Engaging the Mission Seminar 2016-2017
Suggested Readings, Videos and Handouts:


Session 1 - Discussion of September 16, 2016 Conversatio Presentation by Abbot Dismas Kalcic, OSB, former chancellor
Title: Who Are We? – We are Benedictine University. A History of the Benedictine Order, the Monks of St. Procopius Abbey, and Benedictine University  
Rule of St. Benedict
"Education with in the Benedictine Wisdom Tradition,” Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities (2007)
View a recording of Abbot Dismas's presentation 
2016 CARA Research on Mass Attendance handout

Session 2 - Discussion of October 14, 2016 Conversatio Presentation by S. Judith Ann Heble, OSB, Trustee
Title: Lay and Monastic Benedictines – Responsibility for Charism
"The Benedictine Charism Today,” Esther de Waal,. Address to the Illinois Benedictine College Community (April 26, 1995)
View a recording of S. Judith Ann's presentation    

Session 3 - Discussion of November 11, 2016 Conversatio Presentation by Abbot Austin Murphy, OSB, Chancellor
Title: University Mission, Vision, and Commitment to Catholic Benedictine Higher Education
Ex corde Ecclesiae – Apostolic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on Catholic Universities (1990), Introduction and Part I
“Benedictine Wisdom and the Catholic Intellectual tradition,” William J. Cahoy (Saint John’s University, Collegeville University)
View a recording of Abbot Austin's presentation

Session 4 - Discussion of February 10, 2017 Conversatio Presentation by Fr. Julian von Duerbeck, OSB, religious studies faculty
Title: Benedictine University as a Welcoming Inclusive Academic Community (Seeing the Other as Christ – Monastic Interreligious Dialogue)
Redemptoris Hominis, (1979) Pope St. John Paul II, Encyclical Letter
Nostra Aetate, Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Pope Paul VI (1965)
Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Pope Paul VI (1964), section 16
DIMMID website http://www.dimmid.org/

Session 5 - Discussion of March 10, 2017 Conversatio Presentation by Fr. David Turner, OSB, Assistant Provost for Institutional Mission
Title: Integration of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its Impact on Academic Freedom
"Remarks by Pope Benedict XVI,” the Catholic University of America (2008)
Timothy O’Donnell, “Academic Freedom and the Catholic University,” CatholiCity (2007)

Session 6 - Discussion of April 21, 2017 Conversatio Presentation by S. Karen Nykiel, OSB, religious studies faculty 
Title: Application of Catholic Social Teaching in the Academy (Service to the Common Good)
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (1995)
Rerum Novarum – Papal Encyclical of Pope Leo  XIII on Capital and Labor (1891)


Peter A. Huff, Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer
Professor of Theology
Goodwin Hall 465
Phone: (630) 829-6664
Email: phuff@ben.edu

Rev. David Turner, OSB, Ph.D., D.Min
Special Asst. to the President
for University History and Missions
Phone: (630) 829-6245
e-mail: dturner@ben.edu