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CSE Center for Ministry and Spirituality Hosts Annual Summer Institute, July 9 to 20, 2012

CSE Center for Ministry and Spirituality Hosts  Annual Summer Institute, July 9 to 20, 2012

The Center for Ministry and Spirituality at the College of Saint Elizabeth hosts its annual Summer Institute from July 9 to 20, 2012. The Institute brings together distinguished speakers and presenters for two weeks of morning (from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and/or evening courses (from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.), which may be taken for credit or non-credit.

The two-week event also features several retreat opportunities. A Twilight Retreat, entitled The Gift & Challenge of Aging, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 2012, from 3 to 8 p.m. The Saturday Retreat, Forgiveness and Unfinished Business … Healing and Growth for the Journey of Life! takes place on July 14, 2012; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The morning or evening retreat opportunity, Awakening the Brain: The Neuropsychology of Grace, has two time slots, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

Checks should be made payable to College of Saint Elizabeth. Registration forms and payments should be mailed to the College of Saint Elizabeth, Center for Ministry and Spirituality, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J. 07960-6989. For more information about the Institute or to register, call the Center for Ministry and Spirituality at 973-290-4302 or visit www.cse.edu/summerinstitute.

Summer Institute Brings Together Leading Theologians and Scholars

During Week One, July 9 to 12, two distinguished speakers will lead workshops, and attendees have a choice of two sessions, either 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Thomas Zanzig, author, and consultant in adult faith formation and spirituality has been involved with professional ministry for more than 40 years. He has developed religious curriculum materials currently used in the U.S. and Canada, where he has also been a popular workshop and convention presenter. He will lead Spiritual Transformation: The Heart of Adult Faith Formation.

Rev. Richard Fragomeni, whose course is entitled Spirituality through the Ages: Ancient Mystics and Modern Sages, is a professor of liturgy and homiletics and chair of the department of word and worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is a priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York. His current focus is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace.

During Week Two, from July 16 to 19, 2012, either 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak, a Lutheran pastor with a doctorate in psychology and religion, presents her course Living an Authentic Spiritual Life: Lessons from the End of Life that Inform, Change, and Give Us Hope. She is 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 is also the author of several books and articles, of which her most recent book is Because You’ve Never Died Before: Spiritual Issues at the End of Life.

The Twilight Retreat, The Gift & Challenge of Aging, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, from 3 to 8 p.m., is conducted by Brother Romeo Bonsaint, a member of the New England Province of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, and by Brother John Hamilton, a Xaverian brother. Brother Romeo is co-director of Resources in Spiritual Formation in Danvers, Mass. He holds a master's and doctoral degree in Formative Spirituality from Duquesne University. Brother John is co-director of Resources in Spiritual Formation for the Xaverian Brothers. He holds masters' degrees in Literature from Wesleyan University and Formative Spirituality from Duquesne University. 

Brother Loughlan Sofield, author and senior editor of Human Development magazine, will present the Saturday Retreat, Forgiveness and Unfinished Business … Healing and Growth for the Journey of Life!, on July 14, 2012; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. He is the author of several books and has served on the faculty of several national and international colleges and universities. He is a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity.  He has served as director of the Missionary Servant Center for Collaborative Ministry; director of the Washington Archdiocesan Consultation and Counseling Center; and assistant director of the Center for Religion and Psychiatry, Washington, D.C.  Brother Loughlan has worked in almost 300 dioceses in six continents.

Dr. Charlotte Tomaino, a clinical neuropsychologist, leads the Morning and Evening Retreat, Awakening the Brain: The Neuropsychology of Grace, which has two time slots, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. She is dedicated to helping patients develop practical solutions for the traumatic loss of brain function. Her 30 years experience treating patients has inspired her to focus on the effects of thought and spirituality on the brain. She is also a full-time clinician in private practice in White Plains, N.Y.

Instituto De Verano

Along with the Summer Institute workshops, there will also be a retreat and a workshop conducted in Spanish. Rev. Luigi Zanotto leads the retreat entitled La historia del Pueblo de Israel como punto de partida para leer e interpretar la Biblia, which takes place Saturday, July 14, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The retreat is the starting point for reading and interpreting the Bible, which will be studied in depth in the workshop that follows. Rev. Zanotto will lead Catolico! Conoce La Biblia!: Ven Y Aprende A Interpretarla; scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m., July 16 to 19. For more information on these workshops, contact Maricela Quintana, at: 973-290-4346 or visit www.cse.edu/summerinstitute.