As part of Sacred Heart Major Seminary’s Centennial Celebration, on October 11 and 12, over two hundred participants gathered at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in downtown Detroit to attend the seminary’s first theological symposium themed, “Enter Through the Narrow Gate: the Urgency of the New Evangelization in the Third Millennium.”
The symposium hosted multiple speakers recognized nationally and internationally for their work and respected in the academic theological community. The symposium featured three keynote speakers; Bishop Daniel Flores from the Diocese of Brownsville in Texas, Dr. John Cavadini from the University of Norte Dame, and Dr. Scott Hahn from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Each of these keynote addresses offered deep and intellectual insight into the conversation of the New Evangelization and what each person’s individual role in the movement might look like.
In addition to the keynote addresses, Sacred Heart’s own faculty presented six breakout sessions on a variety of areas related to the New Evangelization. Presentation topics ranged on the reflection of the Blessed Mother and the New Evangelization to St. Paul the Apostle to achieving the joy of Heaven among other engaging topics. The faculty members that presented these dynamic sessions included Fr. Richard Cassidy, Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Dr. Ralph Martin, Fr. John McDermott, and Fr. Peter Ryan.
Throughout the conference, participants enjoyed the opportunity to network and have discussion with one another, as well as participate in Evening Prayer lead by Fr. Timothy Laboe. On Saturday morning, Bishop Flores was the main celebrant for Mass, and was joined by numerous clergy including some of the recently ordained deacons who are completing their final year at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
The academic symposium concluded on Saturday afternoon with a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway and featured Dr. Michael McCallion, Dr. Mary Healy, Dr. Ralph Martin, and Dr. Scott Hahn. The panelists were able to offer personal reflections on the many talks and presentations from throughout the conference, and answer questions submitted from the group of participants.
Upcoming centennial event:
Dec. 6: Festival of Choirs Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament