4 January 2024

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Toward a constitutively Synodal Church.

Free Registration for the Third Intercontinental Massive Online Course (MOOC) is now open.

Visit and register at https://formaciononline.bc.edu

The MOOC will address the theme Toward a constitutively Synodal Church. All videos will be facilitated virtually in March 2024 and will be offered at no cost to participants worldwide. Lectures which are pre-recorded and available in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish and German can be watched at any time throughout the month of March.

The Programme (starting in March 2024)

Introductory Lectures

                Presentation: The Synod on Synodality 2021-2024 (Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ)

                1. My experience at the Synod. Was the Holy Spirit the protagonist of the Synod? (Timothy Radcliffe OP)

                2. The Synod on Synodality. A path towards a constitutively Synodal Church (Piero Coda)

                3. My experience at the Synod. Synodality in a Global Church (Arturo Sosa SJ)


Lecture:                 1. A prophetic decision making (Giacomo Costa SJ)

Deepening:           1. Listening in the process of community discernment (Hermann Rodríguez SJ)

                                2. The virtues to participate in community discernment (James Keenan SJ)

                                3. From listening to decision-making (Francesco Zaccaria)

                                4. Articulation of the contribution of bishops, theologians and canonists (Gilles Routhier)

                                5. Sensus fidei and consensus fidelium (Rafael Luciani)

                                6. Consultative and deliberative voting (Alphonse Borras)

                                7. Synodality, reconciliation and conflict management (Elías López SJ)

Experiences:         1. Community discernment practices. The experience of religious life

                                    (Nathalie Becquart XMCJ and Christina Kheng)

                                2. Unity in diversity. The experience of Taizé (Br. Alois Löser)


Lecture:                 1. An all charismatic and ministerial Church (Catherine Clifford)

                                2. How do ministries change? (Santiago Guijarro)

Deepening:           1. New baptismal ministries (Hosffman Ospino)

                                2. Ministries instituted in a local church (Serena Noceti)

                                3. The Diaconate of Men and Women (Phyllis Zagano)

                                4. Presiding over a parish community (Vito Mignozzi)

                                5. The election of bishops (Dario Vitali)

                                6. Participation and representativeness of the laity in a synodal Church (César Kuzma)

                                7. Women’s Leadership (Johanna Rahner)

Experiences:         1. The contribution of religious life. Baptism, charism and institution

                                    (Maria Cimperman RSCJ)

                                2. Management of Power and authority in religious life (Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ)


Lecture:                 1. Synodal conversion and reform of structures (Carlos Schickendantz).

                                2. Changes in Canon Law for a Synodal Church (Myriam Wijlens)

Deepening:           1. Pastoral councils: renewal in a synodal key (José de San José Prisco)

                                2. Parish, community of communities (Carolina Bacher)

                                3. Reform of the training courses or ordained ministers (Riccardo Battocchio)

                                4. Co-governance and Leadership in Synodal Structures (Bishop Raúl Biord)

                                5. A New Institutional Model for the Synod of Bishops (Sandra Arenas)

                                6. Ecclesiastical Assemblies and Conferences (Agenor Brighenti)

This initiative has been organized by the Latin American Members of the Theological Commission of the General Secretariat of the Synod andthe Ibero-American Theology Group with the co-sponsorship of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and the Latin American Confederation of Religious men and women (CLAR). This initiative has connected a collaborative global network with the aim of promoting synodality. The project has the support of the Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae (CCEE), the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), the International Union of women Superiors General (UISG),the Union of men Superiors General (USG),along with other peer’ ecclesial organizations and Catholic Universities. The program uses a digital platform created by the Department of “Formación Continua” of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Small communities, Parishes, Seminaries and Faculties of Theology, amongst other institutions, use our videos, which have been recorded by distinguished international Scholars. Our previous MOOC`s have benefited nearly 100,000 people from all continents, especially pastoral agents, religious women/men, laity, priests, Bishops and many others. Registration is required to access all the videos: https://formaciononline.bc.edu

Organizers: Dr. Rafael Luciani (Venezuela), Dr. Serena Noceti (Italy), Dr. Carlos María Galli (Argentina), Dr. Agenor Brighenti (Brazil) and Dr. Félix Palazzi (Venezuela. Director of Boston College “Formación Continua”).