The 2016 Monastic Institute took place in July of this year, hosted by St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville with a day at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. The focus was on “Monastic Profession” and the meaning that our promises have in shaping the rest of our lives. Abbot John Klassen and Prioress Michaela Hedican shared the presentation time in each session, weaving wonderfully varied and yet somehow coherent patterns around the theme of each of the talks.
Several sisters and two oblates we able to attend the Institute. All of us were utterly taken with the talks, and their applicability for oblates as much as for professed monastics. The links below should successfully take you to the talks, while the little sound icon (if it shows up on your computer) will just play the particular talk through your browser. Most are about an hour in length.
Audio recordings now online
The audio recordings of the talks are now available online on the Monastic Institute 2016 web page.
July 3, 2016 (Sunday):
Where We Have Been — Where We Are Going: Today’s Context for Monastic Profession
July 6, 2016 (Wednesday):
Entering into Kenosis: Relational Fidelity in Monastic Life
July 7, 2016 (Thursday):
Monastic Profession as a Way to Fullness in Christ