Upcoming Workshops at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana

Courtesy of Sister Jeana Visel, OSB:
July 17-21, 2017 (Intro Session), July 16-20, 2018 (Intro Session), July 30 – Aug. 3, 2018 (Advanced Session). Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, of Saint Meinrad Archabbey (St. Meinrad, IN) is offering his annual Gregorian chant workshop, “Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song.” Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new way to enhance your spiritual reading. The workshop includes study of the original chant notation as the key to unlocking the spiritual and artistic qualities that have influenced later Western music. Practice singing both Latin and English settings in chant style will be included. ($465 single, $735 double).
May 4-6, 2018: Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, of Saint Meinrad Archabbey (St. Meinrad, IN) is offering “Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life,” a retreat exploring how beauty in nature and art reveals God’s presence and action in the world. We will examine the strength and power or religious imagery, art, and architecture through the ages ($255 single, $425 double).
June 15-21, 2018: Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB and Br. Michael Moran, CP: “The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist’s Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat” From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this studio retreat, each participant will work in one of several media throughout the week. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating the monastic values of listening, interior silence, and gratitude through the process of making art. Each day will include a morning conference, generous afternoon studio time, and evening sharing and discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. Retreatants will also participate in the rhythm of the daily monastic liturgies. ($695 single, $1045 double)
July 6-8, 2018: Fr. Noel Mueller, OSB: “Gates of Paradise: An Art Retreat” Following in a series of art retreats offered here (Fra Angelico, Raphael, Caravaggio, Van Goh, Cezanne), this retreat will focus on Early Renaissance in Florence and the famous doors of the Baptistery of the Cathedra. Michelangelo called Lorenzo Ghiberti’s doors the “Gates of Paradise.” In contrast, one of the conferences will feature a study of Rodin’s famous “Gates of Hell.” Audio-vidual aids will enhance this retreat. ($255 single, $425 double)
To register for any of these retreats, go to www.saintmeinrad.org, or contact Br. Maurus Zoeller, OSB, at mzoeller@saintmeinrad.edu or 800.581.6905. Sister works in the Seminary and School of Theology, but the Guest House regularly holds retreats.
Sister’s new book, Icons in the Western Church: Toward a More Sacramental Encounter, came out in September through Liturgical Press. More info is available at https://www.litpress.org/Products/4660/Icons-in-the-Western-Church. One other favorite opportunity Sister would like to promote is Hexaemeron’s Six Days of Creation icon painting workshops, which she says are grounded in good spirituality and artistic practice: www.hexaemeron.org.


Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

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