St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E.
(Living in a Virtual Environment)
Online Monastic Studies, Spirituality, and Arts Wherever You Are
Welcome to St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E. (Living in a Virtual Environment)! These online programs are intended to provide further opportunities for prayer and learning. Some of the programs are free and some have suggested donations. If you would like scholarship support for any of these events, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back frequently as we will continue to add new online events. We look forward to bringing St. Gertrude’s to you, wherever you are.
Times are Pacific.
Monastic Studies and Spirituality
“But as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.” Rule of Benedict, Prologue vs. 49
Pray Without Ceasing
A Zoom Class with Sister Mary Forman, Prioress, 10 – 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time on Mondays in November (11/2, 9, 16, 23, and 30)
Christians throughout the centuries have responded in various ways to the call of 1 Thess. 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” Join prioress and monastic studies scholar Sister Mary Forman to explore the major responses to the desire for relationship and communication with the divine.
The Eucharist and Social Justice: How Jesus Taught Revolutionary Table Manners to His Disciples
A Zoom Class with Patrick McCormick, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific, Saturday, November 7
In the Gospels Jesus calls his disciples (and us) to preach the Kingdom of God by teaching them new and radical table manners that will transform our political and economic structures in ways that liberate the oppressed, reconcile enemies, and bring comfort to the poor and abandoned. In our conscious practice of the Eucharist we are called and empowered to break bread in ways that will be a leaven for the Reign of God. Patrick McCormick is a professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University and is the author of five books.
Being Benedictine Across Generations
10 a.m Pacific, November 11, 2020 via Zoom, with Jessie Bazan, M.Div.
How do people of different generations embody Benedictine spirituality? Practices like obedience, listening, and hospitality have rooted Benedictine communities since the beginning — and these practices take on new life with each generation. With author Jessie Bazan, M.Div., who recently published Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church. Suggested donation: $10
“Every time you begin a good work, you must pray to God to bring it to perfection.” Rule of Benedict, prologue, vs. 4
Poems Wear Memory Well
A Zoom Poetry Class with Tobias Wray 2 – 5 p.m. Pacific, Sunday, November 15
Poetry maps our past, borrowing from and often remaking our treasure heap of memories. Poems, as we all know, grapple with meaning-making, feeling their way to a more intuitive understanding. The memories that draw our recall are sharp, frequently borne out of difficult times. In this class, we’ll work to lift some of the debris out of the way to honor the crucial details of our experience. Instructor and poet Tobias Wray directs the Creative Writing Programs at the University of Idaho.