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  • 05/13/2024 9:08 PM | Elizabeth Groppe

    The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is pleased to announce the upcoming "Seeking for a City" Symposium on Fr. Clarence Rivers and “What We Have Seen and HeardNovember 22-24 at the University of Dayton's Curran place. 

    In-person presenters are sought for the Symposium at University of Dayton who will:

    • Thoughtfully synthesize our two guiding themes of the event—the impact of “What We Have Seen and Heard” and the life and legacy of Fr. Rivers—from their areas of expertise such as theology, liturgy, music, history, art, literature, catechetics, etc.; 
    • Engage Symposium participants in active learning and reflection on these themes (workshops or presentations are sought, rather than papers); 
    • Craft and deliver an in-person presentation offering innovative perspectives and scholarship on these themes, demonstrating their continued relevance; 
    • Be a present and active participant in all Symposium events (Friday-Sunday morning) as possible. (Funds will be provided for travel; see below.)
    Please submit a 300-500 word proposal for an interactive Workshop or Breakout session of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, along with a 100-word biographical statement, via email to Emily Strand and Dr. Cecilia Moore

    Resources: Access to Fr. Rivers’ written works can be made available upon request.

    Funding: Those selected for Workshops or Breakout presentations will receive funds for travel, paid accommodations, airport transportation and travel to the Mass in Cincinnati, as well as a modest honorarium.

    Key dates: 

    Deadline for submissions: Monday, July 1, 2024

    Notification of selected presenters: by Monday, July 29, 2024

    For more information visit:

  • 05/13/2024 10:25 AM | Linh Hoang, O.F.M.

    Several representatives from INSeCT met with Pope Francis in early May. The following letter from Francis dated May 10 expounds his support for and encouragement of theology in our global society. His recognition of the important work of theologians is strong but that more work still needs to be done. He restated three points that theologians need to consider: a creative fidelity to tradition, a cross-disciplinary approach and collegiality.  You can read more of his letter here:

    The attention given to INSeCT by Pope Francis is a start of a fresh relationship between INSeCT and the Holy See. There will be another meeting with the Education Dicastery in December 2024. This will build on the current energy of INSeCT to engage and to strengthen its relationship with the Holy See.

  • 05/13/2024 10:04 AM | Elizabeth Groppe

    Teresa of Avila and Peacemaking in a Nuclear Age

    How can a 16th century mystic help people in the 21st century in making peace? Inspired by the work of Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. who believed that Teresa’s spirituality could be a resource for creating peace today, this four-day seminar explores this question through presentations on Teresa of Avila’s life, communal conversation on Teresa’s writing, time for contemplative prayer and ritual. Teresa walked a way of peacemaking amid the patriarchal oppression of her time and offers a way to embody peace for human transformation in the urgency our times.

    Conference Registration Costs

    Event Registration: $200 per person (covers meals and events July 15-18)  [Click Here For Registration]

    Campus Housing: $198 per person (covers room in campus residence hall for three nights, July 15-18)

    Registration closes: July 1, 2024

    In addition to campus housing, there are two hotels on the campus of Saint Mary's College — The Inn at Saint Mary's and the Hilton Garden Inn — conference attendees traveling from out of town can elect to stay at one of those hotels if they so choose. Reservations can be made directly through the hotel website and staff.

    Conference Format

    To take up Teresa’s wisdom we will engage in communal lectio divina.  The presentations, time for prayer and group reflection are to enable contemporary appropriation of Teresa’s classic texts for being peace in our time. During these four days, we will meet in small groups to discuss these materials in greater depth, in a contemplative rhythm of personal and communal reflection. 

    We recommend participants engage with Teresa’s writings as well as the work of Sr. Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. in advance of the gathering. Upon confirmation of registration, each participant will receive access to these materials in preparation for the seminar.

  • 05/11/2024 2:34 PM | Margaret Mary Moore

    Dear friends,  this is an invitation to a "book launch" via zoom on May 17th at 15:00 Rome time and 16:00 Nairobi time.  Stan Chu Ilo is one of  the editors .  Partners in the launch are DePaul University, Universitat Wien and Orbis Books.   

    Meeting Link:

    Meeting ID: 876 4141 8506;   Passcode: 963127

    For the official flyer, you can contact Fr. Joe Healey,MM: or Fr. Ikenna Okafor:


  • 05/10/2024 8:46 AM | Karen Kilby

    The Distance Learning programmes in Catholic Theology, led by Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) in the UK, are designed so that participants can work through material at their own pace, studying equally well in any time zone and in many different life situations, alongside work, ministry, family or caring obligations. 

    NEW for 2024-25: In addition to the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma, and the MA, students can now enrol for a single module. Students with a BA or BSc who have not studied Theology or a related discipline before, are now free to apply to enrol for the core module, ‘Catholic Theology: A Preliminary Tour’ and proceed to the MA following its successful completion. The single module is also a standalone option for Continual Professional Development and general interest.

    Further details are available at Distance Learning - Durham University

    The CCS are offering a Bursary Fund specifically to support students on these distance learning programmes. The deadline for applications has been extended to 7 July 2024.

    If you have any questions about the Distance Learning programmes, please do not hesitate to contact

    Please do share details of this opportunity to those looking to do further study.

  • 05/10/2024 5:33 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers and prayers for member Mary L. Collins, OSB who died on May 2, 2024.

    May Mary's soul and the souls
    of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God,
    rest in peace
    . Amen.

    Read Sr. Mary Collin's Obituary

  • 05/03/2024 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    Boxed and ready to go are sets of resources for beginning theology professors to plan their own courses in the following areas:

    Introduction to Theology 

    Doctrine of God



    Christ and World Religions

    Foundations of Spirituality

    Each set includes:

    Sample Syllabus

    Required Readings (hard copies)

    Recommended Readings (hard copies)

    Reference articles

    Actual Course Textbooks

    I'm in touch with several institutions, so first come, first served. I ask that you let me know which resources you would like sent to you, your mailing address, and how you plan to cover the cost of the mailing. An offering for the resources is voluntary. I ask only that the postage be covered.

    Carla Mae Streeter, OP
    Aquinas Institute of Theology
    23 South Spring Avenue
    St. Louis, MO 63108

  • 04/25/2024 12:05 PM | Anonymous

    Cristina L. H. Traina, Finitude, Feminism, and Flourishing: On Being Mortal Like Everyone Else, Paulist Press (March 2024).

  • 04/18/2024 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA prays for and remembers longstanding member Joseph A. Bracken, S.J.  

    Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May he rest in peace. Amen.

    Fr. Bob Hurd, S.J., Xavier University, wrote to a CTSA member the following:

    We just got word from our Jesuit infirmary near Milwaukee that our prime Jesuit theologian/philosopher/writer, Fr. Joe Bracken, died this morning. He was 94 years old.

    Joe kept up his interest in Whitehead and “process philosophy” long after he retired from Xavier’s theology department and the Brueggeman Center and was a great inspiration for all of us somewhat younger Jesuits. He was also rector of the University Jesuit Community for many years and a great lover of racquetball and tennis.

    You may also read about Fr. Bracken at the Jesuits Midwest website page, where he is quoted as saying "Being a Jesuit has been such a blessing in my life. It has allowed me to pursue an occupation that isn’t immediately profitable, but one which I believe has value through advancing knowledge as well as faith.”

    Funeral is set for April 26 at the St. Camillus Jesuit Retirement Center in Milwaukee; burial of cremains at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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