Hospitality: Creating a foundation for Encountering Christ

March 25, 2021 9 am – 12 noon CT  (Online Zoom)

PRESENTER: SR. Kathryn Huber, OSB 

Hospitality is a core spiritual value in Christianity as well as in all world religions. It is from the open channels of our hearts that all hospitality is shown.  Our model for hospitality is Jesus Christ.  We will explore the gospels and the Rule of Benedict.  Benedict’s chapter on hospitality is one of the best loved and most relevant to society beyond the monastery. 

We will spend time on our personal experiences of hospitality received and hospitality given.  How do we become Christ for others? What allows me to see Christ in others?  Are they able to see Christ in me? How does my ministry, my parish become a welcoming space for others?

The workshop will have three presentations with Q and A, time for personal reflection, breakout sessions (three to a group), followed by large group sharing. There will be a brief break after each session.

Sister Kathryn Huber is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Ferdinand, IN.  Currently Sister Kathy works in the Office of Spirituality Ministry of the Ferdinand Benedictines where she does spiritual direction, guides retreats, and leads workshops. Sister Kathy has taught in summer programs at St. Meinrad. She is involved in prison ministry and in inter-faith activities.   Sister Kathy holds graduate degrees in education and in pastoral studies. Previously Sister Kathy served as federation president, prioress, retreat minister, principal, and teacher.

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introduction to centering prayer

Thursday evening, April 15, through Friday, April 16

PRESENTER: SR. KATHY BILSKIE, OSB 

This workshop may be taken for 1 credit or noncredit.

To take the workshop for credit, the cost is 1 hour of tuition. Course name is 40:860 - Introduction to Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer is designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive the gift of contemplation. Centering does not replace other kinds of prayer, but may cast a new depth of meaning on all kinds of prayer. Students will gain familiarity with the theory and practice of this form of prayer.

For credit, read Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating. Other recommended reading: Invitation to Love by Thomas Keating. Submit 5-7 pages by April 30, 2021, examining how Keating connects lectio divina, Centering Prayer, and contemplation, or examining Keating’s assessment of the role of thoughts in the spiritual life.

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Upcoming Programs 

April:

April 16 - Connecting with Others: Emotional Intelligence with Jason Winkle, 9 am – 3 pm CT

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Easter: 

50 Days of Celebration (60-minute webinar)

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May:

May 12 - Making Decisions as a Catholic: Ethics and Ministry with Dr. Kevin Schemenauer, 9 am – 3 pm CT
Mindful Life Transitions (60-minute webinar)

June: 

Spirituality of Money (half-day workshop)
Catching Fireflies: A Metaphor for Spiritual Life (75-minute webinar)