Heritage lecture examines impact of Benedictine charism in Chicago

February 12, 2016

Lisle, Illinois ~ Fr. Joel Rippinger, O.S.B., a monk at Marmion Abbey and teacher at Marmion Academy in Aurora, will present: “A Source of Vigor in a Spiritual Ecosystem: Benedictine Presence in the Chicago Metropolitan Area” from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall at Benedictine University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Benedictine Heritage Lecture Series and sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity (CMI), which provides programming that reflects the University’s Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage.

Fr. Joel is a past board member and president of the American Benedictine Academy. He has worked in the area of interreligious dialogue and has directed many retreats for religious and lay communities. He has also served on the American Benedictine Review editorial board since 1978, and has written numerous articles on monastic history and spirituality. Fr. Joel is the author of “The Benedictine Order in the United States: An Interpretive History.”

A graduate of Benedictine University (St. Procopius College) with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Fr. Joel also earned a Master of Arts in History from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, Italy. His love of history and theology are reflected in his teaching through which he seeks to share a model of Christian and monastic life that will serve his students throughout their lives.

For more information, visit ben.edu/CMI, or contact cmi@ben.edu or (630) 829-6024.


 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 fifth consecutive year in 2015, and the University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area.

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