Benedictine Conversations

As we reconvene our series, Benedictine Conversations, we will consider throughout the 2022 - 2023 year the concept of “JOY.” What exactly is joy? In a world seemingly filled with confusion, violence, and chaos, how and where are we to find joy? Is it even attainable? How can our cherished Benedictine values assist us on our way to joy?

Presenting Our April Benedictine Conversation

"Joy in Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Losses"

with Laura Kelly Fanucci


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

7:00 p.m. CT via Zoom

What place does joy hold within the everyday rhythms of ordinary life? How did our collective and complex experiences of the pandemic’s disruptions change the place of joy in our lives and our expectations around encountering joy? What does the intertwined relationship between joy and grief mean for the ways we mourn after loss? Join us for a conversation on joy and grief: how both shape our lives in ordinary and extraordinary times.

Laura Kelly Fanucci is an author, speaker, retreat leader, and founder of Mothering Spirit, an ecumenical project on parenting and spirituality. She earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her Master of Divinity from Saint John's School of Theology. Laura has authored seven books, including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting and Grieving Together: A Couple's Journey through Miscarriage.

Laura’s work has been featured on the Hallow and Ritual apps, and in popular outlets including NPR’s Morning Edition, On Being, and the Kelly Clarkson Show. She writes frequently for online and print publications including OSV News Service, Grotto Network, and Give Us This Day. She and her husband live in Minnesota with their children.


**There is no fee for Benedictine Conversations, but any offering to support this program by the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment (a ministry of the Sisters of St. Scholastica) will be gratefully accepted.

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St. Scholastica Monastery
1001 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811


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2125 Abbotsford Avenue
Duluth, MN 55803