Fr. William Meninger Zoom Christmas Talk

Event details

  • Saturday | December 12, 2020
  • 4:00 pm

Tres Amigos Productions/Tallahassee

 Fr. William Meninger, OCSO

Who:  Fr. William Meninger OCSO
What:  Zoom Talk and Q and A session
Day:  Saturday, December 12, 2020
Time:  4:00 pm (EDT)
How to Attend:  Zoom


Friends Along the Way,

Come join us for Fr. William’s Advent/Christmas Talk:  O Come, All Ye Faithful.  It is not necessary to have been present for his prior talks in this series. You may access any of his talks since April 2020 at Fr. William’s YouTube Channel: (Click Here). 

We look forward to seeing you. 

Advent Joys,
Dan Dobbins

[email protected]

“We would like to thank all of you who so graciously contributed to the renovation and enhancement of our retreat house.  Due to Covid-19 we had to close the retreat house in March, and we took advantage of the unexpected shutdown to begin the renovations.  We are now seeking funds to continue with the improvements during the continued shutdown.  Our industries here at the Abbey: Trappist Preserves, The Spencer Brewery, The Holy Rood Guild and our Abbey Gift Shop, are all doing their best to adjust to difficult market conditions.  Although we have always aimed at earning our living by the work our hands, the pandemic has made this very difficult, as it has for many people.  We hope you would consider helping us with a donation.”

Donations may be mailed to Fr. William Meninger, St. Joseph’s Abbey, 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562 or make an on-line donation at the “Support the Abbey” page
Please reference Retreat House renovations.

In 1974, young pilgrims of the faith were passing  by Spencer Abbey west of Boston on their way to a nearby Buddhist Insight Meditation Center. Being made aware of it,  Abbot Thomas Keating went to Fr. William Meninger  with these words , “We have what they’re looking for. See if you can find a way to teach it .”

Shortly thereafter, Fr. William was in the Abbey’s library when he pulled a dusty little book off the shelf written in Middle English titled The Cloud of Unknowing, a 14th century English classic written by Anonymous.  Once Fr. William began reading the book,  he knew he held in his hands  a way to teach contemplative prayer which he later  taught to Fr. Basil Pennington, Fr. Thomas Keating, and others who came on retreat to Spencer Abbey.
That was forty six years ago. Since then, Fr. Meninger  has read  the work several hundred times  as well as given  lectures, workshops , and retreats to thousands of people worldwide on The Cloud.

Fr. William’s own book , The Loving Search for God , is neither a translation,  paraphrase , or commentary  but an attempt to share the message of love found in The Cloud easily understood by men and women today. He recommends William Johnston’s book, The Cloud of Unknowing, as an excellent translation.

His recent talks in this series (Buddhist Ox Herding Pictures, Easter Joy, Julian of Norwich, A Mystic for Today, The Feast of St. Bernard, and The Cloud of Unknowing)  as well as future talks, may be found on his YouTube Channel: (Click Here)

As one of the three principal architects of the Centering Prayer movement which included Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Basil Pennington, he is a global retreat master, author of over 15 books, and a much sought-after wisdom teacher, bringing a keen intellect, quick wit, and sense of  humor to all of his teachings.

At almost 88 years of age, Fr. William is limited physically which prohibits travel except by Zoom. He relocated to the mother house, St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts (  2 years ago from St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass,  Colorado ( where he had lived,  worked, and prayed for over 40 years. Fr. William now resides in the same room as Fr. Thomas Keating did in the health wing of the Abbey.


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