Carmel as a Sign of
Hope and Healing
in Our Troubled World
July 21 - 25, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois
Anders Arborelius, OCD, a convert to Catholicism who
was led to Carmel through his reading of St. Therese's autobiography, was
consecrated bishop of Stockholm in 1998, the first ethnic Swede to occupy
that see since the Reformation. He has a licentiate in theology from the
Teresianum in Rome, and has written widely on spirituality and Carmelite
Gamboa, OCD, has served several
terms as provincial of the Discalced Carmelite province of Navarre, Spain.
He obtained a licentiate in theology from the Teresianum in Rome and in 1971
completed a doctoral dissertation on Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the University
of Milan. A published poet, he has worked as a formator, professor of
philosophy and theology, assistant to the nuns, and missionary. In 2003 he
was elected General of the Discalced Carmelite Order.
Dianne Bergant, CSA, is a Professor of Biblical Studies
at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and past president of the Catholic
Biblical Association of America. She serves on the editorial board of The
Bible Today and Biblical I neology Bulletin,
and writes the weekly column " The Word" for America
James Boyce, O.Carm., a Carmelite priest of the Chicago
province, studied piano privately with Beveridge Webster at the Luilliard
School for 15 years. He is currently an assistant professor of music at
Fordham University in New York.
Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm., from Glasgow, Scotland, was a
lawyer before joining the Carmelites in 1975. He studied spirituality at the
Gregorian University in Rome. A former provincial of the British Province,
he is currently the Prior General of the Order of Carmelites. He has written
on prayer and spirituality and worked extensively in retreat ministry.
Daniel Chowning, OCD, a formator for many years,
entered the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites in 1978 and is
currently rector and student director at the Edith Stein House of Studies in
Chicago. He has studied at the International Center for Teresian/Sanjuanist
Studies in Avila, Spain, and at the University of Salamanca, writing his
thesis on John of the Cross and healing. He is a member of the Institute of
Quinn Conners, O.Carm., is a Carmelite of the Chicago
Province, serving as provincial from 1990 to 1996. A licensed clinical
psychologist, he was a staff member at Saint Luke Institute in Silver
Spring, MD, until recently being named novice master. He has worked as a
psychotherapist, local superior, spiritual director, formator, and part-time
faculty member at the Washington Theological Union.
Christina Puchalski, OCDS, a Secular Carmelite, is the
founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and
Health. Dr. Puchalski is an associate professor of medicine and health care
sciences at the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She
has received numerous awards for her efforts to incorporate spiritual and
humanistic perspectives into physician education and training.
Jane Remson, O.Carm., is a member of the Congregation
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Louisiana, and their main representative at the
UN. She is the director of the New Orleans Chapter of Bread for the World.
Charlotte Rogers, LPC, MS, is a founding partner
of the Brookland, Pastoral Center in Washington, DC. She is an active
Episcopalian, a spiritual director for over 20 years, and a pastoral
counselor for over ten years. A grandmother of four, she lives in
Germantown, MD, with her husband.
Robert Schreiter, CPPS, is a priest of the Cincinnati
province of the Congregation of the Precious Blood and holds the Bernardin
Center Vatican Council II Chair in theology at Catholic Theological Union in
Chicago. An internationally recognized expert in the areas of
inculturation, reconciliation, and the world mission of the church, he is
the author of numerous works, including In Water and In
Blood: A Spirituality of Solidarity and
Andrew Skotnicki, O.Carm., is a
member of the Chicago Province of
Carmelites and an associate professor of religious studies at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. He served for
many years as Catholic chaplain for the
Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago. He has written and
taught extensively in the areas of Christian social ethics and sociology of religion, with a special focus on
the theological and moral foundations of
Jean Sleiman, OCD, is a Discalced Carmelite from
Lebanon and a past professor of sociology at the University of St. Joseph in Beirut.
After serving as a general definitor in Rome for 10 years, he was ordained as
the Latin-rite archbishop of Baghdad in 2001.
John Sullivan, OCD, is prior of the Discalced
Carmelite monastery in Washington, DC, and past definitor general. He currently serves as
president of the Institute of Carmelite Studies and publisher of ICS
John Welch, O.Carm., a member of the Chicago province
of Carmelites, coordinates the chair of Carmelite Studies at the Washington
Theological Union in Washington, DC. His numerous works in Carmelite spirituality
include When Gods Die: An Introduction
to John of the Cross and The Carmelite
Way: An Ancient Path for
JULY 21, 2004
1:00 pm Registration
7:30 Opening Session, Prayer, and Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 Prayer (Optional)
- JULY 22, 2004
7:00 am Liturgy
9:00 "Give an Explanation for the Hope Within You"
Dianne Bergant, CSA
This presentation will examine the causes of the world's current state
and will then discuss what the biblical concept "reign of God"
offers as a vision of another way of living in this world.
