Annual Ministry Renewal Day
Beginning in 2004, the Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry (IREPM) initiated an annual day to nurture the vocations of those in ministry, a tradition each November that has been continued by the School of Theology and Ministry. This event includes a prayer service as well as a presentation (sometimes shared) on various topics with practical import and application for those who serve the Church.
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November 10, 2017
Nurturing the Healing Power of Joy
Presenter: Brita Gill-Austern, Austin Philip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Theology, emerita, at Andover Newton Theological School.
Through lecture, playful exercises, individual reflection, and group discussion, this presentation identifies ways of being and doing that call forth the healing power of joy and practices that keep joy alive and cultivate a flourishing life.
November 4, 2016
Tending Your Own Garden: A Spirituality for Active Ministry
Presenter: Colleen M. Griffith, STM professor of the practice of theology and faculty director of spirituality studies.
With the demands of ministry in view, this presentation identifies the core elements of a spirituality that is oriented towards ministry, and explores selected figures in the Christian tradition who offer insights about the role of spirituality in ministry.
November 6, 2015
Loss, Change, and Resilience in Communities of Faith
Presenter: Melissa Kelley, STM associate professor of pastoral care and counseling and co-director of Contextual Education.
Reflect on the role of resilience in our personal and communal lives, consider resilience through a theological lens, and find strategies to foster and sustain resilience in individuals and in our communities of faith.
November 14, 2014
“To be perfect is to change often”: Ongoing Renewal and Reform in the Church
Presenter: Thomas H. Groome, STM professor of theology and religious education, and chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry.
The Second Vatican Council was a great catalyst of renewal and reform, a process of both returning to the sources of faith and then developing it to be more credible and attractive in the modern world. This presentation reviews the reasons for further changes in the Church, and how to go about making them.
This presentation offers practical insight for pastors, parish staff, key parish leaders, and others who are currently ministering or preparing to minister in collaborative, consolidated, or multi-parish settings.
November 2, 2012
New Evangelization for Today’s Parish
Presenters: David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., research analyst for the Franciscan Action Network, and teacher at St. Bonaventure University and the Pontifical Antonianum University, and Jane E. Regan, STM director of Continuing Education and associate professor of theology and religious education.
The call for a new evangelization is heard throughout the various levels of Church life. This presentation explores what is meant by a “new” evangelization, how it relates to the overall mission of the Church and the vision of each parish, and invites reflection on what implementing a new evangelization in a particular pastoral setting look like.
November 4, 2011
Breaking Open the Word: Best Practices
Presenters: Thomas H. Groome, STM professor of theology and religious education, and the late Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., STM professor of New Testament and editor, New Testament Abstracts
This joint presentation provides guidelines for preparing Scripture and the tools for making it accessible to all age groups and for all needs—teaching, preaching, praying, sharing, spiritual direction, and more.
July 10, 2010
Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New
Presenters: Thomas H. Groome, STM professor of theology and religious education, and Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F., STM associate professor of missiology
The American Church of pre-Vatican II was surely one of the most vibrant instances of Catholicism in the history of the world. Can we reclaim some of its practices, perspectives, and personalities as resources for a vibrant faith in our own time?
November 13, 2009
Called to Become an Adult Church
Presenters: Jane E. Regan, STM associate professor of theology and religious education, and John J. Shea, O.S.A., STM professor of pastoral care and counseling
What does it mean to “grow up” as Christians, and how can we minister to effectively foster spiritual maturity? This presentation considers two unique perspectives on embracing the God of adulthood as individuals and as communities of faith.
November 14, 2008
Encountering the Risen Christ: The Primary Task of Catechesis and Pastoral Ministry
Presenters: Thomas H. Groome, STM professor of theology and religious education and chair, Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, and Jane Regan, STM associate professor of theology and religious education
The General Catechetical Directory makes clear that the defining purpose of catechesis is for people to personally encounter the Risen Christ and to embrace a life of discipleship to Jesus. What does such an encounter and commitment mean and how can catechists and pastoral ministers intentionally promote as much?
November 9, 2007
The Future of Parish Ministry: Pastoral and Spiritual Foundations (This presentation was not videotaped.)
Presenters: Colleen M. Griffith, adjunct professor of theology, and Thomas H. Groome, professor of theology and director, Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry
The experience of parish life continues to be foundational for most Catholics in the expression and nourishment of their faith, yet its foundations are being reconstructed. This joint presentation explores the building blocks of renewal for parish ministry, the sources of energy and commitment that power this renewal, and the parish as a place of spiritual nurture.
November 17, 2006
A Common Calling: Laity and Church Governance (This lecture was not videotaped.)
Presenters: Rev. Michael Himes, professor of systematic theology, Boston College Theology Department, and Lynn Jarrell, O.S.U., associate director for canon law, Legal Resource Center for Religious, Silver Spring, MD
In this joint presentation, Fr. Himes looks at the role of the Christian faithful from the perspectives of their rights and responsibilities in the life and mission of the Church, and Sr. Jarrell explores the canonical basis for pastoral and finance councils and their relationship to the parish pastor and to the diocesan bishop.
November 18, 2005
Total Community Catechesis: The Work of Every Minister (This lecture was not videotaped.)
Presenters: Thomas H. Groome, director, Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, and professor of theology and religious education; Jane E. Regan, IREPM associate professor of theology and religious education
This presentation examined the historical roots for all the baptized, the paradigm shift away from traditional models of religious education to a community of faith jointly responsible for handing on the faith.
Presenters: Beverly Good, pastoral associate, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Walpole, MA; Thomas H. Groome, director, Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, and professor of theology and religious education; Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., chair, Boston College Theology Department, associate professor of theology and ethics; and John Konicek, S.J., assistant director, liturgical, spiritual, and communal formation, Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry.
This conversation focuses on how to respond to dissent with pastoral sensitivity, especially around issues of sexuality, while being faithful to the teachings of the Church, including methods and techniques for facilitating pastoral conversations.