Lectures to Focus on Spiritual Direction

MADISON, NJ—An evening of lectures honoring the late Fr. Henri Nouwen, author of over 40 books on spiritual life, will feature Rebecca Laird of Drew University and Lisa Cataldo of Fordham University.  The event, “The Art of Spiritual Direction in Two Voices,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on September 22 in Drew’s Craig Chapel.

Rebecca Laird, director of ministerial formation at Drew’s Theological School and co-author of “Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith,” will speak about the tradition of spiritual direction and Nouwen’s particular style in addressing life’s big questions.  Lisa Cataldo is an assistant professor of pastoral counseling at the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.  Cataldo knew Nouwen personally and will speak about her own spiritual direction relationship with him and how it guided her through times of personal and vocational uncertainty.

Drew University’s Henri J.M. Nouwen Lecture in Classical Christian Spirituality was established in 2000 by a gift from Marilynn Foss Anderson, an alumna of the school’s College of Liberal Arts, and her husband Vernon.  Nouwen (1932-1996), the series’ namesake was best known as a priest, professor and author.  He taught at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard, and authored over 40 books including “The Wounded Healer,” “The Return of the Prodigal Son” and “Spiritual Direction.”

Prior to the program’s two lectures, Jeffrey Markay, president of the Drew Theological Alumni/ae Association and senior pastor at the Caldwell United Methodist Church, will lead a service at 7:30 p.m. in the style of France’s Taizé community.  For more information or to register, please contact the Drew Theological School at 973/408-3258.

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Posted: September 10, 2008