diviniTEA with the Mystics & Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics

Oblate School of Theology

285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216, United States

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diviniTEA with the Mystics

Tuesday mornings 10:30 to 12:30
September 20th through November 15th, 2016 
On the Oblate Campus at the Rock House
Facilitated by Rev. Mary Earle and Rosalyn Collier

From St. Clare of Assisi in the Middle Ages to St. Therese of Lisieux in the late nineteenth century, this course will invite the exploration of the lives and spiritual gifts of seven women mystics through contemplative dialogue and the meaning each of their lives has for us today.  Their common foundation of courage, conviction and serenity expressed through the distinctly female voices enriches their writings on the experience of the inner world.  We will befriend each mystic as we learn to befriend ourselves.

This nine week experience will lead participants on their own spiritual pilgrimage.  We will journey toward a more contemplative understanding of how we can make peace with sorrow and disappointment and bring joy and transcendence into our lives today, through the living testament of these remarkable women.

Each session begins with a time of meditation, followed by body prayer, opening ourselves to the voice of the wisdom figure and personal journaling, including reflections on one of the mystics and questions for small group discussion, closing with prayer and insights.

Please join us as we listen together to  the chorus of wisdom from our Western Christian tradition that speaks with remarkable relevance to our contemporary spiritual quests.  

Based on the book Enduring Grace by Carol Lee Flinders, a former professor of religious studies from U. C. Berkley, writer and independent scholar. 

 This book will be available for sale at the first session for $15.05.


Tuesdays 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Wk 1    Sept 20      Introductions and Introduction
Wk 2    Sept 27      St. Clare of Assisi
Wk 3    Oct 4          Mechtild of Magdeburg
Wk 4    Oct 11        St. Julian of Norwich
Wk 5    Oct 18        St. Catherine of Sienna
Wk 6    Oct 25        St. Catherine of Genoa
Wk 7    Nov 1        St. Teresa of Avila
Wk 8    Nov 8         St. Therese of Lisieux
Wk 9    Nov 15      Integration and Insights

Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics

Tuesday mornings 10:30 to 12:30
January 10th through April 4th, 2017      
On the Oblate Campus at the Rock House
Facilitated by Rev. Mary Earle and Rosalyn Collier

This course will take us on a journey through our inner life accompanied by twelve great monks and mystics from the Christian Tradition.  Each figure will invite us to discover the energy and potential of a particular archetype - the inner sage in St. Benedict, the inner visionary in St. Hildegard von Bingen and the inner orphan in Dorothy Day.  From the prophet Miriam of the Hebrew scriptures to twentieth century monk Thomas Merton, these 13 weeks will offer an array of challenging and enlivening models to explore.

Each week will begin with a time of meditation on an icon, followed by body prayer, personal written reflection, gospel story, questions for small group discussion, and closing with poem/prayer.  The insightful reflections on key selections of each mystic’s writings will help us to gain greater self-knowledge and experience a deeper encounter with God.

The sessions are based on the book Illuminating the Way by Christine Valters Paintner, who is a Benedictine Oblate and the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts (a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expressions.) 

The book will be available for sale at the first session for $11.75. 


Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Wk 1      Jan 10        Introductions and Introduction
Wk 2      Jan 17        St. Francis of Assisi
Wk 3      Jan 24        King David
Wk 4      Jan 31        Mary, Mother of Jesus
Wk 5      Feb 7          Dorothy Day
Wk 6      Feb 14        Amma Syncletica
Wk 7      Feb 21        St. Brigid of Kildare
Wk 8      Feb 28        St. Brendan the Navigator
Wk 9      Mar 7          St. Benedict of Nursia
Wk 10    Mar 14        Miriam the prophet
Wk 11    Mar 21        Rainier Maria Rilke
Wk 12    Mar 28        St. Hildegard von Bingen
Wk 13    April 4         Thomas Merton



Both courses will be facilitated by Rev. Mary Earle and Rosalyn Collier.


Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored nine books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society and hospice organizations. She has written articles for a variety of journals, including Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International, Radical Grace, Reflections, and The Lutheran. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice. Her website is www.marycearle.org


Rosalyn Falcon Collier is co-founder of the San Antonio peaceCENTER, 1995 and founder and member of the Women on Pilgrimage Retreat at St Anthony de Padua since 1997. A native San Antonian,  she is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC, 1990 and has led local meditation groups in Catholic parishes since 1997.  Through OST Rosalyn recently  co-facilitated the Called Back to the Well Spiritual Renewal Program 2009.  She has been a co-facilitator for the People of Pilgrimage Contemplative Retreats. She is a spiritual director and mediator and facilitates skillshops on nonviolence and transformative mediation.  Rosalyn and Jim have been married for 45+ years, they have two children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.  


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diviniTEA with the Mystics
Tuesday mornings 10:30 to 12:30 at the Rock House September 20th through November 15th, 2016
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Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics
Tuesday mornings 10:30 to 12:30 at the Rock House January 10th through April 4th, 2017
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This is a discounted price for those who wish to register for both "diviniTEA with the Mystics," as well as "Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics."
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Oblate Continuing Education

Continuing Education at Oblate School of Theology provides a variety of learning opportunities to active ministers and laity who are interested in updating their theology and keeping abreast with developments in the Church. Oblate’s faculty offers short courses, seminars, workshops and lectures during the fall and spring semesters and during summer school. Visiting faculty and resource persons are also invited to make presentations. Subjects include a wide range of topics related to spirituality, scripture, contemporary social issues and pastoral skills. One CEU (Continuing Education Unit) can be awarded for attending 10 clock hours of a Continuing Education offering. The School provides a certificate verifying attendance.

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285 Oblate Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78216
United States
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