Sophia University Institute (SUI) Inaugurates Joy of the Gospel Centre

untitledA new “laboratory” promoted by SUI in collaboration with the Focolare Movement Centres of Formation and Pastoral Action: Focolarini Presbyters & Deacons Centre, Volunteer Priests & Deacons Centre, the Gens Centre, Centre for Religious, Centre for Consecrated Persons, the Segretariat of the Parish Movement and the Secretariat of the Diocesan Movement.

The Centre is intended to respond to Pope Francis’s invitation to the Church in Italy to take up his Joy of the Gospel Apostolic Exhortation to give content and direction to the work of pastoral renewal that is necessary for the evangelization that the Church is called to in order to “go out” to the existential peripheries of our time.

The courses, seminars, workshops and stages that will be activated by the Centre will be directed towards priests, consecrated people, pastoral workers, lay people in ecclesial and social environments and, above, the young. They hope to contribute to this demanding and urgent task, engaging the spiritual impulses and experiences that have emerged from the charism of unity of Chiara Lubich.

The mission of the Joy of the Gospel Centre (JGC) is to promote and support formation, research and study in the fields of Ecclesiology, Pastoral Theology and the Mission,  Spiritual Theology and Theology of the Charisms and life of the Church today as it goes out on mission.

The innauguration will begin with a from Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Vincenzo Zani. It will include a presentation of the Centre by the president of IUS, Piero Coda, and a keynote address on the main points of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation by Dr Tiziana Merletti, Superior General of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. Then there will be a roundtable with people from the world of culture, like Massimo Toschi and Damiano Tommasi.

“The challenge is to manage to contribute something to that paradigm change in the culture and the relationships among ecclesial and civil communities,” said Piero Coda, “which out times ask for and which the prophecy of Pope Francis forcefully tells us that the moment has come to give a hand in fedelity and with creativity.”
Press Conference presenting the Joy of the Gospel Centre of Higher Formation” (CEG): November 8, 2016; 11:30 at Toscana Oggi – Via dei Pucci 2, Florence. Moderator: Father Giovanni Momigli, CEG collaborator.

Presentors include: Father Emilio Rocchi, Secretary of the Joy of Gospel Centre,
Dr Sergio Rondinara (Epistomology and Cosmology Instructor at IUS)



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