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Religious Life Encountering Synodality

January 12, 2022 @ 7:00 PM CT - January 12, 2022 @ 8:30 PM CT

Rafael Luciani, PhD

Professor Luciani is an Expert of the Theological Commission of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and faculty at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas.

He serves as Expert of CELAM (Latin American Episcopal Council) and Member of the Theological Advisory Team of the Presidency of CLAR (Latin American Confederation of Religious).

Maria Cimperman

Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ

Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ is author of Religious Life for Our World: Creating Communities of Hope, which was awarded First Place in the Future Church category of the Catholic Media Association. The book now has an Africa edition and is to be published in a Spanish edition in 2022. An engaging speaker, Sr. Maria presents nationally and internationally. She is currently working on a book on Reconciliation and Peacebuilding as a call to consecrated life.

Pope Francis is asking every person to look deeply at how the people of God are experiencing ourselves as church and to ask what the Spirit is calling us to as church into the future. The call to members of consecrated life to participate in this process was specifically mentioned in the Synod 2023 Preparatory document. Additionally, each congregation has received an invitation from the USG (Union of Superiors General) and UISG (International Union of Superiors General) to participate and offer their perspectives.


What is the call of consecrated life in this process of synodality?

What are we invited to offer and what are we invited to receive?


These topics and more will be engaged in a discussion with Professor Rafael Luciani and Sr Maria Cimperman. Professor Luciani, Theology faculty at Boston College, is a member of the Theological Commission for the Synodality process. Sr. Maria, Theological Ethics faculty and Director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, has been named by the UISG and USG to a four-person commission which created a process for congregations and who will encounter the responses from religious congregations and offer a synthesis for the Synod on Synodality.


Thank you for attending our program.  The recording of the prorgam made available soon on the CSCL channel on Learn@CTU.




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