Coffee with the Saints
Wednesdays: February 5, March 18, April 15, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
St. Scholastica Monastery
Come and share coffee (or tea) and conversation about these Saints and Witnesses!
In 1961, John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me became an instant lightning rod for Americans on all sides of the emerging Civil Rights Movement. In 1959 Griffin, a white writer from the American South, shaved his head, darkened his skin and spent the next six weeks on an odyssey, travelling from New Orleans through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia as a black man. He wrote of his experience in Black Like Me, and the book became a clarion call to many who had previously turned a blind eye to racism in America. A convert to Catholicism, a lay Carmelite, and an extraordinary man, John Howard Griffin packed a lot of living into a relatively short life.
Edith Stein (religious name St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She was canonized as a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church in 1998. Born into an observant Jewish family, Stein had become an atheist by her teenage years. From reading the works of the reformer of the Carmelite Order, Teresa of Ávila, she was drawn to the Catholic faith, and received the religious habit of the Order April 1934. Along with two hundred and forty-three baptized Jews living in the Netherlands, Stein was arrested by the German SS on August 2, 1942. A few days later she died in the gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
St. Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish priest and theologian who founded the order of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1534 and was one of the most influential figures in the Counter-Reformation. Born Iñigo Lopez de Loyola, St. Ignatius underwent a powerful spiritual conversion while recovering from a battle wound. He is remembered as a highly talented spiritual director. He recorded his method in a celebrated treatise called the Spiritual Exercises, a simple set of meditations, prayers, and other mental exercises, first published in 1548. Known for its missionary, educational, and charitable works, the Jesuit order was a leading force in the modernizing of the Roman Catholic Church.
Facilitator: Sister Sarah O’Malley, OSB has authored 12 books on pastoral topics and has given many retreats both in Phoenix and Duluth on a wide variety of topics.
Cost: Free will offering.
"One Mission, Two Locations"
St. Scholastica Monastery
1001 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
McCabe Renewal Center
2125 Abbotsford Avenue
Duluth, MN 55803