Programs and Events
of the Mount Angel Institute

Mount Angel Institute at Mount Angel Abbey sponsors a variety of programs and events throughout the year. Many are open to all who come and cover a wide assortment of topics and interests. Others are reserved for members of the clergy. Please check the calendars below for information and how to participate.


Programs and Events

Book Launch — More Than Things: A Personalist Ethics for a Throwaway Culture
Paul Louis Metzger
February 24, 2024

Book Launch — More Than Things: A Personalist Ethics for a Throwaway Culture

with Paul Louis Metzger

February 24  |  3:30 pm
Mount Angel Library

In a world dominated by things, Paul Louis Metzger argues in his new book that we must work hard to account for one another’s personhood. We need to cultivate relational structures that honor every human’s dignity in vital interpersonal community. The theological and philosophical framework known as personalism can help guide us toward such a culture. Drawing from a wide range of thought leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II, Metzger presents a personalist moral vision founded on the Christian ideals of faith, hope, and love. He demonstrates how this moral compass can help us navigate a pluralistic world by applying it to a variety of pressing ethical issues, including abortion, genetic engineering, immigration, drone warfare, and more.

Join us for an afternoon with the author, Paul Louis Metzger, a professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah University and Seminary and director of The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins. He is the author of numerous books, including Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church and Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths, and coeditor of A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology.

CITW: Monastic Spirituality: Listening to and Praying with God’s Voice, part 3
Fr. John Paul Le, OSB
March 9, 2024

The Christian in the World and Monastic Spirituality

Part 3: Monastic Spirituality: Listening to and praying with God’s voice
with Fr. John Paul Le, OSB

March 9 | 9:00 am – 11:50 am
Mount Angel Library

Unsurprisingly, monks are practitioners of monastic spirituality. Might a monk’s spirituality have a broader reach, even being relevant for a Christian in the World? The four lectures of the spring 2024 series will explore this question.

The Christian in the World series is comprised of four presentations, held in the Abbey library auditorium on the second Saturday of the month: January 13, February 10, March 9, and April 13, 2024. The mornings begin with a prayer at 9 am and end at noon, with a break mid-morning.

Laetare, A Mount Angel Chamber Choir Concert
March 10, 2024

Laetare, A Mount Angel Chamber Choir Concert

March 10 | 3:30 pm
Mount Angel Abbey church

Join us on this Laetare Sunday with the Mount Angel Chamber Choir with music from Handel, Duruflé, Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, and our own Fr. Teresio for a joyful Sunday of beautiful music! In addition, we will also have a classical guitar solo, an organ solo, and a cello solo. Directed by Dr. Myrna Keough, the Mount Angel Chamber Choir is composed of monks, seminarians, and members of the local community, with the aim of promoting and sharing beauty, art, and culture.


Trisagion, from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, by Roman Hurko

Blessed are those that be undefiled, by Thomas Tallis

O Successores, by Hildegard von Bingen

Ubi Caritas, by Maurice Duruflé

The Deer’s Cry, by Arvo Pärt

Behold the Lamb of God, from Handel’s Messiah

O Love, by Elaine Hagenberg

Ave Maria, by Fr. Teresio Caldwell, OSB

 

Reading in a Digital Culture: The Beauty and the Challenges to Empathy, Critical Analysis, and Contemplation
Dr. Maryanne Wolf
March 18, 2024

Reading in a Digital Culture:
The Beauty and the Challenges to Empathy,
Critical Analysis, and Contemplation

with Dr. Maryanne Wolf

March 18 | 3:30 pm
Mount Angel Library

In this presentation, research in the neurosciences and education will be the basis for asking questions about the effects of digital mediums on the development and the sustaining of deep reading processes, particularly empathy/perspective-taking, inference, and critical thinking — the precursors to the contemplative function and our deepest insights. Just as Proust saw reading as the vehicle to thoughts by us that go “beyond the author’s wisdom,” I will ask what are the contributions and the impediments to deep reading processes in a digital culture that we must address in ourselves and in the development of the next generation.

Dr. Maryanne Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and an advocate for children and literacy around the world. Aspects of her research consider the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies. She is the director of the newly created Center of Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She was made a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope Francis in 2020.

