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College of Saint Elizabeth Hosts Spirituality Convocation See, I Make All Things New! Saturday, April 21, 2012

College of Saint Elizabeth Hosts Spirituality Convocation See, I Make All Things New! Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of Saint Elizabeth, is hosting its Annual Spirituality Convocation: See, I Make All Things New! on Saturday, April 21, 2012, in the Annunciation Center on campus. The day brings together leading theologians and educators for a series of workshops on prayer, worship, ministry, and spirituality. The event features two keynote speakers (plus one for Spanish-speaking guests), 17 workshops, three additional workshops offered in Spanish. In addition, there will be music, liturgy, Mass, and more. Food and beverages are included in the registration fee.

Registration begins at 8 a. m. and the program starts at 9 a.m. The day concludes with Mass at 4:30 p.m. Attendees also have a choice of two out of 17 workshops, plus three in Spanish. Registration is $45 per person and will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the College of Saint Elizabeth and mailed to the Center at the above address. To register or for more information, visit or call 973-290-4302.

The Convocation Connects Leaders and Attendees for a Day of Spiritual Growth and Education

The morning keynote address will be given by Rev. John J. Cecero, S.J., entitled From Healing to Wholeness: Practicing a Spirituality of Flourishing. He is the rector of the Jesuit Community and director of the Center for Spirituality and Mental Health at Fordham University. In addition, he will also offer a morning workshop entitled Overcoming Lifetraps: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach. The Rev. Dr. Kathleen J. Rusnak, Ph.D., will present the afternoon keynote Living an Authentic Spiritual Life: Lessons Learned from the Dying. She is a Lutheran pastor and president and founder of The Brick Wall 2, Inc., a website that provides assistance in exploring the spiritual shift that occurs after a major crisis. She will also lead a workshop entitled Living an Authentic Spiritual Life: Lessons Learned from the Dying, the Conversation Continues.

            Other workshops include:

  • Divine Enchantment: Driven to New Horizons Beyond Sacred Boundaries, led by Dr. Paul
    Coutinho, S.J.,
    an internationally recognized Ignatian scholar and speaker.
  • I Create Something New: The Challenging Spirituality of the Rites and Their Music, led by Bob Hurd, who has served as a teacher, a composer, and a liturgist in pastoral and academic settings and is currently a faculty member in the Graduate Pastoral Ministries Program of Santa Clara University in California.
  • Ecological Spirituality in the 21st Century, led by Sister Diane Collesano, S.C., CSE faculty member and a doctoral candidate in systematic theology.
  • Rhythms of the Spiritual Life: Spirituality, Religion, and the Struggle for Integrity, Parts One and Two, led by Thomas Zanzig, who has been involved in professional ministry for more than 40 years and has developed some of the most popular and influential religion curriculum materials in the U.S. and Canada.
  • The Challenges of Diversity for Pastoral Leaders: Developing a Spirituality of Hope, Trust, and Patience in the Slow Work of Evangelization, led by Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J., a faculty member teaching pastoral theology and missiology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley, Calif. Fr. Fernández will also deliver the keynote, Pongámonos las Pilas! Que el Espíritui Santo Nos Impulsa, and the workshop, La Espiritualidad del Ministro Laico: o como Mantenerse Sano Trabajando en la Viña del Señor, for the Spanish speaking audience.
  • Creating Joy: Spiritual Insights from the World of the Circus, led by Catherine Martin, Ph.D., an author and professor theology at CSE.
  • Anger as an Aid to Discernment: An Ignatian Perspective, led by Daniel Joyce, S.J., assistant to the vice president of mission and identity at Saint Joseph’s University, affiliate faculty in theology and a senior fellow in the Center for Urban Catholic Education. He also serves as a senior fellow in The Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Unconscious God and Spiritual Autobiography, led by Thomas C. Barrett, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and an associate professor and program chair for psychology at CSE.
  • Forgiving Oneself and New Life in Christ, led by Darlene Fozard Weaver, Ph.D., an associate professor of theology and director of the Theology Institute at Villanova University.
  • Looking at Life Through a New Lens, led by Msgr. Thomas McDade, professor of education, coordinator of the doctoral program in educational leadership, and scholar in residence at CSE.
  • Meditation: Opening our Minds to God’s Presence, led by Pat Stein, a teacher of meditation at the Carol Simon Cancer Center in Morristown, N.J.
  • True Stories of Faith and Hope, led by Christa M. Tinari, the founder of Peace Praxis Educational Services and creator of The Peaceful Schools Institute.
  • Remember to Live!, led by Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP, director of the Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, D.C.
  • A Theology of Wholeness: Spirituality, Ministry and the Body, led by Marie Noel, CSE director of campus ministry.

In addition to Fr. Fernández’s keynote and workshop, there are two additional workshops given in Spanish. Liz Cañarte will lead Haciendolo Todo Nuevo con Musica. She holds a masters in music and is currently working toward her doctorate in music at New Jersey City University. She is involved with the music ministry at Most Holy Name Church in Garfield, N.J. Rev. Edinson Ramirez will lead Caminando con el Alfarero. He currently serves in Saint John the Baptist and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes in Jersey City, N.J.