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Living Benedictine: Topics for 2014-2015
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Sep 7 Vocation: Benedictine Perspectives
Oct 12 Benedictine Family Life
Nov 9 Holy Benedictines
Dec 14 Benedictines & Other Monastics
Jan 11 (2015) Benedictines & Leadership
Feb 8 Benedictine Works
Mar 15 Benedictines Around the World
Apr 18 (Sat) Retreat: Benedictine for the Long Haul
May 17 Living Your Oblation

+Sister Monica Loughlin, R.I.P.

22 October 2014

Sister Monica Laughlin, age 92, died at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2014 at home at St Scholastica Monastery.  

Sister Monica’s primary ministry was in music, teaching at the College of St Scholastica, serving as liturgy director for the monastery, and contributing her talents in many performance.  A woman of deep faith, she inspired many of the Sisters during their years at the College as students or colleagues; she was much loved throughout her decades of ministry.

Sister Monica had a smile that could brighten anyone’s day. May she now enjoy God’s embrace and the smiles of family, friends and the angels in paradise welcoming her home.

Join us in celebrating her life: 

Wake Service with Evening Prayer:  October 31, 2014 at 7:00pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel.

Visitation 6:00-7:00pm and after the Wake until 9:00pm.

 Mass of Christian Burial:  November 1, 2014 at 10:30am in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Visitation 9:30-10:15am before the Mass

Rite of Committal to the Earth following Mass in Gethsemane Cemetery

“Is there a place for Oblates in the 21st Century?”

22 October 2014

These are the slides from a day-long retreat with the Oblates of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, Illinois.  About 55 or 60 oblates came to the retreat from their several branch groups – some located as far away as northwest Indiana.  The conversation was lively, and the presentation well-received.

Oblates: You’re invited!

14 October 2014
Oblates are part of our Benedictine community, united with us in living the Benedictine way of life.  We invite you to also share in our community life at any of the following events.
  • Is Christianity Good for American Politics? Noted atheist Susan Jacoby speaks in the Peace & Justice lecture series. Tuesday October 21 at 7:30pm in the Mitchell Auditorium. Oblates are invited to join us for Evening Prayer at 5:15pm and/or a quick soup supper before the talk. Let us know a few days ahead of time if you plan to come for supper – then we’ll make enough soup!
  • Vespers for All Souls Day on Sunday November 2 at 5:00pm.  At this special service, we remember the Sisters who have gone home to God during the past year.  We place their profession lamps on the altar and call to mind their works and their personalities.  The Communion of Saints is almost palpable as we remember them in our midst, praying with us.  Oblates are invited to stay for Sunday Supper (let us know a few days ahead of time) or for the College Mass at 6:30pm.
  • Joy of the Gospel: Action for Justice Catholic sister, attorney, and poet known as an outspoken advocate for social justice, Sister Simone Campbell will speak in the Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Dialogue series on Tuesday November 11 at 7:30pm in the Mitchell Auditorium.  You are invited to join the Sisters for Evening Prayer at 5:15pm and/or for a quick soup supper before the talk.  Let us know a few days ahead of time so we make enough soup. 

If you’d like to stay over after one of the talks, contact Sister Renata to reserve a guest room if one is available.

Sister Simone Campbell and the Nuns on the Bus


Benedictine Perspective on Family Life: slides

12 October 2014

How can a Rule written 1500 years ago for monks have any relevance to family life in the 21st century? That’s the question Benedictine Oblates take up today.

October 12 Meeting: Family Life

6 October 2014

Our October Oblate Meeting is this Sunday, October 12, at 1pm. Our topic is:

Benedictine Family Life

“The Rule is written for dozens or hundreds of adults living under one roof – but it has a lot of wisdom for living modern family life.  Perspectives from The Rule and from modern lay people.”

I look forward to sharing some experience of people have applied the Rule to their families, my own studies, and your experiences of living in families.  Although I had not thought of it when I chose the topic, this is the week that the Extraordinary Synod on the Family began in Rome, and there will be some insights to share from those proceedings as well.


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