All are welcome to attend this Fall Gathering from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, as Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, explores the evolution of faith formation for Catholic adults.
The Annual Fall Gathering is sponsored by the Lay Formation Alumni each fall, and is open to all.
Forty years ago, many lay people began to study theology beyond the basic catechesis of their youth. Initially there was a lot of enthusiasm among laity and clergy alike, and a wonderful blossoming took place. Thousands of lay women and men became theologically and pastorally literate in a deeper way and began to do ministry within their parishes and dioceses. This is still happening, but in a situation where the task has changed, and new tensions have arisen. Yet the hope remains the same. This day will be a look at what the theological formation of laity involves today in terms of tasks, tension and hope.
Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, is a Catholic priest and theologian, born and raised in Saskatchewan, who was a long-time popular presenter for the Lay Formation Program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — a program that this year has been re-named the Adult Faith Enrichment Program.
Fr. Rolheiser is a speaker, workshop leader, columnist, and writer on contemporary spirituality. He was born in Macklin, SK in 1947, one of the older children in a large family. Following his school years, he entered the noviciate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his First Vows in September 1966, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. During and after his own studies, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB.
He has served the religious community of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as Provincial Superior of St. Mary’s Province (Canada), as Regional Councilor for Canada, serving on the General Administration of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in Rome, for six years. In August 2005, Fr. Ron became the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, and recently retired.