The Religious Life Week, which started in 1994, is an annual event organized by the (ICLA) 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. Luc Mees, MDJ - Missiology Professor in ICLA - introduced Fr. Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp. Dr. Tessa Rosana - Chairperson of the Biblical Ministry in ICLA - moderated the Open Forum and Ms. Lettie Taberdo - CARES Team Member of ICLA - served as the Emcee.
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.
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. Anthony 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.