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Sisters of St. Joseph’s Theological Institute ~ Becoming a Church Alive

On Synod and Synodality

The Theological Institute is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas. It is an adult learning experience aimed at deepening our roots in the Christian tradition and exploring its implications for living the Gospel in the contemporary world. Description: The purpose of this Theological Institute is to examine how synods and synodality are essential to the life of the Church, to the work of the Holy Spirit, and to spreading the Good News that Christ commissioned. Based on Pope John XXIII’s remarks at the opening of Vatican Council II regarding the signs of the times, Pope Francis has deepened and operationalized the reading of the signs of the times in his assessments of the Church in the world today. He asks us in light of the Council’s call to the People of God, what are the reasons why there has been little change in the Church order until now? Where is the vitality and effectiveness of the People of God today? He reminds us—according to the texts of the Second Vatican Council—the People of God are not simply to be understood as a passive “receiving” subject, but as an active, responsible subject of evangelization. Their involvement as active subjects in the fundamental decision-making processes of the Church requires a practical, dynamic process that the Council envisioned 60 years ago as the synod. Synods facilitate and activate a dynamic of communion—involving the whole people of God—a communion that should be reflected in all of the Church’s decisions.

Presenter: Sister Catherine Michaud, PhD

Catherine Michaud, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, KS, is a systematic theologian whose doctoral specialties are ecclesiology and the theology of the Holy Spirit. She received the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from Regis College (Toronto) in 1993 followed by her PhD in Systematic Theology from the Toronto School of Theology of the University of Toronto. Her dissertation is entitled Pneumatology in Vatican Council II: Forward Steps and Open Questions.

She has been a professor of theology and Christian spirituality for over 35 years; for seven of those years she was the director of the M.A. Program in Theology at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Having trained with the Jesuits in spiritual direction and retreat work, she served briefly in the 70s as director of her religious congregation’s retreat center in Kansas. She is now engaged in research, writing, spiritual direction, retreat work, and giving public lectures in her areas of specialty, Vatican Council II and the Holy Spirit.

Topics of Discussion Friday, July 19 Opening Session Synods – A Call to Life: Pope Francis Calls the Church to Life through the Synods of Vatican Council II. Saturday, July 20 Morning Session A Season of Mistrust: What Are the Ways the Trust and Participation of God’s People Have Been Injured? Afternoon Session Becoming a Risen People: Practicing Synodality

Part I—In your experience of Church what has most damaged the willingness of God’s People to believe, trust, and participate? Part II—What is your communal proposal for reforming and beginning the healing of Church Sunday, July 21 Concluding Session Life in the Spirit of God: Synodality Is the Mode for Listening to the Holy Spirit and Actuating the Whole Church to Life in the Spirit.


Register Here for Zoom or In-Person Attendance

Location: Nazareth Motherhouse, 13th and Washington, Concordia, Kansas. Begins: Friday, July 19th at 5:00 p.m. with the evening meal. Concludes: Sunday, July 21st with lunch.