Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort
With Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB
August 22 - 26, 2022
Many people today are discovering a deep hunger for God at their core. The ancient Benedictine monastic tradition is a way of life designed to help people live a life focused on God. In this nine-month program, we will focus on how ordinary people can integrate Benedictine monastic prayer, values and structures into their lives outside of a monastery.
The program begins with a week-long retreat at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. Over the next nine months participants will take online classes in Benedictine spirituality, participate in online discussions with other participants, explore suggested readings and do regular integration/reflection exercises. The program will consist of four separate units: 1) the spiritual journey; 2) Benedictine prayer; 3) values and structures of Benedictine life; and 4) reading the Rule of Benedict. The emphasis throughout the program will be on developing a sense of community and mutual support between participants.
There is a retreat midway in winter (Jan. 13-16, 2023) and a final retreat (May 8-14, 2023) that will focus upon the development of your own “rule of life” based on the insights from the previous nine months.
Participation in “Living as a Monk in Everyday Life” will be limited to eight people who will be accepted through an application process. A donation of $1,750 will cover the retreats, food, lodging and program costs after acceptance into the cohort program.
Sister Teresa made First 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. She began to co-coordinate the oblate community with Oblate Jeannette Kelley in 2006. In 2007-8, Sister Teresa earned her Certificate in Monastic Studies from St. John’s University in Minnesota. She believes Benedictine life is not just for sisters. In 2012 she began “Living as Monk in Everyday Life,” a cohort program at…
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