The Meister Eckhart Center for Catholic and Dominican Life

Mission Statement

The Meister Eckhart Center for Catholic and Dominican Life engages the community in dialogue by integrating the Dominican values of contemplation and action with the calling to promote a more just and peaceful world.

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Promote the preaching of truth and justice through contemplation, word, and action.

Meister Eckhart


History

The idea for the Meister Eckhart Center for Catholic and Dominican Life first emerged through conversations between Albertus Magnus faculty, staff, and Board of Trustee members for the College’s strategic plan, Albertus 2025: Lighting the Way to a Second Century. The Center is named in honor of the 13-14th century Dominican Friar, theologian, and mystic Meister Eckhart, a familiar source of inspiration across the Albertus campus. Eckhart’s writings reveal his intimate relationship with God but also his practical approach to the life of faith.

In Spring 2021, the College’s sponsoring congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, made a momentous $1,000,000 gift in support of mission continuity and to seed funding for the College’s new Center. That summer, Edward Dunar began as the Center’s founding Director. The Center and its programs were launched on Founder’s Day 2021, with a formal dedication to take place in June 2022.

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we will reap in the harvest of action.

Meister Eckhart

Aims of the Center

  • To reflect our Catholic identity through engagement with the Catholic intellectual tradition and Catholic social teaching.
  • To bring to life the Dominican pillars of study, prayer, community, and service.
  • To promote the preaching of truth and justice through contemplation, word, and action.
  • To promote care for the Earth, our common home, and to advance the theological understanding of the interconnectedness of all creation.
  • To facilitate the encounter of our tradition with the contemporary world through scholarly reflection and the Dominican practice of disputatio.
  • To promote Dominican scholarship and the integration of faith and reason.
  • To celebrate the diverse richness of the global Catholic tradition.
  • To partner with neighboring institutions and organizations, in pursuit of the common good.
 


Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart (around 1210-1328) was a Dominican theologian, spiritual writer, philosopher, and mystic. A student of St. Albert the Great, and influenced by St. Thomas Aquinas, Eckhart provides theological and practical wisdom for living lives grounded in contemplation and witnessed through action.