PROPOSAL

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Integral Theology formation

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 Jean Khoury and I propose to set up an Institute, under the patronage of Mary “Mater Theologorum”, in which Catholic teaching would be presented, in its entirety and with academic rigour, in a way that fully integrates theology and spiritual theology.

Until the early Middle Ages spiritual life and academic theology were inseparable, but have become distanced since then in a way that does harm to both. The combination of academic teaching and formation in spiritual life will make the Institute distinctive and new in the contemporary field.

Courses will be offered at different levels, from short units taught over a few weeks in a parish to first cycle degree level. It would be offered in suitably adapted forms to all those who are looking for formation: catechists, Catholic teachers, RCIA candidates, those being confirmed as adults, parishioners seeking more formation for themselves, parents,  those wanting to go deeper in the spiritual life, novice-masters/mistresses, those seeking formation as Spiritual Directors, and seminarians.

Teaching and formation would be offered in the five areas of: Bible, Dogmatic theology, Sacraments, Moral Theology, and Pastoral Theology For a schematic presentation and examples of how the integration between dogma and spiritual life would be achieved in each area, please see the accompanying sheets.

Validation will be sought for courses from appropriate institutions at each level.

Jean Khoury has a Masters in Theology from the Institut Catholique in Toulouse and the Teresianum, Rome, and is researching a PhD in Spiritual Theology at the Angelicum. He has written books and articles on prayer and mysticism, and is currently teaching spiritual theology at several venues in London and elsewhere. His website is: www.amorvincit.com and he can be contacted on: jeancyrille@gmail.com

Mgr. Keith Barltrop is parish priest of St. Mary of the Angels, Bayswater, and is a past rector of Allen Hall seminary and director of the Bishops’ Conference Agency for Evangelisation. He can be contacted on: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk

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Topics for a Formation in ‘Integral Theology’

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Introductory course presenting “Integral Theology”.

Course on the “Call for holiness”.

 Inner line of formation

Bridging-Topics

Outer line of formation

  • Theology of listening
  • Lectio divina
  • “Biblical Inspiration” and “Spiritual Life”
  • Christian Contemplation
  • Spiritual exegesis
Bible

  • Exegesis
  • Canon, Inspiration
  • Biblical Theology
  • Experience of the Trinity
  • Experience of Christ
  • Experience of the Holy Spirit
  • Experience of Mary
  • The spiritual experience of the Church
  • Trinity in Spiritual Life
  • Christ in Spiritual Life
  • The Holy Spirit in Spiritual life
  • Mary in Spiritual Life
  • Church and Spiritual Life
Dogma

  • Trinity
  • Christology
  • Pneumatology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Mariology
  • Spirituality of Priestly Gift of the Faithful
  • Spirituality of Martyrdom
  • Lectio Divina
  • Prayer of the heart – Lift up the heart
  • Digesting the Sacraments
  • Rosary
  • “Fruitful Participation” to the liturgy.
  • Liturgy and Spiritual Life
  • Spirituality of Baptism
  • Spirituality of the Eucharist
  • Spirituality of Marriage
Sacraments

  • 7 Sacraments
  • Liturgy
  • Theological Acts (Faith – Hope – Love)
  • Ups and downs in SL
  • Synergy with the Action of the Holy Spirit – Presence of God
  • Moral Theology and Spiritual Theology
  • Confession and Spiritual Direction
  • Perception of sin in the examination of conscience
Moral Theology

  • General MT
  • Special MT
  • Discernment – Counsel – Government
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Spiritual Pastoral
  • Being fruitful
  • The Holiness of the Priest/minister in his ministry
  • Pastoral techniques under the light of Spiritual Life.
  • Pastoral orientations in the light of the Spiritual Journey.
Pastoral Theology

  • Pastoral Theology
  • Evangelisation
  • Canon Law

Mgr Keith Barltrop

Jean Khoury

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