2018 Theme: The Diversity of Benedictine Life -how sisters, monks, oblates and lay people live their Benedictine Life.
- April 10: Monastic Prayer
Let's take a look at and appreciate the prayer life of monastics.
Presenters: Sisters Mary Bratrsovsky, Christine Kouba, and Sharon Marie Stola
- May 8: Stability and Environmental Stewardship: Think Global, Act Local
Jean-Marie Kauth will describe her work with environmental stewardship at Benedictine University and elsewhere and discuss the connection with the Benedictine hallmark of stability.
Presenter: Jean-Marie Kauth, PhD
- June 12: What Makes a Homily Good?
Homily means “dialogue.” So let’s really talk.
Presenter: Fr. Becket Franks
- August 14: LISTENING: “He who has ears, let him hear.” (Mk 4:23, Mt 11:15)
Most of us spend considerably more time each day in listening rather than in reading, writing or speaking, yet we listen at only 25% efficiency. To truly implement the Benedictine values of hospitality, justice, respect and stewardship, we can benefit from learning very specific steps to increase/improve our listening skills.
Presenter: Cindy Power
- September 11: Peace on Earth: Exploring the call of Pope John XXIII
The anniversary of September 11th is a painful reminder of how far we are from peace on earth. Join the oblates of Sacred Heart Monastery as we explore Saint Pope John XXIII's call for peace on earth in his 1963 encyclical "Pacem in Terris" and celebrate our own prayer service for peace throughout this entire planet we call home.
Presenters: Jane Doyle, Beth Hemzacek, and Cathy Lentz
- October 16: The Great Silence
In this age and culture of Twitter storms and constant outrage, we could benefit from the wisdom of St. Benedict regarding Restraint of Speech. This presentation examines the value of silence in a well-lived life.
Presenter: Chris Fletcher
- November 13: Bridge or Barrier? Mary and Christian-Muslim Relations
Moving through early, medieval, and modern times to travel across Western Europe and the Balkans to the Middle East and India, this talk will explore how Mary's role in Christian-Muslim relations has constantly shifted from bridge to barrier and back again.
Presenter: Rita George-Tvrtkovic
If interested, please contact Sister Mary at (630) 750-6010 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A free will donation is appreciated to support our programs.
Advent Reflections: December 8 and 11.
Lenten Reflections: March 12 and 16.
Programs will take place in the Monastery Chapter Room from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Program details TBA.