Spirituality Center●Studium Offerings: November 2021

A Practical Spirituality of Aging: The Paschal Mystery (VIRTUAL)

During this stay-at-home retreat, we will reflect on how the Paschal Mystery of loss, letting go and new life can help us embrace the invitation to a deeper and richer life in our later years. Our five mornings will be interactive and inspired by A Spirituality of the Paschal Mystery by Ronald Rolheiser and From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.  Afternoons and evenings will allow time for reading and continued reflection.

Dates: Monday, November 1, through Friday, November 5
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily
Facilitator: Becky Van Ness, OblSB
Limit: 11 participants, minimum of 7 participants
Fee: $125

Discussion of Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow

This book is the true story of a young man raised as a white supremacist whose godfather was the Grand Wizard of the KKK. Already a national leader in the movement, Derek Black is transformed by his experience of a group of Christian college friends who continue their friendship even after they learn of his racist beliefs. Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, this powerful account highlights the value of reaching out and listening deeply to people whose opinions differ from ours. Participants will need to obtain a copy of the book.

Dates: Mondays, November 8, 15, 22
Time: 2:30–4 p.m.
Facilitators: Delores Dufner, OSB, and Eunice Antony, OSB
Limit: 8 participants, minimum of 3 participants
Fee: $25

What is the Rule of Benedict and What is in it for Ordinary People?

This single session is for those who may know little or nothing about the Rule of Benedict and would like to know more. The session will provide a brief historical background and some analysis of the structure and content of the Rule. Major emphasis will be on the contemporary relevance of its spirituality. Registrants are asked to have an English translation of the Rule available.

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 9–11 a.m.
Facilitator: Katherine Howard, OSB
Limit: No upper limit, minimum of 2 participants
Fee: $60

Rainbow Support Evening

Parents/allies/friends and GLBTQ+ persons gather to pray, share stories and support each other. Confidentiality is maintained. Free will offering accepted.

Date: Thursday, November 11, 7–9 p.m.
Facilitators: Myrna Ohmann and Eunice Antony, OSB

What is the Rule of Benedict and What is in it for Ordinary People? (VIRTUAL)

This single session is for those who may know little or nothing about the Rule of Benedict and would like to know more. The session will provide a brief historical background and some analysis of the structure and content of the Rule. Major emphasis will be on the contemporary relevance of its spirituality. Registrants are asked to have an English translation of the Rule available.

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 9–11 a.m.
Facilitator: Katherine Howard, OSB
Limit: No upper limit, minimum of 2 participants
Fee: $50

Introduction to Centering Prayer: A One-Day Workshop

Centering Prayer is a simple method of silent prayer rooted in Christian tradition. This workshop consists of four sessions presenting the method in relationship to other forms of Christian prayer. Each session includes time for questions and discussion. Several 20-minute periods of the prayer itself are included.

Date: Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Facilitator: Katherine Howard, OSB
Limit: No upper limit, minimum of 2 participants
Fee: $120 (includes noon meal at the monastery)

Prayerful Pause: Advent Tending (VIRTUAL)

Gather to share common prayer of lectio divina (prayerful reading) using the Gospels of the Sundays of Advent, followed by a shared meal and fellowship. Meet with a sister spiritual companion for 30 minutes each week of Advent.

Dates: Wednesdays, November 24, December 1, 8, 15
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Facilitators: Mary Catherine Holicky, OSB, and Eunice Antony, OSB
Limit: 8 participants
Fee: $60

Friends and Prophets at the Border: An Advent Journey

John the Baptist and Mary the Mother of Jesus appear in the Advent liturgies as both friends and prophets of God. At this moment in our nation’s history, we find countless numbers of people at our borders, asking for shelter and asylum. This day of reflection and prayer explores this troubling question: Are the people at our borders “interlopers and intruders,” as some call them, or are they friends and prophets of God? How do John and Mary help us answer this question?

Date: Monday, November 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Facilitator: Christian Morris, OSB
Limit: 12 participants
Fee: $120 (includes noon meal at the monastery)

All programs are offered in person at the Spirituality Center, unless indicated. If an offering is indicated as virtual, it will take place via Zoom. Virtual participants will need access to a computer with camera, smart phone, tablet or any other device with Zoom capability. All programs and re-treats take place at central time (CT).