Fall 2021 Spirituality for our Wisdom Years Webinar October 16

Oblate School of Theology

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI & Rev. Mary C. Earle | Fall 2021 Spirituality for our Wisdom Years Webinar

October 16 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Oct 16 | 12:00PM – 2:00PM Central Time | ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM

Registration: $25 | REGISTER HERE

This is the second 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 (www.ost.edu/forestdwelling), a 2-year intensive formational program for people seeking to live into a mature spirituality. In this second webinar, two of the core faculty members will give an opening glimpse into themes of aging which are developed and harvested on this journey. These two talks are an opportunity to envision a deeper, more soulful way of living with necessary losses in the final years of life.

  • Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI will give his talk “Mourning our Unfinished Symphony: Grief as the Path to Making our Peace”

“In the torment of the insufficiency of everything we can attain, we learn that in this life there is no finished symphony. Karl Rahner said that. Alice Miller said something similar when she said that the primary task for us as we age is grieving, grieving for the things that happened and left us wounded, and grieving for the things that didn’t happen and left us frustrated, incomplete, unfinished, and inconsummate. Grief as a spiritual discipline.”

  • Rev. Mary C. Earle will give her talk, “Joy and Grief are Woven Fine: Perspectives on Love and Loss in our Latter Years”

Rev. Mary shares perspectives on living fully into the gifts of grieving from the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality.

Dr. Maggie Meigs, FDP Director, will be available after the webinar to answer questions about the Forest Dwelling Program.


Tentative Schedule

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm “Mourning our Unfinished Symphony: Grief as the Path to Making our Peace” –Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
1:00 pm – 1:05 pm Stretch break
1:05 pm – 2:00 pm “Joy and Grief are Woven Fine: Perspectives on Love and Loss in our Latter Years” – Rev. Mary C. Earle
2:00 pm (optional) Q & A Q & A: Forest Dwelling Program – 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 paracletepress.com


Rev. Mary C. Earleis an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Mary serves as faculty for the Forest Dweller program at Oblate School of Theology (www.ost.edu/forestdwelling). Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored ten books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Her most recent book, Did You Sing Your Song?: Poems, won the Silver Ben Franklin Award from the Independent Publishers Association. 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. She and her husband Doug, also an Episcopal priest, have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their son Jason teaches French literature at Sarah Lawrence College. Mary’s website is www.marycearle.com

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.

Registration: $25 | REGISTER HERE

This presentation will be recorded and will be available for viewing, for a limited time, after the end of the presentation. Approximately 24 hours after the presentation, a follow-up email will be sent that will include instructions on how to re-watch.

Students, staff, and faculty from Oblate School of Theology may attend for free. Please email continuinged@ost.edu 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 egonzalez@ost.edu or (210)341-1366 EXT 320.

All refunds subject to 10% processing fee.