Join Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Thursday, March 12, 2020 as the Institute for Lay Ministry presents their annual speaker series, In the Heart of the Church, which provides ongoing formation to men and women serving full-time or part-time in the Church. This year’s program features author and international speaker Dr. Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, as he presents “Gathering Up the Fragments: Pastoral Ministry in a Postmodern World.”
After diagnosing today’s pop culture, Dr. Donald Wallenfang will introduce an approach to contemplative prayer as a first step of effective evangelization that challenges pastoral ministers to reinvigorate their personal lives of prayer in relation to their missionary activity. A variety of spiritual and philosophical practices will be presented as essential methods to engage in contemplative evangelization through gathering up the fragments of life.
“Dr. Wallenfang promises to give us a toolbox of practices to cultivate a habit of contemplation for our busy lives,” says Dr. Matthew Gerlach, dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry at SHMS. “Fostering a contemplative approach to active ministry is essential if it's going to be truly the Lord's work we do, not just our own.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to come out and meet the newest professor of theology and philosophy, and lay formator with the Institute for Lay Ministry! Dr. Wallenfang earned his doctoral degree in Constructive Theology from Loyola University Chicago and spent the previous eight years teaching at Walsh University before joining the SHMS faculty in Fall 2019. In addition to his academic career, he and his wife are fully professed members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. In following the Carmelite Tradition, the family focuses on a life of contemplative prayer and solitude.
“This event is a chance for our lay ecclesial ministers to take a break from ministry together for a few hours,” Dr. Gerlach observes, “and consider ways of enriching their life and ministry.” Please visit shms.edu/ministry for more information and to register for this event. There is no charge to attend, but a free will offering will be collected.