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Monastery Visit and Lecture on "St. John Cassian, Monasticism, and the Kingdom of God"

May 12 2012 4:30—8:15pm
The Monastery of the Holy Cross
3111 South Aberdeen St.
Chicago, IL 60608
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Fr. Peter Funk

Monastery of the Holy Cross

Registration Required. RSVP to info@lumenchristi.org.

About the Lecture:
John Cassian, a monk with broad experience of Greek, Latin and Coptic monasticism, wrote his most important works, The Institutes and The Conferences to assist the Pope in establishing the monastic tradition of the Desert Fathers in fifth-century Europe. Since Cassian maintains that the monastic life is simply the life of the apostolic church, his insights are relevant for all Christians. This talk unfolds Cassian’s spirituality and the practices required of anyone who seeks the purity of heart that leads towards the realization of the Kingdom of God both in the interior life and in the social realm.

About the Monastery:
The Monastery of the Holy Cross is a contemplative Benedictine monastery in the South Side neighborhood of Bridgeport.

Tentative Schedule:
4:30pm Departure from Hyde Park.
5:00pm Welcome and Orientation to Divine Office.
5:15pm Chanted Office of Vespers.
5:45pm Dinner.
6:15pm Lecture on “St. John Cassian, Monasticism, and the Kingdom of God” by Fr. Funk.
7:30pm Chanted Office of Compline.
7:45pm Departure from the Monastery.
8:10pm Arrival back in Hyde Park.

Fr. Peter Funk, O.S.B., 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 BA 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 and led a rock band that performed in Chicago clubs. He entered monastic life in 1997. Fr. Peter studied theology at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he majored in Scripture and was ordained to the priesthood in 2004.