Support for Being Benedictine

Mary Margaret Funk, OSBConversation seldom does justice to the past, but always ignites the present into wonder. We Benedictines know each other well and the conversation has just begun into this 21st century. — Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, writer and advocate for interreligious dialogue.

Lynn McKenzie, OSBIn recent years I have had opportunities through the international organization of Benedictine women (Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum) to see Benedictine life and spirituality in a much broader context than I had ever experienced before. I have seen the universality of the Rule of St. Benedict as it is lived by nuns and sisters across continents, cultures and languages. Benedictine monastic life is rich and diverse. Come, let’s continue to explore what it has to offer to our world! — Lynn Marie McKenzie, OSB, President, Federation of St. Scholastica; Moderator, Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum

Katie GordonIn the midst of the collapse of empire in the 6th century, Benedict wrote of a model for community that sustained life and spiritual tradition for centuries to come. Today, in the midst of our own societal and global crises, how can Benedictine wisdom help carry us forward into a more communal, contemplative future? This conference invites us all to have a voice in the conversation, and will inspire us to collectively discern how Benedictine spirituality speaks to our own times in prophetic ways. — Katie Gordon, Nuns & Nones national organizer

Kerry O'Reilly, OSBBenedictine women religious, seekers and pray-ers, living in community, learning to love have always responded to the call the Church. When needed we become do-ers and organizers, developers of systems and challengers to the status quo. What is God calling us to now? Perhaps the most important first thing is to Listen. Listen to the people of today and the cry of the earth. Then the quiet and persistent whisper of the Spirit giving hints. We can do this together at the Being Benedictine in the 21st Century Conference. — Kerry O’Reilly, OSB, President, Federation of Saint Benedict

Antoinette Purcell OSBSince 1947 the American Benedictine Academy has cultivated, supported and helped transmit the Benedictine heritage within contemporary culture through research, publications, and conferences. We hope to continue to serve in that capacity even while we explore with cohorts who participate in the upcoming conference, “\Being Benedictine in the 21st Century: Spiritual Seekers in Conversation. The more we can share and dream together the better the possibility of meeting the challenges at hand and our future as one in mind and heart. — Antoinette Purcell, OSB, President, American Benedictine Academy

Jodi Blazek GehrWe live in challenging times, but there is comfort in knowing that we are not the first generation to do so. Since the 6th century, many have faced challenges by listening to the wisdom of the Rule of the St. Benedict. Being Benedictine is the foundation of my life, a commitment to lifelong learning and prayer. Being Benedictine is experienced by following the promises of obedience, stability, and conversion of life. I look forward to meeting other spiritual seekers on the journey to Being Benedictine at the Being Benedictine in the 21st Century: Spiritual Seekers in Conversation Conference. — Jodi Blazek Gehr, Oblate, retreat leader, SoulFully You and Being Benedictine blogger

Mary Lou Kownacki OSBIf Saint Benedict were born in our times, what kind of community would he imagine?  What kind of prayer would he recommend?  What values would he emphasize? What spiritual needs would he address? The same as in the 6th century?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But won’t it be challenging, and fun too, attending the Being Benedictine in the 21st Century conference and exploring questions such as these with other monastic seekers? — Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, Coordinator, Monasteries of the Heart