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Saint-Paul University and BBI-TAITE are Partnering to Offer Two Professional Development Seminars

With the support of a nihil obstat from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Saint Paul University, Canada, through its partnership with BBI-TAITE will offer two on-campus seminars in 2019.

Safeguarding the Flock: 

The Response to the Sex Abuse Crisis 

A reflective workshop for faith-filled missionary disciplines

Date: Wednesday 28 August to Thursday 29 August 2019

Venue: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills

Fee: $250

Fee for Both Events: $395 (Saving of $105)

Description:

Every missionary disciple is entrusted with the work of safeguarding the flock as we journey further into the 21st century.  Safeguarding involves a candid rebuke of prior mishandlings of sexual abuse.  It also involves an honest and mature reflection on the path ahead.  This path is a synodal journey, wherein every taint of clericalism is destroyed, wherein the giftedness of everyone is welcomed, and wherein the mission of each is applauded.

This workshop will highlight the key emphasis and subsequent influences of the Vatican “summit” on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults which took place 21-24 February 2019. Ample time will be provided for enriching discussions, shared reflections, and informed brainstorming (all of which are practical examples of “synodality”).  

It will also provide the occasion for reflections about other challenges involving sexual abuse which are still being discussed in many circles. Groups will be invited to gather around the following topics in an effort to continue to “resolve the unresolved.”

 

Synodal Servant Leadership in the Particular Church

A reflective workshop for faith-filled missionary disciplines

Date: Thursday 29 August to Friday 30 August 2019

Venue: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills

Fee: $250

Fee for Both Events: $395 (Saving of $105)

Description:

Pope Francis teaches that synodality is a constitutive element of the Church, an element which is to be found in all the missionary disciples’ interactions and structures on every level – universal, national, and local.  He insists that, at the beginning of this third millennium, God expects the Church to be synodal.  Synodality is not optional.

Synodality is evident within the curia of each particular Church (“diocese”). The curia encompasses institutions and individuals which assist the diocesan bishop in his role as servant-leader through guiding pastoral action, caring for diocesan administration, and making canonical judgments (see c. 469).

This workshop intends to refresh and enhance the canonical expertise of those who serve in the diocesan curia.  It will also address the drafting of legislation for councils (plenary and provincial) and for dioceses (during and outside a diocesan synod).   

This workshop will offer participants practical canonical tools (sample decrees, letters, statutes, etc.) related to each of these areas.  Ample time will be provided for questions-and-answers on topics surfaced by participants on the above or on other topics.  Various projects will be provided for group-work.

 

Lecturing Professor: 

Monsignor John Renken 
 

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Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law,

Saint Paul University, Ottowa, Canada

 

John A. Renken is full professor and dean of the Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.  Previously, he had taught in the canon law program at The Catholic University of America for 18 years.

 

 

He has been member of the board of governors and president of the Canon Law Society of America and a consultant to Canonical Affairs Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He has authored several books and multiple articles on canon law, and he lectures widely throughout the world.

 

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Enquiries

For registration enquiries, please contact:

Ms Belinda Srour - Events Manager

T: 02 9847 0030 or E: bsrour@bbi.catholic.edu.au

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