17th Annual Benedictine Experience
Catholic Conference and Formation Center
Details available in January 2014
The 16th annual multi-denominational Dallas Benedictine Experience is open to men and women, laity and clergy of all denominations. Participants will live at the center, forming a temporary monastic community to experience the balanced way of life of The Rule of St. Benedict as it divides each day into private and group prayer, study, work, and leisure. Four Benedictine Offices (Lauds, Sext, Vespers, and Compline) will be chanted each day in English in Gregorian Chant.
The monastic experience will be led by two extraordinarily talented religious figures:
Sister Mary Donald Corcoran, O.S.B., is the Superior of Transfiguration Monastery (Roman Catholic) in Windsor, New York. A Benedictine nun for 50 years, Sister Mary Donald holds the Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University. She has directed the M.A. program in Spirituality at St. Louis University and has taught in the summer spirituality program at Fordham. The co-author of the book Spiritual Sisters and numerous articles, she serves on the Board of Directors of In the Spirit Foundation. She is a well-known teacher, writer, and leader of Benedictine retreats all over the country. This year will be her eighth time as a leader of The Dallas Benedictine Experience.
Dr. Alan Kolp (B.D., Harvard Divinity School, Ph.D., Harvard University) teaches at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, currently holding the Baldwin-Wallace Chair in Faith and Life. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at Wilhelms Universitat in Munster, Germany. He was formerly dean of The Earlham School of Religion (graduate division of Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana). Dr. Kolp is the author of several books, including Fresh Winds of the Spirit and A Canopy of Light and Love and co-author of Integrity is a Growth Market: Character-Based Leadership. He has led seminars, conferences, and retreats for faith communities and other groups around the world. His breadth of Christian vision is indicated by his being a lifelong Quaker who teaches at a Methodist-related university, and who is also a Benedictine Oblate (St. Andrew Roman Catholic Abbey, Cleveland, Ohio). This will be Dr. Kolp’s first time as a leader of The Dallas Benedictine Experience
Father Daniel Forsythe, pastor of St. Basil the Great Byzantine Church in Irving, Texas, who was such a successful leader of the 2012 Dallas Benedictine Experience, will return in 2013 to give the homilies following the office of Lauds each day.
Sister Mary Donald and Dr. Kolp will give presentations on Benedictine values and their applications to life today. Both are also available for private spiritual meetings for those who wish it.
For More Information:
Phone: 214-339-8483 (with Voice-Mail)
George Trauth and Lynn Witherspoon