Advent Day of Reflection ponders the meaning of welcoming holiday guests

Advent Day of Reflection ponders the meaning of welcoming holiday guests
November 6, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Benedictine University’s Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies will hold an Advent Day of Reflection on the topic of “Hospitality” from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 at St. Procopius Abbey. Speakers will include Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B. of St. Procopius Abbey and Chris Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious Studies. “St. Benedict advises us that every time we begin a good work, we must pray to Christ the Lord to bring it to perfection,” Franks said. “As we prepare for the Savior’s birth, and the holiday season, we should take time to examine the meaning of the Benedictine value of ‘Hospitality.’ ” “The Rule of St. Benedict tells us, ‘All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ’ (Chapter 53),” Franks added. “What does it mean to welcome Christ? To welcome family? To welcome guests? The day offers a chance to ponder these questions.” For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Franks at (630) 829-9253.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.