Summer 2014 Vita Consecrata Institute courses, dates and instructors:
First Session— June 30-July 11
- CONL 624 The Vows According to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fr. B. Mullady, O.P.)
- The rich scholastic tradition on the consecrated life as found in St. Thomas Aquinas, including questions in the Summa Theologiae as well as “On the Perfection of the Spiritual Life” and the Contra Retrahentes.
- CONL 721 Theology and Spirituality of the New Evangelization (Fr. T. Nelson, O.Praem.)
This course develops both a theology and a spirituality of evangelization with particular emphasis on the role of consecrated men and women in the New Evangelization; including the Church's teaching on evangelization in Vatican II’s Ad Gentes, the various adaptations of the Church's missionary activity over the centuries, and the call to the new evangelization for the Third Christian millennium.
Second Session— July 14-25
- CONL 623 Scriptural Foundations of the Consecrated Life (Fr. N. Wood, O.Praem.)
- The Scriptural foundations of the consecrated life as found in the Gospels and other New Testament writings, especially those of St. Paul.
- Angels and the Consecrated Life (Fr. Basil Nortz, O.R.C.)
This course will study the theology of the angels and their mission in the Church and the world, with special emphasis on developing devotion to the Holy Angels, especially to one's guardian angel, and an explanation of how the angels serve as models and helpers in living the consecrated life.
Summer 2014 Vita Consecrata Institute brochure with registration form: Click here
For more information or to register online for the summer program, go to the Christendom College website or call the Graduate School at 703-658-4304. Or simply mail in the registration form with your payment.
First-time VCI participants should begin by contacting the IRL at 847-573-8975, or email the IRL staff at kit(@)religiouslife.com. If you are a first-time VCI participant, in addition to registering with the Graduate School of Christendom College, please submit to the Institute on Religious Life the following three items:
- Letter of recommendation/permission from your religious superior or ordinary stating: (a) express permission for you to attend; and (b) how he or she foresees you may personally benefit from the program and how it might enrich your community.
- Brief history of your vocation (2-3 paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper).
- Brief summary of your educational background and/or ministerial experience (2-3 paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper).
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Now Available - VCI Courses for Purchase on CD and in MP3 Format!
The IRL has produced the audio of several past courses CD sets and in MP3 format. A twenty-lecture course is typically twenty CDs or two MP3 discs. Click here for a list of available courses. Call the IRL office at 847-573-8975 for more information.
Joint effort of IRL and Christendom Graduate School
The Vita Consecrata Institute is a joint effort by the IRL and the Graduate School of Christendom College. The summer VCI is held at the beautiful Christendom campus in Front Royal, Virginia.
For "All Stages of Formation"
Don't miss out on the next VCI. It has life-transforming potential. Consider what one participant said recently: "I would recommend this program to all religious in all stages of formation... Not only because of the exceptional instructors and subject matter, but moreover because of the spirit in which the program is run... that Spirit of contemplation which draws us together as one community, not merely many different religious institutes, but one large institute of religious communities... as one community of God."
Another participant simply said "I have never had such a profound, educational and enjoy-able experience in a classroom."
Awakening of Renewed Fervor
The Vita Consecrata Institute can benefit any priest, religious or consecrated person. Not only does it provide opportunity for graduate credit, but its greatest benefit is the awakening of renewed fervor to the grace of one's vocation. It is a program to which even novice directors will want to bring their novices. The coming together of many religious of various congregations adds to the richness of the experience.
— Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.
IRL National Director