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What is Contemplation? Reflections of a Monk

May 15, 2019
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Fr. Peter FunkMonastery of the Holy Cross

6:30pm Dinner | 7:00pm Discussion
Open to current students and faculty. Dinner will be served. Cosponsored by Calvert House and the Catholic Students Association. Made possible by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.

From mindfulness while brushing one’s teeth, to Yoga at Rockefeller, to new meditation apps, there is a renewed interest today in the contemplative life as a counterbalance to the active life. But what exactly is contemplation and how is it relevant to the life of a student? Come and join University of Chicago alumnus and Benedictine Monk Fr. Peter Funk, OSB, for a conversation about why he was drawn to a life as a contemplative monk and how the monastic vision of the interior life can enrich our busy lives.

We will also organize a trip to Fr. Peter's Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross on Saturday, May 18.


Fr. Peter Funk, OSB, is the Prior of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, a contemplative Benedictine monastery in the South Side neighborhood of Bridgeport. Fr. Peter received his B.A. in music from the University of Chicago. After graduating, he was a choral conductor at St. Thomas the Apostle parish and the University of Chicago. He entered monastic life in 1997. Fr. Peter received a Master’s degree in Theology at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he majored in Scripture. In 2012, he helped to found the choir Schola Laudis, whose mission is to reintroduce the Catholic tradition of polyphony at the monastery's celebration of Vespers. Fr. Peter has composed numerous motets and four a cappella settings of the Mass.