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Leadership Institute Webinars - Spiritual Life

 

Category: Spiritual Life

A series of webinars focused on “Spiritual Life”. Click on the "Webinar" link to view each webinar video. For more webinars on other topics, click on a category link in the right column.

Conversion and Encounter

This presentation offers a reflection on how God patiently and constantly seeks us and draws us to an intimate relationship with Him. In considering our response to God's invitation to conversion and encounter, we look at three great figures in the Catholic Church: Servant of God Dorothy Day, St. Edith Stein, and Blessed John Newman. Their stories will be presented against the backdrop of Newman's words: "Persons influence us, voices melt us, looks subdue us, deeds inflame us." Listeners are invited to ponder how these three stories speak to all of us and touch our hearts. How can their journeys inspire and encourage all of us as we strive to grow closer to God?

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | | © 2014 Dianne Traflet. Used with permission

Presenter

Dr. Dianne Marie Traflettraflet-dianne-dr

Dianne Marie Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST) at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.  The founder and co-director of the Seminary's Institute for Christian Spirituality, Dr. Traflet received her BA from Montclair State University and her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. She practiced law for four years while earning her MA in Catholic Theology and Pastoral Ministry from the Institute for Advanced Studies of Catholic Doctrine at St. John's University in New York.  She then studied at St. Thomas Aquinas University (the Angelicum), Rome, where she earned a licentiate and a doctorate in Sacred Theology, focusing on the life and work of St. Edith Stein.

Dr. Traflet has given numerous presentations, retreats, and days of recollection here in the United States, as well as England, Ireland, Canada and Italy, emphasizing the spirituality of Edith Stein, as well as related topics in spiritual theology.  She is the author of Edith Stein:  A Spiritual Portrait, published by Pauline Media in 2008.


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Praying the Lord's Prayer

This presentation invites the participants to embark on an interior pilgrimage to prayerfully ponder the "most perfect of all prayers" against the backdrop of evangelization. Drawing upon Scripture and tradition, it considers the reflections and prayers of numerous saints, recent Popes, and various theologians and prominent Catholic figures. Through this webinar, listeners will embark on a pilgrimage to learn, love, and live the Lord's Prayer; explore the Lord's Prayer as nourishment for evangelization; and come to understand the life giving power of the Lord's Prayer.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part3 | © 2013 Dianne Traflet. Used with permission

Presenter

traflet-dianne-drDr. Dianne Marie Traflet

Dianne Marie Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST) at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.  The founder and co-director of the Seminary's Institute for Christian Spirituality, Dr. Traflet received her BA from Montclair State University and her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. She practiced law for four years while earning her MA in Catholic Theology and Pastoral Ministry from the Institute for Advanced Studies of Catholic Doctrine at St. John's University in New York.  She then studied at St. Thomas Aquinas University (the Angelicum), Rome, where she earned a licentiate and a doctorate in Sacred Theology, focusing on the life and work of St. Edith Stein.

Dr. Traflet has given numerous presentations, retreats, and days of recollection here in the United States, as well as England, Ireland, Canada and Italy, emphasizing the spirituality of Edith Stein, as well as related topics in spiritual theology.  She is the author of Edith Stein:  A Spiritual Portrait, published by Pauline Media in 2008.


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Catechesis on the New Roman Missal

The Roman Missal, Third Edition, was introduced in the Catholic Church in the United States in advent 2011. In anticipation of its implementation, this presentation by Monsignor Hilgartner was provided in January 2011 to assist Catholics in celebrating the liturgy well using the newly translated prayers of the mass. 

Webinar | Q & A | ©2011 Monsignor Richard Hilgartner, STL. Used with permission

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Leadership Institute - Fr Richard HilgartnerMonsignor Richard Hilgartner, STL

Monsignor Richard Hilgartner is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the USCCB. At the time of recording this session entitled "Catechesis on the New Roman Missal", he served as Associate in the same Secretariat. He holds a bachelor of science degree (business and finance) from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland; a master of divinity degree and bachelor of sacred theology degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore; and a licentiate degree in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo, Rome, Italy. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Liturgical Studies at The Catholic University of America. Named a Chaplain of His Holiness in 2011, Msgr. Hilgartner has served in parish ministry and campus ministry, and has taught theology and homiletics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 


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Personal Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

This one-hour presentation will explore, first of all, the fundamental meaning of personal prayer as a "space" in which we turn to God first of all to receive what God wants passionately to offer us: the divine life and love. Deeper than any particular requests we may bring to God, authentic prayer yearns for deeper communion with God the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Next, Lectio Divina will provide a rich framework within which to consider the different kinds of personal prayer. Finally, suggestions will be offered about how to grow as a person who lives according to the invitation to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thes 5:17).

