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Center for Ministry & Spirituality

Sr. Alice Swartz, Ph.D.
Annunciation Center 317

Phone: (973) 290-4370

Office Hours:
M-F: 9am-5pm

Summer Institute

Now an annual tradition at the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Summer Institute brings to campus leading theologians and educators from around the country for an in-depth series of academic courses, workshops and seminars that celebrate the spirituality and cultural diversity in the United States and around the world.

Hosted by the College's Center for Ministry and Spirituality, this two-week spiritual enrichment summit is designed for lay women and men, religious, and clergy who seek a relaxing environment for theological study and renewal. Participants can choose from a variety of courses for credit or for audit and personal enrichment.

As an inter-cultural community of faith and learning, we seek to bring the richness of the Roman Catholic tradition, teaching, and practice to our students, to the broader Church, and to the public through a variety of educational opportunities and resources, including:

For more information, contact the Center for Ministry and Spirituality at (973) 290-4491.

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Week 1: July 7-10

DAILY MASS – 8:45 a.m. in Annunciation Center

Credit Hours: 3 graduate credits, or with permission for BA/MA combined program, or audit

A comprehensive survey of both classic and contemporary Catholic scholarship in two of four critical areas of importance and influence:

Students will critically examine original texts of representative scholars in these fields and be guided to understanding of what is happening in the world of these texts.

You might consider this course for credit or audit if you are interested in the reality that human questions are religious questions. The more we understand our human questions – e.g. why are we here, what happens after death, how did this universe start, why do bad things happen to good people? – the more we understand the significance and value of our religious traditions. This course examines the way in which human questions and religious questions interact and intersect in offering us hope and bringing us joy. Special attention will be given to the Roman Catholic theological tradition and offer students insight into the way theology can enrich our lives and guide our journeys.

Taught by Summer Scholar in Residence Rev. Richard Fragomeni, priest of the Diocese of Albany and Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics and Chair of the Department of Word and Worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

From the youth to the elder, more and more people are using online calendars to plan their lives – what if you could "go online" in a different way: making yourself available to the wisdom of God as a starting point for your personal and professional planning? Sound impossible? People have been doing it for centuries to live to the fullest of joy, peace and service to the world.

In this retreat we'll discover the spiritual and Scriptural "roots of time" and a way of comprehending time that is actually "older than time itself". We will then explore the Scriptures and the life of Jesus for insights into how to enter into a process of effectiveness that appears more like prayerful ritual than work.

Using practices inspired from holy listening along with some good visioning and planning, we can open ourselves to God's power and guidance as the source to plan our days, our goals and our lives. This wisdom will benefit people of all ages and situations: whether you are planning for college, career, family or the second half of life, you'll find spiritual wisdom here that you can use now.

Roger Pisani serves as full-time Director of Music and Liturgy at the Catholic Community of St. Peter in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. He has 30 years of experience in ministry, including parish, diocesan and campus ministry. Roger is the co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Liturgical Formation, through which he has presented numerous workshops and retreats in the areas of liturgy, music, RCIA, catechesis and spirituality. Roger also teaches at the College of Saint Elizabeth. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from Felician College and a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Studies from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.


Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, SC got it! In her own way, in her own day, she got it: what it entails to be holy as God is holy!

Join us on Saturday July 12, 2014 as the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth prepare to celebrate the Beatification of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich on October 4, 2014. Learn from her own writings the secret of her holiness. Be inspired by the artistry of her life. Engage her insights to weave the beauty of your life as a member of the great communion of saints.

Week 2: July 14-17 – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – For Spanish-speaking Community


Popular Piety

"Popular religiosity, or popular piety (EN: 48), we mean the whole complex of underlying beliefs rooted in God, the basic attitudes that flow from these beliefs, and the expressions that manifest them. It is the form of cultural life that religion takes on among a given people. In its most characteristic form ... is an expression of Catholic faith. It is a people's Catholicism" (PD 444).

Nicanor Sarmiento Tupayupanqui, OMI, is a Quechua from Peru. He holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Missiology and Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. His research focuses on the dialogue of faith and cultures called inculturation or contextualization. He is the author of Caminos de la Teología India (UCB, Editorial Guadalupe and Verbo Divino, 2000), and numerous articles in indigenous and Latino/Hispanic related issues, missiology, and contextual theologies. Currently, he is pastor at Canadian Martyrs Parish in Ottawa, Canada; an online instructor at Instituto Hispano of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Berkeley, California; and the Latin American Institute of Missiology of the Catholic University of Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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