Oblates for the Future

Calling Benedictine oblates! You are invited to the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood in the fall of 2018 to actively participate in the week-long Symposium of North American Oblates to discuss and discern the subject, “Oblates for the Future.”

Over the course of five days we will engage such topics as the oblate vocation, how oblates understand their role in Benedictine life, and how they see their role changing. This is a period of significant change that monasteries of the Western Hemisphere are currently experiencing; we will explore creative responses to the impact that these changes will bring to oblate communities. The climate of the Symposium will be Encouragement to Envision.

Presentation Team

Lead Presenter:

Sister Teresa Jackson, OSB holds a JD from Golden State University at San Francisco, a MA in Spirituality from Santa Clara, Certification in Monastic Studies from St. John’s University, and a Certification in Spiritual Direction from Gonzaga University. She is an elected Council Member of the Federation of St Gertrude, she created and sustains the (nine month) “Living as A Monk in Everyday Life” cohort at the Monastery as well as several online retreats to include the Lectio retreat, “The Word That Dwells Among Us.” She has multiple roles which include: Co-Coordinator of the Oblate Community and Creator/Coordinator of the Monastic Immersion Experience.

Keynote Speakers

Sister Mary Forman, OSB, PhD the current Prioress of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, holds a PhD in in Medieval Studies from the Centre of Medieval Studies at Toronto University in Ontario, Canada, a Masters in Theology from St. John’s School of Theology, Collegeville, MN, and taught Monastic Studies at St. John’s University for fifteen years.

Jodi Kilcup, OblSB, PhD, the current Director of Development at Mt. Angel Benedictine Abbey in Oregon; She has taught college courses on literature, writing, leadership, and conflict resolution. A trained facilitator and mediator, she offers retreats on topics such as spiritual friendship, contemplative leadership, every day mysticism. She is also a trained leader in the Quaker discernment process. She is a Benedictine Oblate affiliated with Mount Angel Abbey and a member of St. Mary parish in Mt. Angel.

Group Leader/Facilitator

Janis Dopp, OblSB the current Director of Oblates at St. Meinrad’s Arch Abbey in Indiana will bring her twenty plus years of Benedictine Oblate wisdom, experience, and leadership skills to be shepherd and guide for further exploration of these topics through facilitated discussion.

The Symposium will take place in the Spirit Center retreat center of the Monastery; early registration is encouraged, spaces are limited.

Cost: $ 535.00

What is included: meals and accommodations from Sunday evening meal, October 7th through breakfast on Saturday morning, October 13th; transportation to and from the Lewiston airport.

For further information contact Nikki Nordstrom OblSB at nikki@stgertrudes.org or call 425-949-9744.

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