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Mary Forman, OSB


An interview with Sister Mary Forman, June 2015

Recent courses taught:

  • Celtic Monasticism (Spring 2013, Fall 2010)
  • RB 72 on Good Zeal: Benedict's Hymn of Love (Summer 2010)
  • Contemporary Monasticism (Spring 2010)
  • Desert Ammas (Spring 2012, Spring 2010)
  • Monastic Formation (Spring 2013, Fall 2009)
  • The History of Christian Prayer (Spring 2012, Fall 2009)
  • Tools of Holiness: RB 4 as a Source of Monastic Spirituality (Summer 2009)
  • Monastic History II (Spring 2011, Spring 2009)
  • The Rule of Benedict (Summer 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2009)
  • Monastic History III (Fall 2012, Fall 2008)

Recent publications:

One Heart, One Soul: Many Communities book cover

One Heart, One Soul: Many Communities.

Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2009.

Praying With the Desert Mothers book cover

Praying with the Desert Mothers.

Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2005.

  • “Garments for Salvation on the Feast of Purification in Gertrud’s Legatus II.16” to be published in Mystics Quarterly (September 2006 issue).
  • “Maria, Niece of Abba Abraham: Twice-told Tale” submitted to Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, to be published within the next year.
  • “Bernadin and Benedict: An Elixir for Collaboration” to be published in Catholic Common Ground Initiative Report within the year.
  • Review of The Psalms: Strophic Structure and Theological Commentary by Samuel Terrian, The Eerdmans Critical Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI/Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003) in Mystics Quarterly 30.3-4 (September/December 2004) 138-39.
  • Review of Seeking Paradise: The Spirit of the Shakers by Thomas Merton, edited and introduced by Paul M. Pearson (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003) in The Merton Annual: Studies in Culture, Spirituality, and Social Concerns 17 (2004) 343-345.
  • Review of The Chrodegang Rules: The Rules for the Common Life of the Secular Clergy from the Eighth and Ninth Centuries. Critical Texts with Translations and Commentary, by Jerome Bertram, Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West (Aldershot, Hants, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd./Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Co., 2005) to be published in American Benedictine Review.
  • Review of By Faith and Hospitality: The Monastic Tradition as a Model for Interreligious Encounter by Pierre-Franςois de Béthune, translated by Mary Groves (Leominster, Herefordshire: Gracewing, 2002) in American Benedictine Review 56.2 (June 2005) 219-220.
  • Review of Women at the Table: Three Medieval Theologians, by Marie Anne Mayeski (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005) in Worship 80.1 (January 2006) 79-80.

Documents and official reports:

  • “Welcome God’s Transforming Power: Lectio Guide for Wisdom Leadership by Ruth Fox, OSB,” developed and co-authored by the On-going Formation Committee, Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, Idaho, August 1, 2004.
  • “Evaluation of the Chapel Vocational Discernment Retreats Report by Mary Forman, OSB – January 28, 2005,” for the Project on the Theological Exploration of Vocation, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.


  • “Finding God by Listening,” an address for fifty volunteers in social ministry, Church of St. Pius X, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, December 2, 2004.
  • “The Way of the Heart: Desert Spirituality and Leadership.” Youth in Theology and Ministry Retreat, School of Theology·Seminary, January 8, 2005.
  • “St. Benedict and the Life of Discipleship,” Theological Reflection on Discipleship series, co-sponsored by Lifelong Learning, School of Theology·Seminary, Saint John’s University, and Benedictine Center, Saint Paul Monastery, St. Paul, Minnesota, February 18, 2005.
  • “Garments of Salvation on the Feast of the Purification in Gertrud’s Legatus II.16,” presented at Session #423, entitled Mysticism of the High Middle Ages (Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries) I, the 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 7, 2005.
  • “Community Life as Envisioned by Desert Monastics,” Monastic Institute of the Philippine Benedictines, St. Scholastic Center of Spirituality, Tagaytay City, the Philippines, August 9-12, 2005.
  • “B & B: An Elixir for Collaboration,” presentation on the Catholic Principles of Common Ground and Wisdom from the Benedictine Tradition for School of Theology·Seminary Brown Bag luncheon, Emmaus South Lounge, November 22, 2005.
  • “Is Holiness Reserved for a Spiritual Elite?” Conversation and Reflection Evening, Our Lady of Edina Parish, Edina, Minnesota, January 19, 2006.
  • “The Practice of Prayer: What do you think you’re doing?” School of Theology·Seminary Theology Days, Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 20, 2006; Emmaus South Lounge, SJU, February 24 and March 24, 2006.
  • “Journey Toward Balance: A Benedictine Discipline,” Session I, Benedictine Center, Saint Paul’s Monastery, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 31-April 1, 2006.
  • “Maria, Niece of Abba Abraham: Twice-told Tale,” presented at Session #224, entitled In Honor of Margot King I: Texts and Translations, the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 5, 2006.
  • “Theology sprang from spirit of reverence,” interview with Frank Lee on Feast of All Saints, St. Cloud Times, October 30, 2005, Section 1A.

Notable activities:

  • Received Professional Development Grant to support sabbatical research projects for Fall 2006 from Faculty Development and Research Committee, April 17, 2006.
  • Coordinator of the Vatican-mandated Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Seminaries, Saint John’s University School of Theology·Seminary, October 30-November 2, 2005.
  • Associate Editor, The American Benedictine Review and Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History.
  • Member of Steering Committee of iLLUMINARE: Called for Service, Formed in Christ – A Spiritual Program for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, Benedictine Center of Saint Paul’s Monastery, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Facilitator, Monastic Institute 2006, in planning and coordinating speakers and panelists for the event, sponsored by the School of Theology·Seminary, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.