Getting Ahead of Busy
Recently, I was leading a follow-up workshop in Bemidji with 24 community leaders. As we began, participants were invited to fill us in on what had been happening since last time. This is a paraphrase of what I heard most often: "I have never been so busy. There are not enough hours in the day. I am already feeling overwhelmed."
This is the lament of this era as the pace of life quickens, and notions of living a balanced life wane. There is no easy remedy though we are told by the ancients that sometimes the only way to break the grip of distraction is to flee to the desert. Collegeville is not the desert, but it is a place for retreat where people can sort out the choices needed to live a more centered life.
That is the purpose of two upcoming retreats. Next week, Kathleen Cahalan leads a week of visio divina, inviting people to immerse themselves in illuminations from the Saint John's Bible. It is an experience of how imagination can sharpen one's ability to see deeply into the Word. Then in November, Barbara Sutton will lead our second Taking Stock retreat that guides pastoral ministers as they reclaim what it is that grounds and sustains them in ministry.
Opportunities like these are not magical. They simply mark a moment when one breaks free long enough to choose wisely how to live. Consider joining us.
| Stories of our Students |
Donna Madej '81
"My love of monasticism has taken many forms. At Saint John's School of Theology, I was immersed in the study of monastic spirituality in the contemplative setting of Collegeville while enjoying colleagues from all over the United States. Those years were very formative for me."
Read the rest of Donna's story here.
| Seeing the Word |
Seeing the Word is a spirituality study program combining the Illuminations of The Saint John's Bible with the ancient practice of visio divina ("divine seeing").
Visit SeeingTheWord.org for ordering information and to learn more about this exciting program. A new guided tour of the Seeing the Word Reflection Guides is available and makes a great introduction to the flow of Seeing the Word.
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Looking for an introduction on facilitating Seeing the Word in your church or organization?
Visio Divina and Advent: October 19, 2011 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. More info
The Art of Visio Divina: November 8, 2011 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. More Info
Our previous webinar on using visio divina in RCIA was recorded and is available online.
|Sacred Art uncorked |
Sacred Art uncorked
October 15, 2011
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Loyola University Museum of Arts (LUMA)
A Young Adult event on encountering the divine through the beauty of art
Join us as we view original manuscript pages from The Saint John's Bible, a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible for the 21st Century.
The event will begin with a presentation on Sacred Art and a visual prayer experience. It will then move to the exhibit hall where several original manuscript pages of The Saint John's Bible are on display.
The event will conclude with a chance to share experiences and a wine & cheese social. Non-alcoholic beverages available for those under 21.
Taylor Morgan, M.A.
SOT Alum '11
Presented by the School of TheologyˇSeminary in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago "ReCil" (Reclaiming Christ in Life) Young Adult office.
Presenter: Taylor Morgan, M.A. Theology
Project Coordinator, Saint John's School of TheologyˇSeminary
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|Praying With Imagination |
Visio Divina II:
Praying With Imagination
October 17-21, 2011
Directed by Kathleen A. Cahalan
Visio Divina II: Praying with Imagination is designed for those people who have attended a visio divina retreat and would like more time for silence, spiritual teaching, and individual art. The retreat will be directed by Kathleen A. Cahalan, who has led the Praying with Imagination retreat for the past five years. The emphasis of the retreat will be less on making a book and more on filling a book with the words and images of our lives.
|Theology Day |
Vincent Smiles, Ph.D.
Reflections of God in Scripture and Science
In addressing the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appealed to the ancient idea that nature and revelation are like two books by which humans can strive to understand creation and the Creator.
This idea invites reflection not only on how the Bible and science relate to one another, but also on how their differing ways of knowing reflect human nature as created in the divine image. The thesis of this lecture is that humans are created to know God and that such knowing can be found in the chapters both of the Bible and of science.
Vincent Smiles, Ph.D, is professor of Theology in the undergraduate Department of Theology of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. He graduated from Saint John's School of TheologyˇSeminary in 1975 with an M.A. in Theology and completed his Ph. D. at Fordham University in 1989.
Dates and Locations
- Oct. 20, 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis)
- Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University)
There is no fee for Theology Day, but registration is required. Free-will offerings and gifts to support the mission of the School of TheologyˇSeminary are gratefully accepted.
|Ministerial Renewal Retreat |
Taking Stock: A Renewal Retreat For Ministers
Do you need some time to reflect on the mystery of God?
