For more than 30 years, the Religious Studies Department at Saint Martin's University has offered a unique theology program that explores the history, ethics, and beliefs of the world's religious traditions.

Register for the Summer 2019 Spiritual Life Institute

The Contemplative Difference: Prayer – Work – Study

June 16 to 21

Current student registration New student and adult learner registration

Students praying in the prayer room

Ora - Prayer

We will seek to mine the theological and historical depths of differing views on Contemplation while equally exploring its vast psychological and practical relevance as we experientially engage the wisdom and daily rhythms of Benedictine monastic approaches of integrating prayer...

Students pulling weeds at Our Common Home Farms

Lege et labora - Work and study

... with work and study [Ora, lege et labora] that have richly contributed to the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and moreover, the integral ecology in Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ (2016).

Schedule of events

The Intitute begins the evening of June 16 with an opening lecture and gathering at Lambert Lodge.

Daily schedule

  • 8 a.m. – [Ora] Mass (Abbey Church)
  • 9-10:30 a.m. – [Lege] First Lecture (Cebula Hall, third floor)
  • 11-12:30 p.m. – [Lege] Second Lecture (Cebula Hall, third floor)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  – Lunch
  • 2-4 p.m. – [Labora] Our Common Home Farms Class (Our Common Home Farms; transportation included)
  • 4-4:45 p.m. – Rest
  • 5-5:30 p.m. – [Ora] (Abbey Church)
  • 5:45-6:15 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:15-7 p.m. – [Lege] Roundtable (Cebula Hall, third floor)

2019 guest speakers

Dr. Bradford Manderfield

Dr. Bradford Manderfield

Ph.D., Systematic Theology
& Medieval Mysticism

Catholic University of Leuven

In 2011, Dr. Manderfield moved to Leuven, Belgium, to pursue a doctorate degree.

He focused in particular on the late-medieval visionary Julian of Norwich, her Patristic and Scholastic influences, in addition to the pedagogical role of Julian’s work within a largely illiterate culture. Stemming from his doctoral work, current scholarly research interests include study of churches as symbolic spaces, the liturgy, the Eucharist, and illuminated manuscripts. Dr. Manderfield is currently teaching at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary. His current teaching interests surround Ecclesiology, Mariology, and Eschatology. When not teaching, Bradford likes to walk, nap, dream, drink, cook, garden and converse.

Dr. Alan Mostrom

Dr. Alan Mostrom

Ph.D., Systematic Theology
University of Dayton

Dr. Mostrom is a native of Tacoma, Washington and is an assistant professor of Systematic Theology at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary's of the West in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His scholarly interests include the theology of Thomas Aquinas, the theology of Yves Congar and the nouvelle théologie, trinitarian theology, ecclesiology, and sacramental theology. Alan is also a huge NBA fan, and still mourns the loss of his beloved SuperSonics.