Noted Author and Educator to Speak at Benedictine College

Noted Author, Educator to Speak at Benedictine College

The Benedictine College Arts and Convocation Committee is pleased to present an evening with Charlotte Ostermann, writer and educator, who will share her thoughts on “Building Catholic Community” on September 9, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room, located on the fourth floor of Ferrell Academic Center on Benedictine’s campus in Atchison, Kan. Ostermann is a Catholic culture enthusiast who offers an insightful and poetic counterpoint to the project of building Catholic community in the midst of the pressures of today's frantic world. The event, co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and the Department of Education, is free and open to the public.

For over a decade, Ostermann has written and spoken on Catholic education and spirituality. In Souls at Rest (Angelico Press, 2018), she reflects on the role of holy leisure in the integration of Catholic spirituality and practice. That integration, made possible through the Eucharistic Sabbath, is the key to the freedom of the individual and the flourishing of the communities we create. She is confident that the interior life of the Body of Christ can thrive and provide a robust response to the realities we face together.

Ostermann's essays, reviews and poetry have been published in St. Austin Review, the Newman Society Journal, Canticle, and Gilbert, and on the Catholic sites Catholic365 and Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction, and the Wonder & Joy blog of the Chesterton Academy of St. Philip Neri. Her books Souls at Work: An Invitation to Freedom, Dare Your Something, A Destiny to Burn, and the Freedom Trilogy expand upon the themes of leisure, freedom, personhood, education and response to the culture. In Upschooling: Twelve Catholic Conference Keynotes, she offers the advice of a veteran homeschooler as practical support for Catholic parent educators. She offers the workshop The Place of Poetry in Catholic Formation as teacher in-service training for Catholic schools, and for home schooling parents.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named in the Top 10 in the Midwest of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.