Ministry Connections

Benedictine Center, St. Paul Monastery  651-777-7251

Mr. Sam Rahberg, M.A., Executive Director

I am privileged to serve on the Spiritual Direction staff at the Benedictine Center. I also facilitate a spiritual support group for those who provide care for a family member or loved one who is diagnosed with some form of dementia.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)  LBFE is committed to supporting and enriching the lives of isolated seniors.  It is such a privilege to be an office volunteer for this community.

Lutheran Diaconal Association  (LDA)

I am a consecrated Deacon in the LDA and express that relationship through the Community of Lutheran Deacons.

Marilyn Sharpe Ministries

Marilyn Sharpe, MA, principal.    612-202-8152

 Marilyn is a dear friend in the journey who helps me think, proofreads my newsletters, and asks me good questions.  She is an author, consultant, coach and parent educator

Indwelling Spirit: a Contemplative Benedictine Community

These are wonderful people with whom I think, pray and grow.  They help me stretch and to think differently.  What a gift.

Samuel Rahberg, MA, HELPING CHRISTIAN LEADERS SOAR introduced me to the Benedictine Way of life and is a good friend on the journey.  Sam challenges me, comforts me, and inspires me. 651.283.9955 mobile


Venite Ministries

Nancy Blanski serves as the lead person for this ministry.  I was privileged to serve on the founding Board of Directors and now walk in partnership with the ministry team.




Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]