Saint Hildegard von Bingen is an acclaimed “Doctor of the Church” – a spiritual master and mentor of sacred wisdom – an honor shared with only three other women: Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Catherine of Siena, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. This German mystic of County Palatine of the Rhine was a Benedictine abbess known for her visions, which she began to receive at the age of three, and were recorded not just in the numerous books she composed, but also in an artistic collection that is stunning in its originality, vibrancy and daring. Hildegard’s exceptional musical and dramatic creativity contributed to the evolution of sacred song, enjoyed in the dozens of original pieces composed throughout her lifetime which in our day have achieved an immense popularity.
Join us to explore the legacy of this “Teutonic Prophetess” who speaks with great timeliness in her courageous ability to discern the signs of the times, her love for creation, her feminine reading of sacred mysteries, her medicine and healing arts, her poetry, her visionary prophecy, her innovative and original reading of sacred scripture and teaching, her defense of the dignity of outliers and unbelievers, her reformation spirit, her leadership in founding a new community of creative women, and her coining a new, secret language – “lingua incognita” – to speak of the Unspeakable Mystery in a uniquely feminine way.
In this Christian era of “Laudato si’” we will enter into an urgent dialogue with the “Sybil of the Rhine” celebrated as the female patron of the environment and the natural world while we explore her wisdom, sing her songs, and even taste some of her wholesome recipes (!) You are invited to this day of contemplative inquiry, dialogue and playful engagement with one of the most interesting and potent women of history.
in all things,
from the planetary depths
to her highest dwelling place
beyond the stars,
and love is surpassing herself in all things,
because she has given the kiss of peace
to the highest King. Hildegard of Bingen
Date & Time: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020 from 10am to 3pm
Presenter: Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD
Fee: $60 (includes lunch)
About the Presenter:
Kathleen Deignan, CND is a Congregation of Notre Dame Sister and Professor of Religious and Environmental Studies at Iona College where she directs the Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit. A GreenFaith Fellow, she studied under Father Thomas Berry at Fordham University where she earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees. She is composer in residence with Schola Ministries, a sacred arts initiative that has produced a dozen collections of her original sacred songs. Her books include Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours and Thomas Merton: Writings on Nature. She is one of the Founding Conveners of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue.