The Lay Centre began the winter series of its weekly lay formation program on 19 February, and will hold a Lenten retreat, 13-15 March. The program is offered through The Lay Centre’s Vincent Pallotti Institute, named for a saint who dedicated his life to the formation of the laity.
The focus of this six-week series is to explore the theme Joy in the Christian Life and especially to discover how to share that Gospel joy with others. Diverse professors will present on various ways to discover and communicate the Gospel joy to others in the 21st century.
Sessions are held on Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and include two 45-minute presentations with discussion, a coffee break and Mass. Participants can also benefit from the quiet grounds that surround The Lay Centre—an oasis in the centre of historic Rome.
The schedule is below. For information and registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Vincent Pallotti Institute Winter Program
“Joy in the Christian Life”
From 19 February to 26 March
The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. – Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
Forgiveness: a prerequisite for sharing the Gospel of Joy
Rev. Felix Körner, SJ, teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
St. Benedict’s Guide to Joy in Everyday Life
Abbot Edmund Power, OSB, is a Benedictine and the abbot of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
St. Augustine on Joyful Praise
Rev. Joseph Farrell, OSA, is vicar general of the Order of Saint Augustine.
Joy in Sorrow
Rev. Martin Coffey, CP, is executive secretary of the Office of Formation of the Passionists.
The Joy of Christian Living
Dr. Donna Orsuto is the director of The Lay Centre and teaches at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Joyful Missionary Disciples after Secularization
Rev. Felix Körner, SJ
13-15 March Weekend Lenten Retreat
“And the greatest of these is love”: Reflections on love in the writings of St. Paul
Rev. Míceál O’Neill, O.Carm, is Prior of the Collegio Internazionale di Sant’Alberto. He has a backgound in Latin American spirituality and Carmelite mysticism.