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“Advent at the Abbey” celebrates the devotion to prayer

“Advent at the Abbey” celebrates the devotion to prayer
October 11, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094


Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend "Advent at the Abbey" from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.

Speakers will include Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine M. Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Benedictine University. The theme of the event is "Devoting Ourselves Frequently to Prayer: The Benedictine Tradition."

"St. Benedict borrows from St. Paul who instructs us 'to pray always,'" Fletcher said. "In the Benedictine community, there are set times and places for prayer. But how do monks pray in between the formal hours for prayer? And how do people outside the monastery pray always so that they can participate in the "Tools of Good Works."

The schedule includes arrival and coffee, lauds, a morning prayer, readings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a reflection, and a closing prayer and blessing.

Space is limited to 60 participants. To reserve a place for the day and help the Abbey plan for catering, please contact Fr. Becket at (630) 829-9253 or bfranks@procopius.org.

There is no fee, but a free offering will be taken.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.