Summer Institute

The Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality (SICS)

Welcome to the 2021 Summer Institute! This past year humanity has been affected by COVID-19 in unimaginable ways. For many of us, the consequences of this virus have led to a reflection about life in all its aspects, and to a realization that human life is so fragile and vulnerable. In light of this unprecedented experience and its uncertainties that come with it, questions about life and our future have been raised. The theme for this year’s Summer Institute is life and hope. As in the past year, the theme derived from the courses that the faculty chose. This is Providence! in the sense that each faculty’s course involves life and hope. 

Job urges us to find hope in life: “we accept good things from God; and should we not accept evil?” (2:10). This year’s courses celebrate life and bring awareness that God’s Providence is more present than ever in our lives. Through Scripture Sr. Nélida Naveros Córdova will lead a Biblical/spiritual tour, an encounter with the challenging experiences of early Christians in the Seven Churches of Revelation. The author brings hope to the Christian communities, encouraging them to remain faithful in times of persecution and suffering. Dr. George Gilmore will examine the importance of mysticism in the writings of a great Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. A world-renowned scientist, his lasting legacy is the link between science and faith, in which God’s creation, the All, is permeated by Christ. Teilhard de Chardin’s Christian spiritual interpretation through science fosters unity, a sense of community between God/Christ and creation. Fr. Stephen Campbell will examine Therese of Lisieux’s life and teaching. Theresa’s “little way” of responding to the spirituality of her time offers reflection on how to respond to today’s spiritual challenges that would foster presence and hope. Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry, who is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, will look at the social justice-dynamics of black and catholic. An ongoing effort to renew life that celebrates harmony between God and humanity and between brothers and sisters that fosters hope for a better tomorrow. Dr. John Switzer will explore the mysteries of being human in the last third of life. The acknowledgment of the beauty and wisdom finds balance with the physical challenges that will help to discover appreciation of the whole persona (cura personalis) and construct a spiritual life grounded in hope.  

We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for learning and renewal. If you have never attended Spring Hill College or the Summer Institute, and wish to receive more information about the event, please email (theology@shc.edu) or call us (251-380-4660 or toll-free 877-857-6742) and we will be glad to add you to our mailing list or answer any questions you may have. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you in the summer!

Dr. Nélida Naveros Córdova, CDP
Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry
nnaveroscordova@shc.edu

Summer Institute 2021

 “Each one of us is called to be an artisan of peace, by uniting and not dividing, by extinguishing hatred

and not holding on to it, by opening paths of dialogue and not by constructing new walls.”

Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, 284

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Mobile

Session I: June 7-11, 2021

Morning: Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

SPT565/465 Creation Spirituality of Father Teilhard (1 credit hour) (Historical)
George Gilmore, PhD
The traditional spirituality of the Society of Jesus, finding God (Christ) in all things, is wonderfully presented in the writings of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. His own personal, spiritual and intellectual development emerged hand in hand with his growth as a first class scientist. His major books and letters give us a wonderful array of insights into creation and the universe as it emerged in the presence of Christ, as the universe rises towards complete unity with God, I Corinthians: 15.28, “when God shall be all in all.” Both in his narrowly spiritual writings, such as The Divine Milieu, and most specifically in the symphonic climax of The Phenomenon of Man, he centers all things in Christ, integrating the ascent of humankind physically and spiritually.

Evening: Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

SPT542/442 Awareness and Prayer: Thérèse de Lisieux: Doctor of the Church (1 credit hour) 
Rev. Stephen Campbell, SJ, PhD

Thérèse of Lisieux was declared a doctor of the church in 1997 by John Paul II.  She was the third woman to receive that title.  The fourth was Hildegard of Bingen.  This course will explore Thérèse’s life and teaching, how she responded to the spirituality of her time, how she anticipated several key themes of the Second Vatican Council, and how we might respond today and incorporate her “little way” into our own lives.

Session II: June 14-18, 2021

Morning: Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

SPT524/424 Christian Spirituality of Aging (1 credit hour) (Pastoral)

Fr. John B. Switzer, ObSB, PhD
In the first part of a healthy person’s life, there is the expectation that one is continuously improving. We are much like a rose that becomes more beautiful and fragrant as it blooms. At some point, like the rose, we turn a corner. Ever so slightly we begin to weaken and wither, yet life is not over. Though we may not have the physical strength we once knew, we now possess the potential for a wisdom and sophistication that was unthinkable for most of us during our earlier years. In this course we’ll explore the challenges and riches that await us in the last third of life. Each of us will be encouraged to discover and construct a spirituality that appreciates and cherishes this later stage in human living.
Also Available Online
Required Textbook: Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan. Upper Room Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-0835811170.
THL572 Christian Spirituality of Aging: Students must earn the first credit during the Institute in class/online with SPT524/424 Christian Spirituality of Aging. Two further credits will be available online following the classroom-based course.

