Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend "Advent at the Abbey" from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.
Speakers will include Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine M. Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Benedictine University.
"St. Benedict dedicates Chapter 6 of his Rule to silence," Franks said. "'Good words,' he (St. Benedict) said, 'are to be left unsaid out of esteem for silence.' It is not that monastic men and women never speak. We should speak good and thoughtful words in specific places and at appropriate times.
"Advent is an appropriate time to listen to the Word of God and pray that God makes us more taciturn because '...the disciple is to be silent and listen (Rule of St. Benedict 6:6),'" he added.
The schedule includes arrival and coffee, lauds, a morning prayer, readings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a reflection, and a closing prayer and blessing.
Space is limited to 60 participants. To reserve a place for the day and help the Abbey plan for catering, please contact Fr. Becket at (630) 829-9253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.There is no fee, but a voluntary offering will be taken.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine 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 in 2013.