Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND
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Faith & Life Lecture Series

"Thomas Merton and Thomas Berry: Pathfinders to an Ecological Age”

Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND

Merton and Berry - two of the most remarkable 20th century spiritual masters - come together in an intensive conversation animated by Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND.  As prophets and culture critics, both wisdom teachers  announced the perils and crises of our moment.  As visionaries and poets both saw the new frontiers of human spiritual evolution, languaged them into clarity, and charted revelatory maps to guide us forward from our wasteland worlds into regions of greater vitality, depth and solidarity with all life.  As midwives of the New Creation, both labored in the Great Work of our time: to birth the new human person for an ecological age.  The BW “Faith & Life Lecture Series” will take place in February.

The first lecture will discuss “Meeting the Masters of Cosmos and of Soul: Thomas Berry and Thomas Merton” and will take place on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., Berea.  The second lecture will focus on “Finding Our Way to an Ecological Age:  Berry and Merton as Guides” and will be held on Thursday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m. in Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., Berea. The final talk will be a panel discussion covering, “In Dialogue with Thomas Berry and Thomas Merton: A Roundtable Conversation”, on Thursday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Strosacker Hall, Sandstone 3, 120 E. Grand St., Berea.

Sr. Deignan's current interests are in the areas of classical and contemporary spirituality with a focus on creation theology and spirituality. Her work is devoted to transmitting the spiritual and intellectual legacies of Thomas Merton and her mentor Thomas Berry in a variety of academic, artistic and pastoral formats. A GreenFaith Fellow, Dr. Deignan completed a two-year post-doctoral training for religious environmental leadership (  A sacred song writer and psalmist, Sister Deignan has composed over 200 songs for liturgy and prayer published in a dozen CDs by Schola Ministries, a project in service to the liturgical and contemplative arts.

For more information or directions to campus, please call 440-826-2193.  Visit for a daily Inspirational Message from Alan Kolp, the BW Chair in Faith & Life. 

The Faith & Life Lecture Series is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended. Click here to register



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