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Conference: Teresa of Avila and Peacemaking in a Nuclear Age July 15-18

05/13/2024 10:04 AM | Elizabeth Groppe

Teresa of Avila and Peacemaking in a Nuclear Age

How can a 16th century mystic help people in the 21st century in making peace? Inspired by the work of Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. who believed that Teresa’s spirituality could be a resource for creating peace today, this four-day seminar explores this question through presentations on Teresa of Avila’s life, communal conversation on Teresa’s writing, time for contemplative prayer and ritual. Teresa walked a way of peacemaking amid the patriarchal oppression of her time and offers a way to embody peace for human transformation in the urgency our times.

Conference Registration Costs

Event Registration: $200 per person (covers meals and events July 15-18)  [Click Here For Registration]

Campus Housing: $198 per person (covers room in campus residence hall for three nights, July 15-18)

Registration closes: July 1, 2024

In addition to campus housing, there are two hotels on the campus of Saint Mary's College — The Inn at Saint Mary's and the Hilton Garden Inn — conference attendees traveling from out of town can elect to stay at one of those hotels if they so choose. Reservations can be made directly through the hotel website and staff.

Conference Format

To take up Teresa’s wisdom we will engage in communal lectio divina.  The presentations, time for prayer and group reflection are to enable contemporary appropriation of Teresa’s classic texts for being peace in our time. During these four days, we will meet in small groups to discuss these materials in greater depth, in a contemplative rhythm of personal and communal reflection. 

We recommend participants engage with Teresa’s writings as well as the work of Sr. Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. in advance of the gathering. Upon confirmation of registration, each participant will receive access to these materials in preparation for the seminar.

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