SSCS Conferences


The Study of Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Theology: Evolving Methodologies

Jointly sponsored by SSCS and FPTSI (Forum of Spiritual Theology Professors in Italy)

OFM Pontifical University Antonianum, ROME
September 25-28

More information is avalaible.

Here's an update from Diana Villegas, Chair of the SSCS International Relations Committee:

I wish to invite you once again to register for the SSCS conference on Evolving Research Methodologies co-sponsored with the FPTSI (Forum of Professors of Spiritual Theology in Italy) that will be held in Rome, September 25-28.  We have assembled an innovative program where scholars from 14 different countries, 4 continents and 24 different academic institutions will present on a variety of methods in the study of spirituality and spiritual theology.  This is an opportunity to learn how methodology in our discipline has evolved in the last twenty years, and to learn about this from a global perspective.  (See the list of speakers and titles of presentations.)  Presentations will be in English and Italian with simultaneous translation provided.

Registration prior to the end of April is €20 or about USD 23.  This rate will double beginning May 1st.   There are bed and breakfasts near the conference site run by Catholic Sisters with rates as low as €45 (USD 50) per person per night; as well there are nearby hotels where conference participants can obtain special rates.  See the website.

The Rome Conference organizing committee offers the following information which shows that the SSCS effort to partner with the FPTSI (Forum of Professors of Spiritual Theology in Italy) has resulted in an important ecumenical international scholarly gathering for the furthering of the discipline of Christian spirituality in dialogue with spiritual theology.   The 30 presentations represent a very broad variety of methodologies and approaches to the study of spirituality/spiritual theology.
  • There will be two keynote speakers, as previously mentioned Mary Frohlich from Catholic Theological Union representing SSCS and Jesus Garcia from the Salesian University in Rome.  Dr. Garcia is well published, including in the area of methodology in spiritual theology and spirituality.
  • The 30 presenters represent 16 different countries, 4 different continents and 24 different academic institutions. We received 60 proposals.
  • Twenty-one presentations will be in English and 9 in Italian.  The conference will offer simultaneous translation.
  •  There will be two presentations at the end summarizing significant contributions to scholarship.  Gilberto Cavazos will report on the English presentations and Rossano Zas Friz on the Italian presentations.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Diana Villegas.

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