Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 1

1 p.m.: Arrival and Registration (Mary Hall)

2 - 4 p.m.: Tours and Activities (optional) 

5: 30 p.m.: Evening Prayer (Saint John's Abbey Church)

6: 15 p.m.: Welcome and Dinner, Michael Hemesath, Chair, ABCU and President, Saint John's University (Great Hall)

7:30 p.m.: Keynote Address — Renewing the Vision of the Benedictine Education: Reflections on Teachings of Pope Francis for our Institutions, Abbot Elias Lorenzo, OSB, Abbot-Presient, American Cassinese Congregation (Pellegrene Auditorium)

9 - 11 p.m.: Br. Willie's Pub, Sexton Commons will be open — snacks, soda and water provided as well as a cash bar with beer and wine


Friday, June 2

Refreshments will be available near meeting rooms throughout the day

6:45 a.m. Coffee available (Great Hall)

7 a.m. Morning Prayer (Saint John's Abbey Church)

7:30 - 8:20 a.m.: Continental Breakfast and Roundtable Discussions (Great Hall)

  • Benedictine Hallmarks in the Curriculum (Kathy Cox & Yvette Piggush)
  • Benedictine Hallmarks in Student Life (Mary Geller & Doug Mullin, OSB)
  • Benedictine Leadership Development (Jeannine Saabye)
  • Graduate Education in the Benedictine Tradition (Andy Dirksen)
  • Benedictine Oriented Programs (Carol Abell)
  • Orientation for Mission (Alicia CordobaTait)
  • Spiritual & Intellectual Engagement of Alumni/ae (Peter Dwyer)

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions – Orientation to Mission 

OSB? OMG! Gary Bouchard, Professor, Saint Anselm College (Quad 170)

This talk will explore with as much honesty as possible the very real cultural adjustments that individuals may face when they come to work or teach at a Benedictine institution. Using feedback provided by recently hired employees at Saint Anselm and anecdotes garnered from three decades of experience, the speaker will consider the various responses people actually have to the Benedictine culture, responses which can range from curiosity, as in “Oh? my God” to shock, as in “Oh my God!” to possibly even spiritual contentedness, as in Oh, My God!” Being mindful of these potential responses and the various levels of worry, indifference, or excitement they contain, can help Benedictine institutions better welcome and integrate individuals into their missions.  

Getting to the Heart of a Benedictine University Education: Orientation to Mission, Alicia Cordoba Tait, Director for Mission & Integrity, Benedictine University (Quad 264) 

Embedding the Catholic Benedictine mission and identity into the heart of what we do as educators -- teaching to develop citizens and leaders who want and can transform the world — is key to developing the unique characteristics of a Benedictine education. But, first we must understand what we mean by Catholic and Benedictine, mission and identity, and why it is important to know, and how it can be manifested in all we do and in all areas of the institution.

Faculty Orientation: Both Catholic and University – an Impartial Search for Truth, Fr. Tom Hart, OSB, Saint Vincent College (Quad 360)

This presentation is about the Mission Orientation offered to new faculty at Saint Vincent College. The title expresses the sentiment in Ex corde Ecclesiae §7

10 - 11:15 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions - Benedictine Leadership

Charism as Inspiration for Mission and Vision, S. Judith Ann Heble, OSB, Sacred Heart Monastery, Lisle, IL; Moderator of the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (International Association of Benedictine Women) (Quad 170)

Catholic Benedictine Colleges and Universities must draw their mission and vision from the charism received by St. Benedict over 1500 years ago and subsequently from the OSB Sponsors. This presentation will challenge participants to see that, regardless of their role, all have a leadership role in seeing that the mission and vision are faithful to the charism.

Benedictine Leadership in Higher Education: Strengthening our Communities and Accomplishing our Goals, Marcus Long, President, Mount Marty College (Quad 264)

The Rule of Benedict as served as an organizational management guide for 1500 years, but how do administrators and faculty use it to make decisions, improve culture and achieve goals on campuses today? A variety of case studies, personal experiences and practical tips will be included.

11: 30 a.m.: Eucharist (Saint John's Abbey Church)

Noon - 1 p.m.: Lunch (Refectory — Lower Level Quad) 

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions – Historical Perspectives on Benedictine Education  

The Benedict Option as a Component in Shaping the Character in Benedictine Schools, Fr. Joel Rippinger, OSB, Formation Director, Marmion Abbey (Quad 264)  

Using historical sources and contemporary context, the presentation will highlight the attraction of a Benedictine school as a counter-cultural witness to a prevailing cultural climate.

Influence of Monasticism on the Rise of the Modern University, Msgr. James Shea, President, University of Mary (Quad 170) 

Inspired by lives of prayer, community, and service, Saint Benedict and his spiritual followers through the ages have been a stable source of tremendous good in the world: renewing the Church, preserving learning, cultivating wisdom, modeling humane virtues of balance and generosity." This session traces the rise of the Benedictine Wisdom Tradition through to its flowering in the foundation of universities in medieval Europe and forward to its continuing influence in the modern university.

