Title: Finding Consolation in a Time of Loss with Mary Oliver
Presenter: Jonathan Montaldo
Date: 17 July 2021; Session 1 @ 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. / Session 2 @ 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Fee: $45.00

Jonathan Montaldo holds an M.A. in Theology and Literature from Emory University. He served as Director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, the Associate Director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, and also directed Bethany Spring – a retreat center one mile from Thomas Merton’s monastery, the Abbey of Gethsemani. He is an accomplished author, editor, and retreat presenter – specializing in the works of Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver. If interested in learning more about Jonathan and his work, please visit him at his website. It can be found here.

Mary Oliver, one of the most quoted American poets, has gained a devoted audience of her poetry. Most particularly, her poems, “The Summer’s Day” and “Wild Geese,” which are referenced frequently during religious liturgies. Whole sermons are often built around her contemplative reflections. In this virtual retreat, we will practice meditative reading, dialogue, and ponder poems from Oliver’s volume, Thirst; her predominantly religious-themed work written after the death of her long-time partner. Consider preparing for this retreat by pre-reading Thirst. This will allow for a deeper engagement with her poems on a personal level before taking up spiritual exercises, like reading and journaling together with guidance from Jonathan Montaldo.

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