Nashotah House Theological Seminary, an Episcopal seminary that is heir to the Oxford Movement, is holding an ecumenical conference in June on monasticism and the Church. Click here for more information.
“The 2019 conference theme, ‘The Monastic Call of Every Christian,’ will explore that the root of monastic vows in consecrated religious life is not grounded in terms of a separate sacrament, but rather in a deeper flourishing of the vows of sacramental baptism, the sacrament that unites all Christian believers across the differing states of life (e.g., clergy, religious, lay, marriage-family, celibate). As Pope John Paul II said in Orientale Lumen, ‘Monasticism was not seen merely as a separate condition, proper to a precise category of Christians, but rather as a reference point for all the baptized, according to the gifts offered to each by the Lord; it was presented as a symbolic synthesis of Christianity. When God’s call is total, as it is in the monastic life, then the person can reach the highest point that sensitivity, culture and spirituality are able to express’. Thus, the foundation of all forms of consecrated religious life is the sacrament of baptism.”