Occasionally, we offer our own retreat programs.

 Check below to learn more about the upcoming retreats at our Abbey



Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Lenten Day Retreat 
Leader: Fr. Michael Philen, CMF, Chaplain, Abbey of St Walburga 
Cost: $35 per person, includes lunch

Join us for a day of prayer and reflection on forgiveness.

Wednesday, 16 May – Sunday, 20 May 2018
Gregorian Chant Workshop
 Leader:  Sr. Hildegard Dubnick, OSB
Cost:  $300 per person; includes private room and meals

 Are you intrigued by Gregorian Chant and curious to learn more about it?  Are you drawn to chant, but a bit uncertain about how to sing it?  Are you looking for a way to enliven your prayer life, personal or liturgical?  The Benedictine Nuns of the Abbey of St. Walburga invite you to deepen your understanding of and appreciation for this powerful art form.

 We will explore the interrelationship of music, language, and prayer.  You will become acquainted with Gregorian notation and with the principles of bringing this ancient music to life.

 No previous knowledge of chant is required, but basic familiarity with modern musical notation and terminology will be assumed.  We will go over the history of chant, and introduce the musical notation specific to Gregorian chant.  Because the program is to be partly a retreat, and not just a course of study, we will spend time actually experiencing the chants, and encourage participants to explore ways to incorporate song into their own prayer lives.

 By scheduling the workshop from Wednesday evening through Sunday morning, we hope to have time and opportunity to work intensively on a small number of chants, so that participants can become really comfortable with at least a few pieces.  There will be a lot of singing, but no one will be pushed out of his or her personal comfort zone.


 Sr. Hildegard Dubnick, OSB, has been singing Gregorian Chant as a member of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga since 1987.  She has been the Abbey's main organist since 1995.


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