Does Prayer Bring Happiness?

Feb 22, 2020
The Monastery of the Holy Cross
3111 South Aberdeen St.
Chicago, IL 60608
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Fr. Peter FunkMonastery of the Holy Cross

This event was open to university students and faculty, and was co-sponsored by Calvert House.

On the evening of February 22nd, students and faculty joined together for an edifying evening of prayer, dinner, and conversation with the Benedictine monks at the Monastery of the Holy Cross on the south side of Chicago. Their evening program consisted of praying the Divine Office (Vespers and Compline), having dinner, and discussing practices of prayer and how these may grow into contemplation that crowns the happy life. Following monastic tradition of oral reading during meals, selections of a patristic text were read during dinner, before being opened with discussion.

More information about the monastery can be found here.


4:15pm   Meet at Gavin House (1220 E. 58th St.)
4:30pm   Depart from Hyde Park
5:00pm   Arrive at the Monastery, welcome by Prior Funk
5:15pm   Office of Vespers
6:00pm   Dinner & Discussion
7:15pm   Office of Compline
8:00pm   Arrive back in Hyde Park

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.