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REGISTER FOR Benedictine Colloquium June 21-24, 2022. CHOOSE ONSITE OR VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION

The Federation of St. Scholastica will celebrate its Centennial with a Colloquium, "Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding," open to all followers of Benedict: women and men who are professed, oblates, or spiritual seekers. The Colloquium will take place at Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, June 21-24, 2022, and virtually. These eight women are our presenters grouped by the goal they will lead participants to consider, and our two responders. Learn more about each presenter here.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW. REGISTER HERE. Local hotel/airbnb options are listed here.
$225 registration for onsite participation includes meals but not housing. $125 for virtual participants.
FEDERATION CHAPTER DELEGATES please register on your Chapter registration form.

WISDOM
GOAL: Make our Benedictine way of life visible and accessible in new ways to today’s seekers by celebrating our history and envisioning our future.

WITNESS
GOAL: Share our lives as Benedictine women, past and present, what we stand for, and why we do what we do as we invite others to experience our charism and good zeal and to join us in “running while we have the light of life.” (Prologue, Rule of Benedict)

WAY FORWARD
GOAL: Support Benedictine life today so that it can continue to be the same kind of stabilizing presence in our cities and towns and light for spiritual seekers that it has been for more than 1500 years.

Judith Sutera, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS Christine Valters Paintner, Abbey of the Arts
Deborah Asberry, CommunityWorks, Inc. Patricia Fawkner, SGS, Good Samaritan Sisters, Australia
Edith Bogue, OSB, Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, AL Katie Gordon, Nuns & Nones and Monasteries of the Heart

RESPONDERS

Judith Valente, Oblate,
Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS

 

Joanna Burley, OSB,
St. Benedict Monastery, Bristow, VA

Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 - 2022: The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. In the years leading up to our centennial celebration in 2022, we intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.

Weekly Reflections

January 23, 2022
Susan Quaintance OSB, St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago, IL

Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Last week the gospel acclamation was another piece of scripture used to interpret or “unlock” the readings given for the Sunday. Today we have words taken straight from today’s gospel, Luke 4:18: “The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, and proclaim liberty to captives.”

Luke constructs this verse in an interesting way as he paints the picture of Jesus returning to Galilee, after his forty days in the desert, and inaugurating his ministry in his hometown. Jesus opens the scroll to the prophecy of Isaiah in order to read the weekly Haftarah (the selection from the prophets in a weekly synagogue service) portion. What Luke puts in Jesus’s mouth, though, isn’t exactly what I find when I go to Isaiah.

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Patricia Henry, OSB

Patricia Henry, OSB

Sister Patricia Henry, OSB, is a member of Monasterio Pan de Vida in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. She grew up in Kansas but has spent her entire monastic life in Mexico, where she has served in the field of education as well as in  leadership roles in her community. She has a special interest in monastic spirituality and in Catholic social teaching.   

Clare Carr, OSB

Clare Carr, OSB

Sister Clare Carr, OSB, a sister of Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO, has worked in parish ministry and is currently a Licensed Counselor and Spiritual Director. She has served her community in leadership roles for over 20 years. For the last 10 years, Sister Clare has served as prioress at Benet Hill. Now that her term as prioress has ended, she is serving the community as the Director of Formation.

Centennial Prayer

The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia and his sister Scholastica early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with their good zeal, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. And so we pray:

Audio recording of prayer by Sister Lynn McKenzie, OSB, President of the Federation of St. Scholastica

Loving God, we give you thanks
for our Benedictine heritage,
and for the expression of this call and gift in the
communities of the Federation of St. Scholastica.

May our celebration
of the Federation's first 100 years
strengthen us in our spiritual tradition,
deepen our capacity to listen,
widen our hearts with your love,
and sharpen our spiritual vision
that seeks to see Christ in the heart of all Creation
and at the center of our common life.

One in Christ,
may the communities of the Federation,
oblates, benefactors, and friends,
share the peace of Christ,
show the love of Christ,
and make Christ known in our world.

Amen FOR SPANISH TRANSLATION, CLICK HERE