The Monastics Before the Scholastics: An Introduction to Medieval Monastic Theology

Aug 22, 2021
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Fr. John BayerOur Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey

Free and open to the public. This event will be held online through Zoom (registration required) and live-streamed to YouTube. This event is part of a summer webinar series on Monastic Wisdom. 

What is monastic theology? Is it just an alternative to Thomism or the more “philosophical” (or more serious?) tradition of theology? Should the works of monastic theologians be relegated, as Thomas Merton feared they were, to the shelves of “spiritual” or devotional literature, as pious options extrinsic to theological discipline? With St. Anselm as our guide, Fr. John will discuss how theological method must include a properly “monastic” element.


Wisdom from the Heart of the Cistercian Tradition

Join us once per month, June through September, for four Sunday evening sessions featuring monks from Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey who will lead us through a series of reflections examining the contours of the monastic intellectual tradition. At the foundations of the Cistercian order is the reform movement of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In faithfulness to their founder, these webinars invite participants to see how the monastic approach to Scripture, theology, and the common life might reform our own understanding and endeavors in the labors of daily Christianity. 

This series is co-presented with Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey, and co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Forum, the Nova Forum, the Saint Benedict Institute, and Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture at the University of Dallas.


Upcoming sessions:

September 26, 7:30 PM CT:

The Christological Structure of Spiritual Growth In the Thought of St. Bernard
Fr. Roch Kereszty, O. Cist.


Fr. John Bayer entered Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey in August, 2007 and made his solemn profession in 2012. He teaches English Lab, Latin and Theology at Cistercian Preparatory School. He is also an adjunct professor of theology at University of Dallas. He received his doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he defended his dissertation on St. Anselm of Canterbury in 2019.