Instructional Opportunities

"Listen, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart..." --Prologue, The Rule of St. Benedict

Catholicism and the Benedictine Tradition have a 2,000 year history of teaching by passing down the tradition.  The TANAK, or Hebrew Scriptures which we Christians called the "Old Testament" was the writing down of what was the oral tradition of the Israelite peoples that we now call  the "Jews."

The Council of Hippo, 393 A.D., issued the first Canon of Scriptures which we call the "New Testament".  The Christians then took the Scriptures off of large scrolls and cut them into pieces and bound them on one end.  We call this "the Book" or "The Bible."  This was done to make the Scriptures portable so that we could facilitate learning.

Teaching and learning are at the heart of who we are as Catholics and Benedictines. In the months to come, learn from this site to promote your own spiritual well being and seek to live the goal of all Benedictines everywhere, the life lived well.

Cursillo de Colores

Cursillo Opportunities

Seeking a renewal of your faith, a deeper relationship with Christ and the support of small group sharing? |

Catholic Cursillo is the answer!

Cursillo, which means "short course in Christianity," is a lay Catholic Movement which began 60 years ago in Spain and is now worldwide. It begins with a 72-hour, three-day weekend where candidates form and live in community with other Catholics and clergy members. The weekend is immersed in Catholic Doctrine and the Sacraments. The first night is a silent retreat and the rest of the weekend includes daily Mass, prayer, rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and 15 Apostolic talks given by laity and clergy. Candidates take part in small discussion groups following each talk. The Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as spiritual direction is available on the weekend.

UpcomingCursillo Weekends in the Joliet Diocese

Men's123rd Cursillo Weekend - June 21-24, 2012.

Women's114th Cursillo Weekend - August 9-12, 2012.

Men's124th Cursillo Weekend – Oct. 18-21, 2012.

Women's115th Cursillo Weekend – Nov. 1-4, 2012. 

Your entrance into the Joliet Diocese Cursillo community begins with an invitation from a Cursillista who will serve as your sponsor.  To get a sponsor or for more information about Cursillo, go to www.jolietcursillo.org or contact Tim Moore, Joliet Diocese Lay Director, at (630) 717-6026.

"Central to the Benedictine tradition is the celebration of community as a gathering of people who share a commitment to a common mission. The university strives to develop an academic community that supports each person in the pursuit of knowledge and personal development. This undertaking will be achieved through a life enriched by the collegiate community in which the individual's interest is tempered by a concern for the common good."
-- Heritage, Tradition and Identity, pp. 2-3

Our students represent a diverse spectrum of working professionals seeking to grow academically, personally and professionally. We offer a breadth of program options specifically designed for adult learners to develop essential problem-solving and critical thinking skills beyond specific discipline content.

Student Life
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY

Mark Kurowski, M. Div. Director
Phone: (630) 829-1310
E-mail: ministryrequests@ben.edu

Kindlon Hall, Room 419
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532
8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m
By Appointment:
Spiritual Direction
Pastorial Counseling