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Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Mary Forman, OSB

Abstract

The monastic life of a nun is a continuing search for God. Monastic life begins upon entry into the monastery. The monastery provides the necessary means of formation into the monastic life. However, growth into the monastic life is a process. What one learns in the Novitiate continues until she reaches finalprofession. The years after final profession are years of continuing formation. Although the abbess is responsible for ensuring that the continuing formation of the nuns are taken care of, every member of the community is likewise responsible for their own ongoing formation. The heart of ongoing formation is daily faithfulness to the practice of lectio divina. Lectio divina becomes the link of one's formation which begins in the novitiate and never ends. The monastic is always a beginner. Growth to the monastic life through lectio divina is growth in one's love of God and love of neighbor.

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