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2014 SYMPOSIUM on BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY
Our third annual Symposium is quickly approaching on November 7-8, 2014 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. Our keynote speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bowman Thurston, scholar, writer, and poet. We encourage you to explore her work before the Symposium.
2014 BENEDICTINE EXPERIENCES
Join us for a Benedictine Experience this year! The Bishop's Ranch Benedictine Experience is now upon us, and we are currently accepting registrations for the House of Prayer in Collegeville, MN.
A SEASON OF TRANSITION
Friends of St. Benedict is pleased to announce that Thérèse Saint-André is our new Executive Director. Thérèse is a graduate of Wesleyan, subsequently earning a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. She has worked in international finance and taught finance at the University of the West of England. She has also studied at the Lay School of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary and sustains an abiding interest in Christian spirituality. The board of Friends of St. Benedict is delighted to welcome a leader with her skill, temperament, and commitment to the mission of connecting modern men and women to the resource of Benedict’s rule and way of life.
With the beginning of Thérèse’s work with us comes a shift in The Rev. Robin Dodge’s service on the board. We are grateful for the years he has faithfully contributed to the board. As the spouse of our new Executive Director, he is stepping down from the board into a role as our Chaplain.
We also welcome Mr. Firoze Rao to the board as our new Treasurer. Firoze has been a Friend for several years, and he and Susan participated in the Canterbury Benedictine Experience a few years ago. He joined us at the end of 2013 as Bill Burns stepped down from his role as Treasurer in order to make time for other ministry work. We are grateful for Bill’s faithful support and are so glad he remains on the board.
We hope you join us in our excitement and commitment to this new season in the life of the Friends of St. Benedict.
RULE OF ST. BENEDICT
The Rule of St. Benedict is a timeless document - in so many ways as fresh and relevant as it was when it was written almost fifteen hundred years ago. Although written for monastics, many of the issues addressed in the Rule can be applied to life in the world outside the monastic community. The qualities which make up a valued life - humility, patience, simplicity, solitude, caring for others, and living in community - concern everyone. These specifics of the Rule, and the framework it provides, have great meaning for people who are seeking to live out their faith in the world today.
The Friends of St. Benedict offers programs and resources to individuals and groups seeking to apply the Rule of St. Benedict to their daily lives: The Benedictine Way, Benedictine Experiences, and the Reading Room.
THE BENEDICTINE WAY
Interested in joining or starting a Benedictine Way group?
Click here to see a listing of current Benedictine cells, groups,
gatherings, and fellow pilgrims. Even if you do not find a group in
your area, you can connect with current leaders and maybe even
explore creating your own gathering.
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