Lent: At the Threshold of Transformation

This year, Holy Wisdom Monastery offers a five-session series during Lent. Both online and in-person options are available.

It will be a deep immersion into the story of Paul’s encounter with Christ as told in Acts 9 – part Bible study, part meditation, parts lectio and visio divina, part small group sharing and reflection. Participants are invited into an observance of the Lenten season as a threshold time. The focus will be on “liminal spaces” – those times when we are in-between, in-between “how things used to be” and “how things are yet to be,” in-between the persons we once knew ourselves to be and the new beings yet to be known. We all feel ourselves at thresholds at some point in life – thresholds of aging, of life transitions, of changing political winds, of climate change, of other losses and griefs. The study of Paul’s story provides a spiritual map for balancing the demand to release and surrender with the wise discernment of what is essential to keep and to hold fast as we cross these thresholds.


Option 1: Virtual on Tuesdays, from 6:30-8:00 pm

  • February 28
  • March 7
  • March 14
  • March 21
  • March 28, 2023

Option 2: In-person on Wednesdays, from 10:00-11:30 am*

  • March 1
  • March 8
  • March 15
  • March 22
  • March 29, 2023

* If you would like to stay for midday prayer and lunch after the in-person sessions, please contact Brooke Livingston at blivingston@holywisdommonastery.org or 608-836-1631, x100 to reserve your meals.

Option 3: Virtual on Thursdays, from 6:30-8:00 pm

  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • March 30, 2023


Pam Shellberg is the director of spiritual nourishment at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Presenting this event because: 1. the story people know about Paul’s experience of the resurrected Christ is usually his “conversion” story – Paul converting from Judaism to Christianity; this study takes a focused look at the story in Acts, supplemented by some passage from Paul’s letters, and considers it from the perspective of the path of Paul’s spiritual trauma to his transformation; 2. a little bible study is always good for the soul, but especially in Lent; 3. bible study is part of the balance of Benedictine life; 4. Lent is a season of preparation for new life in Christ, and it is well for us to turn to sacred texts to examine the unexpected paths to that new life, its challenges and demands; 5. has been an assistant professor of New Testament and eager share from her learning and experience.


There is no cost to participants for this series.


The online options take place online via Zoom.

The in-person option takes place at Holy Wisdom Monastery.


Register by Tues., Feb. 21, 2023.

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