Thursday, September 22, 4:30-6:00 P.M. - Kindlon 5th Floor
This will be a more in-depth discussion based on the September 16th Conversatio presentation by Abbot Dismas Kalcic
, OSB: "Who Are We? – We are Benedictine University. A History of the Benedictine Order, the Monks of St. Procopius Abbey, and Benedictine University."
- Provide programmatic overview.
- Present background information on the Benedictine order and the monks of St. Procopius Abbey.
- Discuss the evolution of the Catholic University (and Benedictine University particularly) and its connection/relationship with the Church.
- How does Benedictine University continue to be perceived by the University community and its supporters as ‘effectively’ and ‘operationally’ Catholic and Benedictine?
- What is the relationship between “Catholic” and “Benedictine?”
- How is the vocation of professed monastics reflected in the vocations of current University community members?
Thursday, October 20, 4:30-6:00 P.M. - Kindlon 5th Floor
This will be a more in-depth discussion based on the October 14th Conversatio
presentation by S. Judith Ann Heble: "Lay and Monastic Benedictines – Responsibility for Charism."
- Understand the concept of charism.
- Discuss the role of the laity and monastic community to the carry out the Benedictine charism on the University campus.
- How does an institution like Benedictine University maintain the charism of its founding congregation in light of declining members of the professed religious?
- How do I as a community member carry on the Benedictine charism in my role and work here at the University?
Seminar 3Thursday November 17, 4:30-6:00 P.M. - Kindlon 5th Floor
This will be a more in-depth discussion based on the November 11th Conversatio
presentation by Abbot Austin Murphy: "University Mission, Vision, and Commitment to Catholic Benedictine Higher Education."
- Provide a brief overview of important terms related to Catholic higher education – Catholic social teaching Catholic intellectual tradition, Benedictine wisdom tradition and Ex corde Ecclesiae among others.
- Understand the purpose and intentionality of the Benedictine University mission.
- What is unique about the Benedictine education experience in comparison with other institutions of higher education, both secular and non-secular?
- Are there ways you can support the mission as a Catholic or non-Catholic – in the classroom, as a mentor/advisor, administrator, staff member, etc.?
- What are ways the Catholic and Benedictine mission and identity are integrated into the programming in your department or area of expertise?
Thursday, February 16, 4:30-6:00 P.M. - Kindlon 5th Floor
This will be a more in-depth discussion based on the February 10th Conversatio
presentation by Fr. Julian von Duerbeck: "Benedictine University as a Welcoming Inclusive Academic Community (Seeing the Other as Christ – Monastic Interreligious Dialogue)."
- Understand the diversity within the Catholic Church.
- Discuss the meaning of being a “welcoming inclusive academic community.”
- Develop community by seeing the other as Christ.
- On a Benedictine campus, what are the expectations of a Catholic to be “welcoming” and “hospitable?” What are those of a non-Catholic?
- What more could each of us do to help our colleagues and co-workers feel valued and appreciated?
Thursday, March 16, 4:30-6:00 P.M. - Kindlon 5th Floor
This will be a more in-depth discussion based on the March 10th Conversatio
presentation by Fr. David Turner, OSB: "Integration of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its Impact on Academic Freedom."
- Understand the compatibility and integration of faith and reason in the search for truth.
- Appreciate academic freedom in the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
- Recognize the intellectual as spiritual.
- How do we witness the grace and goodness of God through our work, scholarship and relationships with others?
- How does the Catholic university apply academic freedom to everyone, including students and staff, who keep the university operating on a daily basis?
Thursday, April 27, 4:30-6:00 P.M. - Kindlon 5th Floor
This will be a more in-depth discussion based on the April 21st Conversatio
presentation by S. Karen Nykiel, OSB: "Application of Catholic Social Teaching in the Academy (Service to the Common Good)."
- Understand the concepts of Catholic social teaching and their mandate for service to humanity.
- Discuss the integration of the Catholic social tradition at Benedictine University.
- How do the concepts of Catholic social teaching connect to our Benedictine Hallmarks and values?
- How can you and your program area, department, and the university demonstrate priority of the search for truth and the objective of service to the common good and the Church?