Parish Mission with Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB

Topic: The spirituality of beauty and how this is expressed in iconography, music and prayer.

The mission presenter will be Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, a Benedictine sister from Immaculate Conception Monastery in Ferdinand, IN. Sr. Jeana is a native of northern Illinois and is currently serving at St. Meinrad Seminary, IN where she is the Dean of the School of Theology and Director of graduate programs. She earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Kenyon College, an M.A. in Theology from St. John’s School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, MN, and a D.Min. in Spirituality from the Catholic University of America.

Sister is the author of Icons in the Western Church: Toward a More Sacramental Encounter, and regularly lectures on topics related to religious art. Sister is also a proficient musician and singer with particular interest in the chants of St. Hildegard of Bingen, a renowned 12 th century visionary and Benedictine abbess from Germany.

On the evenings of Dec 12-14, Sister will offer a presentation on some aspect of religious art. These will be followed by a brief Night Prayer service. The last evening will conclude with the Taize Prayer around the Cross followed by a social gathering.

The topic of beauty and spirituality is especially pertinent at this time in our parish history as we look to repair and enhance our place of worship in preparation for our centennial. This topic is also timely given the Christmas season that is fast approaching – a season, like no other, that celebrates Our Incarnate God whose beauty permeates the world.

In what can be one of the most hectic times of the year, give yourself the gift of this mission to help make this a most memorable and holy Christmas.