Monday, October 24, 2011

“Pastor/MONK-in-Residence” at L-R

The Rev. John Cochran, a Lutheran Benedictine monk from St. Augustine’s Monastery in Oxford, Michigan, is the Fall Pastor-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Monday, October 24 – Wednesday, October 26.

Pastor Cochran, who retired from a distinguished career as a parish pastor in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA in 2008, joined the Benedictine monastery soon after retirement, taking final vows as a Benedictine monk in 2010. St. Augustine’s, founded in 1957, was established in Michigan by a Lutheran Benedictine monastery in Sweden.

“Father John,” while residing on campus as Pastor-in-Residence, will visit classes, converse with students, faculty and staff, and serve as preacher for the university’s weekly Chapel service, Wednesday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. He will be joined in Chapel that day by the university’s A Cappella Choir, directed by Dr. Paul Weber. 

On Monday, October 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Pastor Cochran will present at lecture at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (downstairs) Newton Fellowship Hall entitled, “The Monk in the Modern World.” Responding to his remarks will be Brother Andrew Spivey, OSB, a Roman Catholic monk from Belmont Abbey, Belmont, NC; and a general discussion/question-answer time will follow.

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