Browse our Fall Catalog

Fall Theme: Belonging

"We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here."

Brené Brown

Conversation Gatherings on Laudato Si'

Joan Mitchell, CSJ, will lead a 4-session conversation on Pope Francis's new encyclical Laudato Si'.

Sessions will be held at the Carondelet Center; more information and registration.

Read Ilia Delio's response to Laudato Si'
Ilia will present at the Fall Soul Conference this November.

Spiritual Development Program

Transforming Soul and Society

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality, broaden your sense of contribution to community and, if desired, certify you as a professional spiritual guide!

Apply now: applications being accepted through August 15.

More Information & Program Brochure

Spiritual Practices

Resumes September 8

Men's Centering Prayer
Resumes September 23

Walking in Harmony
Friday, August 14

9:30 - 11:30 am

Darwin & The God of Love: Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ

Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm

O'Shaugnessy Auditorium, SCU

Come and engage with scholar and former science teacher Elizabeth Johnson, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Drawing from her book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, she probes th meaning of creation in order to invigorate ethical behavior that cares for plants and animals with a passion integral to faith’s passion for the living God.

This event is free; however, tickets are required to assure seating.

For more information and to get tickets: or  651-690-6700

Events in the Wider Community

Voices on the River: The Meanings of Water

Sun., August 9, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Facilitated by Wisdom Ways past presenters John Marboe, Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein, & Ramona Kitto Stately and more!

In Beauty Walk On



May the gentle rain fall
on the dry soil of your heart
May the warm sun shine
on the cold soil of your heart

With beauty before and behind you
With beauty above and below you
With beauty around and within you
Walk on, in beauty walk on...

― Sara Thomsen, lyrics from May the Gentle Rain. Album Fertile Ground

Sara is the musician-in-residence at the Seeking the Sacred Thread Retreat going on through Wednesday, August 5.  To see photos of this event, click here. 

Leaf Falling, Bud Forming

A Circle of Trust Retreat®

September 17, 4:00 pm - Saturday, September 19, 12:00 pm

Autumn is a time of incredible activity in the natural world that helps frame important cycles and questions in our own lives.  As leaves fall away, leaving trees bare through the winter season, buds of new growth are often already formed. These and other autumn realities will shape our exploration of our own personal themes of transition, new growth, living in or preparing for dark times, and the powerful growth that occurs in seasons of our lives that seem more dead than alive.

This retreat combines the principles and practices of Circles of Trust and the power of music to help us understand and live into our lives. Developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, The Circle of Trust® approach creates a process of shared exploration where people can find safe space to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.

More Information & Registration

Elizabeth Gilbert Reads from Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

 Tuesday, September 29 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Author of the acclaimed Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert knows a few things about living a creative life. Now she shares a manifesto for living a more creative, courageous and expansive life in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Come hear Gilbert draw on her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity.

Gilbert’s aim is to offer people “a more humane and ancient approach to creativity—an approach that embraces mystery, believes in magic, and yes, even allows for the possibility of joy.”

More information & registration

 The Art Work of Dr. He Qi

He Qi blends Chinese folk customs & traditional Chinese painting with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, but adds his own techniques & style.

Widow's Offering

More info & building hours

Looking Ahead to Fall 2015

Men's Bridges to Contemplative Living Series
Wednesdays, September 2 & October 7, and Mondays, September 21 and October 19, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Beauty and Tenacity: Reflections in Song with Sara Thomsen
Saturday, September 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Hedgerow Initiative|Abounding in Spirit: Forging Faith in Questing Times
Mondays, September 21 - December 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art & Practice of Spiritual Memoir (Introductory Session)
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Event Location:

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