Evangelization & Formation: September 2012 Archives
The beginning of the critically important meeting of church leaders, clergy and lay alike, on the New Evangelization, is fast approaching on October 7. Cardinal Wuerl and Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz offer a 3 minute insight into their work. CNS did a video clip on what they said.
By now you ought to see a significant theme in the work of Communio, both on this blog and as a way of being in the Church: it is as Dom Luigi Gioia, OSB Oliv., has said about this theological point, "To describe the whole Church, as well as each Christian community, as a communio before speaking of 'body,' or 'society,' or 'institution,' -terms which have of course their share of truth- is knowingly to make charity the essential element of a Christian community, the condition sine qua non of its existence, its raison d'être." Charity has as its essential element of extroversion the living and sharing of the truth of the faith received by us from the Trinitarian life of God. Faith is a lens by which we live, it is not a pious statement of what we supposedly believe about God. The sharing of faith, this sharing of charity and faith in a communio, is the heart of evangelization.
Categories being what they are, are helpful in seeing the division of labor and thinking. This is no less is the true for the Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 7 to 28 October, discussing "The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith."
The leaders from the various ecclesial movements are worth noting because the vital presence they and the movements they represent have in the life of the Church:
- Br. Enzo Bianchi, prior of the Monastero of Bose (Italy)
- Maria Voce (Italy), president of the Focolari Movement
- Marco Impagliazzo (Italy), president of the Sant'Egidio Community
- Lydia Jimenez Gonzalez (Spain), director general of the "Cruzadas de Santa Maria" Secular Institute
- Francisco Jose Gomez Arguello Wirtz (Spain), co-founder of the Neo-Catechumenal Way
- Chiara Amirante, founder and president of the New Horizons Community (Italy)
- Florence De Leyritz, member of the Alpha France Association (France)
- Marc De Leyritz, president of the Alpha France Association (France)
- *Father Julián Carrón, the President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation might be counted here, too, but he actually is listed by the Holy See among the bishops.
The Holy See has appointed 45 persons as Experts and Observers for the forthcoming Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 7 to 28 October on the theme: "The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith." While they are not the full members of the Synod of Bishops (they're not bishops) these people do have an essential role in that they will contribute to the conversation and will help to frame the outcome. Noteworthy are the number of women invited: 10 experts and 19 observers.
There will be seven US bishops and ten other Americans at the Synod.
The is the list of non-bishops from the Americas which ought to be noted (more noted here):
- Sr. Sara Butler M.S.B.T., professor, St. Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein, and member of the International Theological Commission
- Sr. Paula Jean Miller F.S.E., professor, Department of Theology of the University of St. Thomas, Houston
- Sr. Mary Lou Wirtz F.C.J.M., president of the International Union of Superiors General
- Marylee J. Meehan, president of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants
- Fr. Jeremy Driscoll O.S.B., professor, Theological Faculty of Rome's St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, and professor, Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, OR
- Edward Peters, professor, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
- Ralph Martin, director of graduate theological programs in the new evangelization at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit
- Carl Albert Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus
- Curtis A. Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students - Focus Missionaries
- Peter Murphy, executive director of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, US Conference of Catholic Bishops.