Theological Conference: The Mission to Save and Heal
Saint Joseph’s Theological Institute will hold its sixth academic conference from April 25-27 at its Cedara campus near Pietermaritzburg.
This year’s theme is “The Mission to Save and Heal”, drawing from Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).
The pope wrote: “Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others…
“The Church is herself a missionary disciple; she needs to grow in her interpretation of the revealed word and understanding of truth. It is the task of exegetes and theologians to help ‘the judgment of the Church to mature’.”
The research group of St Joseph’s is working on papers for the conference dealing with social media addiction, healing 25 years after the Rwanda genocide, emotional healing for the clergy and religious, and idealising ethics of beauty, among others.
The institute is inviting authors, academics and others to submit abstracts of papers they would like to present at the conference by April 6.
St Joseph’s has secured two important partners for the conference: the Napier Centre for Healing, led by Fr Stephen Tully, and the Denis Hurley Centre, led by Raymond Perrier. Both will address the conference explaining their missionary activities.
The Napier Centre is a new project beginning this year. It will be an after-care facility for post-rehab addiction residents. The final phase of the programme will include training for employment, to give recovering addicts ownership of their lives, and purpose and hope for the future.
The Denis Hurley Centre serves the poorest people of Durban through its clinic, feeding scheme, vocational training, educational and community support, and pastoral outreach.