Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies plans Wisdom House Conference: 'An Imaginative Word'



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Image: Paul LakelandWhat: Wisdom House Conference: "Exploring Catholic Culture: An Imaginative Word."
This two-day event will feature Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Dominican Friar, former Master of the Order of Preachers, and best-selling author. He has written "Why Go to Church?: The Drama of the Eucharist" (Continuum, 2008); What Is the Point of Being a Christian? (Burns & Oates, 2005); and "Seven Last Words" (Burns & Oates, 2005), among other books.

When: Friday, September 23, starting at 6 p.m. with dinner, to Saturday, September 24, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT, 06759-3002. (860) 567-3163. Located in the foothills of the Berkshires, Wisdom House is an interfaith center welcoming women and men who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment.

Why: Co-sponsored by Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies, this event will explore how the flourishing of Christianity depends upon touching people's imagination, organizers said. The good news will only come alive in people's minds and hearts if it transforms how they see the world and each other.

Registration is required for this event. Fees: 
$30 Friday evening with dinner; 
$90 Saturday only with meals; 
$130 shared room; 
$150 private room; 
$165 private room with bath;
 $105 commuter (full program). 
Non-refundable deposit: $50. Scholarships available. For more information, and to register, please visit the Wisdom House website.

Background: Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center invites people to an experience of peace and tranquility. This former center of spiritual development for the community of Catholic sisters, the Daughters of Wisdom, provides an environment conducive to reflection and creative expression. As a country retreat and conference center, Wisdom House spans 54 acres of meadows, woods and brooks. Indoor and outdoor sanctuary areas and labyrinth encourage meditation, prayer and creative thinking.

Fairfield's Center for Catholic Studies is an inter-disciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history and culture, both "high" and popular, of the Catholic Christian tradition. Among its goals is to establish programming for and outreach to the local community, especially but not exclusively the local Catholic community. For more information on this event and other Center for Catholic Studies events, visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cs/.

Image: Dr. Paul Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of Fairfield's Center for Catholic Studies.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 6, 2011

Vol. 44, No. 28