American Monastic Newsletter

Volume 28, Number 1, February 1998


Monastic Enrichment Opportunities Abound

There will be two Monastic Study Weeks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey this summer. The first, July 6-10, will be presented by Matthias Neuman, OSB, on "Monastic Spirituality in Artistic Expression." In it, the history of monastic arts will be surveyed, as well as ways in which this tradition can inspire contemporary artistic expression. The July 13-17 session will be on "Monastic Culture and Sacred Music," led by Columba Kelly, OSB. Father Columba will explore the history and influence of monastic spirituality and its music, including the roots of later Western music and drama and the unique contribution of St. Hildegard.

Saint Meinrad's will also sponsor two extension courses in Monastic Studies at St. Mary's Abbey, Morristown, NJ. July 27-31, Terrence Kardong, OSB, will present "The Three Cenobitic Pillars: Pachomius, Basil and Augustine." Using the lens of their Rules, these three figures will be studied within the context of church and monastic history, as well as in relationship to Benedict's Rule. August 3-7 will be devoted to "Benedictine Spirituality: Its Place in the 21st Century," as presented by Sister Donald Corcoran, OSB Cam. She will address the tradition of Benedictinism and its role in transforming contemporary society. Information on offerings at both Saint Meinrad's and St. Mary's is available from:

Karen Harth
Saint Meinrad Continuing Education
Saint Meinrad, IN 47577
Phone 800-730-9910

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The Conference on the History of Women Religious will hold a conference at Loyola University in Chicago, June 21-24. The conference theme, "Through Multiple Lenses: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the History of Women Religious." will be addressed by panels composed of persons from varied disciplines approaching historical events from different perspectives. Program information and registration materials are available from:

Ann M. Harrington, BVM
Loyola University
Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
6525 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-508-8430

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Shalom Prayer Center offers Prayer of the Heart Retreat, a month-long contemplative experience for men and women in the prayerful environment of Shalom and Willamette Valley, July 1-31, 1998. Retreatants enjoy silence and solitude in a Benedictine monastic atmosphere amid Oregon's natural beauty. The retreat experience includes spiritual direction, contemplative sitting, teaching on prayer, and break-day outings to the nearby Pacific beaches, Cascade Mountains or Columbia River Gorge.

Shalom's nine-month sabbatical, Shalom Sabbath, is an unstructured sabbatical program with regular spiritual direction and many optional opportunities for renewal of mind, body and spirit. A monastic atmosphere provides contemplative space for reflection and spiritual renewal. Individuals may participate for nine months or for shorter periods as desired. Session I -- August to early December; Session II -- mid-January to mid-May. Write or call:

Shalom Prayer Center
840 South Main St.
Mt. Angel, OR 97362
Phone: 503-845-6773

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The Saint John's Monastic Institute will be held June 28-July 3. Francis Kline, OCSO, Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, Eugene Hensell, OSB and Placid Solari, OSB will lead an examination of "Cenobitic Life and the Culture of Individualism." The summer session of the School of Theology runs June 22-July 31, with many offerings in spirituality, liturgy, church history and other areas of theology. Semesters of study in Israel are also available. For a catalog and other information:

School of Theology
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321-7288
Phone 320-363-2102; Fax 320-363-2504

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St. Mary's Abbey, Morristown, NJ, will be hosting the second Benedictine Colloquium in July 1998. The colloquium seeks to bring together educators from Benedictine secondary schools to discuss issues of mutual concern. The keynote speaker at this year's colloquium will be Sister Cecilia Dwyer, OSB, of St. Benedict Monastery, Bristow, VA. Other workshop presenters will include Rev. Gregory Mohrmann, OSB, of St. Louis Abbey, St. Louis, MO; Sister Kathy Bilskie, OSB, of Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, IN; and Rev. Dan Ward, OSB, of St. Augustine's Priory, Nassau, Bahamas. Workshop topics will include school governance, school and abbey development and faculty development and evaluation. The colloquium runs July 17-19. For further information and/or registration form, please contact:

Rev. Luke Travers, OSB
St. Mary's Abbey/Delbarton
230 Mendham Rd.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone 973-538-3231, Ext. 3022


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