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Transforming Loneliness: Solitude as a Skill for Celibate Living

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Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., explores solitude as an essential tool for celibate life.

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Overview

Loneliness is a basic human experience that manifests itself uniquely in the life of celibate men and women. Consequently, clergy and religious must learn to experience loneliness as an opportunity for solitude: the space in which we meet God and come to understand how deeply we are known and loved by Him. Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., explores solitude as an essential tool for celibate life.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Explore the concept of loneliness as the presence or lack of intimacy;
  2. Discover solitude as a transformed experience of loneliness; and
  3. Identify skills for cultivating and embracing solitude in daily life.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. When do I struggle with loneliness?
  2. Am I intentional about spending time in solitude?
  3. What steps can I take to increase intimacy with God?