Can You Tell Me What a Parish Is? Print
Written by Sherry   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 16:51
The spring and summer issues of Chicago Studies - a journal published by Loyola University "for the continuing theological development of priests, deacons, and lay ecclesial ministers" are out.

And they contain the entire proceedings of the symposium on the parish that I participated in last summer: Can You Tell Me What a Parish is? The purpose of the symposium was to explore the state of the question from a variety of perspectives and disciplines: ecclesiology, canon law, constitutional law, etc. I was there to represent the grass roots pastoral perspective.

Part 1 in the Spring issue contains Fr. Michael Sweeney's "The Parish in the Mission of the Church" as well as Cardinal George's talk (just days before he announced that he had cancer)and Mark Chopko. The Summer issue contains my presentation on "The Parish and the Apostolic Formation of the Laity". along with Mark Shea's response to me.

I'm going to have to read it all now in detail and see how much more I pick up than when I was listening to the presentations. Chicago Studies isn't exactly ubiquitous - I think they have a circulation of about 1,500 - and rather heavily focused on the mid-west and diocesan and seminary libraries, I think.

But if you should happen to come across Chicago Studies and read my piece, I'd be interested in and honored by your thoughts.