Edith Stein is perhaps one of the most controversial women to be canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. She was the first Jewish-born Christian to be added to the roster of the saints since the days of the early church. She was put to death in the Nazi Concentration Camp of Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. Stein, one of the first few women to be admitted to a German university, converted to Catholicism at the age of 30 and eventually entered the contemplative Discalced Carmelite Order.
In contrast to many converts, she never denied her Jewish background and consistently reminded others of it. Rather than hiding behind her conversion, she prepared herself to share the fate of her people. Stein was an active feminist, concerned with women’s suffrage and rights since she was a university student. She believed that women were capable of intellectual achievement and deserved equal rights, including statements about women becoming priests, which she presents in her writings.
In this workshop we will look at Stein’s life, the circumstances of her death and canonization, and her deep understanding of empathy, the value of the human person, and the importance of trusting that God is with us through it all. We will also feature contemplative harp music by Linda Hill-Phoenix.
This program is being offered free of charge.
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Edith Stein Workshop
September 25, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (pacific time) via zoom
Presenter: Oliva M. Espín