Evening: Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
SPT568/468  THL574 Thea Bowman and M. Shawn Copeland: Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free (1 or 3 credit hours) (Moral)
Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD
This course will investigate white supremacy and Black Catholic resistance to it, with the goal of creating space for grief, recognition of bias, and fostering genuine-if-imperfect-solidarity in the ongoing struggle for racial justice. Primary conversation partners will be Thea Bowman and M. Shawn Copeland, whose theologies celebrate what it means to be Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free.
Also Available Online

THL574 Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free Students must earn the first hour credit during the institute in class/online with SPT533/433 Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free.  Two further credits will be available following the classroom-based class.

 Costs in Mobile
    • Tuition: $345 per credit hour
    • Easy Listening (no transcript record kept): $125 per credit hour
    • On-campus lodging: $35/night
    • Cookouts: $12 each

Columbia

Weekend: June 12 & 13, 2021

SPT551/45 & 552/452 Spiritual Exercises I & II (1 credit hour each) (Pastoral, Historical)
Fr. Christopher Viscardi, SJ, STD
June 12 10:00 AM Eastern Time-4:00 PM Eastern Time (9:00-4:00 CT)
June 13 8:00 AM Eastern Time-12:00 PM (7:00-11:00 CT)
A manual for directors rather than a book to be read, The Spiritual Exercises emerged out of St. Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience of conversion and has subsequently had a major impact on modern spirituality. Part I will focus on the conversion and life of Ignatius and will be offered during an intensive weekend, with the option to join the class by video conference. Part II will focus on the structure and dynamics of the Exercises and will be offered fully online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course over a 6-week period.

Online Courses

SPT525/425 & 526/426 Prayer and Discernment I & II (1 Credit Hour Each) (Pastoral)
Fr. Christopher Viscardi, SJ, STD
May 15 10:00 AM Eastern Time-5:00 PM (9:00-4:00 CT)
May 16 8:00 AM Eastern Time- 12:00 PM (7:00-11:00 CT)
Both prayer and discernment play a central role in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, especially in the dynamics of The Spiritual Exercises. This course will examine the theology of prayer and the practice and theory of discernment as they have developed in the Christian tradition over the centuries. Part I will focus primarily on prayer and will be offered during an intensive weekend, with the option to join the class by video conference. Part II will focus primarily on discernment and will be offered fully online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course over a 6-week period.

SPT551/45 & 552/452 Spiritual Exercises I & II (1 credit hour each) (Pastoral, Historical)
Fr. Christopher Viscardi, SJ, STD
June 12 10:00 AM Eastern Time-4:00 PM Eastern Time (9:00-4:00 CT)
June 13 8:00 AM Eastern Time-12:00 PM (7:00-11:00 CT)
A manual for directors rather than a book to be read, The Spiritual Exercises emerged out of St. Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience of conversion and has subsequently had a major impact on modern spirituality. Part I will focus on the conversion and life of Ignatius and will be offered during an intensive weekend, with the option to join the class by video conference. Part II will focus on the structure and dynamics of the Exercises and will be offered fully online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course over a 6-week period. 

SPT524/424 or Christian Spirituality of Aging (1) (Pastoral)
Fr. John B. Switzer, ObSB, PhD
In the first part of a healthy person’s life, there is the expectation that one is continuously improving. We are much like a rose that becomes more beautiful and fragrant as it blooms. At some point, like the rose, we turn a corner. Ever so slightly we begin to weaken and wither, yet life is not over. Though we may not have the physical strength we once knew, we now possess the potential for a wisdom and sophistication that was unthinkable for most of us during our earlier years. In this course we’ll explore the challenges and riches that await us in the last third of life. Each of us will be encouraged to discover and construct a spirituality that appreciates and cherishes this later stage in human living.
Required Textbook: Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan. Upper Room Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-0835811170.
THL572 Christian Spirituality of Aging: Students must earn the first credit during the Institute in class/online with SPT524/424 Christian Spirituality of Aging. Two further credits will be available online following the classroom-based course.

SPT533/433  THL574 Thea Bowman and M. Shawn Copeland: Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free (1 or 3 credit hours) (Moral)
Dr. Emily Reimar-Barry, PhD
This course will investigate white supremacy and Black Catholic resistance to it, with the goal of creating space for grief, recognition of bias, and fostering genuine-if-imperfect-solidarity in the ongoing struggle for racial justice. Primary conversation partners will be Thea Bowman and M. Shawn Copeland, whose theologies celebrate what it means to be Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free.
THL574 Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free Students must earn the first hour credit during the institute in class/online with SPT533/433 Black and Catholic, Faithful and Free.  Two further credits will be available following the classroom-based class.

