Fr. Peter FunkMonastery of the Holy Cross
Abbot Austin Murphy, OSBSt. Procopius Abbey
Br. Mark ViscontiSt. John Cantius Church
$200 per person per semester. The spring semester will meet in February, March, and April.
6:30PM hors d’oeuvres and cocktails | 7:00PM lecture and Q&A | 8:30PM End
The Ruth Lake Country Club adheres to all local and national guidelines regarding masking and social distancing. Participants must remain masked until they are seated. All chairs are spread at least six feet apart. Staff in masks and gloves will prepare appetizers and drinks.
In 1918, the German priest Romano Guardini lamented that “the lack of fruitful and lofty culture causes spiritual life to grow numbed and narrow.” The remedy was that “prayer must be simple, wholesome, and powerful,” while also being “rich in ideas and powerful images, and speak a developed but restrained language.” Guardini concluded that this “is precisely the way in which the prayer of the liturgy has been formed.”
The events of recent months have made us acutely aware of what we lose when the Church’s rites, ceremonies, and corporate worship (the Liturgy) are taken from us. Guardini wrote The Spirit of the Liturgy as the First World War ravaged Europe in order to remind his readers how the Church’s worship meets the deep, complex and paradoxical yearnings of man, centers a people in the Lord, and gives them new language and insight into the central mysteries of the faith. He called the liturgy “nothing else but truth expressed in terms of prayer.” Perhaps we could use a similar reminder now.
Returning in February 2021, the Lumen Christi Institute will host a monthly series on Catholic culture at the Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale. The theme for this inaugural year of 2020-2021 is “The Liturgy.” Spring topics include: the theology of sacred vestments, liturgical music, and the Liturgy of the Hours
Note the schedule has been changed. The spring semester will now begin in March instead of February.
SPRING SEMESTER SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 10
Liturgical Music with Fr. Peter Funk (Monastery of the Holy Cross)
Wednesday, April 21
The Liturgy of Sacred Vestments with Br. Mark Visconti (St. John Cantius)
Wednesday, May 12
Liturgy of the Hours with Abbot Austin Murphy (St. Procopius Abbey)
FALL SEMESTER SCHEDULE
Guardini’s The Spirit of the Liturgy with Christopher Carstens
Post-Vatican II Reform and Benedict XVI’s Reform with Kevin Magas
Sacred Architecture with Denis McNamara
Fr. Peter Funk, OSB, is the Prior of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, a contemplative Benedictine monastery in the South Side neighborhood of Bridgeport. Fr. Peter received his B.A. in music from the University of Chicago. After graduating, he was a choral conductor at St. Thomas the Apostle parish and the University of Chicago. He entered monastic life in 1997. Fr. Peter received a Master’s degree in Theology at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he majored in Scripture. In 2012, he helped to found the choir Schola Laudis, whose mission is to reintroduce the Catholic tradition of polyphony at the monastery's celebration of Vespers. Fr. Peter has composed numerous motets and four a cappella settings of the Mass.
Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB, is the 10th abbot of St. Procopius Abbey. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, an MA, MDiv, and STB from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and a PuD in theology from the University of Notre Dame. Soon after graduating from college, he came into contact with St. Procopius Abbey and, feeling called to the monastic life there, applied and entered. His jobs before becoming abbot have included teaching math and religion as well as being campus minister at the abbey's high school, Benet Academy.
Br. Mark Visconti comes from the Boston area and has been in Chicago as a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius for 13 years. He is a permanent brother which means he focuses much of his energies on the day to day running of the parish, along with teaching and counseling. Br. Mark also assists with many of the liturgical ceremonies at St. John Cantius parish in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary form.