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  • 51st Faculties’ Convocation – Formation and Leadership

    October 2, 2023
    04:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    RSVP for the Event  (Registration closes Sunday, Oct. 1)

    Theological formation includes the cultivation of healthy personalities and a disposition to serve others.   Leadership in the pulpit, at the table, and in community work involves multiple dimensions:  strong theological foundations, the ability to work alongside others, emotional maturity, and a heart of self-giving without self-exhaustion. Whether in the classroom, at the common table, or in the field, theological faculties face the question, “how does holistic human formation cultivate effective leadership?” 

    A faculty panel from multiple disciplines (historical theology, philosophy, religious education, and practical theology) will address multiple aspects of formation for leadership, including:

    • The formation and exercise of theological virtues–Aquinas and others
    • The art of accompaniment as clergy and laity work together
    • The formation and exercise of emotional intelligence
    • Leadership as a form of self-sacrifice that is life-giving

    This 51st Annual Faculties’ Convocation will take place Monday, October 2, 2023 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Pryzbyla Center at Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20064. (A virtual option is available for campuses in PA and Richmond.)

    Join us for an evening of faculty panel presentations, discussion and dinner. A special emphasis will be placed on revitalizing faculty area groups after recent years of virtual Convocations.   

    Our panelists include:
    Dr. John Lee (top image), Academic Dean, John Leland Center (Moderator). He holds degrees from Wheaton, Gordon Conwell, Yale Divinity School, and Claremont Graduate University. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, serves as pastor of Rock Presbyterian Church, and is on the Board of the Reformed Institute. Dr. Lee teaches courses in Spiritual Formation, Ethics, Philosophy, and Mission.

    – Dr. Guy Erwin (second), President, Historical Theology, United Lutheran Seminary. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale; studied at the University of Leipzig, and taught at Yale Divinity School. He served in Southern California as the ELCA’s first gay, partnered bishop. Born into the Osage Nation, Dr. Erwin lives between cultures and worlds and embodies a ministry of reconciliation.

    – Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P. (third), Patristics, PFIC at the Dominican House of Studies. He holds degrees from St. Andrews (Scotland), PFIC, and Notre Dame. Fr. Hofer has served as a missionary, formator at PFIC, and as editor of the Thomist journal. He has published widely in patristics, Augustine, Aquinas, and pastoral theology.

    – Dr. Andrey Shirin (fourth), Director of Transformational Leadership, John Leland Center. He studied at Palmer Theological Seminary and Princeton Seminary. He teaches Leadership in ministry, theology, and religion and science. Dr. Shirin is author of multiple articles in theology, leadership, Russian-Ukrainian conflict and other subjects.

    – Dr. Susan Timoney (fifth), Associate Dean, Ministerial Degrees and Practical Theology, Catholic University of America. She received her doctorate at the Angelicum. She has served the Archdiocese of Washington as Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns. She teaches courses in theology, pastoral leadership, and mission.

    – Dr. Nathaniel West (sixth), Christian Education, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. He studied at Virginia Union, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches courses in Christian, Formation and Leadership

    For more info. contact the WTC Office at [email protected] or call 202-832-2675.

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    NEW Parking information:  in lot next the Pryzbala Center–enter via McCormack Rd.

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    The Pryzbyla Center at
    The Catholic University of America
    620 Michigan Ave. NE
    Washington, DC 20064
    with virtual option for those at campuses in PA and Richmond