God is Still Speaking, an Organ Concert
April 7, 2024

God is Still Speaking, an Organ Concert

April 7 | 2:30 pm
Mount Angel Abbey church

(Please check back for program information.)

CITW: Monastic Spirituality: Reaching Out to and Being Formed by the World Around Us, part 4
Fr. Michael Shrum, OSB
April 13, 2024

The Christian in the World and Monastic Spirituality

Part 4: Monastic Spirituality: Reaching out to and being formed by the world around us
with Fr. Michael Shrum, OSB

April 13 | 9:00 am – 11:50 am
Mount Angel Library

Unsurprisingly, monks are practitioners of monastic spirituality. Might a monk’s spirituality have a broader reach, even being relevant for a Christian in the World? The four lectures of the spring 2024 series will explore this question.

The Christian in the World series is comprised of four presentations, held in the Abbey library auditorium on the second Saturday of the month: January 13, February 10, March 9, and April 13, 2024. The mornings begin with a prayer at 9 am and end at noon, with a break mid-morning.

Love Calls Us Here
Book launch with Chris Anderson
May 4, 2024

Love Calls Us Here

A book launch with Chris Anderson
May 4 | Mount Angel Library

In the poems of Deacon Chris Anderson’s new book of poetry, Love Calls Us Here, just published by Wildhouse Press of Boston, the divine always meets us in the real world. Here and now. In those everyday moments when something stirs within us, a reality we can’t quite put into words. The quiet poems of this collection invite us to enter this mystery, offering us glimpses of a beauty we never expected. They help us taste the love hidden in our lives – to dare joy and risk hope in these difficult times.

These poems – careful observations, graces and insights quietly shared – will awaken readers to do something of the same; that is, to notice in any given day as much as we possibly can, things large and small, and to realize we are immersed in a world of wondrous gifts.
–Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

Chris Anderson is a Catholic deacon, poet, and emeritus professor of English at Oregon State University. He has a BA in English from Gonzaga University, an MA and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, and a Masters in Theology from Mount Angel Seminary. He has written, co-written, or edited 14 previous books.

Bach: Ascension Oratorio
Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Period Orchestra
June 29, 2024

Bach: Ascension Oratorio

Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Period Orchestra
June 29 | 3:00 pm
Mount Angel Abbey church

The Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Period Orchestra explore the universal human experiences of grief, healing, acceptance, and joy. Join “exuberant” conductor (Gramophone) John Butt for an emotional journey, from the opening text of BWV 21 – “I had much grieving in my heart” – to the lively, trumpet-dominated choruses and exquisite vocal solos of Bach’s “Ascension” Oratorio.

J.S Bach: Cantata: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 2i
J.S. Bach: “Ascension Oratorio,” BWV 11

OBF Chorus
OBF Period Orchestra
John Butt, conductor

To reserve seats, please see University of Oregon event calendar.

Beginning Intensive Iconography Retreat
Classical Iconography Institute
July 7 – 12, 2024

Beginning Intensive Iconography Retreat

with the Classical Iconography Institute

July 7 – 12, 2024

Please see Classical Iconography Institute’s website for course fees and registration, or call Christine Thum Schlesser at 503.710.8800.
Registration deadline: June 7, 2024.

The Classical Iconography Institute returns to Mount Angel with class sessions organized around the Liturgy of the Hours and monastic mealtimes. Beginning students start the program by first writing The Mandylion (Holy Face of Christ).

Classical Iconography Institute is dedicated to training iconographers capable of writing liturgical icons for the Church. The Institute continues the legacy of the Iconographic Arts Institute, founded at Mount Angel Abbey in 1987, which focused on the most ancient tradition and methods of sacred iconography from instruction by master iconographers. In 2022, the Iconographic Arts Institute nonprofit experienced a change in leadership and a new location, expanding its scope to year-round traditional instruction in sacred iconography. Classical Iconography Institute’s teaching studio is currently at the Holy Rosary Parish campus in Portland, Oregon.

The mission of The Mount Angel Institute at Mount Angel Abbey is to share the rich ways of Mount Angel’s monastic life with Church and world.

If you would like more information about our programs and events, please contact Br. Anselm Flores, O.S.B., the program coordinator for the Institute, at mai.coordinator@mtangel.edu.