All posts tagged: Summer Institute

Symposia Recap: Summer at the MICL

South Bend is not widely known for its beautiful weather. But summer in South Bend blesses the hardy natives, who patiently bear the brunt of the harsh winters, with a welcome respite, and impresses visitors with stunning skies straight out of a Thomas Cole painting. Pioneers who arrived in the summer, I imagine, were willing to slog through the permaclouded winter simply with the hope of seeing these oil-painted vistas come spring. Notre Dame’s campus hums awake with the sun each morning, as the gym fills up with professors on a swim, the lake-side trails are lousy with high school athletes on morning runs. Above the morning activity, the morning sky shines radiant blue, not a cloud—permanent or transitory—in sight, the sun radiating a cheery sparkle through the clean morning air. On Notre Dame’s campus, the beautiful summer weather provides a backdrop to one of the busiest times of the year. Over 20,000 guests—high school students, ministers, academics, and teachers—and undergraduate students reside in Notre Dame’s dorms throughout the summer sessions. Keeping pace with the …

Liturgy and the New Evangelization: It Begins

The Center for Liturgy will be hosting our annual Symposium on Liturgy and the New Evangelization starting tonight at 7:00 PM in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. There are over 200 pastoral ministers, theologians, and publishers from around the country. You can follow along with the events on Twitter at #NDLiturgy16. Those interested in asking questions of the presenters via Twitter can follow us @timothypomalley. And send questions during any of the sessions to this Twitter account. In addition, we’ll have a post at the beginning of everyday letting those who can’t attend participate in some small way. Up first tonight, Dr. Christian Smith and the results of his study on parenting and faith formation.  

Interview with Michael McCallion for 2016 Symposium

The following is an interview conducted with Dr. Michael McCallion of Sacred Heart Major Seminary on evangelization and liturgy from a sociological perspective. Dr. McCallion will speak at the Center for Liturgy’s 2016 Symposium on Liturgy and the New Evangelization at the University of Notre Dame from June 20-23, 2016. TO: What are the marks of a parish influenced by the new evangelization? MM: A solid parish staff infrastructure – including a full time youth and young adult minister. For the most part, if there is not a parish staff to implement whatever the pastor, parish council, parish commissions, etc., come up with in terms of implementing the new evangelization, then you are putting the cart before the horse (in my humble opinion). Another mark, then, would be the flourishing of special purpose groups (as sociologists call), that is, people gathering in small groups of all kinds (devotional, liturgical, Christian service, youth, sports, book clubs, educational, scriptural, etc., etc.,). TO: What role does liturgical prayer play in the evangelization of a parish? MM: Liturgy plays a major role, sociologically …

Interview with James Pauley for 2016 Liturgy Symposium

The following is an interview conducted with Dr. James Pauley of Franciscan University on liturgical catechesis. Dr. Pauley will speak at the Center for Liturgy’s 2016 Symposium on Liturgy and the New Evangelization at the University of Notre Dame from June 20-23, 2016. T.O.: What do you see as the social and cultural obstacles to carrying out liturgical catechesis in the present age? J.P.: In her recent books, MIT professor Sherry Turkle questions the impact of too much personal investment in modern communication media (texting, social media, etc.) upon our capacity for cultivating substantial and genuine friendships. Contending that the more we expect from technology the less we expect from each other, she highlights the need for solitude and time away from devices, so that we can sufficiently gather ourselves to reach out and form real connections with others.  At the risk of alienating myself from the Millennials I teach, I inquire with them not only about these effects on interpersonal relationships, but also whether our capacities for contact with God are likewise weakened. I …