New books in the library—February 2018

Nancy Sandleback Library Leave a Comment

Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! February 2018 We begin the journey through the season of Lent this month. Forty days in which to reflect on our spiritual lives and prepare for Easter. Consider participating in daily prayer at the monastery or taking a walk around the grounds or find a book in the library that speaks to you. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Posa, Carmel. A Not-So-Unexciting Life.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2017. Laffey, Alice.  Ruth.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Kiel, Micah.  Apocalyptic …

Book repair at the monastery

Diane Ray Library, Living in Community 6 Comments

Monasteries of every tradition have a long history of preserving knowledge and books. For the last few months, while living at Holy Wisdom Monastery as part of the Sojourner program, I have been a small part of that tradition. Nancy Sandleback, collections manager at the monastery, came up with the idea after learning that I had some experience with book repair. I worked at Grimm Book Bindery in Madison over the summer, and continue to work there on Mondays. Most of the books from the monastery library only needed a small fix—a bit of glue to secure a spine or …

New books in the library—January 2018

Nancy Sandleback Library 2 Comments

Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! January 2018 The start of a new year is always a good time to re-evaluate ourselves and our lifestyles. Do we need to finally go on that diet or find a better way to handle stress or eliminate some of the stress factors in our lives? For a quiet place to reflect upon the year ahead, consider visiting the monastery for weekday prayer, a stroll around the grounds, spiritual guidance, or browsing the library. We hope to see you soon.  

Ecumenism and the Library

Nancy Sandleback Library Leave a Comment

What is ecumenism? In the broadest sense it consists of ideas or proposals aimed at a greater unity among Christians. As a movement, ecumenism has been around for a long time. In the monastery library alone, I counted over fifty titles dealing with ecumenism and the ecumenical movement. The earliest title, A History of the Ecumenical Movement, 1517-1948 (Ruth Rouse and Stephen Charles Neill, editors) was published in 1953. The most recent title, “Because he was a German!”: Cardinal Bea and the Origins of Roman Catholic Engagement in the Ecumenical Movement (Jerome-Michael Vereb, CP) was published in 2006. In between …

The View from My Window

Nancy Sandleback Library Leave a Comment

Before I came to work at Holy Wisdom Monastery, or Saint Benedict Center, as it was called then, I was employed by the Archdiocese of Chicago Archives.  For seven years I toiled in a second-story room that was my office, my assistant’s office, the reading room, the conference room, site of our reference library and off times the lunch room.  There were two windows, neither of which opened, with a view of the traffic below. Today I can look out of three windows—five actually, if I were a tad bit taller than my present five foot nothing—onto native prairie.  I …