Spiritual Practices

Tuesdays, 9/8 - 12/22
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
Wednesdays, 12/16 & 1/20
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 12/11 & 1/8
9:30 - 11:30 am

Osseous Stirrings

Art Exhibit

November 9 - December 31

Photographer Emilie Bouvier has created an exhibit in light of climate change and of ancient narratives from Ezekiel and Genisis concerning, bone, dust, and cries from blood - soak soil. They are images of ecological lament and fragile vitality that invite an earth-formed perspective on narrative and justice in the age of climate crisis.

Apparition 2

Hedgerow Abounding in Spirit

Next session 11/30
6:30 - 8:30 pm

We will explore the heart of issues challenging our faith today: our treatment of the natural world, and the poverty and prejudice embedded in U.S. social structures.


November 30:  "Wisdom Was Made Flesh and Pitched Her Tent Among Us,"  "Jesus and Women, 'You are set free' (Bent over woman|," "Interpreting Scripture Through Women's Eyes"

Featuring SCU Theology Department Associate Professor Colleen Mary Carpenter

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Download Hedgerow Syllabus

*Photo credit: Kabeya Pictures

Synod on the Family  Where does it lead?

Deborah Rose-Milavec, Executive Director of FutureChurch will share a first hand report of her attendance at the Synod on the Family in Rome as part of her blogging and reporting work with FutureChurch.

Free Lecture: Wednesday, 12/9

Two options: 1:00 - 3:00 pm OR 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Lecture will be at the Carondelet Center and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates Acts of Chapter Committee.

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Outdoor Labyrinth

Come and walk our new labyrinth!

The labyrinth is located behind Carondelet Center; parking in the Carondelet Center is free.

Rest in the Grace of the World

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things" from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

The Unruly Mystic

St. Hildegard of Bingen

Tuesday, December 8th, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Join us for the premiere showing of a new documentary telling the story of a powerful but still little-known saint and muse who invites us to experience the ordinary touching the divine. Filmmaker Michael Conti tells the story of Hildegard of Bingen and explores the ways she continues to have a profound impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians and educators. Following the film, Mary Kaye Medinger and Sue Swanson will facilitate a conversation around how Hildegard inspires us. Katy Taylor, who has studied Hildegard’s music, will lead us in singing chants and melodies.

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Writing the Sacred Journey

Monthly Writing Session

Friday, December 18, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

God (and good writing) in the Details

The right details bring light and life to a story.  We’ll practice finding details that work and look through our descriptions to the numinous meaning they reveal.

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Winter/Spring Sessions now open for registration! Learn more.

Winter's Pause: A Sacred Journey through Poetry, Song, and Silence

Thursday, December 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Join us for a blessed respite from the headlong rush of the frantic world. Step into this slow solstice time to savor beauty, reflect, and breathe. Ponder the wisdom of wise ones whose voices reach through the ages to touch our lives.

We’ll taste the resonant, candlelit silence. We will sing together as well – simple songs that evoke the blessings of this solstice time and remind us of our deep connection to each other and all that is.

Singer/songwriter Barbara McAfee, will be our guide on this exquisite expedition. 

Join us to find the jewels in the darkness.

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Rest and Reflect: Advent Opportunities

Join us for our upcoming opportunities this Advent as we turn to these days of waiting and anticipation.

Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent
Mondays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, & 21, 10:00 - 11:00 am

*This class is now closed for registration. To be put on a waiting list, please call 651.696.2788

Tuesday Noonday Meditation
Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, & 22, 12:00 - 12:40 pm

 Advent Day of Contemplative Prayer
Saturday, December 19, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm


Advent Evening Prayer: "A door to MERCY opens"
Sundays, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, & 12/20, 4:30 pm
Join us for singing Holden Evening prayer, reflection and music at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel.

Call 651.696.2805 for more information.  Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates. Registration not required. 

Looking Ahead: 2016

Seeking God in the Stillness: A Winter Retreat
Thursday, January 14 - Saturday, January 16, 2016

Writing the Sacred Journey (Monthly Session):  The Wisdom of Childhood
Friday, January 22, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art & Practice of Spiritual Memoir (Introductory Workshop)
Saturday, February 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  

Red Roads and Blue Highways: An American Journey in Song & Word
Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Writing the Sacred Journey (Monthly Session):  Epiphany
Friday, February 26, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Event Location:

Unless otherwise noted, events are held at:
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet