Summer Institute 2019

San Alfonso Clergy Institute for Priests and Deacons
July 7-12

Kathy Galleher, Ph.D.
"And I will give your rest"   Self Care and Renewal for Ministry
People in ministry are often so busy meeting the needs of those around them that they fail to care for themselves. This workshop is an opportunity to renew and deepen our self-care skills so that our ministry can be fruitful and life-giving to ourselves as well as others. We will discuss signs and sources of depletion in ministry and its impact on our physical and emotional health. Participants will be invited to examine the current challenges in self-care. And will be offered a series of practical tools for healthy stress management, deepening self care, healthy boundary setting, and increasing joy in everyday life.

Kathy Galleher, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with Catholic priests, religious and deacons.  She has doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University.  She was a staff psychologist at the St. Luke Institute for 8 years.  In 2006, she started “KMG Consultation”, which specializes in promoting healthy ministry by providing psychological education and support for those in ministry. She has presented to a number of national and international groups including the Institute for Religious Formation, Religious Formation Conference, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the National Religious Vocations Conference, Catholic Volunteer Network.  She has also worked with numerous men’s and women’s congregations.

Kenneth Himes, OFM, Ph.D.
Catholic Social Teaching in Contemporary American Life 
In these lectures and discussions we will examine what Catholic social teaching has to say to the political and economic challenges we face in the U.S.  Following upon Bishop Robert McElroy's (San Diego) call for a revitalized Catholic Political Imagination, the sessions will explore topics like economic inequality, political polarization, and civic virtues as we consider how Catholic social teaching can shape our perceptions of what is going on and what our social agenda might be.

Kenneth R. Himes, OFM, is professor of theological ethics and a former chairperson of the Theology Department at Boston College.  He is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscans.  Awarded the Ph.D. from Duke University in religion and public policy, Fr. Himes has a special interest in the areas of Catholic social teaching and the role of the church in American public life. He is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Fr. Himes was the founding associate editor of New Theology Review, and later served for five years as editor-in-chief of that journal.  Fr. Himes is the author of four books and editor of three others.  He has also written dozens of essays for a variety of periodicals including America, Commonweal, Concilium, Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and Theological Studies.

Cairan O'Callaghan, C.Ss.R., Ph.D.
Proclaiming Christ in a Confused and Uncertain World: St. Paul's Early Preaching
This series of lectures will focus primarily on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, which takes the Christian movement out of the orbit of Judaism into a radically new context. The lecture series will explore the religious, social and political influences that shaped Paul’s proclamation of Jesus as God’s Messiah. Keeping in mind the wider context of the Pauline Letters, the lecture series will pay particular attention to issues that have current resonance in the Church.

Ciarán O’Callaghan CSsR is a member of the Dublin Province of the Redemptorists. He lives at Clonard Monastery, Belfast on the interface between the two communities in Northern Ireland.  Ciarán earned his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontificio Istituto Bíblico in Rome. He also obtained a PhD in Old Testament from Trinity College, Dublin. For over 25 years he has lectured in Old Testament with particular interest in Wisdom Literature.  He now is responsible for the ecumenical and reconciliation ministry in Clonard. His interest in Paul’s writings began since arriving in Northern Ireland in 2016 because of the significance given to them in the religious self-understanding of the Protestant Community.


The Details
The week starts on Sunday at 4:00PM and ends Friday after lunch.  Accomodations including linens and all meals are provided. There are multiple conferences from each speaker, daily liturgy, and free time for personal reflection, prayer and relaxation.



Please pirnt and mail the registration form from the above link.  Confirmation letters will be mailed back to you. 


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