Obsculta means "listen," the first word of the Rule of Saint Benedict. Obsculta is an avenue for students to publish and share their projects and papers, making available the theology that they are studying, embracing, creating, and living.

Current Issue: Volume 16, Issue 1 (2023)

A sincere and warm welcome to this student journal. If you have not engaged with Obsculta in the past, we are glad to know you are joining us. We pray that you find the works herein invigorating, thought provoking, and enriching. For those readers who have encountered previous editions of Obsculta, welcome back. With Christ’s help, may this text serve as an introduction to the voices in our community and the work to which we commit ourselves daily. This journal cannot fully encompass our diverse community; nevertheless, it aims to lift up our voices in charity and fruitful dialogue.

This year our contributors bring forward many creative expressions of language and faith, especially as they relate to the global Church. Our text captures the signs of the times—our authors discuss varied topics, such as monastic themes in Star Wars, Christology, theological elements in art and architecture, exegetical and hermeneutical topics in Scripture, the intersection of science and theology, racial justice, spirituality and prayer, language about God, what it means to be a theologian, and much more. We are grateful to our contributors for all that they have shared with our community. We have found it truly enriching to read their works. Our hope, dear reader, is that, having listened with the ear of our heart, we may all set out for loftier summits of teaching and virtue. May we reach them under God’s protection.

in omnibus glorificetur Deus.


the Obsculta editorial team



Contributor Bios
Obsculta Editors

Obsculta Cover Image 2023


Drew Banacos

Bernie Donlon

Rachel Henry

Coleman Kimbrough

Mary L. Parks

Henry O. Widdicombe

Peer Readers

Anthony R. Kovacs

Kelly Olson

Lexie Marthaler

Katie Wethli