The Religious Life Week, which started in 1998, is an annual event organized by the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia and held in its campus. A theme is chosen each year and speakers are invited to give a talk related to the theme.
This year’s theme is MISSIO SPIRITUS: SPIRITUALITY, CHARISM AND MISSION. Two of the Speakers, namely, FR. ANTHONY GITTINS, C.S.SP. and SR. MARIA CIMPERMAN, RSCJ, are professors at the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, USA.
Fr. Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp., a Professor Emeritus at CTU, gave a Talk on “Do Catholics Still Believe in the Holy Spirit?”. The Outline of his presentation is as follows: 1) Introduction, 2) Faith and Facts, 3) Revelation and Religion, 4) Imagine the Holy Spirit: “Giver of Life”, “Spoke through the Prophets”, 5) Sent by the Holy Spirit, 6) By their Fruits You Shall Know Them, and 7) Conclusion. A short Curriculum Vitae and details of the Outline are found in the linked file.
Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, an Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at CTU, presented a Talk on “Deepening and Widening Our Charism(s) for the Sake of the World”. She gave the following Outline: 1) Naming our Contexts, 2) Holy Spirit, 3) Charism: a gift of the Spirit à Charism and Charism(s) of consecrated life, 4) Spirit calling us deeply into our charism through encounters and lived vows, and 5) Charism(s) Widening for the Sake of the World. A short CV and the full Outline are in the linked file.
The third Speaker was supposed to be FR. ANTONIO M. PERNIA, SVD, but before the scheduled Religious Life Week, he had to fly to the US to be with his dying brother. He prepared and submitted his Talk on “Mission: Sharing the Gift of the Spirit”, which was presented with well selected visuals and texts by FR. SAMUEL H. CANILANG, CMF, the Director of ICLA. Fr. Pernia’s prepared outline consisted of the following: 1) Missio Spiritus: The Concept, 2) Missio Spiritus: The Theology (Amos Yong), 3) Missio Spiritus: Implications for the Practice of Mission Today, and 4) Conclusion. Fr. Pernia’s prepared Talk and his short CV are in the linked file.
On January 15, 2018 the Religious Life Week(s) opened with a 4-day Short Course on “Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Pope Francis” taught by Fr. Anrthony Gittins, C.S.Sp. This was followed by the 3-day Conference on Jan. 19-21. Two more Short Courses started on Jan. 22, namely, “Religious Life for the 21st Century: Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale” scheduled on Jan. 22-26, 8:30-11:30 AM, with Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ as Professor and “Building Bridges, Creating Meeting Points of Encounter” on Jan. 22-26, 1:30-4:30 PM then Jan. 27-28, 8:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-4:30 PM, with Diana de Vallescar Palanca, PhD, Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education at Universidade Portucalense, Portugal.