October Events at the Spirituality Center●Studium

Prayer in Troubled Times

You are invited to join us for a free series of virtual Evening Prayer services, praying for the needs of the church and world in these troubled times. The series will focus on all who are suffering as a result of the coronavirus, racial inequities and the fragility of our planet Earth. Each 20-minute prayer session will include readings, spoken prayers and songs. The sessions will be posted on the monastery website and YouTube channel at 7 p.m. on Sundays, September 13, 20, 27 and October 4. No registration is required.

Laudato Si’

This year is the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ plea for respect for and care of the earth. The presentation will focus on the biblical and theological background of Laudato Si’ with emphasis on why concern for the environment necessarily goes along with advocacy for the most vulnerable people and nations of the earth. The presentation will last 35–40 minutes with 20–25 minutes for conversation.

Dates: Saturdays, October 10 and 17
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Facilitator: Vincent Smiles
Fee: $20. Registration and payment are due by October 5.

Aging With Grace: Letting Go and Embracing New Life

During this stay-at home retreat, we will reflect on how the Paschal mystery of loss, grief and new life can help us embrace the invitation to a deeper and richer life in our later years. We will explore how a growing sense of inner freedom can help us find new meanings and embrace new ways of being. Our five mornings will be interactive, inspired by a A Spirituality of the Paschal Mystery by Ronald Rolheiser and From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Participants need to be comfortable using Zoom for video conferencing. Afternoons and evenings will allow some time for reading and continued reflection.

Dates: Monday, October 12, through Friday, October 16
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every day
Facilitator: Becky Van Ness
Limit: 11 participants
Fee: $125. Registration and payment are due by October 5.

Ordinary Miracles: Writing Our Book of Delights

Every day for a year, poet Ross Gay looked for, found and recorded a moment of ordinary delight—a flash of beauty, a quiet or flamboyant act of kindness, a priceless memory. He recorded them—one for each day of the year—in his Book of Delights in short essayettes. In this moment in our personal and communal lives, we face the fear and forced isolation of the coronavirus pandemic and the challenge to face racial injustice. It’s more important than ever to honor the delights that comes to us as gifts, in the very midst of uncertainty and grief. The poet Patricia Fargnoli says that there are “three duties of the spirit”: serenity, grief and “slippery joy.” For the three weeks of this workshop, each of us will be on the lookout for those moments of delight and joy, write about them and offer them as gifts to each other. At the end, we’ll compile our own “Book of Delights.” Writers of all kinds and at all levels of experience are welcome.

Dates: Mondays, October 12, 19, 26
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Mara Faulkner, OSB
Limit: 12 participants
Fee: $90. Registration and payment are due by October 5.

All offerings through the Spirituality Center●Studium will be held virtually as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to participate in these virtual offerings, participants will need access to a device such as a computer with a webcam, iPad, smart phone, etc. You can register online below or call (320) 363-7112.