Seek Peace and Pursue It:
Monasticism in the Midst of Global Upheaval

August 2 - 5, 2012

St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, MN

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Invitation to the Convention

Sandra Schneider's "clusters" of ministry are well represented in the four speakers for the upcoming ABA gathering. We encourage each member to invite someone who has never "done" the ABA biennial gathering: an Oblate? An associate? A fellow monastic who would benefit from involvement in the Academy? Someone curious and interested? If you know of a nearby group that identifies itself as "Benedictine," reach out and encourage them to join with other Benedictines through the Academy. Our boundaries are permeable and our hearts are welcoming. May we meet many new friends!

Guest Essays

Sister Laura Swan OSB, president of ABA, announced that she would be seeking thought-provoking pieces on the theme 'Seek Peace and Pursue It' for The American Monastic Newsletter in the issues preceding the 2012 convention with that theme.

Below are links to the essays.

"The Pursuit of Peace" by Norvene Vest (AMN, June 2011)

"Seek Peace" by Linda Soler OSB (AMN, February 2011)

"Seeking Peace" by Daniel Saavedra, OSB (AMN, October 2010)


Sister Susan Mika, OSB, of St. Scholastica Monastery, Boerne, TX, has long been committed to social justice and corporate responsibility issues, currently serving as the executive director of the Benedictine Coalition for Responsible Investment (CRI). She works with the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition, primarily consisting of religious groups in Texas. Susan is passionate about the possibilities for a more just society.

Brother Luke Devine, OSB, of St. Martin's Abbey, Olympia, WA, has taught in the religious studies department at Saint Martin's University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Christian Spirituality at the GTU in Berkeley. He is a board member for MID (Monastic Interreligious Dialogue), a passion of his. Brother Luke is also an artist.

Sister Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB, of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, MO, has been dedicating her "spare" time to translating the many volume commentary on the Rule of Benedict by the French Benedictine scholar Adalbert de Vogüé, OSB. She has published in The American Benedictine Review and Magistra. Sister Colleen presented a very fine paper at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, this year.

Weldon Nisly, Oblate of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN, is a pastor at Seattle Mennonite Church and active in peace ministry, serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams ( in Iraq, as a founder of the Mennonite Catholic peace group called Bridgefolk (, and with the Network of Biblical Storytellers. He has been a resident scholar three times at the Collegeville Institute.