Diarmuid O’Murchu begins four-day Institute in Concordia

July 2, 2015 by

web-DSC_4713Prolific author and social psychologist Diarmuid O’Murchu brought his view of religious life in the 21st century — and a delightful Irish brogue — to the Nazareth Motherhouse Thursday evening, to begin an annual seminar that continues through Sunday.

Father O’Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order and a graduate of Dublin’s Trinity College, has devoted most of his working life to social ministry, predominantly in London. He has done couple’s counseling, AIDS-HIV counseling and bereavement work, and more recently has worked with homeless people and refugees. He now lives in Dublin.

“His feet are in the street,” said Sister Marcia Allen in her introduction of Father O’Murchu Thursday evening.

Father Diarmuid O'Murchu at the Nazareth Motherhouse this evening.

Father Diarmuid O’Murchu at the Nazareth Motherhouse this evening.

But his mind is also on the Catholic Church, faith, religious life and what all of those mean today. Some of his best-known books include “Quantum Theology,” “Christianity’s Dangerous Memory,” “God in the Mist of Change” and “On Being a Postcolonial Christian.” He has led workshops and lectured worldwide, taking part in programs in the U.S. and Canada, across Europe and in Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, Peru and several African nations.

His topic for the 20th annual Theological Institute, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and organized by Manna House of Prayer, is “Religious Life: Evolving through the 21st century.”

More than 125 women religious, priests, retired priests and laypeople packed the Motherhouse auditorium for this evening’s opening session.

A theme throughout this seminar will be the word “evolving.”

Evolution, as he will use it, “denotes three things,” he said: Growth, change and development.

Daylong sessions Friday and Saturday and a morning session Sunday will cover topics such as “Revisiting the Kingdom of God” and “Re-visioning the Vows.”

The Sisters of St. Joseph began the Theological Institute, held each summer in Concordia, as a way of continuing their commitment to high quality education. Institute over the years have featured a wide range of well known theologians, historians and social justice advocates.



2 Responses to “Diarmuid O’Murchu begins four-day Institute in Concordia”

  1. Dottie Moss on July 4th, 2015 12:01 am

    Fondly remembering working with Bette on the Theological Institutes. So glad to see you all there gathered continuing these wonderful days of being stimulated, inspired and engaging in the work of furthering and deepening the heart of theology and church, the heart of the mission of Jesus in the here and now of life.

  2. anne on July 2nd, 2015 9:52 pm

    How forward looking you all are! Sounds wonderful, challenging, stimulating, thought provoking, contemplative, REAL, solid–a formula for an evolutionary life… As you all are.
    Many prayers–keep us in your prayers

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