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CSE Center for Ministry and Spirituality Hosts Annual Summer Institute, July 8 to 20, 2013

CSE Center for Ministry and Spirituality Hosts Annual Summer Institute, July 8 to 20, 2013

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2013) – The Center for Ministry and Spirituality at the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J., hosts its annual Summer Institute from July 8 to 20, 2013.  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 Spirituality of Aging, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. A midday Sabbath retreat entitled, The Soul of the Caregiver, will be held for all direct healthcare workers, support personnel and leaders on July 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. The Saturday retreat, Your Next Big Thing, Facing your Next Step with Passion & Purpose, takes place on July 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another twilight retreat, Who Do You Want To Be?, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 from 3 to 8 p.m.. The Saturday July 20 retreat, From Student to Sainthood: The Spiritual Journey of Sister Miriam Teresa, SC, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by Mass in Holy Family Chapel.

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

Summer Institute Brings Together Leading Theologians and Scholars

During Week One, July 8 to 11, the distinguished Jesuit and clinical psychologist John J. Cecero will offer a four-day morning course Flourishing in Christ: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach.

Cecero is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University. His primary teaching and research interests are in personality assessment and the role of spirituality in mental health. Father Cecero published "Praying through Lifetraps: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Freedom through Resurrection Press.

During Week Two, from July 15 to 19, two courses will be offered: Theology and the Arts by visiting scholar Rev. Richard Fragomeni from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Jesus' Table Manners for Breaking Bread and Building Community – How the Eucharist Calls Us to Live, by Dr. Patrick McCormick from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Rev. Fragomeni is a priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York. He is associate professor of liturgy and homiletics and chair of the Department of Word and Worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of many books and also serves as spiritual director at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American spiritual center in Chicago's Little Italy.

Dr. McCormick is a moral theologian and professor of Christian ethics at Gonzaga University and a popular speaker on Catholic social teaching. He is the author of several books on Christian ethics, including A Banqueter's Guide to the All Night Soup Kitchen of the Kingdom of God and God's Beauty: A Call to Justice. He writes a monthly column on Christianity and culture for U.S. Catholic.

The twilight retreat, The Spirituality of Aging, on Wednesday, July 10 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., is led by Marguerite Stapleton. She will also be the midday Sabbath retreat leader on Thursday, July 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Stapleton is former vice president for mission effectiveness at St. Mary's Health Care System in Lewiston, Maine. She holds a master's from The University of Illinois and has additional graduate study in theology and ministry at both Boston College and Villanova University. She currently is the founder and director for Wisdom Works, a consulting service providing spirituality resources for individuals, groups, and organizations.

Brother Loughlan Sofield, author and senior editor of Human Development magazine, will present the twilight retreat, Who Do You Want to Be? on July 16 from 3 p.m. to 8 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 on six continents.

The Saturday retreat on July 13 will be presented by Dr. Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy. This retreat will take participants on a personal journey from running in place to moving with purpose.

Dr. Michaelis is a clinical psychologist with an expertise in blending play and creativity with mental health. He is currently visiting scholar at Columbia University. His writing about creativity and well-being has been featured on The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Dr. Michaelis has been a guest expert on various radio and nationally syndicated television programs.

The Saturday Retreat on July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. entitled, From Student to Sainthood: The Spiritual Journey of Sister Miriam Teresa, will be led by Rev. Fragomeni.

Sister Miriam Teresa was a College of Saint Elizabeth graduate and a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth who was recently made Venerable in the Cause for Beatification/Canonization, which means she is only two steps away from being declared a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The day will include the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist, with veneration of Sister Miriam Teresa's relics and a visit to her crypt in Holy Family Chapel at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Instituto De Verano

Along with the Summer Institute workshops, there will also be a workshop conducted in Spanish. Sister Verónica Méndez, RCD will lead a workshop Espiritualidad Ignaciana, el Examen, el Eneagrama: Pozos de Fortaleza para el Ministerio Hispano from 6:30 to 9:30  p.m., July 8 through 11.

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