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The Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series: Spousal Vision

Posted by Dolores on September 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Renowned theologian and professor of theology at Notre Dame, Dr. John Cavadini, will give a talk titled, "Spousal Vision: Seeing the Church with Lumen Gentium," on Tues., Sept. 16th at 7pm in the Abbey Church of St. Procopius Abbey (5601 College Rd., Lisle, IL). This is the third talk in The Documents of Vatican II lecture series. The talk is free and open to the public.

Next talk in The Documents of Vatican II lecture series by Prof. John Cavadini

Posted by Abbot Austin on July 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

We are happy to announce that the next talk in The Documents of Vatican II lecture series will be by Dr. John Cavadini, professor of theology at Notre Dame & director of the Institute for Church Life. The talk is titled, "Spousal Vision: Seeing the Church with Lumen Gentium."

The talk will be on Sept. 16 at 7pm and will be on the document Lumen Gentium, the council's dogmatic constitution on the Church.

For more information about Dr. Cavadini, see: http://www3.nd.edu/~newsinfo/photos/Cavadini-John.jpg

Easter Triduum Schedule

Posted by Dolores on April 15, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Holy Thursday, April 17,

Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm

Good Friday, April 18,

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3pm

Stations of the Cross 7:30pm

Holy Saturday, April 19,

Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm

Easter Sunday, April 20,

Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord, 11am

Easter Sunday Solemn Vespers 4:30pm

Tornado relief collection box at the abbey

Posted by Abbot Austin on November 29, 2013 at 8:55 PM

There is a cardboard box in the lobby to the abbey for the collection of paper goods (diapers, wipes, kleenex, toilet paper, napkins) in relief of the tornado victims in Illinois. University Ministry at Benedictine University is organizing donation boxes in various locations, including in our lobby. Please help if you will be stopping by the abbey.

Monks present on Benedictine life in Mesa, AZ

Posted by Abbot Austin on November 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Fr. David, Fr. James, Br. Kevin, and Abbot Austin will be in Mesa, AZ, at Benedictine University's branch campus there on Nov. 13 and 14. They will be doing various events on being Benedictine and on the Benedictine charism. Feel free to come if you are in the area (see image for info).

Abbot Austin's interview on prayer by Pastor Jon Klinepeter (UPDATED)

Posted by Abbot Austin on October 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

On Oct. 8, I was interviewed by Pastor Jon Klinepeter of Willow Chicago on prayer, especially lectio divina. Pastor Jon was a great interviewer and his crew put together very nice shots of the abbey. Below are a couple of links.

First there the video of Pastor Jon's service which includes the interview within it. (The clip of the interview is from 40:22-45:52, although you might want to start at 39:07 to get some of Pastor Jon's points leading up to it). http://media.willowcreek.org/features/chicago/vision-sunday-prayer-together-week-6/#content

Second, here is the full interview by itself, which is about 13 min.: http://vimeo.com/77331911

Fr. Barron's talk on YouTube

Posted by Abbot Austin on October 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Fr. Robert Barron's talk, 'Gaudium et Spes: The Right Reading of Vatican II' is now available on YouTube, as is also the question and answer session afterwards (see below for links). Fr. Barron gave the talk at St. Procopius Abbey on Sept. 24, 2013 as the second talk in The Documents of Vatican II lecture series. It is an excellent talk and worth hearing.

The talk is available here:

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Question and Answer afterwards:

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Free Five-Part Course in Benedictine Spirituality

Posted by Abbot Austin on October 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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Free Online Course in Benedictine Spirituality to Help Bring in the New Evangelization


To carry out the Church’s call for a New Evangelization, a Benedictine Abbey in the Chicago area is offering a free, five-part online course in Benedictine spirituality.


“We feel that St. Benedict’s way of life, which includes living in community, common prayer, work, and private prayer, is just as important today as when St. Benedict was alive,” said Fr. James Flint, OSB, vocation director of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, just west of Chicago.


“Vocations to the consecrated life have seen a slight upswing in the United States,” he said, noting recent news reports of a 10% increase in Catholic graduate theology students this year compared to 2005. “We hope to be part of that trend in our role in educating others about the great depth of Benedictine spirituality.”


He added, “Although we are using the course as a tool for looking for young men who may be thinking of a religious vocation, the course is open to anyone who wants to deepen their prayer life, whether married or single.”


The course will consist of five emails, one sent each day, and will cover the life of St. Benedict and of Benedictine monks, and the vocation stories of three men who have joined St. Procopius. There will also be emails prompting students to reflect upon each class. Students can sign up for one of two sessions. The first will run Oct. 14 – 18, and the second, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.


“I think that St. Benedict would give an approving nod at the idea of using the internet to promote the spirituality,” Fr. James said.


Benedictine spirituality is characterized by striving towards Christian perfection in community, liturgical prayer, and separation from worldly concerns. St. Benedict (480-550 AD) is the Father of Western Monasticism. He wrote The Rule, which governs the life of monks, and his best-known monastery is at Monte Cassino, Italy. Many other religious orders have patterned their rule after his.


At St. Procopius Abbey, which was founded in 1885 and has 26 monks today, the men work outside as well as inside the abbey. The priests and brothers there have taught, coached, worked as administrators, and carried out campus ministry in the two schools they founded – a high school, Benet Academy; and a university, Benedictine University. They continue to work in the schools to this day. Also, monks who are ordained priests help in nearby parishes, especially with Sunday Masses.


For more information about the course, contact Fr. James Flint, OSB, at 630-969-6410, or vocations@procopius.org. Visit also our website, www.procopius.org.


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Come & See Vocation Discernment retreat - Fri., Nov. 15 to Sun., Nov. 17

Posted by Abbot Austin on September 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM

For men 18-45 who want to learn about monastic life at St. Procopius Abbey. To reserve a space, please contact Fr. James (vocations@procopius.org or 630-829-9279).