Meeting Jane Tomaine

Episcopal priest Jane Tomaine has written a wonderful book on Benedictine spirituality called St. Benedict’s Toolbox. Tomorrow she is presenting a one-day workshop on “Benedictine Spirituality: Living Intentionally in a Distracted World” here in Atlanta, and alas, I won’t be able to attend — I’ll be busy co-leading a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit on “the Wisdom of the Christian Mystics.” As much as I love leading retreats at the Monastery, I was a wee bit grumpy about not being able to make it to Jane’s event, as its topic sounds so, well, useful — and appropriate to my own sometimes-too-distracted life.

Happily, my friend and fellow Lay Associate Nancy, who is on the committee that sponsored Jane Tomaine’s visit to Atlanta, decided to bring her out to the monastery this afternoon, and I was able to meet her, chat about current authors we both enjoy, and talk Nancy into taking this photo of us.

Jane Tomaine and Carl McColman at the Abbey Store, September 9, 2011

Talking about "Befriending Silence"
Sanctity and Struggle, or, Why Saints Have Chaotic Inner Lives (Hint: It's Because We All Do)
Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
Why Trappists Make Great Spiritual Guides
About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Nancy Armstrong

    What a nice meeting of two special people.

  • Mark Mitchell


    Thanks to you and Brother Elias for a very meaningful and informative retreat. Keep up all the good work. Hope to see you again soon. God Bless.

    • Carl McColman

      And thank you, Mark, for your presence there this weekend. Hope our paths cross again soon.