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Founders’ Day Concert &?Celebration this Sunday

The public is invited to attend the 10th annual Founders’ Day Concert & Celebration at the Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Monastery Chapel on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The free concert is presented by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel and the Queen of Angels Oblates to celebrate and thank God for the sisters’ 131-year history of community life and service to others. The Benedictine Sisters were established as a religious community in Oregon in October 1882.

Among those scheduled to perform at the concert are Brother Niels Nielsen, (Order of St. Benedict), doucaine, and Christopher Wicks, organ; Barbara and Katie Hill, vocals; Cessare Galuska, piano; Jason Pegis, cello; Marjory Lange, violin/viola; Gary Vocano, flute; and the Benedictine Sisters Choir.

Following the concert, the Benedictine Sisters and Queen of Angels Oblates will host a reception for all guests and performers in Agatha Hall. The drawing for a 2013 Honda Civic LX, which is being raffled by the Benedictine Foundation, will take place during the reception at 4 p.m.

Since 1995, the car raffle has raised $670,000 for the Benedictine Sisters’ retirement and vocation funds. The sisters use raffle proceeds to help care for their older members and to reach out for new members who will sustain their vital ministries into the future. Raffle tickets are $50.

The concert is free and open to all; a free will offering at the concert will help support the Sisters’ Retirement Fund.

Queen of Angels Monastery is located at 840 S. Main St. in Mount Angel.

For more information about the Founders’ Day Concert, car raffle tickets or directions to Queen of Angels Monastery, call the Benedictine Foundation at 503-845-2556 or visit www.benedictine-srs.org.

Shalom retreat Nov. 1 focuses on “Falling in Love with God”

Shalom Prayer Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters, offers “Falling in Love with God,” an overnight retreat to be held Nov. 1-2.

This retreat is geared toward those who long for a deeper walk with God. According to organizers, participants will learn to: read, reflect, respond and rest in God’s love with new eyes and ears; avoid the four pitfalls that can block God’s love; discover what it means to have the passion of an undivided heart; and risk moving forward to capture your season of joy.

Diana Greene is a spiritual director, author, and retreat and seminar speaker. She has a master’s degree in ministry from Western Seminary.

The cost of the retreat, including overnight accommodations and three meals, is $125 if registered by Oct. 25. Participants may join the Benedictine community for vespers at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, but the retreat proper doesn’t begin until 7 p.m. The fee for commuters is $65, including Saturday lunch.

To register or learn more about this retreat visit www.benedictine-srs.org/shalom, call Shalom Prayer Center at 503-845-6773 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..