Hildegard von Bingen Cell


Hildegard von Bingen, Engraving by William Marshall, Fuller's Holy State, 1648.
Hildegard von Bingen,
Engraving by William Marshall,
Fuller’s Holy State, 1648.

This cell group meets every other Saturday morning:

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South Street
Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Before 8:00 a.m.: Gather in Silence, Ryan Memorial Chapel
  • 8:00 a.m.: Morning Prayer
  • 8:15 a.m.: Time of Silent Prayer
  • 8:30 a.m.: Gathering, Frontier Room
  • 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast and Fellowship, Cafeteria.


Summer 2017: Text: The Vinedresser’s Notebook: Spiritual Lessons in Pruning, Waiting, Harvesting & Abundance, Judith Sutera, OSB, Nashville, Tenn.: Abindgon Press, 2014.

September through May, 2017–2019: New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton.

Sources: The Rule of St. Benedict, the Bible, and other resources.


The group’s discussions begin with the chapter’s prayer for the community of oblates. After spending a few moments on “housekeeping” items, one member of the group leads a time of lectio divina on a passage from The Rule of Benedict. Then a time of discussion, either on the reading from the book of the season or on another topic, follows.

Sample Discussion Topics

  • “Learning to Pray: A Journey through Benedict’s Chapter on Humility”
  • “The Life of St. Benedict Reflected in Postage Stamps”
  • “Gossip, Slander, and Complaining: The Control of the Tongue in Early Christian Monastic Literature”
  • Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option”.


Carol Roettmer Brewer.