Living Benedictine: Topics for 2014-2015
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Vocation: Benedictine Perspectives
Benedictine Family Life
Benedictines & Other Monastics
Jan 11 (2015)
Benedictines & Leadership
Benedictines Around the World
Apr 18 (Sat)
Retreat: Benedictine for the Long Haul
Living Your Oblation
- 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.
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.
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.
“Is Religion a Force for Good or Ill?”
The Peace & Justice lecture series at our college could not have a more relevant topic this year! As always, there will be four speakers whose views on the topic differ substantially. Chosen before ISIS over-ran Iraq and when Boko Haram was not a familiar term, the question of religion as a force for good or ill in the world is now front-page in the news.
William Cavanaugh: The Myth of Religion Violence on Oct. 6
A professor of theology at DePaul University, William Cavanaugh has been a lay worker in a poor area of Santiago, Chile, a Catholic Studies professor and is a senior research professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He has written a book on this evening’s topic: The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict.
- When: 7:30pm on Monday, October 6
- Where: Mitchell Auditorium, The College of St. Scholastica
- Cost: Free
Oblates are invited for Evening Prayer and/or supper with the Sisters before the talk. Contact Sr. Edith before Oct 3 to let her know if you want to come for supper.
Other lectures in the series:
For the last two years, we have worked intensively on the spiritual life of Benedictines. This year, we will take those ideas and widen our gaze, looking at ways that Benedictines have lived – and are living – from that spiritual reality in a variety of settings.
Here’s the line-up for the coming year:
Sept 7: What is Vocation? Benedictine Perspectives.
The word “vocation” never appears in The Rule, but is a clear element. Vatican II theology highlights God’s call on the life of every Christian – each of us has a vocation. For Oblates, this includes the Benedictine charism.
Note: Oblates are invited to join the Benedictine Sisters in celebrating the Perpectual Monastic Profdesion of Sister Gretchen at 11am in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel.
Oblates: You are invited to mix with the sisters at the noon meal.
RSVP by Wednesday September 3.
MEETING will begin at 1:30pm
Oct 12: 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.
Nov 9: Holy Benedictines
November begins with the celebration of All Saints followed by the day we commemorate all who have died. At this meeting, we’ll take an in-depth look at Hildegard of Bingen, and share an overview of many other holy Benedictines, ancient and modern, whose struggles and examples can help us live our vocation. Special presentation by Sister Paule Pierre.
14 Dec: Benedictines and Other Monastics
Most religious traditions have some form of monastic life, many with practices similar to The Rule. In this time of Advent, we consider some of these traditions, and learn from their perspectives on Benedict’s Rule. Readings and discussion with John Pastor.
11 Jan 2015: Benedictines and Leadership
With the start of the new year, the Benedictine Sisters begin the process of discernment and election of a prioress. Oblates are called to leadership in a variety of ways as well. We’ll look at what The Rule teaches about leadership, and also what modern CEOs take away from Benedict’s Rule for their roles.
8 Feb: Benedictine Works
St Benedict does not assign any particular work to his monks other than prayer and the necessities for maintaining the household. Benedictines have sponsored schools, retreat centers, hospitals and health care, outreach, pastoral work and many other works. Benedictine artists, musicians, authors and scholars bring a particular flavor to their work. Benedictines share that charism in their sponsorship of large organizations and through the Oblates’ own lives. In February, we’ll consider whether and how that charism makes a difference.
15 Mar: Benedictines Around the World
St Benedict lived in Italy; Europe was the center of the Benedictine way of life for centuries. In modern times, it has spread far and wide. There are more Benedictine monasteries, and a larger number of Benedictines, in the nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America than all of Europe and North America combined. Living by the same Rule , they give us good insights across cultures. Special presentation related to our Twinning Communities.
18 Apr: Retreat: Benedictine for the Long Haul
Our annual retreat focuses on living the vocation of Benedictine Oblate with depth and intensity through the changing times and situations of life. Conferences, prayer experiences, and discussion give us a chance to ponder, plan and refresh.
17 May: Living Your Oblation
At the end of this year of considering the myriad of ways and situations in which the Benedictine way of life is found, and on the day traditionally reserved for people to make their own Oblation, our discussion will focus on being Benedictine day by day. We will focus especially on the Oblate promises and commitments.