Monastic Institute

Imagining the Future: Monastic Life in 2020
June 29 - July 3, 2014

What is the appeal of monastic life in contemporary society? How does monastic life generate hope within and outside of the cloister walls?  In a world hungering for security and love, the time-tested practices of the monastic tradition bear witness to the reality of God among us.  The call to community offers an alternative to the fluidity, fragmentation, and isolation weighing upon many in our fast-paced global society.  Our speakers bring a wealth of experience and a diversity of perspectives on the importance of monastic life for our times.


2014 brochure (.pdf)

  • Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, Sisters of Saint Benedict, Ferdinand, Indiana
    "On Pilgrimage without a Map: The Grace of Now" and "Leaven for a Weary World: Charism at the Service of Communion"
  • Abbot Matthew Leavy, Saint Anselm Abbey, Manchester, New Hampshire
    "The Paschal Mystery as Matrix for Monastic Living" and "The Paschal Mystery as Matrix for the Future of Our Monastic Communities"
  • Bonnie Bowman Thurston, Ph.D.
    " A Sign of Contradiction to the Fashionable Idols: The Contemplative's Vision" and "A Sign of Contradiction to the Fashionable Idols: The Prophet's Voice"
  • Lawrence S. Cunningham, Ph.D.
    "Nova et Vereta: Monastic Perspectives from the Lay View"
  • Victor Klimoski, Ph.D., Director of Conversatio Lifelong Learning, Saint John's School of Theology•Seminary
    "A Light in the Window: Equipping Disciples in Troubled Times"

The Monastic Institute is sponsored and organized by Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary and 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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