The Benedictine women’s Federation of St. Scholastica is celebrating its 100th anniversary this June by stepping into the future of monasticism. The Rule of St. Benedict is not only for monks and sisters, but available to all spiritual seekers; written in the 6th century, but is relevant to life in our current challenging times.

You can be a part of opening the door into that future by participating in “Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding,” a Colloquium open to all followers of Benedict: women and men who are professed, oblates, or spiritual seekers. The Colloquium will take place at Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, June 21-24, 2022, and virtually.

The conference will focus on three themes: Wisdom, Witness, and Way Forward.

GOAL: Make our Benedictine way of life visible and accessible in new ways to today’s seekers by celebrating our history and envisioning our future.

GOAL: Share our lives as Benedictine women, past and present, what we stand for, and why we do what we do as we invite others to experience our charism and good zeal and to join us in “running while we have the light of life.” (Prologue, Rule of Benedict)

GOAL: Support Benedictine life today so that it can continue to be the same kind of stabilizing presence in our cities and towns and light for spiritual seekers that it has been for more than 1500 years.

We are breaking new monastic ground. Please join us.

The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. “This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love.

We intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.

Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 – 2022

Six presenters and two responders will center us in Benedictine monastic wisdom, strengthen us with Benedictine monastic witness and open the future with possibilities for taking Benedictine monasticism into the future. Meet our presenters and find the Colloquium schedule HERE.

Register for onsite or virtual participation HERE.

$225 registration for onsite participation includes meals but not housing. $125 for virtual participants.

Tentative Schedule:

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Opening Social
The very brief opening remarks will be made available to virtual participants, the social will not be live streamed. 7:30 p.m.— Location TBD

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
8:30 a.m.—Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m.—Welcome and Introductions
9:30 a.m.—Wisdom: Judith Sutera, OSB
10:30 a.m.—Break
10:45 a.m.—Witness: Deborah Asberry
11:45 a.m.—Break
12:00 p.m.—Midday Prayer, Lunch and Break
2:00 p.m.—Way Forward: Edith Bogue, OSB
3:00 p.m.—Break
3:15 p.m.—Response: Judith Valente, Oblate
3:45 p.m.—Break/Informal Chat
4:15 p.m.—Group Conversations: Gathering the Wisdom of the Day
5:15 p.m.—Evening Prayer
6:00 p.m.—Dinner
7:15 p.m.—Sharing of Small Group Gleanings

Thursday, June 23, 2022
9:00 a.m.—Morning Prayer; Announcements
9:30 a.m.—Wisdom: Linda Romey, OSB
10:30 a.m.—Break
10:45 a.m.—Way Forward: Katie Gordon
11:45 a.m.—Break
12:00 p.m.—Midday Prayer and Lunch followed by Monastery Tour OR Visit Atchison sites
3:15 p.m.—Group Conversations: Gathering the Wisdom of the Morning
3:45 p.m.—Break
4:00 p.m.—Witness: Patty Fawkner, SGS
5:15 p.m.—Evening Prayer
6:00 p.m.—Dinner
7:15 p.m.—Response: Joanna Burley, OSB
7:45 p.m.—Informal Chat and Social

Friday, June 24, 2022
8:30 a.m.—Morning Prayer
9:00 am.—Gathering the Wisdom to Take Away
10:00 a.m.—Wrap-up and Closing
11:00 a.m.—Departure

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