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Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - "Preaching and Laudato Si"

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (tentative)

Panelists:
Daniel P. Horan OFM, is Duns Scotus Chair of Spirituality and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
John C. Holbert, is professor emeritus of homiletics at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Suzanne Nawrocki DMin, is Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO. Her specialty within the field of homiletics is the use of the body. Nawrocki presents on embodiment in preaching at conferences and workshops nationally.
Michael Connors, CSC, is Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics, and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

In Laudato Si Pope Francis has challenged the Church to integrate care for creation into its social teaching and pastoral practice.  What implications could this have for preaching?  Could preaching help the faithful to discover the created order as a pathway to the divine?  How might preachers help to foster respect and care for creation in both liturgical and non-liturgical settings?  Join a conversation among four theologians about the way forward in connecting Laudato Si to the preaching ministry.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 -- "Preaching from Archetypal Energy"

2:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (tentative) 

Fr. Scott Detisch

The homily is a place of integration between the spiritual life of the preacher and the sense of mission out of which the preacher operates. Both of these dimensions which lie beneath the ministry of preaching arise out of the archetypal energy most active within the preacher. Fr. Detisch will explore the 3 main archetypes that tend to operate the most within the spiritual lives of male clergy: the Hero-for-Christ, the Servant-with- Christ, and the Mystic-in-Christ-in-me. These archetypes have a strong influence on the content and tone of a cleric’s preaching. Each archetype offers an important asset to the ministry of preaching, but also contains a hazardous weakness that needs to be monitored. These will be examined and discussed during this session.


Fr. Scott Detisch, S.T.L., Ph.D. was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Erie in 1987.  He holds a license and doctorate in systematic theology.  Throughout his years as a priest, Fr. Detisch has served in both parish ministry and higher education.  For the last 18 years, he has been involved in seminary education and formation, while also ministering within a parish.  In addition, Fr. Detisch serves on the Theology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania Conference of Catholic Bishops.   Currently, Fr. Detisch is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Girard, PA and is adjunct professor of systematic and sacramental theology at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, OH.  In March of 2019, Liturgical Press published Fr. Detisch’s book From Hero to Servant to Mystic: Navigating the Deeper Waters of Priestly Spirituality.