Overview of the Program
The Wisdom Connections Timeless Tradition ↔ Technological Times program was established November 30, 2014 through a generous grant from the GHR FOUNDATION. The program was created for women’s Benedictine communities with women in initial formation. It quickly became affectionately known as simply T4 or the T4 program. At its inception, the mission of the T4 program was to create a program of formation and education for newer members, preserve the scholarship of our sisters and monks, and to develop an ongoing method of communication among the newer members and their Formation Directors through the use of technology. As of December 1, 2017, the grant funding has ended, and the scope of the program has moved to include all Benedictine communities across the world. The T4 program is now membership-fee-based and allows for use in ongoing and initial formation for community members as well as use with Oblates with the community.
American Benedictine Formation Conference
Since December 2017, the T4 program has been part of the American Benedictine Formation Conference (ABFC). ABFC provides educational resources and support for formation and vocation personnel of all Benedictine women. ABFC offers programs for novices and temporary professed sisters in an effort to provide Benedictine formation. Every two years, the ABFC symposium brings together formation and vocation personnel. T4 adds another formation component to ABFC.
Membership in the T4 Program
Membership in the T4 program is available for all Benedictine communities world-wide. Please be aware that all T4 videos and resources are English. It is the responsibility of the members to have the equipment and internet capacity to participate in the program (see below for more info). Membership in the T4 program includes abiding by the T4 Rules & Regulations.
(see page 2 of the membership form below for details)
The current membership fee is $500 per community and is due every December 1st.
Everyone's membership runs from December 1 to November 30 of any given year, no prorating.
NOTE: If you are not inside the United States of America you may send a US Dollar Bank Draft or if you prefer, you can wire your membership fee directly.
For wiring details, please email Sister Michelle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your community has paid the membership fee, your T4 Contact person has received login information specific to your community. Please contact her or him to get that information. With that information, you can log into the T4 Members' Site with access to all T4 resources.
Viewing T4 video presentations uses a site called Vimeo. In order to view the video you will need a certain amount of bandwidth as well as compatible devices. Click on the IMAGE BELOW for the Vimeo Help Center where you will find all playback and equipment needs to watch videos from the T4 Video Library.
Video Conferencing for Relationship Building
Participating in T4 video calls (communication / relationship building groups) uses a program called Zoom. As with watching the videos, video calling requires a certain amount of bandwidth as well as compatible devices. Click the IMAGE BELOW for supported devices and all System Requirements to use Zoom.
This Facebook group is for current T4 members and for those Benedictine monasteries who have not yet joined T4. It is a place to share experiences of the program or to learn more about it. To join just click on the Facebook logo, sign into your Facebook account, and click the button asking to join the group. Once approved, you will be able to interact with others group members.