The calling to fatherhood is an underexplored area of the theology of vocation. While feminist theologians have explored the vocation of the mother in light of shifting societal trends and the resulting renegotiation of women’s identities, less has been said about men’s calling to be parents.
Paul Wadell’s 2011 article in The Christian Century poses a provocative question: what would happen if we considered the elderly as being called? And not just called to a life of leisure in their later years, but called to share their gifts, wisdom, service and experience with younger generations.
What is the seminary’s role in forming and educating pastoral leaders? The Seminar on Integration in Theological Education and Ministry grapples with the ways in which seminaries form and educate pastoral leaders who integrate expert knowledge, competent skill, personal identity and vocation into wise practice in the communities they serve.
What would happen if more professionals understood their work as a calling? The Seminar on Faith, Vocation and the Professions is exploring the relationship between vocation and profession to retrieve a sense of calling and the common good that could promote greater well-being among professionals, their institutions, and the culture at large.
Our new video narrative project—Lives Explored—takes Socrates’ wisdom to heart. By sharing everyday stories of how people understand the concept of calling in their own life, we hope to energize and inspire others to do the same.
Kathleen A. Cahalan, director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, has developed five points on the theology of vocation that is emerging in our project. These characteristics of God’s call can be guideposts for our journey of discerning what is and is not vocation.
Welcome to our new blog, Insights. We are excited to share here what we are learning in the Collegeville Institute Seminars. Here’s a brief summary of what the Seminars have been working on for the past three years.