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Full-day Retreat with Susan Stabile
Our last oblate meeting of the year takes place this Sunday, May 15. We finish our year of dialogue with the most difficult dialogue of all: the future. In the Conference, I will look at some of the ways we think about the future, and ways that we avoid thinking about the future. I will also consider how we can hear the future speaking to us, and how a dialogue might begin.
Our meeting begins as usual with Midday Prayer at 1 PM. We will have announcements, information about things happening this summer, the Conference, lively discussion, and refreshments to end. We look forward to seeing Northland Oblates soon.
At our retreat two years ago, and again a year ago, I mentioned the Zentangle™ method of contemplative drawing. There have been a few workshops at our McCabe Renewal Center that emphasized the contemplative aspect. I see today that the Duluth Public Library is offering two sessions – one downtown this Saturday (tomorrow as I write this) and the other in West Duluth on Thursday May 26. Both programs are free.
I’ve continued to practice Zentangle, mostly for the prayerful focus of the experience of drawing, although occasionally things of beauty appear. The practice has a spirituality: to draw without an eraser, to appreciate whatever appears, to release some specific ideal of what “ought” to be so that there is space for something new and unforeseen to occur. All of these have been rich for me, and, in their own way, echo our Benedictine way of life.
If you’ve been curious, this is a chance to have just a smidgen of a taste of Zentangle.
This coming Friday, May 6, Dr. Kevin Vaughan will present “Celtic Angels for a Catholic Church: Revisiting Angelology with Noel Dermot O’Donoghue.” Dr. Vaughan is the director of the Catholic Studies program at The College of St. Scholastica.
Kevin gave an earlier version of this presentation to the Sisters a few months ago. Lest the mention of angels bring to mind images of saccharine faces or chubby cherubs, rest assured that this is a much deeper and more profound theological and philosophical approach. Drawing on the insights of the Irish Carmelite Noel Dermot O’Donoghue, Kevin is seeking “a renewed understanding of angels.”
This is the last in the School of Arts and Letters Colloquium Series for the year. Lively discussion usually follows these presentations, and refreshments are served. The discussion usually ends just in time for Evening Prayer in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at 5:15pm.
- Date: Friday, May 6
- Time: 3:40 pm
- Location: Tower Hall Room 4119
- Cost: free
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John Allen will speak at the College of St. Scholastica on Wednesday, April 27. His presentation is titled The Mercy Miracle: The Spiritual Roots of Francis’ Papacy. He is a well-known Vatican analysis and the editor of Crux, the newly-independent Catholic news site operated in partnership with the Knights of Columbus.
- Where: Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica
- When: April 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm
- Cost: Free to the public
Pope Francis is an extraordinarily complex figure, Allen says, with a wide-ranging pastoral and political agenda. The heart of it all, however, is mercy, expressed in both his jubilee Holy Year of Mercy and his papal motto, “choosing through mercy.” In his presentation, John Allen will unpack how Pope Francis’ self-understanding as the “Pope of Mercy” lies underneath the entire scope of his activity as pontiff since his election in March 2013.
Allen is also the author of ten books on the Vatican and the Catholic Church, including “The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church” and The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution, just published in paperback.
Sister Armella Oblak died peacefully in the Benedictine Health Center on March 23, 2016. She was in her 68th year of monastic profession.
While she served in many ministries in health care and education, oblates are most likely to remember her for her warm welcome and generous care while she was the monastery Hospitality Director in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Services on Friday April 8
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
- Wake / Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.
- Visitation follows.
- Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m.,
Fr Peter Lambert presiding
- Rite of Committal in Gethsemane Cemetery