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Benedict at Home

Benedict at Home: Applying the Rule of St. Benedict to Family Life

January 13 – February 26, 2021 | Online Course

Instructor: Rev. David E. MacDonald, DMin
Course Fee: $200.00 (includes 2 CEUs)

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This course will introduce participants to the Rule of St. Benedict, a set of monastic rules written in the sixth century, and how the Rule can be relevant for home and family life. "Home" and "Family" are defined broadly for the purposes of this course, and may include: single persons, biological families, families of choice, roommates, or any other group of people who make a home and a life together. You will discover how topics like humility, mutual obedience, shared work and prayer, and valuing the contributions of every member of a community can enhance and strengthen your at-home spiritual life.

Course Information

The course will be taught asynchronously, with a few optional opportunities for synchronous gatherings sprinkled throughout. Participants are encouraged to purchase or have available a copy of The Rule of St. Benedict. The preferred version of the Rule will be RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English, edited by Timothy Fry, O.S.B. (ISBN: 0-8146-1272-5). Other supplementary readings will be emailed to the participants during the course. 

Course Instructor

Rev. Dr. David MacDonaldRev. David E. MacDonald, D.Min., is the University Chaplain at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. A native of Akron, he is a graduate of Mount Union College, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is the author of Benedict on Campus: Eight Spiritual Disciplines for Collegiate Ministry (Wesley's Foundry Press, 2018), and has published articles about spiritual direction in Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. His interest in the Rule of St. Benedict began as a Lenten discipline about a decade ago, and he has recently undertaken to study the Rule as a guide for family and home life, thanks to a grant from the Louisville Institute. In his spare time, David enjoys reading, camping with his family, knitting, and playing the bagpipes. 


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Cancellation Policies

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Course Cancellation Policy

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary reserves the right to cancel the course if a minimum participation level is not reached. If we cancel this offering, participants will be notified of the cancellation 7 business days before the offering’s start date and will receive a full refund.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Policy for Participant Cancellation

Participants can withdraw from the course in writing via e-mail to

Refunds will be provided according to this schedule:

  • Withdrawals received more than 30 days prior to the course's start date will receive: 100% refund.
  • Withdrawals received between 29 to 16 days prior to the course's start date will receive: 50% refund.

No refunds will be issued for withdrawals received 15 days or less before the course starts.