Walk resolutely toward Christ through “Lent at the Abbey”
March 3, 2011
Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend "Lent at the Abbey" from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.
Speakers will include Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine M. Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology at Benedictine University. The theme of the event is "Walking Resolutely toward Christ."
"Pope Benedict XVI described Lent as a 'favorable time to recognize our weakness and to accept, through a sincere inventory of our life, the renewing Grace of the Sacrament of Penance and walk resolutely towards Christ,'" said Fr. Becket. "Prologue 49 of the Rules of St. Benedict states 'As we progress in this way of life and faith, we shall run on the path of God's commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.'"
"Taking inspiration from Pope Benedict XVI and St Benedict, we invite everyone to come and spend a day in reflection and renewal at St Procopius Abbey," Fr. Becket 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. Participants are invited to remain at the Abbey to join the monks for Vespers at 5:00 p.m. in the Abbey Church.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Fr. Becket at (630) 829-9253 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.