The Mission to Save and Heal
SJTI Conference 2019
Stuart C Bate OMI
St Joseph’s Theological Institute will hold its sixth academic conference from 25-27 April 2019 at our Cedara Campus. This year we have chosen to examine the theme The Mission to Save and Heal. Pope Francis teaches us on these matters in this excerpt from Evangelii Gaudium:
39 Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.
40 The Church is herself a missionary disciple; she needs to grow in her interpretation of the revealed word and in her understanding of truth. It is the task of exegetes and theologians to help “the judgment of the Church to mature”. The other sciences also help to accomplish this, each in its own way. With reference to the social sciences, for example, John Paul II said that the Church values their research, which helps her “to derive concrete indications helpful for her magisterial mission”. Within the Church countless issues are being studied and reflected upon with great freedom. Differing currents of thought in philosophy, theology and pastoral practice, if open to being reconciled by the Spirit in respect and love, can enable the Church to grow, since all of them help to express more clearly the immense riches of God’s word. For those who long for a monolithic body of doctrine guarded by all and leaving no room for nuance, this might appear as undesirable and leading to confusion. But in fact such variety serves to bring out and develop different facets of the inexhaustible riches of the Gospel.
SJTI Collaborative research group
The collaborative research group of St Joseph’s Theological Institute is working on a number of papers for the conference. These include:
- Unearthing the hidden charism of healing in the Catholic Church
- Healing Interfaith Relationships in Contemporary South Africa
- The Psychology of Healing: How resilience is enhanced in RSA: lessons from an international survey
- Emotional Healing for the Clergy and Religious
- The genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda 25 years later: Is healing possible?
- Spiritual healing: Between Christian service and malicious abuse. An appraisal of the ‘healing’ ministry in Pentecostal churches.
- Canonical Processes as an Instrument of Healing of the Sexual Abuse Crisis within the Church.
- The Early History of St Joseph’s Scholasticate: Forming ministers for the Church
- Idealising ethics of beauty: A theological Critique of Heather Widdows’ book, Perfect Me
- Media Education: A panacea for Healing from Social Media “Addiction” (in houses of formation)
- Wangari Maathai Responds to Laudato Si’: An Ecofeminist Dialogue with Pope Francis
Call for papers
We are also inviting authors, academics and others to submit abstracts of papers they would like to present at the conference. The deadline for these is April 6th 2019
St Josephs has secured two important partners for our conference. Both are currently active in the the mission to save and heal. These are the NAPIER CENTRE FOR HEALING led by Fr Stephen Tulley Chief Operating Officer and the DENIS HURLEY CENTRE led by Raymond Perrier Director. Each partner will prepare a number of articles for the conference explaining their missionary activity
Napier Centre for Healing (Fr Stephen Tully Chief Operating Officer)
The Centre is a new project beginning in 2019. It will be the main legacy project of His Eminence Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM. It also gives expression to Pope Francis’s call for practical actions to carry forward the message of the Year of Mercy.
The Napier Centre for Healing will be an after care facility for post-rehab addiction residents, offering a holistic approach to healing. The Centre will be open to all denominations and a strong effort will be made to help residents reconnect with their spiritual roots. The final phase of the programme will include training for employment of some kind, in order to give recovering addicts a sense of ownership of their own lives, together with purpose and hope for the future.
The Denis Hurley Centre (Raymond Perrier Director) has been active for a number of years. It aims to serve the needs of the poorest people of Durban. It offers services through its clinic, feeding scheme, vocational training, educational and community support, and pastoral outreach. In doing so it honours and co-operates with people of all faith traditions. It welcomes all: South Africans, migrants and refugees.
You can download the Registration Form here