The Monastic Imaginary and the Common Life
June 30 - July 4, 2013
By our shared activities of prayer and work, we create an environment that in turn shapes us. Our imaginations play a key role in shaping our lived experience. As we perceive the blessings and challenges facing our communities, we conceive of what is possible for us according to God's promises mediated through the tradition and embodied in the witness of our ancestors. These efforts to "think big" about the monastic and Christian life invite us to live in joy and in hope.
Presenters (2 presentations each):
Sr. Mary Forman, OSB, Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota
"How meidieval monastic women used imagery of God to shape the 'monastic imaginary' of their community"
Sr. Mary Collins, OSB, Mount of St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas
"How liturgical celebration shapes the monastic imaginary"
Dr. Robin Jensen,
"How the visual medium shapes the environment of the community and forms the community members somewhat by osmosis"
Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN
"The monastic imaginary"
Evening at Saint Benedict's Monastery: Monday, July 1st
The schedule for this evening event is as follows:
5:00 p.m. Eucharist (Sacred Heart Chapel)
5:45 p.m. Evening Meal (Monastery Dining Room)
6:15 p.m. Presentation by Sr. Delores Super, OSB
"A Catalog of Saintliness" - Life Sketches of our Sisters
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
7:45 p.m. Depart from Gathering Space and return to Saint John's
The Monastic Institute is sponsored and organized by Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary and Saint John's Abbey. Its goal is to foster reflection and conversation on matters of concern to monastic communities and other intentional communities, both Christian and non-Christian.