Kathy Cox

Updated: Jun 30, 2019

Kathryn (Kathy) Lilla Cox, is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She previously worked as an Associate Professor of Theology at St. John's School of Theology and Seminary, as well as in the undergraduate Department of Theology of the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. She earned her doctorate in theology from Fordham University in 2007. A noted scholar on conscience formation, her work concentrates on how human beings shape each other, and the complex role that faith plays in decisions and actions. She also researches the role of emotions in the moral life and the intersection of science and theology. Her time with the Benedictines at St. Benedict and St. John’s shapes this work and theological reflection. She is the proud aunt of 23 nieces and nephews.


Collaboratively carrying forth Benedictine Practices and Wisdom

Benedictine education is shaped by the founding women and men formed in the monastic life where they live the commitments and practices in the Rule of St. Benedict. For non-monastics, what does a decision to teach and work in a Benedictine school mean? How does one help carry on a tradition with its charism, rule, and practices that may or may not be familiar? What are the implications of Benedictine practices such as prayer, stability, listening, and communal life, for how we teach and conduct ourselves together? What do we bring from other formative experiences that makes certain Benedictine practices difficult or resonate for us?

Chapter 73 of RB can provide a framework for appreciating that developing lay understandings of Benedictine education is an ongoing formative endeavour. Drawing on personal experience as a lay person, I will explore and reflect upon a layering process for more deeply living into answers to questions of educating in a Benedictine manner. A willingness to continually explore, learn, reflect and collaborate with Benedictines, leads us to develop our own embodied practical ways of living and engaging Benedictine practices in our educational endeavours.


Presence and Absence: Benedictine Practices in my/our work

This interactive workshop will provide participants time to think about and consider how the Benedictine values, beliefs, and practices can inform their work. Examples of incorporating and adapting various practices such as listening, meeting the other as Christ, and lectio divina for our interactions, whether as course assignments, structuring the classroom, or meeting times will be given by the presenter. In small groups, participants will discuss and reflect upon how their own institutions live and embody various Benedictine themes and practices found in the Rule of St. Benedict. Finally, participants will reflect upon their own practices and determine how they will either deepen a practice they already engage in or commit to learning about and beginning a new Benedictine practice in their own context.

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