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The Beauty of God in Cheese-Making and Chanting

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Online Event


herd of dairy cattles on field


Mother Noella Marcellino, OSB, Ph.D.

Benedictine Nun and Microbiologist

Abbey of Regina Laudis

Margarita Mooney Clayton, Ph.D.

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director

Scala Foundation

Event Overview

In this webinar, Mother Noella Marcellino, a Benedictine cloistered nun and a microbiologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, will discuss with Margarita Mooney the ethos that animates Benedictine practices of farming and a rigorous schedule of prayer, including chanting the psalms seven times a day. How can the Benedictine tradition of poetic living be understood through cheese-making, chanting, and other forms of agriculture and prayer practiced at monasteries such as Our Lady of the Rock and Regina Laudis? What are some ways that the 1500-year old Benedictine way of life have continuously operated across time and culture? What are some aspects of the Benedictine approach to agriculture, science, art, music and prayer that anyone in any state of life can adopt? Why are students and other visitors to monasteries like those where Mother Noella has lived so transformed by their experiences? How can the Benedictine example influence education in science and the fine arts today?

This event is open to the public via Zoom. It will be recorded and featured on Scala’s YouTube channel.

Co-Sponsored by University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies, St. Paul, Minn.

For more, check out these relevant links:

Abbey of Regina Laudis, where Mother Noella was for many years.

Our Lady of the Rock Monastery, where she is at present.

More information on the ‘Cheese Nun’.

CBS Special featuring Mother Noella. Also ‘Finding the Sacred Cows in Cheese’ short video.

Mother Noella’s lecture at Harvard University.

Recent Articles by Margarita Mooney on Benedictine Spirituality:

The Poetic Body of the Benedictine Charism

The Love of Learning and the Lay Desire for God