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Programs, Events and Discussions 
Judith and Charles Reynard are frequently seen on the lecture circuit and are occasionally available for readings.  Look through the calendar for openings and use the contact button to inquire about educational opportunities or any other interest you may have.
2017 Calendar of Events:
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Fri. June 23 -Sun. June 25
Art of Living Retreat

Is it possible to pause periodically during our busy days and still be productive? 

Throughout the ages the greatest spiritual thinkers, including St. Benedict, often talked of the need for pausing and practiced this art in their lives.  

This retreat will offer practical ways based on monastic practices, prayer and reflection, for slowing down, finding greater balance, recharging the mind and nourishing the soul.

St. Mary Monastery
Benet House Retreat Center
2200 88th Street West
Rock Island IL

Check in 6 p.m. June 23
Program: 7 pm June 23 to Noon June 25

Register and pay in full by May 23: $230 (private room)
$215 (shared room).
Registrations after May 23: $245 (private room)
$230 (shared room)

Commuter fee: $155, includes lunch, dinner and brunch

Contact: Sister Bobbi Bussan rbussan@smmsisters.org

April 4
10 a.m.
St. Peter's University
Jersey City, NJ
A Conversation with Poet Edward Hirsch
Valente-Blihar Families Distinguished Poets Series

April 5
7 p.m.
West Caldwell Public Library
"Why Poetry Matters"
Poetry Reading wit Judith Valente, Charles Reynard and Mary Ann Miller
West Caldwell, NJ

April 6
7 p.m.
Caldwell University
Caldwell NJ
Poetry Reading and Launch of "Presence" poetry magazine

April 12
5:30 p.m.
League of Women Voters "Drinks and Dialogue"
Judith Valente on "The Rise of 'Fake News'"

April 18
1 p.m.
Keynote Address on "The Art of Pausing"
Campground Owners Association Annual Meeting
Double J Campground
Chatham, IL

April 22
7 p.m.
Illinois Associated Press Awards Ceremony 
Eastland Suites
Urbana, IL

April 23
2 p.m.
Thomas Merton Society Monthly Meeting
Presence Resurrection Center
Chicago IL

June 23 & June 25, 2018
7 p.m. Fri to noon Sun
"The Art of Pausing" Retreat
St. Mary Monastery
2200 88th Avenue West
Rock Island, IL
Reservations Required
Contact: Sister Bobbie Bussan
309 912 2218 or retreats@smmsisters.org

July 14-17, 2018
Oblate Institute 
Mount St. Scholastica Monastery
Topic: Art of Living 
801 S. 8th Street
Atchison, KS

July 21-23, 2018
American Benedictine Academy Conference
Our Lady of the Grove Monastery
Beech Grove, IN