Dates: March 27-29, 2009
Location: Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey (Richmond, VA)
Guest Speaker:  Robert Louis Wilken
        William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
General Theme of 2009 Retreat: The Love of God and the Spiritual Life

Readings:     [TBA, January 2009]

2016-2017 Student Reading Groups

1. Holy Women of the Americas!: Missionaries, Founders, Thinkers, and Marian Apparitions

European contact with the “New World” after 1492 is often portrayed as led exclusively by misguided, self-interested, and tragically violent conquistadors. This new discussion series will offer students a first exposure to a different and often forgotten set of actors: the saintly women whose loving witness, devotion, and peaceful genius helped carry the good news of Christ throughout North, Central, and South America. Interested students: contact Prof. Beth Sutherland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

February 10 (12:00-1:30pm): Alderman Library 421 (in Scholars Lab), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, O.S.H. (1651-1695), with special faculty guest Prof. Allison Bigelow (Spanish) 

Feb.24: Our Lady of Guadalupe and other Marian Apparitions, with special faculty guest: Prof. Nichole Flores (Religious Studies)

March 17: St. Katharine Drexel and St. Mother Frances Cabrini, with special faculty guests: Fr. Gerry Fogarty (Religious Studies) and Charles Kromkowski (Politics)

April 21: Dorothy Day, with special guest: Laura Brown (Casa Alma)

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2. Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica 

St. Thomas Aquinas’s great Summa Theologica is one of the most important and widely recognized works of philosophical and theological wisdom ever written, a master work for the ages that continues to influence Western religion and philosophy. Despite its import and promise, undergraduate and graduate students today receive almost no exposure to the Summa. This lunch seminar reading group will be led by various faculty, our local O.P.s, and several guest scholar experts. Lunch will be provided by the Institute, and we'll read and discuss selected parts of a common online text of the Summa. Interested students can attend one, some, or all of the planned discussions. Contact Prof. Charles Kromkowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Fr. Antoninus Niemiec, O.P.     

April 28 (Friday, 12-2pm): A Review of Our Year with the Summa 

April 4 (Tuesday, 12-2pm): On Christ and his relation to Us (III, qq.1-5, 9-12, 46-56)--led by Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. 

March 17 (Friday, 12-2pm): On the Theological and Cardinal Virtues (II-II, qq.1-6,17-18,23-27,47-48,58-59,123,137,179-182)

February 17 (Friday, 12-2pm): On Virtue, Vice and the Law (II-I, qq.55-65,71-77,90-97,109,112)--led by Jorge Secada (Philosophy) and Bill Wilson (Religious Studies) 

March 18-20, 2011: "The Life and Piety of St. Francis of Assisi"

Location: Mary Mother of the Church Abbey (Richmond, VA)
Guest Speaker:  Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., S.T.M., Professor of History, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology,
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California 
Retreat Chaplain: Fr. Jacek Buda, O.P.

Preliminary Schedule of 2011 Retreat
Friday, March 18, 2011
6:30-7:30pm: Arrive at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey
7:30: Evening Prayer (Conference Room, Lower level)
8:00: Dinner
9:30: Night Prayer

Saturday, March 19, 2011
8:00-8:30am: Breakfast
9:00: Morning Prayer 
9:30-11:30:     First Session--What Can St. Francis teach us on Conversion and Vocation?
Presenter: Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., S.T.M.; Professor of History, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology,
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California 

Readings: St. Francis of Assisi: A Critical Life, chs.1-3
11:30: Mass
Noon: Lunch
1:00-3:00: Personal time (Confessions available with Benedictine Abbey monks,Time and Location TBA)
3:00-3:30: Stations of the Cross
3:30-4:45: Second Session--What Can St. Francis teach us about living as Catholics?
Presenter: Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. 
Readings: St. Francis of Assisi: A Critical Life,chs. 4-6
4:45: Evening Prayer 
5:00: Dinner
7:00-8:
00: Third Session--What Can St. Francis teach us about Sickness and Death?
Readings: St. Francis of Assisi: A Critical Life, chs. 7-8
8:00: Night Prayer 
8:30pm: Faculty Reception

Sunday, March 20, 2011
7:30-8:00am: Breakfast
8:30: Morning Prayer

9:00: Mass with the Benedictine Abbey monks (Abbey Church)
10:00: Departure

 

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