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Center for the Study of Consecrated Life

Center for the Study of Consecrated Life

Symposium: "Community Life and Mission: Toward a Future Full of Hope"

The Symposium: "Community Life and Mission: Toward a Future Full of Hope" took place at Catholic Theological Union from Feburary 5-6, 2016. More than 220 religious of different ages, congregations and cultures attended the event.

 

The following videos are available:

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, - "Community Life and Mission: Toward a Future Full of Hope" (video)

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Question and Answer session (video)

 

We are grateful to Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for their generous support of our events in this Year of Consecrated Life!

 

 

CSCL Fall Conference: "The Global Call of Religious Life Today"

The conference "The Global Call of Religious Life Today" took place at Catholic Theological Union from October 15-17, 2015. About one hundred religious of different ages, congregations and cultures attended the event.

The following videos and podcasts are available or will be forthcoming:

Sr. Pat Murray, IBVM: “Religious Life: Called to undertake a journey of transformation” (video)

Fr. A. E. Orobator, SJ: "'Those who neither lay nor hatch eggs.' Perceptions and Promises of Religious Life in Africa." (video)

Panel: Global Calls from US Perspectives (podcast)

  • Sr. Leanne M. Jablonski, FMI: “’Laudato Si,’ Ecological Insights and our Charisms: A Tri-focal Lens for Dialogue On Care for Our Common Home.
  • Ms. Jo-Ellen Karstens, Focolare: “From Encounter to Community - Consecrated Life and Interreligious Dialogue”
  • Fr. Dave Kelly, CPPS: “Beyond Violence and Trauma: A Ministry of Hospitality and Accompaniment”
  • Fr. vanThanh Nguyen, SVD: "The Changing Face of Religious Life Through Migration"

Fr. Benigno Beltran, SVD: “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor - The Global Call of Religious Life in Asia” (video)

Some words about the conference from our participants:
 

"At the Global Call of Religious Life Conference, I found a diverse community of familiar faces and new friends eager for vocational nourishment.  The rich program provided a marvelous banquet!  Together we prayed and listened to amazing speakers from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East.  At our round tables, we reflected on each talk and discussed its meaning for our lives and our world.  We enjoyed delicious meals and conversation.  It was communion at its best!  Being a member of a religious community means being a part of the global family of consecrated people.  Our collaboration and dialogue partners are growing, as a common theme was the necessity of “the inter(s)” (intercongregational, interreligious, intercultural, and intergenerational).  In working together, we can be more attuned to the cries of the poor and respond with creative solutions.  I also found that solidarity and fullness of life go hand in hand.  Fullness of life (John 10:10) begins by “going inward” as Sr. Pat Murray shared.  We cannot live prophetically without being mystics.  Me have to pray, discern, and listen to the voice of God so we can live more authentically.  It is from this space that we discover the immense capacity for love and creativity that moves us into action.  Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ gave an inspirational message about our call to be “eternally generative” and in doing so we will awaken people to new life.  Father Benigno Beltran, SVD witnessed this through his incredible work with the people in “Smokey Mountain.”  The gifts I received from this “feast” continue to nourish my spirit and encourage my vocation."
-- Christa Parra, IBVM, Student at Catholic Theological Union

 

"The Global Call of Religious Life Conference affirmed my commitment to religious life in two ways. First, hearing the witness of religious from various parts of the world filled me with joy at the “catholicity of Catholicism” which I first encountered while a student at CTU. The call to serve the universal Church that we religious have been gifted with brings us beyond our own horizons and makes life quite an adventure! Second, it affirmed for me that the place for religious is at the peripheries: of life, of society, of the Church… wherever we are led… wherever we find ourselves. Whether we got there by choice or went with resistance, our presence brings the mission of Christ to those most in need of hope, healing and dignity." 
-- Kevin Mannara, CSB, Scholastic with the Basilian Fathers


 

"Conversations We Must Have in Religious Life Today" - Part II (Sep 23, 2015) 

At our second event of "Conversations We Must Have in Religious Life Today," the six presenters explored the five topics below more deeply.

Please click here for a podcast of the presentations!

 

"Conversations We Must Have in Religious Life Today" - Part I (Apr 14, 2015)

Our first event about "Conversations We Must Have in Religious Life Today" took place at CTU on April 14 and was a great success. A variety of religious of different age groups and cultures engaged in table conversations about the following topics:

  • Befriending the Poor, Inside and Out (with Sr. Joanne Jaruko Doi, MM)
  • Living the Vows in Response to the Ecological Crisis (with Sr. Dawn Nothwehr, OSF/Sr. Mary Frohlich, RSCJ)
  • Community: A Life To Be Lived - Awakening Hope, Courage and Mercy (with Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ)
  • Interculturality And Religious Life (with Fr. Roger Schroeder, SVD)
  • Living Paschal Mystery Amidst Changing Realities of Consecrated Life Today (with Fr. Robin Ryan, CP)

 

Inaugural Event and Dedication on February 12, 2015

Dear Friends and Community of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life,

Thank you to each and all who were able to join us at CTU for the Opening of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life!

Almost 300 persons were present; the energy was palpable. The afternoon and evening included two presentations (Fr. Bob Schreiter, CPPS, “Re-Imagining Consecrated Life in a Changing World” and Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, “Hope Encounters: Consecrated Life For Our Time”), sharing with one another in small and large group conversation, a beautiful evening prayer, a blessing of the Center and the Director and a celebratory reception.

Thank you for all your support and encouragement, whether you were able to join us in person or in spirit.

The tone of the gathering and of the call to consecrated life is HOPE. Let us live this gift with JOY!  

The videos of  both speakers have been posted on our website under "Resources."

shalom and gratitude,

Sister Maria  

 

 

Press Release:

CTU launches Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, only center of its kind in the United States

 

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