Toward a constitutively synodal church

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Toward a constitutively synodal church

March 2 to 15, 2024


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Course Content

Introductory Lecture:

  • My experience at the Synod. Was the Holy Spirit the protagonist of the Synod? (Timothy Radcliffe OP)
  • The Synod on Synodality. A path towards a constitutively Synodal Church (Piero Coda)
  • My experience at the Synod. Synodality in a Global Church (Arturo Sosa SJ)
  • Digital Mission, a new missionary horizon for a Synodal Church (Mons. Lució Ruiz and Sister Xiskya Valladares)

MODULE 1: DECISION MAKING MODELS

Conference:

  • A prophetic decision making (Giacomo Costa SJ)

Deepening:

  1. Listening in the process of community discernment (Hermann Rodríguez SJ)
  2. The virtues to participate in community discernment (James Keenan SJ)
  3. From listening to decision-making (Francesco Zaccaria)
  4. Articulation of the contribution of bishops, theologians and canonists (Gilles Routhier)
  5. Sensus fidei and consensus fidelium (Rafael Luciani)
  6. Consultative and deliberative voting (Alphonse Borras)
  7. Synodality, reconciliation and conflict transformation (Elías López SJ)

Experiences:

  • Community discernment practices. The experience of religious life (Nathalie Becquart XMCJ & Christina Cheng)
  • Unity in diversity. The experience of Taizé (Br. Alois)

MODULE 2: CHARISMS AND MINISTRIES

Conferences:

  • An all charismatic and ministerial Church (Catherine Clifford)
  • How do ministries change? (Santiago Guijarro)

Deepening:

  1. New baptismal ministries (Hosffman Ospino)
  2. Ministries instituted in a local church (Serena Noceti)
  3. The Diaconate of Men and Women (Phyllis Zagano)
  4. Presiding over a parish community (Vito Mignozzi)
  5. The election of bishops (Dario Vitali)
  6. Participation and representativeness of the laity in a synodal Church (César Kuzma)
  7. Women’s Leadership (Johanna Rahner)

Experiences:

  • The contribution of religious life. Baptism, charism and institution (Maria Cimperman RSCJ)
  • Management of Power and authority in religious life (Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ)

MODULE 3: STRUCTURES FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH

Conferences:

  • Synodal conversion and reform of structures (Carlos Schickendantz)
  • Changes in Canon Law for a Synodal Church (Myriam Wijlens)

Deepening:

  1. Pastoral councils: renewal in a synodal key (José de San José Prisco)
  2. Parish, community of communities (Carolina Bacher)
  3. Reform of the training courses or ordained ministers (Riccardo Battocchio)
  4. Co-governance and Leadership in Synodal Structures (Mons. Raúl Biord)
  5. A New Institutional Model for the Synod of Bishops (Sandra Arenas)
  6. Ecclesiastical Assemblies and Conferences (Agenor Brighenti)

Introductory videos