The Mystery of our Death | Spirituality for our Wisdom Years Webinar

Oblate School of Theology

Originally Published on the website of the Oblate School of Theology

Apr 23 | 12:00PM – 2:00PM Central Time | ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM

Registration: $25 | REGISTER HERE

This is the third in a series of four “Spirituality for our Wisdom Years” webinars which have been offered in 2021 & 2022. These webinars give a “taste” of OST’s Forest Dwelling Program (, a 2-year intensive formational program for people seeking to live into a mature spirituality. In this third 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 discover the hidden gifts of aging.

  • Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI will give his talk “Transformation – The Paradigm within the Paschal Mystery

The Paschal Cycle  – Jesus’ death is explored as the example that we can follow each day as we live into the last season of life.

  • Dr. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre will give her talk “Letting Go, Letting Be, Letting God

‘Let’ is a powerful verb.  It signifies both command and acquiescence.  “Let there be…” “Let it come…” “Let us pray . . .”  In this session we’ll look at two poems and a few lines of song that offer rich perspectives on the common wisdom that one of the tasks of age is to let go—of children, career, control, and ultimately of this life as we prepare for the big transition to what’s next.

  • 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 “Transformation – The Paradigm within the Paschal Mystery”–Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
 1:00 pm – 1:05 pm Stretch break
 1:05 pm – 2:00 pm “Letting Go, Letting Be, Letting God” – Dr. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
 2:00 pm (optional) Q & A Q & A: Forest Dwelling Program – Maggie Meigs, PhD


Rev. 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, visit Ron’s website.

Dr. Marilyn Chamber McEntyre’s writing and teaching focus on spirituality, reading, writing, and healing. Marilyn is a core faculty member for the Forest Dwelling Program: Spirituality for Our Wisdom Years at Oblate School of Theology. Marilyn has worked with the Center on Aging at U.C. Berkeley and is a fellow at their Program in Medical Humanities.  Two books that draw on her work as hospice volunteer are A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love, and A Long Letting GoMeditations on Losing Someone You Love. In her book, Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out, Marilyn offers deep reflections on the poetry of those who are living with illness and disability.  Other books include Speaking Peace in a Climate of Conflict; When Poets Pray; and Make a List: How a Simple Practice Can Change your Life and Open your Heart. Marilyn has taught college students, seminarians, medical students and adult learners for many years and leads retreats and writing workshops around the country. She loves to coach both experienced writers and anyone who wants to write just to see what happens.  You can find out more about her at

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 through May 23, 2022. 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 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.