Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI & Rev. Mary C. Earle | Spirituality for our Wisdom Years

Oblate School of Theology

Apr 24 | 12:00PM – 2:00PM Central Time | ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM

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This is the first in a series of four “Spirituality for our Wisdom Years” webinars which will be offered in 2021 & 2022. These webinars give a “taste” of OST’s Forest Dwelling Program ( a two-year intensive formational program for people seeking to live into a mature spirituality. In this first webinar, two of the core faculty members will give an opening glimpse into themes which are developed and harvested on this journey. Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI will give his talk “Aging and the Drama of the Gifted Child,” and Rev Mary C. Earle will give her talk, “Aging: Becoming Rooted and Grounded in Love.” The first part of the journey starts with a good look at how this time of life is an invitation to be more conscious of where we have been in our personal and spiritual lives, and how we can see and accept the divine invitations that come with diminishments experienced in aging. Dr Maggie Meigs, FDP Director, will briefly invite participants to reflect on and set the seeds of their intention for transformation over this two-year period.

Tentative Schedule

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm “Aging and the Drama of the Gifted Child” – Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
12:50 pm – 1:00 pm Stretch break
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm “Aging: Becoming Rooted and Grounded in Love” – Rev. Mary C. Earle
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm “Setting the Seeds of Intention for Your Elder Years” – Maggie Meigs, PhD


Ron Rolheiser, OMI is a Roman Catholic priest, member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and served as president of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas for the last fifteen years before retiring in September 2020. Rolheiser is a theologian, professor, and award-winning author. Apart from his academic knowledge in systematic theology and philosophy, he has become a popular speaker in contemporary spirituality and religion and the secular world. He writes a weekly column that is carried in over 70 newspapers around the world. He is a popular speaker in the areas of contemporary spirituality and religion and the secular world. For more information about Ron’s latest book Domestic Monastery (Paraclete Press, 2019), visit

Rev. Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Mary serves as faculty for the Forest Dweller program at Oblate School of Theology ( Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored nine books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society and hospice organizations. She has written articles for a variety of journals, including Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International, Radical Grace, Reflections, and The Lutheran. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice. Her website is

Maggie Meigs, PhD, is the Director of the Forest Dwelling Program at Oblate School of Theology. She is also a Spiritual Director, and a retired Clinical Psychologist and United States Air Force Colonel. Maggie worked as a therapist in the military and in civilian private practice, working with people to heal their wounds, and to experience themselves and the world with compassion, forgiveness, and love. In her second half of life, Maggie’s focus has been centered on an intensive spiritual journey. She is devoted to helping others experience healing and transformation in the wisdom years through a compassionate embracing of the “little self / ego” and an increasing reliance on the Presence and Mystery of the Divine. Maggie’s extensive readings in both the Eastern Wisdom traditions (Buddhist psychology, Yoga philosophy) and contemplative Christian teachings (Living School graduate) inform her daily contemplative practice, her life, and her work.

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This presentation will be recorded and will be available for viewing, for a limited time, after the end of the presentation. The day after the presentation, we will send a follow-up email that will include instructions on how to re-watch.

Students, staff, and faculty from Oblate School of Theology may attend for free. Please email with your name and institutional email address. You will be added to the attendees list and receive an access link by email the day prior to the event.

For information, contact Emmett Gonzalez at or (210)341-1366 EXT 320.