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Oblate Summer Institute 2018: Downward Mobility

June 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - June 20, 2018 @ 8:30 pm


Come join us for this three-day conference where we will explore the call to imitate Christ’s example of downward mobility.


Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author.  Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.  He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.

Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, his classic The Irresistible Revolution and his newest book, Executing Grace. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.

Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.


Robert Ellsberg has spent the last thirty years as editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books, where he worked with Daniel Berrigan on many books. His friendship with Berrigan extends back to 1975 and the five years he spent as part of the Catholic Worker community in New York City. There he also worked closely with Dorothy Day, whose selected writings, diaries, and letters he has edited. He is the author of numerous books, including The Franciscan Saints, All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Times, Blessed Among All Women, The Saints’ Guide to Happiness, Modern Spiritual Masters, and Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses, which is based on his daily entries for Give Us This Day. A former managing editor of The Catholic Worker, he has written extensively about the life and legacy of Dorothy Day, and has also edited anthologies of writings by Gandhi, Flannery O’Connor, Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles de Foucauld, and Carlo Carretto, among others.


Sue Mosteller is a Sister of St. Joseph, who for forty years lived and worked with people with disabilities in the L’Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto.  She served as leader of the International Federation of L’Arche, working with Jean Vanier, and has had a wide experience with different cultures and different religious traditions.  Sue was a close friend and confidant of the late Fr. Henri Nouwen during the ten years he was pastor at Daybreak prior to his death.  Today Sue lives in Toronto, is retired and works with Henri’s spiritual legacy, giving retreats and workshops in Canada and elsewhere in the world.  She authored three books, the latest being Light Through the Crack, Life After Loss.


June 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
June 20, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
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Oblate School of Theology


Whitley Center, Oblate School of Theology
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216 United States
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