3 - 4 p.m.: Lectio Divina: Introduction to Lectio, Abbot Matthew Leavy, OSB, Saint Anselm Abbey (Saint John’s Abbey Church – Upper Choir Stalls) 

4 p.m.: Travel to the College of Saint Benedict — bus pickup at 4:05 p.m. in front of Abbey Church

5 - 6:15 p.m.: Panel Presentation: Educating in the Benedictine Context: What It Means

Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict and Larry Goodwin, President Emeritus, College of Saint Scholastica (Gorecki Conference Center 204A)

6: 30 p.m.: Dinner (Gorecki Conference Center 204B and 204C) 

7:45 p.m.: Dessert Social (Gorecki Conference Center Main Level)

8:30 p.m.: Travel back to SJU  from the College of Saint Benedict — bus pickups start at 8:30 p.m. in front of Gorecki Conference Center; last bus at 9:15 p.m. 

9 - 11 p.m.: Br. Willie's Pub, Sexton Commons, will be open — snacks, soda and water provided as well as a cash bar with beer and wine


Saturday, June 3

Refreshments will be available near meetings rooms throughout the day

6:45 a.m.: Coffee available (Great Hall)

7 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Saint John's Abbey Church)

7:30 - 8:20 a.m.: Continental Breakfast and Roundtable Discussions (Great Hall)

  • Benedictine Programming (David Paul Lange)
  • Benedictine Hallmarks in the Curriculum (Kathy Cox & Yvette Piggush)
  • Benedictine Hallmarks in Student Life (Mary Geller & Doug Mullin, OSB)
  • Mission Engagement (Jeannine Saabye)
  • Orientation for Mission (Alicia Cordoba Tait)
  • Presidents’ Session: Spiritual & Intellectual Engagement of Alumni/ae (Peter Dwyer)  

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions - Embedding the Hallmarks into the Student Experience 

Embedding Benedictine Hallmarks into the Student Experience: It’s in the Water!, Rodger Narloch, Margrette Newhouse, Michael Roske, & Peggy Roske, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (Quad 170)

When people ask about how students learn about the Benedictine ethos, a common answer is, “It’s in the water!”  Such a statement implies that the Benedictine ethos is both pervasive throughout the student experience and that its transmission happens organically, implicitly.  This presentation addresses each of these implications.  

From Mission Integration to Student Experience:  Embedding Benedictine Hallmarks into Leadership Development Programming, Jonathon Miller and Joan Henehan, Benedictine University (Quad 264)

Benedictine University's Student Life Division completed a semester-long process of revising its mission statement, identifying core principles to guide the student experience and articulating learning objectives to assess student learning through their co-curricular experience.  This session will illustrate how the Benedictine Hallmarks serve as the foundation of the Eagle Engagement initiative, as well as how they have been made meaningful to the student experience through leadership development programs.

10 - 11:15 a.m.: Panel Presentation (Pellegrene Auditorium)

Educating in the Benedictine Context: Why It Matters: S. Thomas Welder, OSB, President Emeritus, University of Mary and Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Abbot, Saint John’s Abbey (Pellegrene Auditorium) 

11:30 a.m.: Eucharist (Saint John's Abbey Church)

Noon - 1:15 p.m.: Picnic Lunch-weather permitting (Saint John's Abbey Gardens)

1:30 - 2 p.m.: Lectio Divina: Abbot Matthew Leavy, OSB (Saint John’s Abbey Church – Upper Choir Stalls)

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.: Concurrent Discussions: Implications and Applications 

  • Management & Leadership Decisions: What are some of the ways in which Benedictine Values can help? (Alicia Cordoba Tait, facilitator) (Quad 170)
  • Teaching: What are some of the ways in which Benedictine Values can help us? (David Paul Lange, OSB, facilitator) (Quad 264)
  • Administrative & Support Staff Situations: What are some of the ways in which Benedictine Values can help us? (Mary Geller, College of Saint Benedict, facilitator) (Quad 360)

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.: ABCU Annual Meetings

  • Presidents’ Annual Meeting (Quad 135)
  • Monastic Superiors’ Meeting (Quad 131)

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.: Visio Divina  Abbot Matthew Leavy, OSB (Pellegrene Auditorium)

5 p.m.: Keynote Address — The time of study - an integral part of our human development,“ Abbot Primate Emeritus Notker Wolf, OSB (Pellegrene Auditorium)

6:30 p.m.: Closing Dinner (Great Hall)

7:45 p.m.: Entertainment Extraordinaire!” – Fr. Bob Koopmann, OSB, piano; Alicia Cordoba Tait, oboe; and Abbot Notker Wolf, flute (Great Hall) 

8:30 - 11 p.m.: Br. Willie's Pub, Sexton Commons, will be open — snacks, soda and water provided as well as a cash bar with beer and wine


Sunday, June 4

6:45 a.m.: Coffee available (Great Hall)

7 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Saint John's Abbey Church)

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast (Great Hall)

10:30 a.m.: Eucharist (Saint John's Abbey Church)

Conference closes

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Brunch is available in the SJU Refectory, Ground Floor Quad, cost is $11.75

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