30-31 January, 2017 - Mother Martha Driscoll talks about Cistercian identity




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We had the pleasure of welcoming Mother Martha Driscoll to Gethsemani for a series of conferences on Monday and Tuesday on Cistercian identity and the future of monasticism.

Her insights and good humour were infectious. She was realistic about the current state of monastic life, noting that vocations are certainly declining especially among the traditional orders. However, she also acknowledged that the call to monastic life is something that will always remain in the human heart, no matter what external form it takes. In the meantime, it is up to us to live our own vocations with authenticity. She stressed communication as perhaps the most necessary means to this end.

Mother Martha is the abbess of the monastery of Gedono in Indonesia. She is originally from the United States, but began her monastic life in Italy, at the monastery of Vitorchiano, which founded Gedono in 1987.

She is the author of numerous articles and several books, including Reading Between the Lines: The Hidden Wisdom of Women in the Gospels.





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