Mara Faulkner OSB
Reaching for God: The Benedictine Oblate Way of Life
Roberta Werner OSB
One Heart, One Soul, Many Communities: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Monastic Institute, School of Theology-Seminary, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota 56321, July 1-7, 2006
Mary Forman OSB
The School of Theology and Seminary of Saint John's University sponsors an annual Monastic Institute to provide continuing education and spiritual enrichment for American monastics and all those interested in monastic spirituality and practice. One Heart, One Soul revisits the 2006 institute and its focus on the future with such important questions as: How do the origins, history, and present state of Benedictine monasticism point to the viability of its future? How can the new intentional communities contribute to the revitalization of Benedictine monasticism today? In what ways do the Benedictine Rule and its array of communal arrangements and the perspectives of these members and oblates inspire and provide the scaffolding for new communities of life and hope in our modern world?
Attempts to answer these questions showcase the theme of unity in diversity and address Benedictine monasticism in broad, institutional strokes as well as in the very specific practices and narratives of monastics, oblates, and others living in various communities. In this volume, you will hear the voices of many community members—young and old, men and women, Benedictines and intentional community members—all speaking from the heart of their lived experience and wisdom.
Early monasticism and community movements today: what is old and new and how do they meet? / Columba Stewart -- Global view of monasticism today / Notker Wolf -- The sign of Jonah and a new monasticism / Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove -- "Colloquium": conversations between Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, OSB, and representatives from various communities / Gary Reierson [and others] -- Practices at the heart of community life / Christine D. Pohl -- Newcomers to monastic life / Peter Funk [and others] -- Dialogue of newcomers to monasteries / with Christine Pohl -- How women's experience of monastic life can speak to hungers for community today / Margaret Malone -- Intergenerations in community / Teresa Jackson, Kathryn Casper -- Four concepts of a Benedictine community in the twenty-first century: listening, community, humility, and hospitality / Meg Funk -- Responders to Mary Margaret (Meg) Funk, OSB / Gerald Schlabach [and others] -- "Into the future" panel / Mary Ewing Stamps [and others] -- Summative probings for the movement of monasticism "into the future" / Mary Forman.
Praying with the Desert Mothers
Mary Forman OSB
Introduces the reader to the lives, sayings, and stories of the fourth- and fifth-century women who were foundational members of the early Christian community in the Mediterranean region; invites readers to explore their own spiritual journeys
With Hearts Expanded: Transformations in the Lives of Benedictine Women, St. Joseph, Minnesota, 1957 to 2000
Evin Rademacher OSB, Emmanuel Renner OSB, Olivia Forster OSB, and Carol Berg OSB
In With Lamps Burning, Sister Grace McDonald traced the growth of Saint Benedict’s Monastery from its establishment in Minnesota in 1857 to its centennial in 1957. It is the purpose of this sequel to capture the exciting and often troublesome challenges that faced this community in the last half of the twentieth century. It is a story of moving from a stable and predictable era to an explosive era of expanded knowledge, information, and communications that resulted in irreversible societal changes effected by such grassroots movements as civil rights, women’s rights, and environmental concerns, and by a Christian religious transformation called for by Vatican Council II. The story of the community’s struggles and achievements in responding to the call to renew itself and set its face toward the third millennium needs to be told: most people, observing only the external manifestations of the changes, were not privy to the sacredness of the transformations taking place. This book offers the community’s self-disclosure in the hope that it will help its readers find meaning for the challenges with which God also shapes their lives. [from the Introduction]
Forever Your Sister: Reflections on Leaving Convent Life
Janice Wedl OSB and Eileen Maas Nalevanko
Following Vatican II, convents all over the country suffered loss in their sisterhood. Often secretive, neither those leaving nor those remaining had time to deal with the situation. In 1993, St. Benedict's Monastery, in St. Joseph, Minnesota, invited former sisters to visit. Out of this came these twenty-two stories.
Threads from Our Tapestry: Benedictine Women in Central Minnesota
Imogene Blatz OSB and Alard Zimmer OSB
In Threads from Our Tapestry, the authors share historical, biographical and human-interest material about the Sisters of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota. Sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous, the stories included bring out the color of the sisterhood in contrast to their black-and-white image.
The Reshaping of a Tradition: American Benedictine Women, 1852-1881
Ephrem (Rita) Hollermann OSB
"The primary focus of this book is on the women and the way of life from 1852-1881. In researching this segment of time, the chief aims were 1) to identify the early foundresses of Benedictinism in North America, 2) to describe as far as possible the experiences and role of these women in the early spread of the Order in the United States, and 3) to discover some of the continuities and discontinuities between their life in America and in Europe. The results of this research yielded deeper insight into the nineteenth-century founding experience of American Benedictine women." [from the Introduction, xxvi]
They Came to Teach: The Story of Sisters Who Taught in Parochial Schools and Their Contribution to Elementary Education in Minnesota
Annabelle Raiche CSJ and Ann Marie Biermaier OSB
The participants in the Shared Story Project are pleased to present They Came to Teach, their written account of the contributions of women religious to the education of children in Minnesota.
Karatsu Ware : A Tradition of Diversity
Johanna Becker OSB
Behind the Beginnings: Benedictine Women in America
M. Incarnata Girgen OSB
This study is an attempt to present two sisters who played parts in establishing the Benedictines in America: Mother Benedicta Riepp, the foundress of Eichstätt Benedictine Sisters in America, and Mother Willibalda Scherbauer, who brought them to Minnesota. To accomplish this purpose, the greater part of the study consists of letters to, by, or about Mother Benedicta and Mother Willibalda.
With Lamps Burning
M. Grace McDonald OSB
It is the purpose of this book to trace the growth of the Convent of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, from its establishment to the present time. In doing so, the author has attempted to show how a frontier country modified the character of an Old World Benedictine convent with its centuries of tradition, and how at the same time this religious community influenced in its turn the cultural and religious life of Minnesota and the Midwest. The author has found it necessary, therefore, to describe the environment – national, political, and religious – into which the sisters ventured. Separate histories of St. Benedict’s Convent’s charitable institutions appear in Part Four of this work.
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