"Lent at the Abbey" ponders the season as a time for service above and beyond

"Lent at the Abbey" ponders the season as a time for service above and beyond
January 24, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Benedictine University’s Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend “Lent at the Abbey” from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Speakers will include Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B. of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine M. Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious Studies at Benedictine University. “We use these days to look more deeply at the wisdom found in the Rule of St Benedict,” Franks said. “In the Rule’s chapter on Lent, we are advised to ‘add to the usual measure of our service, so that each of us will have something above the assigned measure to offer God of his own will with the joy of the Holy Spirit.’ ” The schedule includes arrival and coffee, a lectio with Fr. Becket, the Sacrament of Penance, readings, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a presentation by Fletcher on “A Little Extra Measure,” a midday prayer in the chapter room and the opportunity to join the monks for Vespers at 5:00 p.m. in the Abbey Church. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Franks at (630) 829-9253. There is no fee but a free offering will be taken.


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.