“My time at the Collegeville Institute gave me the hope that I can be a spiritual person.” — Karissa Knox Sorrell

September 2015

Believing and Belonging 

Communion at the Butler Center
Karissa Knox Sorrell was unsure if Collegeville was the right place for her. But her time there this summer gave her renewed hope for faith.

Read Karissa’s story »

Fall Scholars Settle In

Fall resident scholars settle in
The 2015-16 Resident Scholars arrived at the Collegeville Institute in early September, and are settling into the rhythms of life and work. 

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Calling all poets! 

Do you write poetry? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Our online publication, Bearings Online, features the poetry of Collegeville Institute writers every other week, and we are looking for new work to showcase. 

Please send any poems for consideration to Betsy Johnson-Miller (BetsyJohnsonMiller
). All poems are reviewed for quality and suitability by our editorial team. 

Don't forget—Monday, November 2, 2015 is the Resident Scholar Program Application Deadline.

Apply now »

On Friday October 16th, the biennial kiln firing at the The Saint John's Pottery studio will commence.

Read more about the firing »

Featured articles from Bearings Online

Can This World Be Saved? On Democratic Action and the Common Good

by Mary Doak

This world can be saved, but only if we are able to overcome our suspicion of political action and recover democratic practices.

Running to the Fire: An American Missionary Comes of Age in Revolutionary Ethiopia

by Elisabeth Kvernen

Tim Bascom chooses to trust that his family, and the missions community in which he was raised, can suffer his doubts—and with this trust, he honors them.

Book Notes, September 2015

by Elisabeth Kvernen

Donald Cozzens takes on the Catholic church, Rachel Basch explores the transgender experience, and Timothy Sedgwick asks how the church should teach morals, in our September Book Notes.

Reflections on Nuns, Feminism, and Hope

by Renée Bondy

When I stop and think about it, what attracts me to nuns is their hopeful nature. In a world filled with jaded and cynical people, nuns stand out.

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