Webinar | Q & A | © 2011 Rev. Brian McDermott. Used with permission

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Leadership Institute - Fr Brian McDermottRev. Brian McDermott, S.J.

Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J. is a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuits, the Society of Jesus. He is currently the Rector (religious superior) of the Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of Theology and Pastoral Counseling. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a member of the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, one of the two national Jesuit theological centers sponsored by the Society of Jesus for the training of Jesuits, other religious and lay persons for ministry in the Church. While at WJST, he taught systematic theology, Ignatian spirituality, and authority and leadership. For eight years (1991-1999) he was academic dean at the school. Fr. McDermott is the author of two books, What Are They Saying About the Grace of Christ? (Paulist Press) and Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology (Liturgical Press) and numerous articles and book reviews. He has produced two audio CD series for Now You Know Media, Inc: "Who Is Jesus?: An Introduction to Christology" and "The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola." A third series on the dynamics of God's grace is in production. He has been a spiritual director, helping people with their prayer lives, for thirty-seven years. Since 1996 he has been the director of tertians for the Maryland and New York provinces of the Society of Jesus. In that capacity he has accompanied fellow Jesuits as they made, for the second time, the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, prior to being fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus.


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Sacramental Life

St. Augustine defined sacrament "as a visible sign of an invisible grace." The Church, itself a sacrament, not only celebrates liturgical sacraments but it views the world from the perspective of sacramentality which calls us to live a life of justice and charity

Webinar | Q & A | © 2011 Sister Kate Dooley, OP. Used with permission

Presenter

Leadership Institute - Sr Kate DooleySister Kate Dooley, OP

Sister Kate Dooley, OP is a Sinsinawa (WI) Dominican Sister who is currently teaching theology at Dominican University in River Forest, Il. She holds an MA from The Catholic University of America, a MTh from Harvard Divinity School, and a MA and PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Dooley has published widely in catechetical and liturgical journals, and written a number of texts and resource materials for religious education.


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Introduction to the Eastern Rite Churches Through Liturgy & Iconography

It is an unfortunate fact of church life that Catholics and other Western Christians have a faint knowledge of Eastern "Rite" Christian Churches, if they have any knowledge of them at all. This presentation will attempt to introduce Eastern Christianity in a manner that indicates that the churches closest in time and culture to Christ's own context may have something to contribute to a dialogue about the meaning of Jesus in the 21st century. The central role played by liturgy and the liturgical art of iconography will be the keys to understanding what these churches are about.  

Webinar | © 2011 Most Reverend John Michael Botean and Professor Richard Schneider. Used with permission

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botean-john-m-most-revMost Reverend John Michael Botean,
BISHOP OF EPARCHY OF ST. GEORGE'S IN CANTON FOR ROMANIANS 

Born in Canton, Ohio, Bishop Botean graduated summa cum laude in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1977. His theological studies were carried out at the institutions of the Boston Theological Institute through St. Gregory Seminary/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. After a period during which he worked for the Pax Christi USA Center on Conscience and War in Cambridge, MA, and at CARA in Washington, DC, he was ordained priest on May 18, 1986. Named Apostolic Administrator of the Romanian Catholic Eparchy of St. George in Canton in 1993, he was named and ordained bishop of the same Eparchy on August 24, 1996. He is the Catholic episcopal co-patron of the US section of the Society of St. John Chrysostom, through which he has participated in national and international Orientale Lumen ecumenical conferences for the past 15 years. On October 11, 2003, he was presented the St. Marcellus Award by the Catholic Peace Fellowship for his stand against war in Iraq.

schneider-richard-drProfessor Richard Schneider,
Professor at the University of Toronto

After receiving degrees from Dartmouth College and Princeton and Columbia Universities, Richard Schneider has been a university professor in the United States and Canada for 49 years. He was one of the founder-teachers at York University in Toronto, where he specialized in medieval and church history, and in history as critical thought; as well, he offered iconological studies of Western medieval art. He created and is the Co-ordinator of the Graduate Program in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies hosted by the Trinity College Faculty of Divinity, which has added an East-Christian component to the curriculum of the Toronto School of Theology of the University of Toronto. For the past twelve years he has been a Visiting Professor at the world-renowned St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York, where he teaches Orthodox Iconology, advanced hermeneutics, and the foundations of research methodology.

 


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