WEBINAR: The Wisdom of Enclosure in Julian of Norwich's Showings

May 14, 2020
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Katie BugyisUniversity of Notre Dame


Julian of Norwich (d. ca. 1416) was a widely respected and sought-out English thinker and spiritual counsellor. She lived as an anchorite, enclosed in a cell attached to a church in Norwich, Julian’s Showings are a book of spiritual visions that emerged from her life of prayer and that wrestle with the profound theological mysteries of fitting evil and suffering with God’s mercy and love. Professor Katie Bugyis will examine Julian’s thought in the context of her vocation of enclosed prayer.

This lecture is part of our Spring Webinar Series on "Reason and Wisdom in Medieval Christian Thought"

What can reason discover about God? Are there other possible ways to know God? Medieval Christians undertook great rational enterprises—including the sharp logic of Abelard and the grand system of Thomas Aquinas—as well as practiced experiential and contemplative modes of knowing, as did Bernard of Clairvaux. This course will examine how different preeminent medieval Christian thinkers saw the relationship between reason and wisdom, how to arrive at them, and so how to seek the face of God.

This series is cosponsored by the Collegium Institute, the Nova Forum, the Saint Benedict Institute, the Beatrice Institute, the Harvard Catholic Center
and the Calvert House Catholic Center.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, May 21, 7PM
Bonaventure (Title TBD) | Kevin Hughes (Villanova University)

Thursday, May 28, 7PM
Meister Eckhart | Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago)

Thursday, June 4, 7PM
Nicholas of Cusa | David Albertson (University of Southern California)

Katie Bugyis is Assistant Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and in Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where she is also a Fellow of the Medieval Institute. She received her Ph.D in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Licence in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Professor Bugyis is a historian of Christian theology, liturgical practice, and material culture, and is particularly interested in reconstructing the lived experiences of religious women in the Middle Ages. She has published numerous book chapters and articles, and is the author of The Care of Nuns: Benedictine Women’s Ministries in England during the Central Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2019),