The Otto A. Shults Lecture Series on Spirituality was born of the dream of Mr. Otto A. Shults, a faithful and generous advocate of St. Bernard’s Seminary, predecessor of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.
Following her husband’s death, Mabel Shults vowed to continue the family’s commitment to theological and ministerial education by endowing this Lecture Series, now in its 49th year.
Each year since 1974, the Lectureship has brought distinguished scholars to St. Bernard’s to address theological topics as they relate to the understanding and practice of ministry in the Church.
We are pleased to welcome this year's lecturer, Anthony Lilles, S.T.D., who will address how contemplative prayer in the Catholic Tradition avails the human person of healing and transformation even in the face of catastrophe, confusion and grave evil in his lecture titled:
"Mystical Wisdom: Divine Power for Difficult Times"
Dr. Lilles is Professor of Spiritual Theology and Director of the M.A. Program at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. He is also co-founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and has presented workshops on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, contemplative prayer, and Carmelite mysticism. He is the author of several books and writes for his blog Beginning to Pray. He was also recently featured on the Discerning Hearts podcast.