College of Arts and Sciences

Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church  

Dr. Cecil M. Robeck portraitThe Catholic Studies Program and the University Core, in cooperation with The Commission on Christian Unity of The Archdiocese of Newark, are proud to host "Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church: Report of the International Pentecostal-Catholic Dialogue," presented by Dr. Cecil M. Robeck. Free and open to the public, the event will take place Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., in the University Center Faculty Lounge. This is an ACE event.

The international Pentecostal Catholic Dialogue, which began in 1972, is a dialogue between the two largest bodies of Christians in the world. The Catholic Church consists of about 1.2 billion members. The Pentecostal movement, which began around the turn of the twentieth century, has more than 600 million members. The dialogue has gone through six phases and produced six reports, covering a broad range of subjects. The sixth report (2015) is entitled "Do not Quench the Spirit: Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church," the subject of the April 9th lecture.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Cecil M. (Mel) Robeck, an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, is currently Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Special Assistant to the President For Ecumenical Relations at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He has served as co-chair of the Pentecostal-Catholic Dialogue since 1992. He has co-chaired international dialogues between Pentecostals with Reformed, with Lutherans, and with the World Council of Churches. Author of several books and over 250 scholarly articles, his books include The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement (2006), and (co-editor) The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (2014). He also served as editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies. In Spring 2018, the Gregorian University in Rome invited him to give a course on the Pentecostal movement.

About Catholic Studies:
The Catholic Studies Program at Seton Hall University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students of any creed who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Catholicism's rich intellectual tradition and living heritage. Combining the study of history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, sociology, and other disciplines, Catholic Studies focuses on the church's dialogue with culture and encounter with the world. Students interested in Catholic Studies have the option to pursue a major, minor, or certificate that complements and enhances the University's other degree programs and fields of study.