GCU Hosts Synod Talk on ‘Pastoral Needs of the Family’

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Lakewood, N.J. (Oct. 17, 2014)—As the Synod of Bishops in Rome examines some of the most difficult issues surrounding contemporary family life, area Catholics will gather at Georgian Court University to share their own views Saturday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus.

The GCU discussion comes on the heels of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican. Leading the local dialogue will be Father Anthony Ciorra, assistant vice president for mission and Catholic identity and professor of theology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Ciorra_AnthonyFr. Anthony, ordained in 1973, has written several books, including Everyday Mysticism, which examines spirituality in the marketplace, and (co-authored) Moral Formation in the Parish, which explores living Christian and moral values in the world. He edited Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness, and his most recent book is Beauty: A Way to God (Paulist Press, 2013).

The GCU event is sponsored by the Alumni and Parents Subcommittee of Georgian Court’s Year of Hope Committee, which is concluding its specialty program series with discussion of the synod. GCU’s Year of Faith Committee began hosting events  in 2012. Both the larger committee and the alumni/parents group continue to sponsor activities focused on reflection and spirituality.

“Having started our series with a look back at Vatican II, it is fitting that we look at the future. This synod—the majority of participants being bishops and cardinals—will look to how these needs may be met pastorally within the context of Church teaching,” explained GCU Alumni Association President Mary Nebus, Ph.D.

The discussion at GCU serves as an engaging and meaningful way for local Catholics to have their say at a time when Pope Francis is looking for substantive input and suggestions from bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and laypersons.

“The family is the vocation of the majority of Catholics, and it is a challenging vocation today,” said Dr. Nebus. “Families are beset by difficulties on many fronts, and traditional Church teachings are not known, deemed irrelevant, and dismissed by many.”

Pope Francis has sent a strong message of his vision for the Church, and his Synod on the family has already sparked vibrant discussions in both religious and secular circles. Catholics throughout the world are sending their suggestions to him to be collated and shared with the synod delegates.

Registration for the Synod on Pastoral Needs Facing the Family Today is $15 per person, which includes lunch. Reservations are required and can be made by by e-mailing specialevents@georgian.edu or by calling 732.987.2263.

 

About The Synod

With the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, the vision of the Second Vatican Council is moving forward with new life and energy. The Holy Father challenged the Church not to be afraid of the Holy Spirit that will take the Church to new places.

When the council ended in 1965, Pope Paul VI introduced the structure of the Synod as means of continuing the dialogue of the Council. Pope Francis has given new emphasis on the importance of the synod. For this pope, style is substance. His style is one of listening to all voices within the Church to discern the movements of the Holy Spirit.

About Father Anthony Ciorra

Fr. Anthony Ciorra was ordained a priest in 1973. His experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation ministries. He has graduate degrees in psychology, history, and pastoral theology, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. He has a Ph. D. in Theology from Fordham University.

His publications include Everyday Mysticism, a book about spirituality in the marketplace and he co-authored Moral Formation in the Parish, a work about living Christian and moral values on the world. The spirituality written about in these works is reflected in his involvement in lay ministry formation and secular institute movements. He has produced audio and video presentations on Thomas Merton, the History of Christian Spirituality, the Spirituality of Vatican II, Gratitude, and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everyone, The Seven Great Schools of Christian Spirituality and A Retreat with Pope Francis. He edited the book, Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council. His most recent publication is Beauty: A Way to God (Paulist Press, 2013).

In recognition of his ministry in the Church, he was given the pontifical honor Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul II in 1999. He was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of Renew Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.

He is currently assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Previously. He was Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, Director of the Center of Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth and the Director for the Center for Spiritual Development in the Archdiocese of New York. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. He is actively involved in creating programs for inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Lakewood, N.J. (Oct. 17, 2014)—As the Synod of Bishops in Rome examines some of the most difficult issues surrounding contemporary family life, area Catholics will gather at Georgian Court University to share their own views Saturday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus.

The GCU discussion comes on the heels of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican. Leading the local dialogue will be Father Anthony Ciorra, assistant vice president for mission and Catholic identity and professor of theology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Ciorra_AnthonyFr. Anthony, ordained in 1973, has written several books, including Everyday Mysticism, which examines spirituality in the marketplace, and (co-authored) Moral Formation in the Parish, which explores living Christian and moral values in the world. He edited Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness, and his most recent book is Beauty: A Way to God (Paulist Press, 2013).

The GCU event is sponsored by the Alumni and Parents Subcommittee of Georgian Court’s Year of Hope Committee, which is concluding its specialty program series with discussion of the synod. GCU’s Year of Faith Committee began hosting events  in 2012. Both the larger committee and the alumni/parents group continue to sponsor activities focused on reflection and spirituality.

“Having started our series with a look back at Vatican II, it is fitting that we look at the future. This synod—the majority of participants being bishops and cardinals—will look to how these needs may be met pastorally within the context of Church teaching,” explained GCU Alumni Association President Mary Nebus, Ph.D.

The discussion at GCU serves as an engaging and meaningful way for local Catholics to have their say at a time when Pope Francis is looking for substantive input and suggestions from bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and laypersons.

“The family is the vocation of the majority of Catholics, and it is a challenging vocation today,” said Dr. Nebus. “Families are beset by difficulties on many fronts, and traditional Church teachings are not known, deemed irrelevant, and dismissed by many.”

Pope Francis has sent a strong message of his vision for the Church, and his Synod on the family has already sparked vibrant discussions in both religious and secular circles. Catholics throughout the world are sending their suggestions to him to be collated and shared with the synod delegates.

Registration for the Synod on Pastoral Needs Facing the Family Today is $15 per person, which includes lunch. Reservations are required and can be made by by e-mailing specialevents@georgian.edu or by calling 732.987.2263.

 

About The Synod

With the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, the vision of the Second Vatican Council is moving forward with new life and energy. The Holy Father challenged the Church not to be afraid of the Holy Spirit that will take the Church to new places.

When the council ended in 1965, Pope Paul VI introduced the structure of the Synod as means of continuing the dialogue of the Council. Pope Francis has given new emphasis on the importance of the synod. For this pope, style is substance. His style is one of listening to all voices within the Church to discern the movements of the Holy Spirit.

About Father Anthony Ciorra

Fr. Anthony Ciorra was ordained a priest in 1973. His experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation ministries. He has graduate degrees in psychology, history, and pastoral theology, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. He has a Ph. D. in Theology from Fordham University.

His publications include Everyday Mysticism, a book about spirituality in the marketplace and he co-authored Moral Formation in the Parish, a work about living Christian and moral values on the world. The spirituality written about in these works is reflected in his involvement in lay ministry formation and secular institute movements. He has produced audio and video presentations on Thomas Merton, the History of Christian Spirituality, the Spirituality of Vatican II, Gratitude, and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everyone, The Seven Great Schools of Christian Spirituality and A Retreat with Pope Francis. He edited the book, Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council. His most recent publication is Beauty: A Way to God (Paulist Press, 2013).

In recognition of his ministry in the Church, he was given the pontifical honor Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul II in 1999. He was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of Renew Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.

He is currently assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Previously. He was Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, Director of the Center of Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth and the Director for the Center for Spiritual Development in the Archdiocese of New York. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. He is actively involved in creating programs for inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

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