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 December Benedictine Conversation
"Creating a Monastic Heart: The Search for What Matters in Life."
with Joan Chittister, OSB
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
7:00 p.m. CT via Zoom
In her recent book, The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life, Sister Joan Chittister states, “In every beating heart is a silent undercurrent that calls each of us to a place unknown, to the vision of a wiser life, to become what I feel I must be—but cannot name.” So begins Sister Joan Chittister’s words on monasticism, offering a way of living and seeing life that brings deep human satisfaction. Amid the astounding disruptions of normalcy that have unfolded in our world, Sister Joan calls all of us to cultivate the spiritual seeker within, however that may look across our diverse journeys. Join us in this critical conversation about how we can become our best self: a deeper, freer, richer person—and, as a result, a true monastic.
Joan Chittister is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For over 50 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and monastic and church renewal. A much sought-after international speaker, she is also a best-selling author of more than 60 books, hundreds of articles, and an online column for the National Catholic Reporter. She has served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and for 12 years, she was prioress of her community, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania. Sister Joan is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality, and animator of the online movement, Monasteries of the Heart. She holds a doctorate in communications from Penn State University.
**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