11:00 Darkness in the Church: A Carmelite Response
Quinn Conners, O.Carm.
This session will discuss the recent sexual abuse crisis as a time of
darkness in the church for laity and clergy, and how Carmelite spirituality
offers images and experiences from its tradition as models for responding in
2:00 pm Carmel's Spiritual and Practical Resources for healing in the Developing World
This talk will describe Carmelite efforts to promote hope and healing in the "developing" world) and their significance for those
of us living in the "developed" world.
4:00 WORKSHOPS (select one of the following)
1. Spiritual Disaster Preparedness:
Extending Our Roots to Weather Storms
Charlotte Rogers, LPC
During disasters our basic assumptions, structures, sense of identity, and relationships are challenged. This workshop will examine how
our spiritual life can sustain us and enable us to help others in times of of personal and social crisis.
2. Carmel and Hope: Inner Healing for Our Troubled Selves
Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.
The Carmelite tradition is a source of hope in the midst of so many problems today. Through faithfully living according to
its spirituality, God purifies and heals our inner selves. This workshop will include a guided prayer experience.
3. Carmelite Presence at the United Nations
Jane Remson, O.Carm., and John Sullivan, OCD
This workshop will explain the significance of Carmel's new NGO status at the United Nations, outlining the original inspiration,
the chronological development, and prospects for future contributions. There will be time for questions and answers.
4. Carmel: A Global Community of Prayer and Service
Panelists from different parts of the world share the experience of Carmel in their regions and what it can contribute to the whole
Carmelite family. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
8:30 - 9:30 Prayer (Optional)
FRIDAY - JULY 23, 2004
7:00 am Liturgy
9:00 The Church in the Carmelite Tradition: Sign of Hope and Healing in Our Individualistic World
Anders Arborelius, OCD
This talk will discuss the individualistic atmosphere of our
contemporary culture in the light of the mystery of the church, as seen from
the perspective of Mary and our Carmelite saints.
11:00 Spirituality and Healing: A Caring
Partnership for Our Troubled World
Studies indicate that spirituality plays a crucial role in coping with
illness and suffering. Medical schools now teach physicians to incorporate this
dimension into healthcare and to promote compassionate relationships fostering inner healing. This talk explores such developments in the
light of traditional Carmelite wisdom regarding the healing power of hope.
2:00 pm Prisoners for Christ: Voluntary
and Involuntary Confinement in Carmel
The goal of voluntary religious confinement and involuntary penal confinement is ideally the same: purification and integration. This
talk will explore how Carmel's tradition of solitude and enclosure can renew our understanding and help us tend to our "fallen"
brothers and sisters as we would to Christ himself.
4:00 WORKSHOPS (select one from the
8:30 - 9:30 Prayer (Optional)
SATURDAY - JULY
7:00 am Liturgy
Francis Cardinal George,
9:20 Prophecy but Kenosis: The Meaning
of Today's Christian Presence in the Middle
This talk will focus on the role of Christians in Middle Eastern societies amidst archaic structures and regimes, as well as a deep crisis
of culture where the Good News of Christ is truly prophetic but must be proclaimed in a kenotic way. Archbishop Sleiman will speak
on the Carmelite, Jesuit, and Dominican missions in the region.
11:00 The Human Person Made Whole: Healing According to St. John of
John of the Cross provides a model of contemplative healing that complements and deepens many modern psychological and
medical discoveries. He offers a challenge to many of the healing
"paths" proposed by the New Age Movement. This talk will consider his
doctrine on meditation, addictions, suffering, faith, and love, and the role these play in authentic healing.
2:00 pm Pursuing the Contemplative Dimension
in a Spirituality of Reconciliation
It is becoming increasingly evident that a practice of contemplation greatly helps to sustain people in the work of reconciliation. This
presentation looks to the Carmelite spiritual tradition as an important resource for reconciliation in the world today.
4:00 Panel Discussion
John Welch, O.Carm.,
6:30 Hope and Healing for Our Troubled
Times: A Musical Response
This recital will show how composers have used music to express
their emotions concerning current events and offer solace and hope to those affected by them.
7:30 - 9:00 Dinner
- JULY 25, 2004
9:00am Closing Liturgy: John Russell,
Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm., and Luis Aróstegui Gamboa, OCD, Concelebrants
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