October 12, 2017
2017-10-12 7:30PM 2017-10-12 7:30PM America/New_York Theology Today: A Town and Gown Presentation Private

Theology Today: A Town and Gown Presentation

The public is invited to join the seminary community for an academic evening.

Theology Today: A Town and Gown Presentation
Thursday, October 12, 2018
7:30 PM in St. Vincent's Auditorium

Guest Speaker:  
Fr. Steven Olds
Professor of Systematic Theology
Title: "The Wisdom of the Desert: The Contribution of the Desert Fathers
and Mothers to the Contemporary Roman Catholic Seminarian's Spiritual Formation"


In a culture, not unlike our own, international in scope, with advances in technology, commerce and communication, sophisticated, yet, often with many disparities between people, the innate, deep hunger for the God that is a part of the human being, gave rise to the desert tradition of monasticism. Men and women, seeking God and living in a more deeply authentic manner went into the desert to join communities of other men of women. As they entered these communities, the tradition of mentoring, of helping the one seeking this deeper relationship with God aided them in their journeys.  While their mentoring in this monastic community was not the same as the structured spiritual formation program found in the contemporary Roman Catholic Seminary, the insights of the Desert Fathers and Mothers provide a valuable gift to present day spiritual formation and spiritual direction in the Seminary. This presentation explores the context, content and contribution of that gift the wisdom of Desert Fathers and Mothers can make to our contemporary program of the spiritual formation of seminarians.


Biography:  Rev. Dr. Steven Olds, S.Th.D., is a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, serving as a spiritual director and professor at the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.  He has also taught at the Catholic University of America. He has earned a S.T.B. from the Catholic University of America, an S.T.L. and an S.Th.D. from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, graduating summa cum laude. He has certificates in spiritual direction from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario.


RSVP to Barbara Joseph at (561) 732-4424 or bjoseph@svdp.edu by Oct. 10, 2017