Thursday, July 12 | 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 15 | after lunch


TO BE ALIVE: Living the Rule Day to Day

Read a powerful comment on her latest book

Judy Valente

Judith Valente, award winning journalist and reporter for PBS and NPR, has met and interviewed many people who have helped her to see how the Rule can be lived everyday. She will share, in her insightful and poetic style, how her commitment as a Benedictine oblate shapes her day to day life. 

Cost: $325, single room; $250, double room; $200, commuter  
deposit: $75, non-refundable)

ONE PRIVATE ROOM REMAINING  (as of 13 April)   Register online.

(Late registrations will need to make their own reservations at area motels.)

Judith Valente, an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica, is an award-winning author, journalist, and poet. She has been an on-air correspondent for PBS-TV since 1998. Her PBS reports have appeared on the national news programs, Religion & Ethics NewWeekly and The PBS NewsHour. She is also currently the senior correspondent and producer for WGLT Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in Normal, Ill. where she resides. 

Benedictine Oblates at Mount St. Scholastica

Benedictine Oblates are Christian women and men from any walk of life who seek to live a life in harmony with the spirit of St. Benedict as it is found in both the Rule of Saint Benedict and in its contemporary expression.

They choose to associate themselves with a particular monastery because of a personal connection with its members and spirit. In doing so, they share in the prayer of the monastery and in its efforts to live more completely what it means to be a Christian. They are aided in developing their own spirituality through regular personal prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, study of the scriptures and the Holy Rule as well as other spiritual reading (lectio), and the practice of such virtues as humility, hospitality, community, stewardship, mindfulness and peacemaking, which are particularly emphasized in Benedictine spirituality. They and the sisters also feel a sense of shared community and mutual support.


Mount St. Scholastica

Mount St. Scholastica has over 150 oblates. As they are able, they meet monthly in regional groups in Atchison, Kansas City, Topeka, St. Joseph and the Oklahoma City area.

If you are located in one of these areas and would like more information about Oblates of Mount St. Scholastica, contact:

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB
801 South Eighth St.
Atchison, KS 66002-2724
(913) 360-6259
maryliz at