"Advent at the Abbey" celebrates the joy of the Virgin Mary's message

"Advent at the Abbey" celebrates the joy of the Virgin Mary's message
November 3, 2009

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

Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend “Advent at the Abbey” from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. 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. The theme of the event, which coincides with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is “Delighting in Virtue.” “In the middle of the Advent season we pause to commemorate the appearance of the Virgin Mary in Mexico in 1531,” Franks said. “As we ponder the joy of her message and image, St. Benedict reminds us that as we progress on the way of the Christian journey, we shall run the path of God’s commandments and our hearts will overflow with the inexpressible delight of love. “This day gives us a chance to reflect on the joy of Advent as ‘delighting in virtue,’” he added. The schedule includes arrival and coffee, a morning prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, readings, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a reflection, and a closing prayer and blessing. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Franks at (630) 829-9253 or e-mail bfranks@procopius.org. Space is limited. 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.