One thing we have learned since beginning to offer programs to the public is there is some ‘good stuff’ going on out there for laypeople and others interested in monastic life. In these pages in the future we will try to focus on some of them (occasionally we promise) in case our friends have interest.
Friends of St. Benedict, a Washington DC based organization that offers Benedictine and monastic programs for the public has announced their annual symposium for this year. Many of their members participate in our programs (“St. Benedict for the Rest of Us” and “Monastic Principles for those not called to the cloister” and Monastic Immersion Weekends) so we thought we would reciprocate and let our readers know about their annual event.
It is held at St. Albans Church, an Episcopal parish right next to the National Cathedral and in the past has featured the likes of Joan Chittister and Phyllis Tickle. This year’s speaker is equally interesting: Sister Donald Corcoran of Transfiguration Abbey in New York. Sister Donald is a well known lecturer and author.
The title of her talk is Sacred Humanitas, the term Pope Francis used in his call for a new humanity that is globally inclusive and grounded in Christian values.
Date: November 4-Sister Donald’s talk
November 5: panel discussion
For information: www.benedictfriend.org or 202-363-8061