A Day of Reflection on Wowed Religious Life in Postmodern Era.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

speakers in the conference

Pat Lee, J.S.
topic   Twilight or Dawn: The Nameless Present Moment in Religious Life
profile: Pat Lee, Ed. D., is currently the Provincial Superior of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus after having served in the Counseling Department and as Vice President of Mission at Gonzaga University.  He was also Formation Director and Novice Director in the Oregon Province.  Pat has led his community frankly and spiritually through the recent difficulties related to sexual abuse cases, encouraging his fellow religious and reaching out to victims of abuse.

Sophia Park, S.N.J.M. and Julia D. E. Prinz, V. D. M. F.
topic        A Dialogue: Liminality, Border-Crossing, and Alternative Futures
Jung Eun Sophia Park, Ph. D., is an Assitant Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Holy Names University in California.  She recently published A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience: Creating a Borderland Community, Constructing a Hybrid Identity ( Peter Lang: 2011).  She is currently preparing her upcoming book, Body Ritual in Asian Religions.  Her research interests include Asian women's spirituality, Korean Shamanism, biblical spirituality, religious life from a postcolonial and global feminist perspective.

Julia D. E. Prinz, Ph. D., is the Provincial Superior (USA) for the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, and a lecturer at JST-SCU.  She also hold advanced degrees in Political Science and Psychology.  She has been involved in base community work with recent immigrant populations since 1995, and served as Formation Director in her community.  Her lectures and pulications, especially her book, Endangering Hunger for God, show her commitment to use theological research for the empowerment of the marginalized.

Helen Graham, M.M.
Topic     At Home in the World: The Need for Religious Communities

Helen Graham, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at the Ateneo de Manila, is a theologian who taught Sacred Scripture in many colleges, universities, and seminaries around the world.  As a Maryknoll Missionary from Brooklyn, NY she has lived in the Philippines since 1967.  As a professor, she has been especially involved in the formation of religious women from diverse Asian cultures by preparing them for ministry with advanced theological degrees.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


If you want to come to this gathering and register now,
  1. simply put your name with any greeting in the "reply"
  2. send email to this address: sophiasnjm@gmail.com

 If you want to make a suggested donation of 15 dollars,
    send the check to Sisters of Holy Names (sr. Sophia Park)
    with the address: Holy Names University
                                3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619-1627

Monday, October 17, 2011

What is the future of religious life?

Today, we face a new time regarding religious life.
What is the future of religious life?
We cannot say what is exactly the future of religious life.
However, it should be interactive, inter-relational, intercultural, and inter-generational.

The reason we invite you to this reflection day is so that we can ponder, think and reflect together
on the future of religious life.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

invitation to "sharing the new wine" conference


The date will be March 31, 2012. at 9:00 am-5:00 p.m.
The place will be Locatelli Room in Locatelli Active Center at Santa Clara University, CA.

The current reality of the World and Church presents a new landscape for religious today.
We desire to come together for a day of reflecting and envisioning religious life in this challenging present and future. 
We invite all who are interested in religious life: members of religious orders or in discernment for religious life, people who value religious life as a reality in the Church, and especially all those who carry questions about religious life in these times.

We face many challenges.

Globalization and cultural diversity, fragmentation and discrimination, secularization contrasted with an increasing new fundamentalism, growing injustice and poverty, neo-liberalism and ecological destruction, never-ending landscapes of war and abuse- scandals.
These are only some of the realities which heavily impact religious life today, in its very nature of dedication, vocation and mission.
Further questions around the sense of community, its style and structure, about the cross-cultural relationships inside our communities and in our diverse ministries involve our formation as much as our apostolate.


With this conference,
we hope to create a space to listen,
to invite speakers,
to begin dialogue with them and
with other members
of the many diverse communities
in the Bay-Area.