"The Advent Call: Nurturing Hope and Love"

A mini-retreat sponsored by the Feminist Theologies Committee

Thursday, December 9, 2021

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. via Zoom

**Future mini-retreats in 2022 sponsored by the Feminist Theologies Committee: February 3, April 7, May 26

Advent is a wonderful season to ponder, in the quiet of our hearts, our longing for hope, our desire to grow in love and our seeking of beauty, peace and justice for our world.  To engage in this adventure of Advent we will examine the lives of two marvelous women who have kept the flame of hope burning in our hearts.   These women are Mary, chosen by God to become the Mother of the Messiah, and Valarie Kaur, a faith leader and contemporary activist.  Our challenge is to be alert, to be watchful and attentive listeners to the Word of God made manifest in the ordinary events of our lives.

Beverly Horn, OSB, PhD, RN, CTN

Facilitator: Sister Beverly Horn is a member of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, MN.  She has spent much of her life in nursing and nursing education.  She received her bachelor’s in nursing from St. Louis University, St. Louis MO.  She received a master’s in nursing and received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (nursing, anthropology and sociology). Sister Beverly is a retired professor emerita from the University of Washington.  For approximately 30 years Sister Beverly was a faculty member in the Department of Community Health Care Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington.  Her focus in teaching and research was with multicultural communities in Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

In examining cultural beliefs and values as they affect behavior, Sister Beverly has worked with a number of faith communities whose religion and spirituality are major influences in their life.

The time of Advent offers a special time of reflection for us all as we take time to probe its meaning.

Mary Josephine Torborg, OSB, PhD

Facilitator: Sister Mary Josephine Torborg is a Benedictine Sister of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, MN.  She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica.   She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. In Formative Spirituality at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Sister Mary Josephine has taught theology and spirituality courses at the College of St. Scholastica for more than thirty years.  She also enjoys being involved in retreat opportunities and directed the Theology and Religious Studies department Spirituality Conference Series for 12 years.  Sister Mary Josephine is a retired professor emerita in Theology and Religious Studies at the College of St. Scholastica.

"One Mission, Two Locations"

St. Scholastica Monastery
1001 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811


McCabe Renewal Center
2125 Abbotsford Avenue
Duluth, MN 55803