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Teachers for these Times: Learning from the Lives of Women Doctors of the Church (online retreat)
February 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
In times such as these, we need experienced teachers. Four who can serve as particularly good guides for us are the four women saints whom the Catholic Church has declared Doctors of the Church. These four – St. Catherine of Siena, St. Therese of Liseux, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Hildegard of Bingen – each lived during times of challenge: St. Catherine during a time of plague, St. Therese of Liseux in the aftermath of the French Revolution, St. Teresa of Avila in the shadow of the Reformation, and St. Hildegard during a time when women’s voices were not typically welcomed, yet her voice cried out and was heard.
During this morning retreat we will look briefly at the lives of each of these Doctors of the Church, paying special attention to the particular circumstances of their time and place. We will then draw lessons for today from their lives and teachings.
Retreat Director: Sr. Elisabeth Meadows, OSB