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Benedictine Conversations

As we reconvene in September our series, Benedictine Conversations, we will consider throughout the 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 October Benedictine Conversation!

“Finding Joy: A Balanced Practice”

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

7:00 p.m. CT via Zoom

Our environment has been quite challenging these past couple of years; we’ve experienced crisis, division, isolation, low morale and loss.  When we experience struggles it's easy to lose sight of the “good”.  What lessons and practices can we lean into to rekindle joy in our lives and the work we do? Join us for a conversation.

Dr. Barbara McDonald became the College of St. Scholastica’s 13th president on August 5, 2019. Her career in higher education includes extensive experience in teaching, scholarship, administration, and international education. She came to St. Scholastica from North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN, where she had served as president since 2015. During her tenure with the Minnesota State system, Dr. McDonald also served as interim president of Minnesota West Technical and Community College in Worthington, MN and she served in various leadership roles in academic and student affairs at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN where she was promoted to Provost. Previously she served as faculty and assessment and service learning coordinator at Rainy River Community College in International Falls, MN. Dr. McDonald retired from the Minnesota State system in August 2019, after 22 years of service.

Dr. McDonald grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and earlier in her adult career, she and her family lived and worked abroad for many years in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, moving back to their home state of Minnesota in 1997.

She earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis in 2002, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, in 1983, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1980.

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

"One Mission, Two Locations"

St. Scholastica Monastery
1001 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811


McCabe Renewal Center
2125 Abbotsford Avenue
Duluth, MN 55803