August 18-21, 2011
This gathering was keynoted by S. Irene Nowell OSB and S. Mary Collins OSB who explored respectively "Fidelity to the Word of God in a Divided Church" and "Discovering Hope from a Dim Horizon". Each presentation was followed by time for private reflection and facilitated dialogue. Break-out sessions explored other aspects of Sharing Benedictine Peace in a Divided Church, including "It's So Peaceful Here--Really?", "Keeping Peace: Monasteries and Retreat Centers Relating", and "Risk Management and Safety Issues."
S. Jeanne Ranek OSB was recognized for her long service as executive director of the ABRC and a new Leadership Team members were elected to replace outgoing members S. Michaela Randolph OSB (with thanks for a full term and additional hosting term) and S. Dorthoy Manuel OSB: S. Carol Falkner OSB (Co-Director), S. Eleanor Suther OSB, and S. Marilyn Schroering OSB, joining ongoing members—Abbot Leo Ryska, OSB, Jean Maher, OSB, and Co-Director Sam Rahberg. OblOSB.
Dates and site for the next biennial conference are August 22-25, 2011, at St. Benedict's Monastery, Benet Lake, WI.
August 20—23, 2009
The Biennial Conference 2009, hosted by Benedict Inn, Beech Grove, IN, was keynoted by Fr. Terrence Kardong, OSB with reflections on contemporary culture and implications for retreat ministry following a half-day retreat led by S. Julianne Babcock, OSB, utilizing illuminations from the Saint John’s Bible. Another highlight of the gathering came from members’ sharing their best Benedictine ideas and interaction over issues of concern in the retreat ministry endeavor.
Leadership Team members for the next term include newly-elected Dorothy Manuel, OSB, and Sam Rahberg, OblSB joining ongoing team members—Abbot Leo Ryska, OSB, Jean Maher, OSB, Michaela Randoph, OSB, and Executive Director Jeanne Ranek, OSB.
May 6-8, 2008
August 18 - 21, 2005
The fourth biennial conference was held at the Coury Retreat House Center Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco, Arkansas. Out keynote speaker was Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB. Abbot Kodell gave three presentations on Treating Guests as Christ, Opening a Door to Interior Freedom. Other activities of the conference included, several breakout sessions, sharing best Benedictine idea, a short business meeting. The conference concluded with a tour of some of the local attractions and dinner at Wiederkehr's Winery Restaurant. There were twenty-three participants in attendance at this conference.
First Newsletter was published.
The planning team met at Subiaco, Arkansas to plan the 2004 conference. Br. Mel Stinson hosted the planning committee.
ABRC met at St. Benedict's Retreat and Conference Center in Winnipeg, Canada. There were twenty-nine participants at this conference. Rev. Eugene Hensell was guest speaker. Eugene's conferences focused on our retreat centers as places of Benedictine Hospitality. Other activities of the conference included: Participants shared something that was successful in their centers, process time using Open Technology format, a short business meeting. The following participants agreed to plan the next conference: Chair- Andrew Anderson ObOSB, Mary Luke Jones, OSB, Jeanne Ranek, OSB, Mel Stinson, OSB and Barbara C. Schimtz, OSB. The conference ended with a dinner cruise on the Red River.
The planning committee for the 2002 conference met in San Antonio, Texas Date. Andrew Anderson, OblOSB and the Omega Center graciously hosted the committee.
August 17 - 20, 2000
The second conference met at Kordes Retreat Center. The focus of this conference was exploring the following issues:
May 28 - 29, 1999
The Planning Committee for the 2000 Conference (Alexander Plasker, OSB; Kate Casper, OSB; Andrew Anderson, ObOSB; Jan Ginzkey, OSB and Barbara Schmitz, OSB) met in Colorado Springs to plan the next ABRC Conference.
August 27 - 30, 1998
The first conference was held at Kordes Retreat Center with twenty-eight participants. Participants represented nineteen centers. The conference focus was hospitality, prayer, programming and administration. Presenters included Sisters Carol Faulkner, Betty Drewes, Joella Kidwell, Barbara Lynn Schmitz, Archabbot Lambert Reilly and Sue Ellspermann, facilitator. At the conclusion of the first conference participants stated they were interested in continuing to hold a conference, every two years. Other items of interest discussed were: 1) posting members websites, 2) holding a conference every two years, 3) asking for volunteers to plan the 2000 conference and 4) viewing this group as a resource for all Benedictine Retreat Centers.
An initial letter was sent to all Benedictine Houses in the United States and Canada. The letter was addressed to the prioresses, abbots and retreat house directors. The letter asked if there would be an interest in a meeting of Benedictine Retreat Centers to explore the mission of Benedictine Retreat Houses in today's society. Over half of the Benedictine Communities that received the inquiry letter replied in the affirmative. In light of the positive response, planning for the first conference began.
2009 Beech Grove
2009 Beech Grove