On Saturday, December 5, 2009, the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, celebrated the publication of its journal, Family Reflections, and the launch of its cornerstone activity, the William J. Toth Summer Institute for Family Spirituality, named in honor of the late Deacon William J. Toth, Ph.D. The event was attended by Deacon Toth’s family and friends, staff of the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality and members of the community of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, where he worked from 1991 until his death in 2008.
Family Reflections contains articles written by Dr. Toth’s family that provide insight into the man to whose memory the volume is dedicated. Additional compositions, written by faculty, staff and alumni of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, offer spiritual, theological and scholarly perspectives on various dimensions of the spirituality of family life. The journal is beautifully illustrated with winning photographs and short essays from the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality’s “Images of God in My Family Life” photography contest. The winners of this contest were presented with awards during the event.
Also recognized at the event was Seton Hall University senior Katherine Andreski, who was presented with the William J. Toth Family Spirituality Award. A native of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Katie is a true scholar-athlete: an excellent student in her science major and in Catholic Theology and captain of the women’s soccer team. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to Catholic family values and social justice. Through the Division of Volunteer Efforts at Seton Hall University, Katie has volunteered to live and work in the poorest communities of El Salvador and Haiti.
The Catholic Center for Family Spirituality was designed to respond to the challenge of Pope John Paul II to create new institutes dedicated to the theological, pastoral and spiritual dimensions of family life. Through a generous grant from the William E. Simon Foundation, the Catholic Center reflects on the family as the “Church in miniature,” addressing the themes of Pope John Paul II’s letter to families, “Familiaris Consortio.” The Catholic Center’s cornerstone activity, The William J. Toth Summer Institute for Family Spirituality, offers graduate-level courses concerning family spirituality in the Catholic tradition.