Sister Mary Forman, OSB, is a member of the Monastery of Saint Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho. She is the editor of One Heart, One Soul, Many Communities and the author of Praying with the Desert Mothers, as well as numerous articles on Benedictine spirituality. Currently, Sister Mary teaches undergraduate theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, and monastic studies and spirituality at Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota.
In our conversation, Sister Mary and I discuss how the monastic tradition undergoes fluctuating periods of diversity and standardization, and some of the factors that make the present time a unique moment of growing diversity, both within and beyond monastery walls. In particular, we talk about the significance of conversations and relationships forming across denominational lines, including mutually enriching encounters between traditional monasteries and emerging forms of lay community.
Into/Outro music “He Prabhu” by Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam., and John Pennington, from Compassionate and Wise.