Monastic Institute

Monasticism: Soul of the New Evangelization

June 28 - July 2, 2015

For many, the New Evangelization is synonymous with deepening faith believing in the Gospel,  and going forth to proclaim the Gospel. Does the monastic life, then, rooted in contemplation and Christian traditions hundreds of years old, have anything to offer this movement? The 30th Annual Monastic Institute will explore this question and answer it with an ecstatic affirmative: monasticism as the very soul of the New Evangelization. The prophetic witness of monastic lives, fashioned in a radically simple and stable pursuit of holiness, offers a vibrant counter-testimony to the increasingly fast and shifting culture of our times.

2015 Presenters:

Monastic Institute 2015

2015 brochure (.pdf) 
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  • Fr. Jerome Tupa, OSB
    "Art and Monasticism: Seeing with the Eyes of Faith
  • Sebastian Gomes
    "The Francis Effect" 
    and "How is the Church to 'Make Belief Believable' in a Culture of Images?"    
  • Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
    "The New Evangelization--What is it?
    "Implications of Pope Francis' Vision for Monastic Life and the New Evangelization"
    and "Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations in the Ministry of Pope Francis"
  • Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
    "Care for Words in a Culture of Lies"
    and "Learning to See"
  • Abbot John Klassen, OSB and Sr. Michaela Hedican, OSB
    "The Prophetic Challenge of Monastic Life and the New Evangelization"

The Monastic Institute is sponsored by Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary in partnership with Saint John's Abbey.  Its goal is to foster reflection and conversation on matters of concern to monastic communities and other intentional communities, both Christian and non-Christian.

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