Praying with Imagination

Praying with Imagination  


Photo by past participant R. Washington


The 2016 Praying with Imagination Retreat has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconveniences. 

Please check our Seeing the Word blog for current relfections and ways to pray with the Saint John's Bible.

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This retreat invites pastoral leaders and catechists to pray with the Illuminated Word of The Saint John's Bible and to extend that prayer through the arts of bookmaking, such as calligraphy, painting, and storytelling. The retreat's morning sessions empower participants to practice the Seeing the Word process, delve deeper into learning the rhythm of visio divina and facilitate the practice with others. The afternoon will invite participants to ground their own spirituality through developing their artistic imagination. 

It's a beautiful retreat experience. Mornings begin with the prayer practice of visio divina, followed by talks on Scripture, prayer, and facilitating. After lunch, participants work directly with a master artist to learn new techniques and spiritual art practices.

Retreat runs from 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, through breakfast on Friday, July 17. Cost of $600 includes lodging, meals, supplies, and program fee. A $200 discount is available for those in active ministry.


Barbara SuttonBarbara Sutton, D.Min., Associate Dean for Formation and Outreach for the Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. Barbara has worked with The Saint John's Bible Curriculum Project for the last five years. She is the author of the Seeing the Word: Program Manual and editor of the Seeing the Word Reflection Guides.




Anne Kaese, Calligrapher and Heritage Arts (Facebook: Anne is a calligrapher and works with heritage arts. She has been an avid supporter of The Saint John's Bible since its inception.



Dawn Carrillo

Dawn Carrillo, Director of Liturgy and Faith Formation for the Church of St. Mary in Melrose, MN. Dawn has an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary and is pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry. She has directed the faith formation and liturgical programs of several parishes, and has taught several college level courses in theology. 


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