Pope Francis and the Synod on the Family

Kristin Colberg, Ph.D. & Shawn Colberg, Ph.D.

In October of 2013 Pope Francis convoked a universal synod of bishops to discuss topics related to the family and evangelization.  Meeting twice over two years, the synod aims to consult with the faithful to address pastoral needs facing modern families.  The first of these meetings took place in October of 2014 and a second is scheduled for October of 2015.  The synod and the Pope's upcoming trip to Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of Families have sparked considerable conversation about Francis' interest in this theme and how the Church can better understand and approach issues related to family life. This session will explore Francis' theology, why issues related to the family have emerged at this particular moment in time, and what directions might be expected from the synod meetings.


Shawn & Kristin Colberg

Kristin M. Colberg and Shawn Colberg are both assistant professors of theology at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict.  Both received their doctorates at the University of Notre Dame and have authored several articles in journals such as The Heythrop Journal, Horizons, Missiology, Nova et Vetera, Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte, and Archa Verbi.   Kristin is co-editor of a festschrift in honor of Cardinal Walter Kasper and is the author of a forthcoming book on the relationship between Vatican I and Vatican II.  She also serves as a member of the official U.S. Reformed-Catholic dialogue.



Dates & Locations

Friday, October 9th, 8:30am-1:00pm - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321

Friday October 30th, 8:30am-1:00pm - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321

Thursday, November 19th, 6:00pm-9:00pm - Saint Joseph the Worker, 7180 Hemlock Lane North Maple Grove, MN 55369

Theology Days are a chance for people in our communities who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and its place in their everyday lives to learn from and interact with the theologians of Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary. It offers a chance for these scholars to gain insights and grow in their faith, as well.

There is no fee for Theology Day, but registration is required. Free-will offerings and gifts to support the mission of the School of Theology and Seminary are gratefully accepted.


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