Breck Conference


The annual international Breck Conference on Monasticism and the Church and appointment of Dr. Greg Peters as Chair and Research Professor of Monastic Studies and Ascetical Theology is made possible by a generous endowment granted to Nashotah House in 2017, extending the legacy of The St. Benedict Servants of Christ into perpetuity for the advancement of the Religious Life, especially within Anglicanism.(press release)

The 2019 conference theme, "The Monastic Call of Every Christian,will explore that the root of monastic vows in consecrated religious life is not grounded in terms of a separate sacrament, but rather in a deeper flourishing of the vows of sacramental baptism, the sacrament that unites all Christian believers across the differing states of life (e.g., clergy, religious, lay, marriage-family, celibate). As Pope John Paul II said in Orientale Lumen," Monasticism was not seen merely as a separate condition, proper to a precise category of Christians, but rather as a reference point for all the baptized, according to the gifts offered to each by the Lord; it was presented as a symbolic synthesis of Christianity. When God's call is total, as it is in the monastic life, then the person can reach the highest point that sensitivity, culture and spirituality are able to express". Thus, the foundation of all forms of consecrated religious life is the sacrament of baptism.

Come join us as we investigate this reality in detail, offering not only a theological foundation for this truth but an exploration of its implications for the life and ministry of all baptized Christians. Moreover, this theme will lay the foundation for future Breck Conferences in which ongoing implications of monastic history and spirituality will be explored and recovered for the twenty-first century church.




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the Rev. Dr. Greg PetersConference Chair
The Rev. Dr. Greg Peters
Servants of Christ Research Professor of Monastic Studies 

Dr. Greg Peters received his Doctorate in Monastic Studies from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, his PhD in theology from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto and has Masters Degrees from St. John's School of Theology, Collegeville, MN and Dallas Theological Seminary.  He has published several articles and books specializing in monasticism including his most recent books:  The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian Spirituality and The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality.  

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Fr. Dr. Gregory GreskoSpeaker
Fr. Dr. Gregory Gresko
Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant' Anselmo (Rome)

Fr. Dr. Gregory Gresko earned both his Doctorate and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II at the Pontifical Lateran University (Vatican City), writing his dissertation on the consecration of the family.  He is an American Benedictine monk who serves as professor in the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo (Rome).

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Dr. David FagerbergSpeaker
Dr. David Fagerberg

Professor at the University of Notre Dame

Dr. David Fagerberg received his PhD from Yale University and is currently a professor teaching theology and liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame.  His recent publications include On Liturgical Asceticism (CUA Press, 2018) and Consecrating the World: On Mundane Liturgical Theology (Angelico, 2016).

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The Rev. Dr. Julia GattaSpeaker
The Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta

Bishop Frank A. Juhan Professor of Pastoral Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee

The Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta received her M.A. from Cornell University, her M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School and is currently the Bishop Frank A. Juhan Professor of Pastoral Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee.  She holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. She is the author of The Pastoral Art of the English Mystics, The Nearness of God: Parish Ministry as Spiritual Practice, and Go in Peace: The Art of Hearing Confessions, written in collaboration with Martin Smith. Her most recent publication is Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality.

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A pre-conference that explores the Breck Conference theme and implications in greater detail will be offered on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday morning, June 13. For those attending the pre-conference and conference it is possible to earn 3 graduate units from Nashotah House. For details, please contact the Reverend Dr. Greg Peters.



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