The Religious Life Week(s) took off on January 15, 2018 with the first of three short courses or seminars and with Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSp as the Resource Person for the topic: "Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Pope Francis."
Born in Manchester (England) and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1967. He subsequently earned M.A.s in both Linguistics and Social Anthropology, and later a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
In his teaching, Fr. Gittins touches the interface between the social sciences and theological disciplines. He has taught, lectured, offered workshops or given retreats in more than thirty countries from Africa to the Pacific.
Fr. Gittins has also wriiten books on theological and anthropological topics, as well as on mission and spirituality.
The Religious Life Week has two parts, namely: the 3-day Conference and the Short Courses. For this year, the three courses are on "Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Pope Francis" (Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSp), "Religious Life for the 21st Century: Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale" (Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ) and "Building Bridges, Creating Meeting Points of Encounter" (Diana de Vallescar, Ph.D).