Climbing in the Tree of Life (Via Zoom)
Climbing in the Tree of Life: St. Bonaventure’s reflection on the life, death, and glorification of Jesus (Via Zoom)
Sunday, May 22 (6:30 pm) – Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (12:00 pm)
Presenter: Shawn Colberg, PhD
In this retreat, participants are invited to enjoy climbing in the Tree of Life, using St. Bonaventure’s text the Tree of Life to guide us. In the 13th century, St. Bonaventure meditated on the life, death and glorification of Jesus and found it very fruitful for his spiritual life. We will reflect on these events in light of our own grief, suffering and loss through our present transitions. Each day we will ascend another branch of the Tree of Life through prayer, contemplative reading and shared conversation, with opportunities to reflect on our own lives.
Shawn Colberg, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and Associate Dean in the School of Theology-Seminary at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, St. Joseph/Collegeville, Minnesota. Shawn received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College. He completed his M. Div. degree at the Yale School of Divinity and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to teaching, Shawn served as a Pastoral Associate in two parishes and worked as a Consultant for Parishes for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Shawn recently published a book on the spirituality and biblical commentaries of St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas entitled The Wayfarer’s End. He lives in St. Joseph, Minnesota, with Kristin, his spouse, who also teaches theology at St. Ben’s and St. John’s, and his two daughters Mary Clare and Catherine who are students at Cathedral High School.
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