The Witness of Contemplative Women in the Heart of the Church

Mar 13, 2018
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Anders Cardinal ArboreliusBishop of Stockholm

  • Anders Arborelius - The Witness of Contemplative Women in the Heart of the Church
  • Anders Arborelius - Interview

Cosponsored by the Theology Club of the University of Chicago's Divinity School.

Free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Cardinal Arborelius explores the role that contemplative women have occupied in the Church throughout the ages and reflects on the witness they can offer to today's secular society. By discussing women ranging from Mary the Mother of God through to Teresa of Ávila and the Little Flower, Arborelius contends that the characteristically feminine charism for contemplative prayer can beautifully illuminate mystical union with God. Arborelius also contends that the feminine gift for loving presence to the marginalized, modeled by Mother Theresa or St. Bridget of Sweden, uniquely builds up a more just, peaceful, compassionate society. 

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Cardinal Arborelius also gave an evening address on March 12 titled "Silence, Prayer, and Contemplation in a Seculary Society."

To learn more about Cardinal Arborelius, read this Lumen Christi news item about his visit.

Cardinal Anders Arborelius, OCD, is Bishop of Stockholm. After converting to Catholicism as a young adult, he studied in Lund, Brussels, and Rome, and lived for nearly 20 years in a contemplative hermitage. He was appointed Bishop of Stockholm by John Paul II in 1998, becoming the first ethnic Swede to occupy the see since the Protestant Reformation. In 2017 Pope Francis elevated Arborelius to the cardinalate and appointed him to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He is the author of several books on Carmelite figures and spirituality.