St John of the Cross
Scholastic, Philosopher and Theologian
Fr William Meninger, OCSO
St Monica Catholic Church
Family Center, Room 201
9933 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75220
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
St. John of the Cross is one of the greatest
mystics of the Christian church. In the spirit of St.
Thomas Aquinas, he bridges the gap between the medieval and modern era.
The teachings of John of the Cross can benefit both the beginner and the
experienced travelers on a spiritual journey. Often seen by modern
Christians as excessively esoteric and beyond the ken of their
experience, St. John will be taught in this workshop in the light of my
book St. John of the Cross for Beginners.
John of the Cross flourished during the mid to late 1500ís and was a
major figure of the Counter-Reformation. He was a Spanish mystic, a
Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest. He was also a
contemporary of the charismatic St Teresa of Avila and collaborated with
her to reform the Carmelite order.
the Cross is known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on
the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish
literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was
canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is one of the
thirty-six Doctors of the Church.
This conference may be Fr William's last visit to Dallas. He
expects to sharply curtail his future traveling schedule.