Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) is an organization of Benedictine and Trappist monks and nuns committed to fostering interreligious and intermonastic dialogue at the level of spiritual practice and experience between North American Catholic monastic women and men and contemplative practitioners of diverse religious traditions.
MID in North America is one of several regional commissions that have been formed by Catholic monastic communities throughout the world to promote interreligious dialogue. The work of these commissions is coordinated by a General Secretariat established in 1994 by the Abbot Primate of the Benedictines acting in agreement with the Abbot General of the Cistercians. It is currently headed by Fr. William Skudlarek OSB of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. The Secretariat maintains a website that features an on-line journal, Dilatato Corde. The website can be accessed at DIM/MID.
In order that the dialogue of monks and nuns be in explicit communion with the universal Church, the General Secretariat ensures contact with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
You can read about how we began and the practice of interreligious dialogue, by visiting History and Philosophical Background. Our mission statement, and its background, is available at Mission.
You can see an overview of the projects that MID has been involved since 1977 by visiting Timeline and Achievements.
A list of our officers and their biographies is available at MID Officers.
The publications that have featured MID activities or been inspired by them are detailed at Publications.
What is MID?
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