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Praxis in Paris: the 5th Annual Praxis Program Summer Workshop  

Group Image of people who went to parisFourteen faculty and administrators participated in the 5th Annual Praxis Program Summer Workshop which took place from May 20-27, 2019, in Paris, France, and was co-sponsored by the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. 

The workshop, Reflecting on Praxis and the University, was hosted at St. Jean de Passy Ecole of the Archdiocese of Paris. Morning discussions were framed by Bernard Lonergan's questions for education in the first four chapters of Topics in Education. Participants reflected on their work and self-development, continuing a discussion of the University's mission and a philosophy of education. In afternoon reflections, the group explored pathways to interiority and imagination, seeking processes that support healing and creating and the development of fruitful courses of action to take forward in their lives and work at the University. 

The Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission is an advanced faculty development program designed to foster personal, professional, organizational and institutional development for faculty and administrators who are alumni of two previous mission seminars. The program and curriculum were developed with three vectors in mind: an analysis and appropriation of the mission of the University; a philosophical approach using Bernard Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method (GEM) to do so; and a practical application to the disciplines, which was required. Since 2013, five cohorts have engaged in the ongoing program, with over 70 faculty participating, including several deans and senior administrators. The program tracks pedagogical developments and supports the participants' efforts to collaborate, research, write and publish on their work. For more information, please visit the Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission page.

About the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership
The Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership promotes openness to God's call in both the academic life and common life of Seton Hall University to support the overall mission of forming students as servant leaders for today's world. The Center began in 2003 supported by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment to further their goal of preparing the next generation of Church leadership. The Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership does its work in cooperation with other campus organizations and by sponsoring several different programs including: faculty development; scholarships; retreats for students, faculty and alumni; spiritual outreach to students; local community development; service learning opportunities; and the expression of faith through the arts. The mission of Seton Hall University reflects a faith in God who knows us individually and has a personal plan for our life. The call to our vocation is not a demand but an invitation to join God in something meant for our doing. A generous response to our vocation—like the choice at a fork in the road—can make all the difference.

About the Center for Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. 

The Center also developed the undergraduate degree Program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate. The Center continues to support the Program's students with scholarship aid, as well as ongoing co-curricular activities. Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program. 

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review and The Lonergan Review. For more information, visit Department of Catholic Studies page.

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Danute Nourse
  • (973) 275-2525
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