Did you know there is a wonderful resource available to everyone in the Abbey and Priory family, right here on campus? It's Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading), a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.
Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read, meditate, pray and contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God. The monastic practice of Lectio Divina was first established in the 6th century by Saint Benedict and was then formalized as a four-step process by the Carthusian monk, Guigo II, in the 12th century. In the 20th century, the constitution of Dei Verbum of Pope Paul VI recommended Lectio Divina for the general public. Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the importance of Lectio Divina in the 21st century.
While this Benedictine way of praying has been practiced by monks for centuries, it is easily adapted to lay group use. Interested Priory parents, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends of the Abbey are all invited to experience this prayer form in one of several shared Lectio groups on this campus. Groups meet weekly or less as noted in the list below.
Many of you already know that Priory students learn this form of prayer in 7th grade and have the opportunity to be part of shared lectio in the school. Shared Lectio was introduced in the school and presented to Priory parents more than 15 years ago by Father Gregory, who was headmaster at the time.
All Lectio groups on campus welcome interested visitors. We hope you will stop by one of the groups listed below to observe this form of prayer. All groups listed are for members of the Priory and Abbey Family and friends, and many Alumni and current parents attend. At every session, the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday is the focus for each group. No experience is needed; sharing is always optional also. If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of the group representatives listed below.
You are welcome to visit any of the groups, and to bring a friend!
Monday morning group
Meets weekly for one hour at 10:30 a.m. in Monastery Conference Room.
Contact Judith Chouteau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday afternoon group
Meets weekly for one hour at 4:00 p.m. in the Monastery Conference Room with Father Gregory as leader.
Contact Father Gregory at email@example.com or (314) 434-3690 ext. 138
Wednesday afternoon group
Meets weekly for one hour at 4:00 p.m. in Switzer House living room.
Contact Bebe Nickolai at (314) 469-7921 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday morning group
Meets weekly for one and one half hours at 9:15 a.m. in Monastery Conference Room.
Contact Peggy Lane at email@example.com or (314) 706-0709
Saturday morning group:
Meets weekly for one and one half hours, beginning at 9:45 a.m. following coffee at 9:30 a.m. in the Monastery Conference Room.
The Rule of St. Benedict or other spiritual books are discussed after shared lectio.
Contact Ted Ehrmann at (636) 256-7160 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday evening group
Meets weekly at 7:00 p.m. for one hour in the Monastery Conference Room.
Contact JoAnne Neukum at email@example.com or (314) 497-4113
Monday evening group
Meets weekly for one hour at 7:30 p.m. in the Switzer House living room.
Contact Father Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 434-3690 ext. 138.