Costs

    • Tuition: $345 per credit hour
    • Easy Listening (no transcript record kept): $125 per credit hour
    • Continuing Education Units: $175 per credit hour

Study Abroad

SPT532/432 THL573 Seven Churches of Revelation and Patmos Turkey July 1-11
Sr. Nelida Naveros-Cordova, CDP, PhD
The Apocalypse, or Revelation to John, in the last book of the Bible, is the most difficult to understand because it abounds in unfamiliar and extravagant symbolism. This course is designed to guide the student in an unforgettable academic/spiritual experience in-site of the Seven Churches—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea— as well as the Island of Patmos, a place where John is said to have written the Book of Revelation. Through literary and archaeological evidence, the course puts emphasis on the significance of the number seven in the context of the seven major historical places and the sites of Asia Minor, modern Turkey. 

2021 Faculty

Rev. Stephen Campbell, SJ, PhD

Stephen Campbell, S.J. is Associate Professor of Theater and Drama at Spring Hill College. He has a PhD from Northwestern University. His research focuses on the convergence of early Jesuit spirituality, rhetoric, and performance in seventeenth-century France. He has a particular interest in early modern France and cultural performance. He has also studied at Loyola University New Orleans, Weston School of Theology, and Jesuit School of Theology, Centre Sèvres, in Paris, France.

George Gilmore, PhD
George Gilmore came to Spring Hill College in January of 1974, and has taught Christology, Teilhard de Chardin, Human Sexuality and Marriage, Zen, and World Religions regularly to the undergraduates. He has taught a number of those courses to graduate students also, including courses for the Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality on Teilhard de Chardin, Ignatius of Loyola, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. He lives in Fairhope, AL and is a member, teaches their history course, and is on the executive council of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation which founded Fairhope in 1894. He has been in the leadership of the Mobile Christian Jewish Dialogue since 2005. He is president of a homeowners association for a community on Fort Morgan.

Fr. John Switzer, ObSB., PhD.
Fr. John Switzer, professor of theology, has been at Spring Hill for nearly twenty years. He has offered many spirituality courses in this time, all of which have been favorable received by students. Many will remember that he is the former director of Graduate Programs in Theology & Education.
John holds an interdisciplinary PhD in theology and education from Boston College and degrees from three other Catholic institutions, including Loyola/New Orleans, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy, and St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, LA. The Boston Theological Institute has recognized him with a Certificate of International Mission and Ecumenism.
A popular speaker in churches and parishes throughout the southeast, his articles on theological, pastoral, and interreligious issues have appeared in US Catholic magazine and he is author of two articles in the Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions.
His excellence in teaching has twice been recognized with institutional awards by Spring Hill College. He is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi where he serves as ecumenical officer and chair of the diocesan board of examining chaplains. He and his chef-wife Patsy live in Ocean Springs.

Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD 
Emily Reimer-Barry is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She teaches courses in Catholic theological ethics, including sexual ethics, feminist ethics, war and peace, and ethical responses to HIV and AIDS. Dr. Reimer-Barry's research is at the intersection of sexuality and social justice. She writes from the perspective of a feminist Catholic woman whose faith is deeply shaped by feminist spirituality and reflection on embodiment and discourses of power. Recent publications include a book chapter, "An Intersectional View of Love in Marriage" for Sex, Love, and Families: Catholic Perspectives; a plenary address at the Catholic Theological Society of America 2019 annual convention entitled "Another Pro-Life Movement is Possible," and a manuscript, Catholic Theology of Marriage in the Era of HIV and AIDS: Marriage for Life (Lexington Books). Dr. Reimer-Barry contributes to the www.CatholicMoralTheology.com blog as well as The Forum blog at Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. She is on the planning committee for the 2-year grant funding program at USD entitled Co-Creating the Future of Faith: Women in the Catholic Church, which aims to recommend a model for decision-making in the Catholic Church where the voices of women are adequately represented in a governance structure that is diverse, transparent, ethical, and accountable. She lives with her family in Chula Vista, California, a border town south of San Diego. She grew up in Mobile, and is a 1996 graduate of McGill-Toolen High School.

Christopher Viscardi, SJ
Fr. Christopher Viscardi, SJ, completed his doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in the area of spirituality. His dissertation was a study of the conversion theology of Jonathan Edwards, the New England Puritan and spiritual leader. Since 1979 Fr. Viscardi has been at Spring Hill College, where he is currently chair of the department of theology. He developed the Certificate of Spiritual Direction at SHC and serves as director and major professor of the program.

 
Sr. Nelida Naveros-Cordova, CDP, PhD
Sr. Nélida Naveros Córdova, CDP, earned a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Arts in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Religious Studies and Multidisciplinary Studies, and a minor in Secondary Education from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Nélida is the author of Philo of Alexandria’s Ethical Discourse: Living in the Power of Piety and To Live in the Spirit: Paul and the Spirit of God, and of some scholarly publications. She just submitted a manuscript for publication, God’s Presence in Creation: A Conversation with Philo, Paul, and Luke. In 2019, she began her position, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Since 2020, she has been the Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry. 
Nélida enjoys cooking, dancing, gardening, knitting, listening to music, and playing volleyball.
 
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