Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and The Lay Center at Foyer Unitas will offer two consecutive week-long courses during the Summer 2010 Semester. You can take either or both of these courses for credit or simply for the experience: "Italian Saints" and "Towards Co-Responsibility of Priest and Laity."
"Italian Saints" will run from May 30 to June 5. Using the city of Rome as a point of departure, this program will be an opportunity to deepen your Christian identity and spirituality by exploring how various martyrs and saints have lived out the call to holiness through the ages. The lectures, discussions and site visits will focus on the various traditions of spirituality that are reflected in the lives of the saints who have lived, ministered and worshiped in Rome throughout the various stages of the history of the Church in the Eternal City.
- Some key historical figures that could be included in the program are St. Sebastian, Sts. Benedict and Scholastica, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Paul of the Cross and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
- Special attention will be given to the ways these holy women and men model for us “schools” of spirituality through which we can walk on our journey of faith.
- The program also will explore how the art and architecture of Rome reflect the various approaches to Christian discipleship exemplified in the lives of these holy women and men.
"Towards Co-Responsibility of Priest and Laity" will run from June 6 to June 12. In this year dedicated to the priesthood, it seems appropriate to reflect on the treasures of our tradition, which speak to the ways that co-responsibility has been promoted in the past while recognizing, in the words of the Holy Father, that “[t]here is still a long way to go. Too many of the baptized do not feel part of the ecclesial community and live on its margins, only coming to parishes in certain circumstances to receive religious services. Compared to the number of inhabitants in each parish, the lay people who are ready to work in the various apostolic fields, although they profess to be Catholic, are still few and far between.” - Pope Benedict XVI
- Using Rome as a classroom, this program will offer a historical and theological survey of how laity and ordained have promoted the communion of the Church.
- Some key historical figures included in the program are St. Paul and his co-workers, St. Justin Martyr, St. Lawrence, St. Gregory the Great, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Frances of Rome, St. Vincent Pallotti and St. John Henry Newman.
- Special attention will be given to the ways co-responsibility is lived today by focusing on some specific examples: Sant'Egidio and other new lay ecclesial movements.
- Since the program coincides with the closing celebrations for the “Year of the Priest,” we will arrange for participants to take part in select scheduled events.
For more information, please contact Kristine Hudak at (973) 761-9633 or Kristine.Hudak@shu.edu.