FAITH: Enrichment for church workers

Barbara Sutton, PhD, Scholar in Residence at the Benedictine Center is presenting two workshops for church workers called “Divine Spark: Kindling the Fires of Ministry.” These workshops are designed to renew and sustain the commitment of lay ministers, ordained ministers, parish staff and others who serve their churches and faith communities.

The sessions are as follows:

•Thursday, Jan 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., Dr. Sutton, who is also professor of pastoral theology at St. John’s School of Theology, will show leaders how to build and sustain healthy communities. The cost is $25.

•Friday, Jan 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Dr. Sutton will be joined by Victor Klimoski, PhD, former director of lifelong learning at St. John’s School of Theology; and Sam Rahberg, director of the Benedictine Center. They will help participants explore tools to sustain their commitment and cultivate an enduring ministry. The cost is $60, $75 for both days or $125 for overnight.

“The ebb and flow of ministerial life can cause even the most resilient to flicker,” says Rahberg.  “These workshops are designed to help participants see God in this darkness and find ways to cultivate an enduring ministry for the year ahead.”

For more information, go to, call 651-777-7251 or email The Benedictine Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood, located at 2675 Benet Road. 

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