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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, CDPAssistant Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministrynnaveroscordova@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
Session I: June 7-11, 2021
Morning: Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
George Gilmore, PhD
Evening: Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
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)
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.
Tuition: $345 per credit hour
Easy Listening (no transcript record kept): $125 per credit hour
On-campus lodging: $35/night
Cookouts: $12 each
Weekend: June 12 & 13, 2021
Fr. Christopher Viscardi, SJ, STD
Dr. Emily Reimar-Barry, PhD
- Tuition: $345 per credit hour
- Easy Listening (no transcript record kept): $125 per credit hour
- Continuing Education Units: $175 per credit hour
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.