9-12 May, 2019 - Dom Elias, Fr. Lawrence attend Medieval Congress at WMU



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A Cistercian studies event at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo. Click to expand.



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St. Gertrude the Great. Click to expand.


Abbot Elias Dietz and Fr. Lawrence Morey recently attended the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Fr. Lawrence presided at a session on Gertrude the Great of Helfta and also presented his paper on Cistercian Exempla and Hagiography.



In addition to the main Medieval Congress, Fr. Elias and Fr. Lawrence participated in a parallel set of Cistercian-focused events hosted by the nearby Fetzer Institute

On top of that, Cistercian Publications hosted its annual board meeting in Kalamazoo that same week. As board members, Fr. Elias and Fr. Lawrence attended that meeting as well.

Upon returning to Gethsemani, the monks expressed gratitude for their Kalamazoo experience...and equal gratitude for being back home at the monastery!


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A scene from the Fetzer Institute events. Click to expand.