Advent: The Wonder of Waiting!
An Advent Retreat to kick off Christmas at the Monastery
In our culture of speed, instant gratification and efficiency, how do we as seekers of God’s presence find meaning in patient waiting?
What do the Gospels and The Rule of Benedict have to teach us about the wonder of waiting? These reflections will be addressed as we prepare for the meaningful moments of Advent.
The retreat is held at St. Paul's Monastery. In-person retreatants ($25 each) and Online retreatants ($15 each) share in time of presentation, reflection, and discussion. For any in-person retreatants wishing to stay for midday prayer and lunch the cost is $35 ($25 for the retreat and an additional $10 to cover the lunch).
Please consider an additional donation today! All money raised through this retreat benefits the Benedictine Center--a ministry of the Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery. Every dollar raised increases the Center's capacity to welcome every guest as Christ, to add vital programming, and to staff the ministry well.
Brief Biography of Michaela Hedican, OSB
Sister Michaela is a member of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota. She made her First Profession in 1964 and Perpetual Profession in 1967. She is a graduate of the College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth in education and holds two master’s degrees, one in religious education from Seattle University and the other in theology (Monastic Studies) from Saint John’s University School of Theology. She was a middle school/high school teacher and has served in a variety of community administrative positions. From 2003-9, S. Michaela served as President of the Federation of Saint Benedict and as prioress of Saint Bede Monastery from 2008 until the sisters of Saint Bede Monastery joined Saint Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, Minnesota on August 15, 2010. On February 27, 2011, she was elected 16th prioress of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. S. Michaela completed her term as prioress in June 2017. After a sabbatical she served as Director of Oblates from 2018 – 2023. Presently she is Director of Mission Advancement as well as serving in retreat ministry, as a spiritual director and as a member of the CSB+SJU Board of Trustees.