Benedictine Spirituality and the Foundations of the New Monasticism


Summer 2018
Start Date:

Monday, June 25, 2018


9:00 AM
Schedule Notes:

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29


Teaching Method:



St. Benedict’s “Little Rule,” written in the sixth century, is one of the primary sources of Anglican spirituality, liturgy and ecclesiology and has influenced many other denominations as well. Since the mid-twentieth century it has had a profound influence on the “New Monasticism,” Fresh Expressions, and the Emergence movement. The course will examine the historical roots of Benedictine spirituality in the desert tradition, the spread of the Benedictine tradition across Europe and the British Isles, the clash between the Roman Benedictine tradition and Celtic spirituality, the profound influence of Benedictine liturgy during the English Reformation especially in the shaping of the Book of Common Prayer, and the influence of Benedict’s Rule on the development of Anglican and ecumenical religious communities. As we follow the tradition into the 20th and 21st centuries we will examine the increasing interest in Benedictine monastic spirituality among lay people and the evolution of monastic life into the “mixed economy” of traditional and emerging new monastic communities.

Enrolment Notes:

This is a one week intensive to be offered at the Convent of the Sisterhood of St John Divine  located at 233Cummer Avenue, North York, M2M 2E8

Registration opens on Monday April 2, 2018 and the last day to drop the class without academic penalty and to be eligible for a refund is Tuesday June 26 at 5:00 p.m.