TOT Benedictine Banner 2

July 11 | The Spirituality of St. Benedict

The Spirituality of St. Benedict

Part of our Summer of Spirituality Series

St. Benedict of Nursia by many accounts is one of the most influential figures in Christian history. He is known most notably as the writer of The Rule followed by many Western monastic orders today. But you don’t have to be a monk to draw from the wisdom and practice of Benedictine spirituality. What is it all about? How can we live it out as lay people? Find out at our next Theology on Tap.

Topic: The Spirituality of St. Benedict
Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Monday, July 11
Place: East Tapas & Drinks, 6069 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38119

 

About our Speaker

Eucharistic Conference - Fr. James Clark.

Fr. James Clark earned the BA at the University of Steubenville, OH. After two years teaching elementary school religion and RCIA and directing the choir at St. Michael Church and School here in Memphis, he earned a post-graduate degree, the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), from the University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum) in Rome through their program offered at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. Ordained to the priesthood, Fr. Clark enjoys sharing his passion for the Catholic faith. He is the newly appointed Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Savannah, TN. He is currently studying Cannon Law and at one point discerned joining a Benedictine Order.

Ignatian Way of Decision Making

Jun. 13 | The Ignatian Way of Making Decisions: Heart, Mind, and Spirit

My son, to my words be attentive, to my sayings incline your ear; Let them not slip from your sight, keep them within your heart; For they are life to those who find them, bringing health to one’s whole being. With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life. Dishonest mouth put away from you, deceitful lips put far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead and your gaze be focused forward. Survey the path for your feet, and all your ways will be sure. Turn neither to right nor to left, keep your foot far from evil.  – Pr 4:20–27

For those who love the Lord, our greatest desire is to follow His will for our lives. Making the choice to follow Christ daily can be a challenge, and with seemingly endless possibilities ahead of us, the biggest choices are often the hardest to make. God usually allows us only a glimpse beyond the horizon, so how do we keep our eyes ahead? How do we survey the path at our feet? How do we guard our heart? How do we listen to God’s words?  St. Ignatius of Loyola gives us a pretty good blueprint. Come learn about it at our next Theology on Tap.

Topic: The Ignatian Way of Making Decisions: Heart, Mind, and Spirit
Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Monday, June 13
Place: Cheffie’s Cafe
483 High Point Terrace
Memphis, TN 38122
About Our Speaker

20160330_132710-1 (1)

Sam Mauck, Director of Catholic Campus and Young Adult Ministry, is a self-described Ignatian Spirituality “enthusiast.” Sam has a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology and Counseling from Ball State University. As a former Campus Minister, Career Development Director, and Dean of Students, he has counseled young people through important decisions about their futures. He has been especially drawn to Ignatian Spirituality since discovering The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by Fr. James Martin, SJ in the fall of 2010. He’s learned through study, prayer, and spiritual direction, the tremendous value of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s practical teaching on the spiritual life, especially decision making. He loves to share what he’s experienced with others. Sam is married to his wife, Jessica, with whom he has a one-year-old son, Augustine. They are expecting their second child in October. He’s a Memphis Grizzlies fan and a lover of theatre and film.

Theology on Tap Survey

Theology on Tap is seeking your input to plan for our upcoming speaker events! The survey will take less than five minutes and will make a world of difference for us. Please share this link with your friends!

start-survey-button

May 9 | Dating, Discernment, and Marriage

Dating Discernment Marriage

Ah! Romance! How wonderful! Love is grand! But where does it lead? Come and learn more about the purpose of dating, discernment, and the sacramental graces of marriage.

Date: May 9 , 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location:Trolley Stop Market
                    704 Madison Ave.
                     Memphis, TN 38103

About our SpeakersWendy Sergio pic

Sergio & Wendy, or is it Wendy & Sergio? Either way you put it, the Vazquez family trace their beginning as a couple back to 2010. While playing along with  a music ministry at a youth retreat, Sergio laid eyes on Wendy and well the rest of that is history… Although Sergio played very hard to get, Wendy was finally able to rein him in. Their relationship from a start has been centered on what the church teaches, God as the center. After 3.5 years of dating, they got engaged in June 2013 and finally tying the knot on July 19th 2014 at St. Michaels Catholic Church. Sergio graduated from UofM in 2012 with a Bachelors in Business and Wendy from Southwest with an Associates in Biotechnology.  Currently, Sergio works in the field of Logistics while Wendy has been working for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis for over a year now. She recently became the Marriage Preparation Coordinator and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to not only work, but minister to the couples of our diocese. They currently have no children but are open to them and are just waiting for God to bless them with one. In  their free time, Wendy loves to carry Sergio’s instruments and equipment to his music gigs while Sergio loves to play his instruments at full level, at any given time.

Apr 11 | The Problem of Evil

Problem of Evil

It’s one of the toughest questions Christians and other believers ask themselves. It’s been used as an excuse to dismiss the existence of God or to characterize Him as uncaring or unloving. We, as Catholics, know that God is all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing; yet, bad things happen. Therein lies the problem. We’ll tackle that problem at our April 11 Theology on Tap.

Date: April 11, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Fox & Hound (Now Smoke Free!!!)
5101 Sanderlin Ave #100, Memphis, TN 38117

About our Speaker

Fr Rust

Father Adam Rust was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ on June 6, 2009. He was born in Mobile, AL and lived there until 1994 when his family was transferred to Memphis, TN. He graduated in 2000 from Houston High School in Germantown, TN. After this he attended Mississippi State University for three years before answering God’s call to become a seminarian. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2005.

Father Rust then went to major seminary at the Pontifical North American College. He earned his STB from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe in 2008 and then his JCL from the same Angelicum in 2011. He has since been a parochial vicar at St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis, TN.