Public lecture

Thomas Quartier

Thomas Quartier

Ealing Abbey offers a public lecture on Benedictine Spirituality:
“Ritualizing life according to the Rule of St Benedict”,
Monday 8 July 2013 at 17.00h in the New Chapel, adjoining the Abbey Church

Ritualizing life and death according to the rule of Saint Benedict

Benedictine life is ritualized – it offers both, structure and meaning. Its three main parts oratio, lectio, labor (prayer, reading and work) together can be the hallmark of a spiritual life both inside and outside monastic buildings and communities. But what does this ritualized character imply in everyday life? And what does it mean for people who find themselves confronted with contingency like illeness or death? Benedict offers an original view of care for the young, the old and the sick. Taking care is a concrete field of living the ritualized benedictine life. In this lecture, a model of Benedictine spirituality will be presented that might help to reflect on one’s own life as a Benedictine, an oblate, a guest, a professional or a seeker in many different ways.

Thomas Quartier, a young university lecturer on Liturgical & Monastic Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen will give a public lecture in the Newman Chapel, adjoining the Abbey Church.

Dr Quartier is a Benedictine Oblate of St Willibrord’s Abbey in Doetinchem (NL)
The lecture will be followed by Vespers in Church at 6.35pm

Dr Quartier writes of himself:
“I am 40 years old and teach liturgical and ritual studies at Nijmegen. I cover the whole field of liturgical studies at our faculty, toether with colleagues who work on spirituality. I am co-editor of several journals and book series, like STAR at Brill publishers of Liturgia Condenda with Peeters. I am also a member of the board of the Dutch Liturgical Institute (a cooperation of several Dutch universities).

I wrote my dissertation in 2007 about a study on Roman Catholic funeral liturgy.

Last year I published another monograph on the topic of death rituals, now about mourning rituals.

Currently, I am working on liturgical spirituality. I focus on the Benedictine tradition in my attempt to broaden the concept of liturgical spirituality and to bind it to its very origin: liturgical life.

For me spiritual and monastic engagement and the study of liturgy belong together. I have written other scholarly pieces on the topic, and also a number of applied articles for professionals in pastoral or spiritual care – on which we have a MA program in Nijmegen in which I teach”.