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Date & Time Details:
Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Pacific)
First session: February 10
Weekly sessions
Final session: March 16

Location: ZOOM

Contact: Sr. Teresa Jackson

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Diffusions – Benedict for Everyone

With Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB

February 10, 2024

Benedict for Everyone: Reading the Rule of Benedict in the Modern World

In this class, we will explore how people who do not belong to monasteries can read the Rule of Benedict and apply it to their life in the “world.”  Benedict’s “rule” is a guidebook for seeking a life centered on God and is easily adaptable to modern people.  Together we will learn how to understand and apply Benedict’s transformative wisdom in our lives.

The class will meet once a week for 1 1/2 hours.  It will be challenging and interactive with discussion and practice. Each session will build on the previous one.  Previous experience with the Rule is helpful but not necessary.


Feb. 10: “Reading the Rule, not reading about the Rule”

Feb. 17: “Step by step: a method for reading the Rule

Feb. 24: “The culture of Benedict’s world: Knives and two cooked dishes”

Mar. 2: “What is the point?  Introducing principles in the Rule”

Mar. 9: “Just do it: Practices as the foundation of living the Rule”

Mar. 16: “Lectio Divina: more than twenty minutes a day, a way of life”


Diffusions offers online programs to further opportunities for prayer, learning, community, and spiritual growth from a Benedictine perspective. We look forward to bringing Wisdom from the Center to you, wherever you are.


Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB
Sister Teresa currently ministers as the interim administrator of the monastic community at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. Her vision guides the Center for Benedictine Life here at the monastery. She made her first monastic profession in 2000 and began working with the retreat ministry. As part of an outreach program, she traveled across Idaho, Washington, and Oregon facilitating retreats as well as organizing meaningful experiences for often overlooked groups – parish secretaries and women pastors, for example – at the Monastery. In 2007-8, Sister Teresa earned her Certificate in Monastic Studies from St. John’s University in Minnesota. She is…
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