Clergy On-going Formation Study Days
Year of the Word
Year of the Eucharist
VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING
STUDY DAY 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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As we continue bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through his Church, we invite the Clergy of Portsmouth Diocese to come together and reflect on topics which will be helpful for both personal and parish renewal. Each Online Study Day is comprised of four 50 – minute sessions.
LECTIO DIVINA, MEDITATION & CONTEMPLATION
Wednesday 17 March 2021
“Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation,” (Guigo the Carthusian). In this Study Day we consider the practice of Lectio Divina and how this form of sacred reading can help us to advance our life of prayer and lead us to the heights of contemplation.
MODELS FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Wednesday 5 May 2021
All of the baptised faithful are called to the fullness of Christian perfection and to an intimate union with God. This Study Day examines the path by which every soul can advance in the spirtual life and clears up various common misconceptions. Particular attention is given to the soul’s journey in the life of prayer, distinuishing between what is normative in the spiritual life from what is extraordinary.
DEI VERBUM 11 & THE YEAR OF THE WORD – THE GOD WHO SPEAKS
Wednesday 3 November 2021
The Second Vatican Council teaches that Scripture is the soul of sacred theology. In this Study Day, we consider the rich text of Dei Verbum 11 with a hermeneutic of continuity in relation to previous Magisterial teaching on the essence of Sacred Scripture and its Divine Inspiration. We consider the consequences which follow upon a robust theology of inspiration, based on the principles derived from these Magisterial texts.
THE VIRTUOUS LIFE & EVANGELISATION
Wednesday 16 February 2022
Virtuous acting cannot be realised on a purely human level; the Holy Spirit must intervene at the very depth of the human heart to enlighten it and to move it in the direction of the true good. In this Study Day we examine the deifying presence of God in human acts and how the practice of the virtues leads one to a life of true freedom. We consider each of the virtues as well as the important link between the virtues and Evangelisation.
LAUDA SION – REFLECTING ON THE CORPUS CHRISTI SEQUENCE
Wednesday 18 May 2022
In this Study Day, we consider the Sequence for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. We reflect on the richness of the Eucharistic theology contained in thed Lauda Sion, composed by St Thomas Aquinas in 1264 for liturgical use on this great feast. In this special year dedicated to meditating on the real presence of the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist – the source and summit of the Christian life – we consider how this liturgical gem may be helpful for catechesis and evangelisation.
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