Theology Day

Michael Rubbelke

Thriving Where You're Planted: Benedictine Stability in a Rootless Time

  In-person Event | Presenter: Michael Rubbelke, Ph.D.

In the last decade, authors like Rod Dreher and Patrick Henry have portrayed The Rule of Benedict as an antidoct for the ills of our society. These authors often single out the virtue of stability: the choice to identify and remain with one community. In today's extremely mobile culture, Benedict shows the wisdom of putting down roots. This presentation will examine how stability can be a gift for contemporary American Christians. We will examine what Benedict taught about stability aswell as how one particular community - the Trappist martyrs of Tibhirine, Algeria -- help us to understand stability as an antidoct to fear and division today.

Dr. Michael Rubbelke is an Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Monastic Studies at the Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. His passion for education led him to teach high school, serve as the Director of Adult Faith Formation in a Catholic parish, and now teach and form students at the undergraduate and graduate levels at CSB/SJU. Michael has been fascinated with Benedictine wisdom, particularly how it can be applied outside the monastery. His teaching and research highlight the necessary interrelationship between spirituality and theology, particularly in monastic settings.

Dates & Times

  • Thursday, January 26, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Saint Frances Cabrini, Minneapolis

  • Friday, February 3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Friday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • Friday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

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Theology Day is a chance for people in our communities who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and its place in their everyday lives to learn from and interact with the theologians of Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary. It offers a chance for these scholars to gain insights and grow in their faith, as well.

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