During the 13th Century the Cistercian monastery of Helfta was the foremost center of female mysticism in Germany. Called the “crown of German monasteries,” the community was the home to four important women scholars and mystics: St. Gertrude the Great, St. Mechtild of Hackeborn, Gertrude of Hackeborn, and beguine Mechtild of Magdeburg. Their writings, whose major themes were the Eucharist and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, remain significant additions to Christian mysticism. Join Sister Cecilia Dwyer and Sister Kathy Persson for a morning exploring the personalities and contributions of the fascinating ladies of Helfta.
Suggested donation: $25. For more information or to register, contact the Benedictine Pastoral Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.benedictinepastoralcenter.org, or call 703-393-2485.