitable for an object’s shape.  Participants will learn the basic strokes, how to mix their oil paints on a palette, and much more!  If you are interested but unsure of taking a class when you have never picked up a brush, Teresa’s response is: “Let’s paint!”  Participants will paint and take home a decorative plate.

Facilitator: Teresa Ann McCue Thompson, VGA (Vesterheim Gold Medalist) “Studying and painting Norwegian Rosemaling has been a major part of my life for over 25 years.  I am deeply indebted to the master painters I have studied with in Norway and at the Vesterheim, Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA.”  Sister Dorene King, OSB is the Program Coordinator for The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment.  She is a member of St. Scholastica Monastery.  All of her mother’s side of the family were immigrants from Norway.

$190  (includes lunch, refreshments and materials for all 3 days)


Intro to Centering Prayer  

Saturday, November 18  @ 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

McCabe Renewal Center - 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, MN  55803

A beginning session (or refresher for any who wish) to use the gift of contemplative prayer as a grounding force in a chaotic world.  In this ancient Christian form of prayer, participants practice its transformative power, learning to open themselves to God’s extraordinary love in ordinary, daily life.

Facilitator: Lezlie Oachs is a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member.

$45  (bring your own lunch, snacks and beverages provided)


Advent Retreat: “An Exploration of the Twofold Adventure of Waiting”

Saturday, December 2 @ 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Conference Room, Monastery Ground Floor


In this season of hope, this season for stretching our hearts, we are encouraged to be watchful, to be alert, and to wait in patience as we stay tuned to God’s presence in our lives.  We will explore how the practice of waiting in our spiritual lives is twofold.  One aspect of waiting is our waiting for God and the other is God’s waiting for us.  As we ponder the Advent scriptures, we find Mary and Elizabeth exemplifying this practice of waiting, affirming each other as they wait for the promise to be fulfilled.

Facilitator: Sr. Mary Josephine Torborg, OSB is a member of St. Scholastica Monastery and an Associate Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department of the College of St. Scholastica.  She has taught courses in Benedictine Tradition; Introduction to Spirituality; Spirituality of the 21st Century; Women Mystics and Spirituality of Aging for the past 31 years.  Sister Mary Josephine has directed a series of thirteen weekend spirituality conferences on various topics of concern in the Church and society.  Sister Mary Josephine received her B.A. in Nutrition from the College of St. Scholastica and her M.A. and Ph.D in Formative Spirituality from Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA.

$75  (includes lunch and refreshments)

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Everything That Rises Must Converge 

A Morning with Flannery O'Connor & Teilhard de Chardin

Tuesday, December 5  @ 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

McCabe Renewal Center - 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, MN  55803


The title of Flannery O'Connor's "Everything that Rises Must Converge" is taken from the philosophical writings of Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). The story was first published in 1964, the year O'Connor died at 39 years old from complications with lupus. During her short life, O’Connor wrote some of the finest short stories of the twentieth century.  They are collected in one volume, The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Lezlie Oachs and the Rev. Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski will be leading a group on "Everything That Rises Must Converge."  They will give information about de Chardin's writings as well as providing a hands-on activity to help readers consider how de Chardin's ideas might be influencing O'Connor's story.  Finally, the group will consider what gifts, if any, de Chardin and O'Connor bring to thoughtful twenty-first century readers.

Please read the story before coming to the group.  It will be available on reserve at the College of St. Scholastica Library for participants to read if they do not have another copy available.

Facilitator: Lezlie Oachs, taught English and women's studies at The College of St. Scholastica from 1998 - 2011.  The Rev. Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and retreat leader.  Both enjoy listening to the life stories of others.

$20  (includes refreshments)

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