Thriving in Religious Priesthood
The Thriving in Religious Priesthood program is a symposium that brings together scholars who research and teach the theology of ministerial priesthood to seminarians from religious congregations across the United States. This symposium will meet annually for four years to explore topics related to the education, formation, and future thriving in ministry for seminarians and priests in religious congregations.
This symposium series builds on the work that began with the “Priesthood in Religious Life: Searching for New Ways Forward” conference hosted by Catholic Theological Union in 2017. The research from that conference were published in the volume Priesthood in Religious Life: Searching for New Ways Forward, edited by Stephen Bevans, SVD, and Robin Ryan, CP (Liturgical Press, 2018).
This series will address the questions of identity named in the original CARA white paper completed for CTU, The Needs of Recently Ordained Priests and Professed Religious in Their First Ten Years of Ministry (2017) and integrate the learnings of the new research report, Supporting Training for Women and Men in Religious Life in the Ten Years Following their Final Profession (2019). The symposium will also incorporate the latest research on identity in religious priesthood from interdisciplinary perspectives (theology, history, spirituality, psychology, etc.). These meetings will be used to form a network of support of the participants’ research, to engage research related to well-being, and to consider models for integrating these themes into the curriculum and formation activities.
Symposium 1 — April 24-25, 2020 (tentative theme: “State of the Question”)
Symposium 2 — April 16-17, 2021 (theme TBA)
Symposium 3 — April 8-9, 2022 (theme TBA)
Symposium 4 — April 21-22, 2023 (theme TBA)