Priesthood in Religious Life: Searching for New Ways Forward

Priesthood in Religious Life: Searching for New Ways Forward


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This is the first book in English on priesthood in religious life to be published in twenty years. Its fourteen contributors search for new ways forward in the understanding of the distinct identity and ministry of religious men—committed to community, the prophetic lifestyle of vows or promises, and the particular charisms of their congregations—who have also answered the call to priesthood. Essays in this collection include reflections from a bishop, from the perspective of a lay theologian, from an expert in the social sciences, and on Pope Francis’s teachings on priesthood. Included as well are essays that are rooted in particular cultural traditions, in spirituality, and in canon law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814684542
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 712,456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen Bevans is a member of the missionary congregation of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and professor of mission and culture, emeritus, at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. He publishes, teaches, and lectures regularly, both nationally and internationally, about priesthood, religious life, and priesthood in religious life. Author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of seventeen books, he is a member of the World Council of Churches' Commission on World Mission and Evangelism.


Robin Ryanis a Passionist priest who serves as associate professor of systematic theology at Catholic Theological Union. He teaches and writes in the areas of ecclesiology, Christology, and the theology of suffering. He is the author of God and the Mystery of Human Suffering: A Theological Conversation Across the Ages (Paulist Press, 2011) and Jesus and Salvation: Soundings in the Christian Tradition and Contemporary Theology (Liturgical Press, 2015). He also edited and contributed to the book Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2010).

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Maria Cimperman, RSCJ
Introduction: A Priesthood Shaped by Religious Life ix
Stephen Bevans, SVD, and Robin Ryan, CP
1 A Bishop’s Perspective on Priesthood in Religious Life 1
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSsR
2 Religious Priesthood: Formation in the Present, Formation for the Future 17
Katarina Schuth, OSF
3 A Program of Priestly Formation for Religious Communities 57
Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM
4 A Charism Complete: Religious Brothers and Clerics Together for Christ’s Mission 65
John Pavlik, OFM Cap
5 A Theologian’s Perspective on Priesthood in Religious Life 77
Edward P. Hahnenberg, PhD
6 In Solidum: An Option for Religious? 91
David Szatkowski, SCJ
7 Becoming a Cross-Cultural Person 105
Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp
8 Perspectives from Pope Francis on Priesthood in Religious Life 117
Robin Ryan, CP
9 An African American Perspective of Priesthood in Religious Life 137
Maurice J. Nutt, CSsR
10 Prophetic Priesthood: Latinx Narratives 151
Eddie De León, CMF
11 A Bamboo Priest: An Asian-American Way of Religious Priesthood 161
vănThanh Nguyn, SVD
12 The Spirituality of Priesthood in Religious Life 175
Daniel P. Horan, OFM
13 Ordained Religious in North America: Insights from the Canadian Experience 191
Timothy Scott, CSB
Contributors 205
Index 207

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