November 13-18, 2011
Directed by Rodney Bluml &
This ministry renewal retreat will provide people with the opportunity to take stock of their lives in ministry, explore the lessons learned, and identify specific ways they can take to return to ministry with renewed vitality and a deeper sense of vocation. All that in five days. We will be attentive to a daily rhythm that provides plenty of space for individual prayer and walks along the Lake.
"This retreat was a gift for me as an opportunity to take stock of my life as a lay minister in challenging times. The balance of solitude, conversations with other ministers, prayer with the monastic community, sustained lectio divina, silence, poetry, and caring leadership was just what I needed."
Director of Faith Formation
Saint Thomas More Parish, St. Paul
The cost for this retreat is $200, which includes housing at the Abbey Guesthouse and meals. Scholarship funds are available by contacting Barbara Sutton at email@example.com.
Each retreat participant will receive a copy of the Illuminating Ministry journal.
| National Catholic Youth Choir |
Applications are now being accepted for the National Catholic Youth Choir's 13th season, June 12-27, 2012. Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB is the choir's founding director and is led by world renowned choral conductor Dr. Axel Theimer.
For more information, please visit catholicyouthchoir.org
|Illuminating Ministry Journal - Volume II |
Illuminating Ministry: A Journal
Each chapter features an inspiring story, a scripture passage paired with an illumination from The Saint John's Bible, a reflection on the illuminated word, and ways in which the study is connected to the charisms of ministry.
A sample of the journal follows. It is the Story section of the Conversatio chapter, written by Vicki Ix, OSB, vocation director of the Benedictine Community in Bristow, VA.
"No one enters a monastery hoping they will become the vocation director. The prioress or abbot entrusts this ministry to those who have "fallen in love" with the monastic way of life and have the potential to share its goodness with others discerning a vocation. Without a doubt is the most challenging, inspiring ministry I have ever done. The past six years, admittedly both gift and cross, have led me deeper into the graced reality of monastic life and made me more aware of God's movement in the lives of seekers. That is not to say that this ministry has been easy."
|Spring 2012 Course Offerings|
Spring 2012 Courses are now listed, with many great opportunities!
- New and current students
- Full, part-time, and weekend schedules
- Degree seeking, certificate, and lifelong learning
For course descriptions and for registration information, please click here.
Contact Mary Banken, Director of Admission, for additional information by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 320-363-2102 or 800-363-8318.
DOCT 408 01A Ecclesiology
DOCT 424 01A Theology of Sacraments and Worship
HHTH 400 01A Patristics
HHTH 403 01A Medieval Church History
HHTH 468 01A History of Christian Prayer
Mary Forman, OSB
LANG 402 01A Reading Ecclesiastical Latin II
Anthony Ruff, OSB
LANG 403 01A Reading French I
LTGY 400 01A History and Sources of Liturgy
LTGY 424 01A Theology of Sacraments and Worship
LTGY 468 01A Liturgical Presidency
LTGY 468 02A Rites for Vocation
Anthony Ruff, OSB
LMUS 407 01A Applied Organ
LMUS 408 01A Applied Voice
LMUS 408 02A Applied Voice
LMUS 409 01A Applied Composition
LMUS 433 01A Service Playing
LMUS 435 01A Service Leadership
LMUS 439 01A Liturgical Music Practicum
Kim Kasling/Anthony Ruff, OSB
LMUS 468 01A Gregorian Chant Schola
Anthony Ruff, OSB
LMUS 468 02A Final Project-Recital
MONS 434 01A Monastic Spiritual Theology
Luke Dysinger, OSB
MORL 422 01A Christian Social Ethics
MORL 468 01A Ethics in a Global Church
Kathy Lilla Cox
PTHM 401 01A Evangelization and Catechesis
PTHM 408 01A Introduction to Pastoral Care
PTHM 411 01A Leadership in the Christian Community
PTHM 450 01A Parish Administration
PTHM 459 01A-06A Practicum
PTHM 468 01A Liturgical Presidency
SSNT 402 01A New Testament Greek II
SSNT 417 01A Gospel of Matthew
SSOT 416 01A Psalms Dale Launderville, OSB
SSOT 410 01A Pentateuch Irene Nowell, OSB
SPIR 434 01A Monastic Spiritual Theology
Luke Dysinger, OSB
SPIR 468 01A History of Christian Prayer
Mary Forman, OSB
SPIR 468 02A Christian Hagiography: Great Stories in the Christian Tradition
Helen Rolfson, OSF
THY 404 01A Introduction to Christian Tradition II
Dale Launderville, OSB
THY 580 01A Thesis
THY 599 01A Comprehensive Exams