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Catholic Center for Family Spirituality to Offer Summer Lectures  

Summer InstituteCome and join the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality for our summer lecture series!

This summer the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality through its William J. Toth Summer Institute is sponsoring three free lectures open to the public. Each of the lectures will explore theological and pastoral themes related to family spirituality. This unique lecture series is designed to provide participants excerpts from actual graduate-level courses in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

The Eucharist: Bread of the Presence of God
By Jeffrey L. Morrow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Theology

Saturday, June 4; 9:30 a.m.-noon
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
Seton Hall University

This talk will describe several different ways that Jesus' institution of the Eucharist in the New Testament fulfills Old Testament rituals. The talk will then spell out some of the implications these fulfillments have for family spirituality.

The Gospel Within the Gospel: The Parable of the Prodigal Son
By Rev. Christopher M. Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D.
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Saturday, June 25; 9:30 a.m.-noon
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
Ridgewood, NJ

Few parables of Jesus are more beloved than that of the Prodigal Son. For many of us, it is a mirror through which we see our families and ourselves: in the younger son, in the older son, or even in the self-sacrifice of the father. Through a careful investigation of the cultural and biblical background to this parable we shall attempt to listen to the preaching of Jesus as his first listeners did and, through this encounter, heed His call for conversion that we and our families may find healing and peace.

Suffering and Yet Still Believing: The Spiritual Lessons of Job
By Gregory Y. Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Saturday, July 9; 9:30 a.m.-noon
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
Seton Hall University

The Book of Job focuses on the anguish of a man, Job, who seeks to know the reason for his suffering. He worries whether his children may be to blame, resists pressure from his wife to curse God, and argues with his friends to defend his own innocence. By exploring these worries, pressures and arguments, the lecture will explain the lessons which the Book of Job provides for its readers who seek to sustain their commitments to friends and family and find God in the midst of suffering.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. R.S.V.P. at least three days in advance of the lecture date to Kris Hudak at (973) 761-9633 or

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Andrew Saunders
  • (973) 313-6335
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