2022 Breck Conference

June 23-24, 2022

From Anchorhold to Parish:
English Monasticism & Anglican Spirituality

The sixteenth-century Church of England was greatly influenced by late medieval English monastic spirituality. John Bede Pauley and Bede Thomas Mudge have both shown the monastic influence, especially from the Benedictines, on the Book of Common Prayer; and scholars such as Eamon Duffy have demonstrated that there was continuity between late medieval devotional practices and early Anglican piety. The use of the vernacular and an emphasis on the suffering Jesus, for example, are late medieval themes that recur in early Anglican faith and practice. Thus, the 2022 JAMES LLOYD BRECK CONFERENCE ON MONASTICISM AND THE CHURCH seeks to explicate how late medieval English monastic spirituality was resourced by early Anglican Christians in both their personal devotional life and in parish practice.

Conference Chair

THE REV. DR. GREG PETERS
Servants of Christ Research Professor of
Monastic Studies & Ascetical Theology, Nashotah House

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Speaker

THE REV. PROF. BRYAN D. SPINKS
Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies
& Pastoral Theology, Yale Institute of Sacred Music,
Yale Divinity School & Berkeley Divinity School at Yale

Rev. Professor Bryan D. Spinks is Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology at Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale Divinity School, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. A priest of the Church of England, and author and editor of over 20 books, his most recent publications are Do This in Remembrance of Me: The Eucharist from the Early Church to the Present Day (SCM Press 2013), The Rise and Fall of the Incomparable Liturgy: The Book of Common Prayer 1559-1906 (SPCK, 2017) and Scottish Presbyterian Worship Proposals for Organic Change, 1843 to the Present Day (St. Andrew Press, 2020). Recent essays include ‘Crossing the Christological Divide: The Greek Anaphora of St. John Chrysostom and the Syriac Anaphoras of Twelve Apostles and Nestorius’, in Syriac Anaphoras (Arabic and English), The University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik 2021. Bryan Spinks has previously served as chaplain at Churchill College, Cambridge, as president of the Society for Oriental Liturgy, a member of and consultant to the Church of England Liturgical Commission, and is president emeritus of the Church Service Society of the Church of Scotland.

Speaker

DR. ANN W. ASTELL
Professor of Theology,University of Notre Dame

Dr. Ann W. Astell is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her appointment at Notre Dame in 2007, she was Professor of English at Purdue University, where she directed the program in medieval and Renaissance studies. The recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Religion, she is the author of six books, most recently Eating Beauty: The Eucharist and the Spiritual Arts of the Middle Ages (2006). She has edited seven collections of essays, among them, Saving Fear in Christian Spirituality (2020). Past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and also of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, she has published recently in Cistercian Studies Quarterly, Spiritus, Theological Studies, and Religion and Literature. She is a member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.

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Pre-Conference

Late 14th century England witnessed a growing demand for tools that could help reinterpret monastic spirituality for laypeople living in the world. Our 2022 pre-conference will focus on one of the period’s most popular and enduring spiritual writers, the Augustinian canon Walter Hilton. His Scale of Perfection was originally written for a woman in anchoritic life, but it rapidly found a much wider lay readership, while his Epistle on the Mixed Life addressed a well-to-do layman with explicit guidance on how to combine elements of the active and contemplative life. Martin Thornton once wrote that Hilton stands “at the centre of English ascetical theology… consummating the Catholic tradition in the English School, and providing a foundation for everything that was to come.” Simultaneously mystical and practical, Hilton’s work opens a window on the late medieval transition “from anchorhold to parish.” The first 25 pre-conference registrants will receive a free copy of Walter Hilton’s Epistle on the Mixed Life!

Pre-Conference Facilitator: Fr. Jonathan Kanary

Father Jonathan Kanary serves as Assisting Priest for Spiritual Direction at Christ Church Anglican in Waco, Texas. He is also Scholar in Residence for the Brazos Fellows, a nine-month post-collegiate program of theological formation and vocational discernment. He received his MDiv and STM from Nashotah House and his PhD from Baylor University, where he teaches in the Great Texts department. His research interests include ascetical theology (especially desert monastic and medieval English traditions) and the intersection of theology with literature. Current or forthcoming articles appear in the Irish Theological Quarterly, Christianity & Literature, Milton Quarterly, and English Literary Renaissance. As a member of the Liturgy Task Force for the Anglican Church in North America, Fr. Kanary was also deeply involved in the process that produced the Book of Common Prayer (2019).
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Scholarships

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General Scholarship

Any current Nashotah House or Biola University student who registers for the Breck Conference will receive a $100 scholarship. When registering, Nashotah students should use the code NHBRECK2022, and Biola students should use the code BIOLABRECK2022.

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Full Scholarship

Nashotah House will be offering a limited number of full scholarships for the upcoming 2022 Breck Conference. This scholarship includes conference registration (including meals) and up to four nights of housing at Nashotah House. It does not cover the cost of attendance for the pre-conference. Interested applicants should submit the following information BY FRIDAY, APRIL 15 to the Rev. Dr. Greg Peters (gpeters@nashotah.edu):

Responses to the following questions (500 words or less):
1) Why do you want to attend the 2022 Breck Conference?
2) What is your understanding of the role of a “prayer book spirituality” in the life of a local parish?

Name
Mailing Address
Phone Number
Parish/Church Affiliation

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REGISTRATION FEES

Pre-Conference: $100 per person

Conference: $175 per person

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2022 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday
(Pre-Conference)

  • Morning Prayer & Eucharist

  • Breakfast

  • Registration

  • Pre-Conference: Session 1

  • Lunch

  • Pre-Conference: Session 2

  • Evening Prayer

Thursday
(Pre-Conference)

  • Morning Prayer & Eucharist

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

Thursday

  • Conference Registration

  • Tea & Coffee Reception

  • Welcome & Conference Overview

  • Break

  • Plenary 1

  • Plenary 1 Q&A

  • Break

  • Intro to Chapel Worship

  • Evening Prayer

  • Dinner

  • Plenary 2

  • Plenary 2 Q&A

  • Social Hour

Friday

  • Morning Prayer & Eucharist

  • Breakfast

  • Plenary 3

  • Plenary 3 Q&A

  • Free Time

  • Lunch

  • Free Time

  • Plenary 4

  • Plenary 4 Q&A

  • Break

  • Evening Prayer

  • Hors d'oeuvres & Drinks

  • Banquet

  • Closing/Social Hour

The annual BRECK CONFERENCE ON MONASTICISM
& THE CHURCH
 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.